“Harlow Borough Council and Essex County Council have secured a three-year extension to an injunction which bans Travellers from setting up unauthorised encampments across Harlow.
The injunction will now apply until midnight on 14 June 2020. It had been due to expire on 16 June 2017.
The councils said that they had, in seeking an extension, also applied to add five named persons to the injunction order and one piece of private land, previously not included.
The injunction bans 40 named persons from setting up unauthorised encampments on any land in Harlow. It also protects 322 vulnerable sites across Harlow including parks and playgrounds, business areas, highway verges, schools, cycle tracks, previously occupied sites and some private land from person’s unknown setting up unauthorised encampments.
The two local authorities originally applied for an interim injunction in March 2015, after Harlow experienced 109 different unauthorised encampments for nearly 18 months.
In December 2015 a full injunction was granted by the High Court for 18 months.
The injunction was seen as a ground-breaking move at the time as an injunction excluding named persons from an entire district had never been applied for before. …”