In Cornwall, there's a shortage of authorised sites for travellers because of the housing crisis in the UK.
Due to this, the increased numbers of caravans packed on unauthorized land in Cornwall such as playing fields, and car parks has been observed in Truro, Camborne-Redruth, or Saint Austell.
Statistics from the Government show that the caravan numbers on unauthorized parcels and land in Cornwall that doesn't belong to travellers has increased by 17 percent from 2016-2017.
Conversely, there was only a 2% increase in places rented socially in Cornwall from 2010 to 2017.
In order to evict the travellers and get the possession of land back in Saint Austell, Truro, or Camborne-Redruth, landowners and local authorities in Cornwall have 2 options.
The first alternative is to evict travellers in Cornwall by making use of common law.
Under common law, Cornwall landowners have the power to remove travellers from their property in Cornwall and are allowed to use force if required.
Evictions of travellers under common law in Cornwall are often carried out by enforcement agents.
The notice of 24hrs is given to the travellers to vacate the place in Cornwall and the notice is served by the Denbigh Franks enforcement agents.
At the expiration of the 24-hour ultimatum, the Denbigh Franks enforcement agents have the right to make use of their equipment and the police to remove the travellers from the site in Truro, Camborne-Redruth, or Saint Austell.
Common law eviction has several advantages in Cornwall.
The benefits of eviction of travellers in Cornwall using common law include the speed of the operation.
A removal under common law can be executed within 24 hours in many cases; this means there is a shorter time for damage to the property or land in Cornwall and reduce the chances for fly-tipping.
Secondly, landowners and local authority in Cornwall should be ready to receive possession summons.
The first thing when evicting a traveller in Cornwall using a writ of possession is to acquire an order of possession.
The order is made against "Persons Unknown" when dealing with squatters or travellers in Truro, Camborne-Redruth, or Saint Austell.
Next, in Cornwall the order would be transferred to the High Court from where it would be enforced by a High Court Enforcement Office (HCEO) from Denbigh Franks.
The major benefit of utilising an ownership writ and later transferring it to Cornwall High Court includes an order being considered unnecessary, but, Denbigh Franks High Court enforcement personnel may choose if to serve an order or not depending on the existing circumstances.
This is helpful especially when dealing with the travellers in Cornwall as the element of surprise prevents the risk of damaging and stealing from the property or forming a resistance to eviction in Cornwall.
A considerable amount of money and time are invested when trying to remove a traveller from a property in Camborne-Redruth, Truro, or Saint Austell, and this is why it is always better to prevent it from happening at all, so to do so, there are certain things that Cornwall land owners and local authorities could do.
Illegal visitors can be stopped from gaining access to the lands in Cornwall by installing gates and fences to barricade the land and installing prominent bollards at entry points.
Moreover, embankments, earth bunds, and trenches are a great way of keeping the security of land in Cornwall from uninvited visitors.
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