Local residents alerted Cllr Joanna Dabrowska early this morning, when a new unauthorised encampment started arriving before 8am.
Cllr Dabrowska has notified the authorities and welfare assessments are due to be carried out today.
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UPDATE: 26 March 2019 – The Council have carried out welfare checks and are about to serve a s.77 removal order. If the encampment is still there tomorrow, the Council will seek eviction via the courts.
UPDATE: 27 March 2019 – Residents have reported that the unauthorised encampment has today increased in size. Cllr Dabrowska has updated council officers and further welfare assessments will be carried out this evening.
UPDATE: 28 March 2019 – Around 21 caravans have now settled on the Common by the Tube station.
Cllr Dabrowska has now requested for the Police to exercise their s.61 powers. Latest information can be found here.
UPDATE: 29 March 2019 – Cllr Dabrowska has today spoken with Ealing Police and Ealing Council regarding an update.
As the encampment has grown, it is being treated as three separate encampments due to various times of arrival of different groups.
The Council will be proceeding with stage 2 of the eviction process. The local authority will be seeking to obtain a section 78 removal court order early next week (w/c 1st April) subject to court availability. If successful, they will be served to the first two groups to vacate the land in the following 24 hours. If the occupants do not comply, the Council will utilise bailiffs for the physical removal. This will may not be until the following week, depending on resources.
The Police are monitoring the area and working in partnership with the local authority.
UPDATE: 30th March 2019 – around 6pm this evening, the three encampments started to depart from Ealing Common and left within the hour. Not yet confirmed, but Cllr Dabrowska believes that the Police used their s.61 powers.
More information about s.61 powers can be found here.
Cllr Dabrowska is awaiting information but the clean up will most probably start on Monday.
Photo: Local residents