MP urges Council to make evicted travellers foot the bill

MP urges Council to make evicted travellers foot the bill

ILLEGAL: The travellers camp at the Buck Lane business park site in Baildon in July

UNWORKABLE: Cllr Val Slater says Mr Davies's call is unworkable

DEMAND: Shipley MP Philip Davies wants evicted travellers to repay costs

First published in News

TRAVELLERS should be made to foot the bill when they are evicted from illegal sites, according to an MP.

Shipley MP Philip Davies said it was "a scandal" that Bradford Council did not already chase travellers for the costs of removing them from unauthorised camps on its land and cleaning up afterwards.

Mr Davies had written to Bradford Council after travellers were moved on from the Buck Lane business park site in Baildon in July, asking whether the authority would be billing them for the eviction and clear-up costs.

But he was told it was not currently Council policy to do so.

Mr Davies said: "I think it is outrageous that they are not pursued for the costs of clearing up after them.

"It will be costing well into the thousands of pounds. If you or I were to behave in this manner, the Council would be relentless in pursuing us.

"My view is everybody should be treated equally. It's another example of the Council pussyfooting around travellers in a way they wouldn't pussyfoot around anyone else."

Councillor Val Slater, the executive member for housing at the Labour-run Council, said she agreed it was unfair for Council taxpayers to foot the bill, and that it was an issue her new multi-agency working party on travellers could look into.

But she said it was very difficult to bill someone who did not have a fixed address.

She said: "I share people's frustrations about the mess that is left and about the Council - and that means the Council taxpayer - having to pay to clear it all up and pay the legal fees.

"That is very frustrating but actually, as usual, Philip Davies, is speaking off the top of his head."

And Mr Davies' suggestion has been labelled "a nonsense" by a national gypsy and traveller organisation.

Gypsy Council chairman Joseph Jones said: "When you make someone homeless, they have nowhere to live, so you can't really take legal action against them.

"It's something good to say on a soap box and beat your chest over. But what are they going to do, seize the caravans and sell them?"

Mr Jones said the problem stemmed from a national shortage of authorised travellers' sites, and urged Mr Davies to look at this issue instead.

He said: "He should not be focusing on the problem, he should be focusing on the solution."

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6:23pm Thu 4 Sep 14

northern pig says...

Well said Philip Davies.I have no sympathy for gypsy Joe of the said council,who represents the wandering band of scumbags,who heap misery on every community that as the miss fortune to be blighted by their presence, Never mind fines for leaving rubbish,how about Illegal entry,vandalism,anti social behaviour, and the rest. Also, if this council that represents them is funded by taxpayers money.That should also be withdrawn because clearly their only sympathies lie with the itinerant scum.
Well said Philip Davies.I have no sympathy for gypsy Joe of the said council,who represents the wandering band of scumbags,who heap misery on every community that as the miss fortune to be blighted by their presence, Never mind fines for leaving rubbish,how about Illegal entry,vandalism,anti social behaviour, and the rest. Also, if this council that represents them is funded by taxpayers money.That should also be withdrawn because clearly their only sympathies lie with the itinerant scum. northern pig
  • Score: 22

9:10pm Thu 4 Sep 14

rosesrwhite says...

Agree. They are closing public toilets used by the community but can easily afford to foot the bill for travellers and clean up their "outdoor" toilets and nappies. Bradford Council have lost the plot, they are unfit for purpose. And if anyone is consistently talking out of the top of her head its Val Slater. She appears to me to enjoy wrecking our communities.
Agree. They are closing public toilets used by the community but can easily afford to foot the bill for travellers and clean up their "outdoor" toilets and nappies. Bradford Council have lost the plot, they are unfit for purpose. And if anyone is consistently talking out of the top of her head its Val Slater. She appears to me to enjoy wrecking our communities. rosesrwhite
  • Score: 17

10:56pm Thu 4 Sep 14

steve10 says...

As soon as they appear on land NOT allocated to so called travellers the first body on site should be the INLAND REVENUE and simply impound there Vans and cars.
they all work at something, tarmacking, roofing, tree cutting or just plane scrap metal therefore they should be paying TAX !!!.
As soon as they appear on land NOT allocated to so called travellers the first body on site should be the INLAND REVENUE and simply impound there Vans and cars. they all work at something, tarmacking, roofing, tree cutting or just plane scrap metal therefore they should be paying TAX !!!. steve10
  • Score: 13

9:30am Fri 5 Sep 14

MarkPullen says...

Sorry but anybody who takes up residence on public/private land without invitation should be penalised.

Impound their vehicles/caravans and sell for scrap to cover clean up costs.
Sorry but anybody who takes up residence on public/private land without invitation should be penalised. Impound their vehicles/caravans and sell for scrap to cover clean up costs. MarkPullen
  • Score: 15

10:24am Fri 5 Sep 14

Albion. says...

Invest in a Bulldozer.
Invest in a Bulldozer. Albion.
  • Score: 3

12:36pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Albion. wrote:
Invest in a Bulldozer.
And gas chamber
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Invest in a Bulldozer.[/p][/quote]And gas chamber Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 8

4:18pm Fri 5 Sep 14

tristramman says...

I agree with Philip Davis. All the vehicles must be registered to a address. Should be quite easy to enforce. If we the paying public were to leave such messes the council wouldn't provide us with the free disposal facilities.
I agree with Philip Davis. All the vehicles must be registered to a address. Should be quite easy to enforce. If we the paying public were to leave such messes the council wouldn't provide us with the free disposal facilities. tristramman
  • Score: 11

4:19pm Fri 5 Sep 14

MarkPullen says...

Try dumping your litter on council playing fields and see whether you get away with it - I think not! :-(
Try dumping your litter on council playing fields and see whether you get away with it - I think not! :-( MarkPullen
  • Score: 11

8:09pm Fri 5 Sep 14

rosesrwhite says...

Where do they get their logbooks sent to?
Where do they get their logbooks sent to? rosesrwhite
  • Score: 4

10:22pm Fri 5 Sep 14

northern pig says...

rosesrwhite wrote:
Where do they get their logbooks sent to?
scumbags r us,co.uk
[quote][p][bold]rosesrwhite[/bold] wrote: Where do they get their logbooks sent to?[/p][/quote]scumbags r us,co.uk northern pig
  • Score: 3

5:54pm Thu 11 Sep 14

awasteoftime says...

northern pig wrote:
Well said Philip Davies.I have no sympathy for gypsy Joe of the said council,who represents the wandering band of scumbags,who heap misery on every community that as the miss fortune to be blighted by their presence, Never mind fines for leaving rubbish,how about Illegal entry,vandalism,anti social behaviour, and the rest. Also, if this council that represents them is funded by taxpayers money.That should also be withdrawn because clearly their only sympathies lie with the itinerant scum.
Totally spot on, in addition their assets ie any caravans, TV's towing vehicles etc. should be impounded until ALL costs are paid.
They will enjoy free health care free education and no doubt free pensions when they retire even though they pay nothing into the system, it is just a joke.
If I had a caravan and parked it on Council land I am sure the Police would move it very swiftly, but the Gypsies seem to get away with it !!
[quote][p][bold]northern pig[/bold] wrote: Well said Philip Davies.I have no sympathy for gypsy Joe of the said council,who represents the wandering band of scumbags,who heap misery on every community that as the miss fortune to be blighted by their presence, Never mind fines for leaving rubbish,how about Illegal entry,vandalism,anti social behaviour, and the rest. Also, if this council that represents them is funded by taxpayers money.That should also be withdrawn because clearly their only sympathies lie with the itinerant scum.[/p][/quote]Totally spot on, in addition their assets ie any caravans, TV's towing vehicles etc. should be impounded until ALL costs are paid. They will enjoy free health care free education and no doubt free pensions when they retire even though they pay nothing into the system, it is just a joke. If I had a caravan and parked it on Council land I am sure the Police would move it very swiftly, but the Gypsies seem to get away with it !! awasteoftime
  • Score: 0

8:57am Mon 15 Sep 14

karmaforall says...

bradford council spent £545,000.00 on referbishing the gypsy site at esholt in 2014 !!! these travellers camped illegally less than a mile from that site that had over 20 spare places!!! why should we pay!!! there was also a group of gupsys that camped illegally in the council car park at esholt for a week a few months ago, they did not pay top park and did not get charged for the legal costs to remove them or the clean up costs!! why dont they get charged?? next time you park in a council car park tell them your a gypsy and dont have to pay !! its not right its not fair. we should all be treated the same and not one law for gypsies and another law for tax payers its madness!!!
bradford council spent £545,000.00 on referbishing the gypsy site at esholt in 2014 !!! these travellers camped illegally less than a mile from that site that had over 20 spare places!!! why should we pay!!! there was also a group of gupsys that camped illegally in the council car park at esholt for a week a few months ago, they did not pay top park and did not get charged for the legal costs to remove them or the clean up costs!! why dont they get charged?? next time you park in a council car park tell them your a gypsy and dont have to pay !! its not right its not fair. we should all be treated the same and not one law for gypsies and another law for tax payers its madness!!! karmaforall
  • Score: 1

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