It’s been a busy few years in Ealing as well as in London generally with hundreds, possibly over a thousand unauthorised encampments.
Cllr Joanna Dabrowska, who has been fighting for Ealing to have a borough-wide injunction, has summarised the current picture across the Capital.
Currently, 13 London boroughs have such injunctions with some councils not being affected by encampments (such as City of London, Westminster, etc) therefore, not requiring an injunction.
The following councils have borough-wide injunctions:
Barking & Dagenham (indefinite)
Bromley (interim, seeking permanent)
Croydon (3 years)
Enfield (3 years)
Greenwich (3 years)
Hillingdon (3 years)
Kingston (3 years)
Merton (3 years)
Redbridge (3 years)
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.
Ealing, with at least 200 recorded unauthorised encampments in the last few years, tops the poll of having the most encampments in London, and has incurred at least £1m in clear-up, legal, officer time and other costs in addition to police resources that have been deployed in extreme cases.
London Borough of Hounslow is currently in the process of applying for an interim borough-wide injunction against unauthorised encampments, and, if successful, will be the 14th London Borough (out of 32) to have one in place.