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Borough Traveller Injunction Finalised

On 16 March 2015 the High Court made permanent an interim injunction prohibiting 15 identified members of a travelling family from occupying any one of 26 parks within the London Borough of Hackney, identified as those most at risk from occupation. The Council's claim for an injunction was based both on its ownership of the relevant land and in the exercise of its planning powers under section 187B TCPA 1990.

The interim order was made after members of the family had stopped on 3 parks within the authority's area in rapid succession and had, on each of those 3 occasions, tried and failed to judicially review decisions to serve directions under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

The case is a good example of the circumstances in which a court may be prepared to grant a wide order covering a large number of areas within a borough (or potentially even a borough wide) injunction.

Wayne Beglan of Cornerstone Barristers acted on behalf of the Council.