Royal Borough responds to High Court over illegal traveller site

Royal Borough responds to High Court over illegal traveller site

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Paul Miles

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Royal Borough responds to High Court over illegal traveller site

The Royal Borough has responded to the High Court after it was blocked from taking direct action to remove travellers from a site in Shurlock Road.

The borough had planned to clear the illegal site last month but was blocked by the High Court following an application for a judicial review of the council's decision.

After being given 21 days to respond the borough sent its response on Thursday.

Cllr MJ Saunders, cabinet member for planning and property, said: "We are not expecting a response soon, as the average time for a decision can be about 11 weeks.

"If the court decides there are grounds for a judicial review, or issues a further order, then of course it could take a lot longer until the legal process is complete."

On Wednesday the council was also served with a second application for a judicial review to look into reasons why planning permission on the site for one of the occupants was refused.

The  40-plus travellers living at the of the site have repeatedly ignored enforcement orders to leave.

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