Ryedale District Council teams up with police and RSPCA
Ryedale District Council has today served a section 77 notice on five families who are temporarily residing at Tara Park.
Section 77 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 gives a local authority the ability to order any person living in a vehicle within its area to move off any land that is occupied, but where the occupier has not given permission to her/him to reside there.
A criminal offence will be committed if those travellers who have received the notice fail to leave the land as soon as practicable.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Government guidance was for local authorities to allow travellers access to amenities, to limit the spread of the virus and keep people safe. Ryedale District Council allowed seven families to move onto Tara Park as a temporary measure.
A spokesperson for Ryedale District Council, said: “We have worked closely with North Yorkshire Police, the Fitzwilliam Estate and the RSPCA, after a number of issues regarding antisocial behaviour were reported to us.
“We have today served five families with a notice to leave Tara Park within 24 hours. This is not a decision we have taken lightly and it is the first time Ryedale District Council has taken such action.
“Tara Park is a site where residents should feel safe and welcome, and part of the community.”
Ryedale is a member of a sub-regional Gypsy and Traveller Partnership, which comprises representatives from the County and District/Borough Councils. Our membership enables us to work with resident and transient communities to improve communication and understanding between them and local housing and planning authorities across York and North Yorkshire. By working together we have been able to reduce conflict and misunderstanding, and decrease the instances when enforcement action is taken.
Ryedale District Council has also investigated reports of fly-tipping on land on the south side of Castle Howard Road, Malton. Our officers have been to the site, collected evidence and have today removed all of the material. Action has been taken by Ryedale District Council and partners to secure the area, in order to prevent any repeat offending.
A spokesperson for Ryedale District Council said:
"There is absolutely no excuse for fly-tipping. It spoils our beautiful countryside and is a hazard to people and wildlife. Fly-tipping is irresponsible and illegal, and we have acted swiftly to deal with this incident."