With the continuing housing crisis in the UK there is also a shortage of authorized sites in Shropshire for travellers to set up on.
As a result, an increasing number of travellers in Shropshire are setting up unauthorized encampments such as playing fields and car parks in Oakengates-Donnington, Shrewsbury, or Telford.
According to the Government's statistics, the number of caravans in Shropshire on unauthorized plots has increased by 17% from 2016-17.
For plots of land in Shropshire that are socially rented, there was only a 2% increase seen between 2010 and 2017.
When it comes to regaining possession of land and evicting travellers in Shrewsbury, Oakengates-Donnington, or Telford, the Shropshire land owners and local authorities can use two options.
The first way is using the common law to remove travellers in Shropshire.
Standard law says that Shropshire property owners have the authority to evict tourists from their land in Shropshire and may be require to use a certain degree of force if need be.
Common law evictions in Shropshire are usually carried out by law enforcement officers.
These Denbigh Franks agents will give the trespassing traveller 24 hours to vacate the property in Shropshire through a notice.
If the site in Shrewsbury, Telford, or Oakengates-Donnington is not vacated after the 24-hour period, the Denbigh Franks enforcement agents will return to remove any remaining travellers with the equipment, and possibly police if necessary.
The use of common law has many benefits in Shropshire.
Out of all the benefits of using common law, the biggest one is that the process in Shropshire gets speed up.
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 Shropshire and reduce the chances for fly-tipping.
The other choice for local authorities and landowners in Shropshire is to get a writ of possession.
Receiving an order of occupancy is the first move to evicting under a custody warrant in Shropshire.
The possession order is usually made against "Persons Unknown" when referring to either squatters or travellers in Telford, Oakengates-Donnington, or Shrewsbury.
When the order of possession arrives in Shropshire, it is taken to the High Court in order to be implemented by the high court enforcement officer from Denbigh Franks.
The main advantage of using a writ of possession and then moving it up to the Shropshire High Court is that a notice need not to be given, however, the Denbigh Franks enforcement officer from the High Court may decide whether to give notice or not.
The element of surprise is advantageous to the landowner because the Shropshire traveller will not have time to cause damage to the property, steal from the owner or offer any resistance in Shropshire.
Avoiding these situations is always desirable to handle an eviction in Oakengates-Donnington, Telford, or Shrewsbury and the time and cost involved, so, in order to prevent it, there are many actions that can be taken by local authorities and landowners in Shropshire.
Fences or gates can be constructed around the property in Shropshire along with signs that clearly state "No Trespassing" as this will prevent the travellers from trespassing.
On top of that, embankments, earth bunds and trenches are also great methods of protecting a site in Shropshire from unauthorised individuals.
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