City-wide injunction to stop travellers

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Leeds City Council has gained a wide ranging injunction to prevent travellers from setting up unlawful encampments on key environmentally sensitive areas of land across the city.

The six sites are Roundhay Park and Soldiers Field, Holbeck Moor, Wykebeck Valley, The John Charles Centre for Sport, Gassy Field at Armley Gyratory and land around Kirkstall Abbey.

Coun Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel, said: “We considered our options extremely carefully when applying for this injunction, and I’m delighted that it has been agreed. These sites have all suffered unlawful encampments and we know they can cause disruptions to local people as well as incurring costs for council tax payers with the tidying up and court fees associated with moving people on. This sends a clear message that we won’t put up with unacceptable use of land and the negative behaviour associated with it.”