A council has obtained an injunction banning people from setting up unauthorised encampments on a South Cheshire park.
The High Court in Manchester has granted the injunction banning people from setting up caravans or mobile homes on Barony Park, Nantwich.
In their application Cheshire East Council court was told about the general nuisance, anti-social behaviour and damage caused to the Barony Park amenity, the cost of clean-up and the cost of having to close sports and leisure facilities by Everybody – the borough’s leisure trust.
There have been at least eight unauthorised encampments on the park since the start of 2020 – with the council installing a large perimeter fence around the site.
Under the new injunction people are banned from setting up caravans or mobile homes on the site for more than four hours without permission.
Cheshire East Council say anyone who failed to remove their caravan after being asked could face arrest for being in contempt of court.
Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “We are pleased that the court has recognised the need for such an injunction, which gives the council additional powers to deal with any unauthorised encampments for the foreseeable future.
“We hope that this will act as a deterrent to anyone who feels that they are at liberty to occupy this area of public open space.
Councillor Mick Warren, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for communities, said: “Hopefully, this will bring some reassurance to our residents living in the vicinity of the park who have tolerated repeated episodes of unauthorised encampments over many years.
“We thank them for their resilience and for working with us on our strategy to protect and improve Barony Park, as we strive for future Green Flag stratus, recognising its importance as a peaceful and valued area of green space for the people of Nantwich.”