Rugby council evicts illegal traveller camp in Bilton

Travellers - Frobisher Road, Rugby.
Travellers - Frobisher Road, Rugby.

A group of travellers who had been staying on a Bilton park without permission have been evicted.

Rugby Borough Council served notice on the group last night (Thursday), just hours after a court granted a possession order.

The travellers voluntarily left the site off Freemantle Road before a council-imposed deadline of 8am today.

Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for the environment, said: “We initiated legal proceedings to retake possession of the park as soon as this group moved onto the site on 31 August.

“Our case was heard in court yesterday afternoon (Thursday). I am very pleased that we were able to persuade the Judge that we should be granted an order giving us immediate possession of the park, as well as all other council-owned land.

“We gave notice to the travellers straight away, giving them a reasonable amount of time to move on voluntarily. We had staff ready to forcibly evict them this morning, but they weren’t needed on this occasion.

“Our Community Safety Wardens and our legal team have done an excellent job in getting the necessary legal process completed and the travellers moved on with minimal fuss. Other council teams will now take over to make sure the park is clean and safe for families to use this weekend, and I’m sure they will do an equally good job.

“I would also like to thank Warwickshire Police for their help and support throughout this process.”

The possession order granted to the council applies to all council-owned land, and covers any individual. It is valid for three months.