Just before 3pm yesterday (19th June), Cllr Joanna Dabrowska was alerted by residents of the arrival of a new unauthorised encampment along Warwick Road Extension.
At 1459, both the local authority and the local police team were informed. The designated council officer immediately took action by arriving at the encamped site and enforcing the borough-wide injunction.
Cllr Dabrowska was reliably informed that the bailiffs were on their way late yesterday afternoon, so one was hopeful that the removal would be swift and below the current record of 3 hours.
Alas, the council officer was surprised to learn that the bailiffs never turned up on site to carry out the eviction as per the injunction order.
Cllr Dabrowska visited the location at 2am and all was quiet.
Updates will appear here as the mystery unfolds. Where are the bailiffs?
UPDATE: 20th June 2019 – 1220 – it has come to our knowledge that the occupants, whilst parked their caravans on the Warwick Road Extension, had gone to attend a funeral in Kent and the caravans were in fact empty overnight.
A tow truck started removing the vehicles yesterday whilst some occupants started returning. The current encampment is in the process of moving on one by one with full departure expected shortly.
Just when one thought one has seen every encampment scenario, this definitely wasn’t your typical one.
UPDATE: 20th June 2019 – c.1500 – the encampment has departed.
The council’s waste contractor will clean up the remaining waste.
Photo: local resident