Illegal encampment - enforcement action

Derbyshire Dales Illegal Encampment Task Force led by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster, met today to discuss the issue of nine additional caravans and their occupants that are occupying the site at Station Car Park in Matlock Bath illegally.

The taskforce brought together partners including District Council Leaders and Chief Executive and the local Police Inspector to gain a status update on the situation and set an action plan to deal with the issue swiftly.

The Council confirmed procedures for eviction are underway and that it will be working to evict the illegal occupants at the earliest opportunity. Derbyshire Police have confirmed that they are increasing patrols.

Residents are encouraged to contact the Council or the Police to report any concerns they may have.

The eviction action does not include the Traveller family to whom the Council owes a legal homeless duty - comprising five caravans and their occupants – who have been given permission to use the Matlock Bath car park on a temporary basis until 31 January.

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