PCC and MPs call on the government to give police and councils stronger powers to deal with unauthorised traveller encampments
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson and
Wolverhampton South East MP Pat McFadden have led a group of 15 MPs
to call on the government to give police and councils stronger
powers to deal with unauthorised traveller encampments.
In an official response to the government's consultation, the
PCC and 15 West Midlands MPs have called for:
- Stronger powers to allow police to direct unauthorised
encampments to transit sites across local council
- Repeat trespass on private (including business) premises by
unauthorised encampments to be made a criminal offence.
- Allow councils to work together across boundaries to ban
problematic individuals from trespassing across whole regions like
the West Midlands.
- The government to ensure laws are working to make fly-tippers
pay for clean-up costs.
West Midlands Police have faced a doubling of 999 and 101 calls
relating to unauthorised encampments in the last 2 years.
Since the introduction of a transit site in Sandwell there has
been a sharp reduction in the number of unauthorised encampments in
The PCC and MPs have made their call after meeting
with Government Minsters Alok Sharma MP and Marcus Jones
During that meeting they committed to working closely with
the PCC and local MPs.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson
"A majority of MPs in the region have come together with me to
call on the government to tighten up the law to give the
police and councils the powers we need to tackle unauthorised
encampments. This collective call is larger than anywhere else in
"The current system is failing everyone that is why with Pat
McFadden I have brought together MPs from across the region to
tackle the issue.
"We've been working closely with the government who have welcomed
our proposals so far.
"I am confident that by tightening up the law we can make a big
MP for Wolverhampton South East, Pat McFadden said,
"We need urgent changes to prevent the pattern of repeated
illegal traveller encampments that affects much of our region.
These cause huge inconvenience and frustration to local people and
significant cost to local taxpayers. It should be easier for
the authorities to move camps on and those responsible for causing
damage and engaging in fly tipping should pay the costs. In
this document we suggest a number of changes in response to the
Government consultation. It is important that such changes
are implemented with the consent of local residents and not simply
Signatories to the response:
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner
Pat McFadden MP
Wolverhampton South East
Adrian Bailey MP
West Bromwich West
Colleen Fletcher MP
Coventry North East
Emma Reynolds MP
Wolverhampton North East
Geoffrey Robinson MP
Coventry North West
Ian Austin MP
Jack Dromey MP
Jess Phillips MP
Jim Cunningham MP
John Spellar MP
Preet Kaur Gill MP
Richard Burden MP
Shabana Mahmood MP
Steve McCabe MP
Birmingham Selly Oak
Valerie Vaz MP