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FOI 3043

TRAVELLERS ON ILLEGAL SITES

Request

During each of the la st three financial years (08/09), (09/10), (10/11)how much has your Council spent on legal fees to remove travellers from illegal sites?

  1. During each of the last three financial years (08/09), (09/10), (1 0/11)how much has your Council spent removing waste and cleaning up and s afe-guarding sites after the departure of travellers from illegal site?

Response

As per your FOI request regarding traveller costs please see below:
1. During each of the last three financial years (08/09), (09/10), (10/11)how much has your Council spent on legal fees to remove travellers from illegal sites?
Our Legal services will respond to this question shortly. (see below)
2. During each of the last three financial years (08/09), (09/10), (1 0/11)how much has your Council spent removing waste and cleaning up and safe-guarding sites after the departure of travellers from illegal site?

These details are not readily available as we do not have a separate budget code for traveller clear ups. This exercise will take a considerable amount of time and a fee of £450.00 is required in order for us to release an officer to research this.

2nd Response:

I am aware that you asked for information concerning Gypsies and Travellers sites

One of the questions you asked was concerning the expenditure on Legal fees. I can confirm that we hold the information but not in one place and that required a delay in my responding to you on that question.

As per your original request on the costs please see below:
1. During each of the last three financial years (08/09), (09/10), (10/11) how much has your Council spent on legal fees to remove travellers from illegal sites?
The legal fees for Gypsies and Travellers to include both trespass and planning breach is not specifically kept in one code but upon reviewing the matters the expenditure for each of the years would be as follows:

2008 /9 £ 6,100
2009 / 10 £10,200
2010 / 11 £9,100

These figures include payments Barristers and Solicitors and court issue fees.