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Kingston Council gains three-year High Court injunction for illegal encampments

Kingston Council has obtained a full three-year injunction order allowing it to prevent unlawful occupation or encampments or depositing of waste or fly-tipping on public land.

The order covers 153 sites across the borough after the council was initially granted a temporary three-month injunction order in January, before the ruling on Monday 15 April.

Stephen Evans, Director, Communities at Kingston Council, said: 

“We have acted in the interests of residents, who have repeatedly raised concerns about noise, nuisance and intimidating behaviour.

“The number of illegal encampments last year cost the council tens of thousands in repair costs.

“We have implemented a programme to enhance the security arrangements around our parks and open spaces to further reduce the number of unauthorised encampments.

“We also want to protect the borough’s open spaces and we hope that the three-year injunction order can help towards that.”

The Injunction Order means anyone breaching it may be held in contempt of court and could be imprisoned, fined or have their assets seized. The order remains in force until 14 April 2022.

The order will allow the council to take action against these types of encampments quickly and a notice detailing the order will be posted at all entrances to the relevant sites including all our open spaces and other specific sites such as vulnerable car parks and leisure centres.

We encourage residents and visitors to contact the council or the police if they see any illegal or unauthorised encampments in the borough on 020 8547 5800, 101, or 999 in an emergency.