Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin demands Parliamentary debate on illegal traveller camps

Dudley North MP Ian Austin has demanded a Parliamentary debate and full review of the laws covering illegal traveller camps. 

Austin spoke out in Parliament today to demand councils and the police be given more powers and resources to tackle the camps after local parks in Dudley have been used by travellers in the last few weeks.

In the last fortnight alone, the park at Milking Bank, Grange Park and the public open space at Russells Hall have all been used by travellers with residents and their children left unable to use the parks and play areas.

Austin has previously met the council and the police to discuss what more can be done to prevent travellers using parks and community facilities in Dudley and move them on as quickly as possible if they do set up camp in the area. He wants the government to give local councils more powers to deal with camps on parks and public open spaces more quickly and he wants the council to try to prevent sites being occupied again.

Speaking in Parliament today, Ian Austin said:

“For the third time in a fortnight, my constituents are having to put up with the noise, nuisance, litter and mess caused by illegal Traveller camps on parks and public open spaces in Dudley. That is completely unacceptable, but when I talk to the council and the police about the situation, they tell me that they need more powers to deal with it. May we have an urgent debate in Government time so that we can get to the bottom of the issue? We need to provide local authorities with the powers that they need to deal with this problem once and for all so that my constituents and their children can start to use parks and play areas once again.”

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