Protecting our open spaces from illegal encampments

Council to secure a number of potentially vulnerable council-owned open spaces

Braintree District Council has announced that it will spend £100,000 over the next two years protecting its open spaces from illegal encampments. 

The money will be spent to better secure a number of potentially vulnerable council-owned open spaces in the district, in an attempt to deter travellers from setting up unauthorised camps on open spaces.

The first part of the programme will secure nine sites with the most appropriate security for the area concerned, likely to consist of timber bollards or knee rail fencing. 

Cllr Wendy Schmitt, Cabinet Member for Environment and Place, said: “We have listened to local residents concerns about illegal encampments on the Council’s open spaces very close to their homes and we have decided to protect the most vulnerable areas from unauthorised access in the future . We will continue to work with our partners to make sure we can maintain our high quality green spaces.”

To find out more about how the council works with its partners to respond to residents’ concerns about unauthorised traveller encampments please visit: www.braintree.gov.uk/travellers