Cllr Joanna Dabrowska has been receiving very concerning messages from residents who have to regularly cross Ealing Common. Many feel intimidated and unsafe walking through the Common by the current unauthorised encampment by Ealing Common Station.
Latest reports state that there are 21 caravans currently parked up on the smaller grassy common between Uxbridge Road and Leopold Road.
Last December, both Labour and Lib Dem councillors rejected Cllr Dabrowska’s petition* for a borough-wide injunction enabling both the Council as well as Ealing Police with more powers to swiftly evict such encampments and use it as a deterrent.
Ealing over the last five years has had the second highest number of unauthorised encampments in London with at nearly 30 this year alone. Cllr Dabrowska carried out Freedom of Information requests on all London councils last autumn. 12 councils† currently have an injunction out of 32 London boroughs.
As a last resort, Cllr Dabrowska has sent a request to the local Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), Sgt James Lenton, Superintendent Ricky Kandohla and Borough Commander Paul Martin, to exercise their s.61 powers‡ for a quick removal of the unauthorised settlement on the Common.
To read earlier updates on this encampment, please click here.
* Click here to read about the Council debate following the petition for a borough-wide injunction against unauthorised encampments
† Other London councils who currently have an injunction against unauthorised encampments:
Barking & Dagenham (indefinite), Bromley (interim), Croydon (3 years), Enfield (3 years), Greenwich (3 years), Kingston (interim), Merton (3 years), Redbridge (3 years), Richmond (interim), Sutton (3 years), Waltham Forest (3 years), Wandsworth (interim, seeking permanent).
Many other county and city councils around the UK have obtained injunctions in recent years.
‡ Section 61 of the Criminal Justice & Public Order Act 1994 – power to remove trespassers on land – click here to read the legislation