What is an unauthorised encampment?
An unauthorised encampment is where people are living in vehicles (including caravans) on land – without permission.
Who deals with unauthorised encampments?
It is the landowner’s responsibility to deal with an unauthorised encampment on their land. We will usually only deal with encampments on council-owned land, including roadsides and verges.
How we deal with unauthorised encampments on our council-owned land
We can move travellers from unauthorised encampments on council-owned land, including roadsides and verges. We always follow the law and act reasonably:
- When someone reports an unauthorised encampment to us, we visit the land in question and gather information on the group, including how their presence is impacting on the area
- These cases can attract a lot of interest, so it is not always possible for our officers to reply directly to every individual complaint
- All reports are recorded
- Depending on the situation, we may take legal action to move a group on from the land. This can often take time to resolve.
- In most cases, travellers will move on voluntarily, without the need for formal eviction or court proceedings
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How do I report an unauthorised encampment?
To report an unauthorised encampment in Ryedale, please complete an enquiry form.