If gypsies or travellers are found on council-owned land, as the landowner the council is within its rights to take appropriate action to remove them.
However, councils nationwide are obliged to consider their presence for short periods and also to enquire whether there are any medical, social or educational reasons why that council should not move them on.
In certain circumstances, Mole Valley District Council may be able to help local private landowners with the eviction of gypsies or travellers, but generally it is the landowner's responsibility to remove trespassers from the land. Before taking any such action however, it is recommended that a landowner seeks professional advice.
The police have powers to serve a Direction to Move On for gypsies or travellers who have six or more caravans. The police will usually require evidence of an increase in criminal activity in the area the gypsies or travellers are staying before taking action.
Reporting Unauthorised Encampments
To report incidents of gypsy and traveller unauthorised encampments on council land, please call 01306 885001.
Private landowners should contact their own legal advisor or local Citizens Advice on 03444 111 444.
If you have evidence of crime or concerns about public order, please call the police on 101 or dial 999 in an emergency.