Not only do we have a housing crisis in the UK, but also limited authorised locations in Rossendale where travellers can put up campsites.
A shortage of approved places in Rossendale has culminated in a drastic increase in the number of travellers set up on illegal camps in Cloughfold, Reedshome, or Crawshawbooth such as car parks and playgrounds.
Government data indicates that there has been a 17% increase in the number of caravans on unauthorized plots and land not owned by travellers in Rossendale from 2016-2017.
While between 2010 and 2017 there was an increase of 2 percent in plots that are socially rented in Lancashire.
Usually, there are two options for the Lancashire landowners or local authorities to recover the possession of land or evict nomads in Reedshome, Cloughfold, or Crawshawbooth.
The first option is to use common law in Lancashire to evict them.
The common law grants land owners in Rossendale the right to remove travellers from their Lancashire property and the right to do this with reasonable force when necessary.
Evictions under common law in Rossendale are carried out by enforcement agents.
The notice of 24hrs is given to the travellers to vacate the place in Rossendale and the notice is served by the Denbigh Franks enforcement agents.
If travellers don't vacate the place in Reedshome, Cloughfold, or Crawshawbooth within the given time, then agents from Denbigh Franks will go back with the equipment and police if needed, to remove the travellers from the land.
The common rule on eviction in Lancashire comes with a number of benefits.
One of which is the speedy removal of the Rossendale traveller from the premises.
In most cases, an eviction using common law can be done in 24 hours, which means they have little or no time to cause damages to the property or land in Rossendale and the risk of fly-tipping is reduced.
The second available option for the Lancashire landowners and the local authorities is to get possession writ.
To get an 'order of possession' is the first step towards eviction in Rossendale under possession writ.
When dealing with squatters and travellers in Crawshawbooth, Reedshome, or Cloughfold, the order of possession is served against "unknown person".
Once you are awarded the order for possession in Rossendale, you can transfer it to the High Court, there, the High Court Enforcement Officer (HCEO) of Denbigh Franks has the prerogative to enforce the order.
The greatest advantage of using a writ of property and moving it to the Lancashire High Court is that notification does not have to be issued, depending on the situation; the Denbigh Franks HCEO may determine whether to do so.
It is more beneficial at the time of dealing with the travellers in Rossendale who refuse to move on from the land as it takes away the opportunity of damaging the property from them, they cannot steal or show any kind of resistance at the time of eviction in Lancashire.
It is advisable to prevent this type of situations whereby you have to carry out evictions in Reedshome, Crawshawbooth, or Cloughfold that may consume your time and money, and there are various ways that local governments and property owners in Lancashire can do to bar travellers from camping on their property.
In order to stop the unauthorized persons from entering your land in Rossendale, fences and gates on the premises and bollards at entrances are very good options.
In addition, you can dig trenches, build embankments or plant earth buds which can also play an important role in safeguarding your Rossendale land from unauthorised travellers.
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