Berkshire

Waltham St Lawrence Gypsies can be evicted, court rules

Gypsies living on an illegal camp in Berkshire can be evicted, the High Court has ruled.

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead intends to remove 10 families from Shurlock Road in Waltham St Lawrence.

Travellers at the site requested a judicial review on the matter from the High Court, but it has been refused.

MJ Saunders, cabinet member for planning and property, said he was "delighted."

He said: "Throughout the process we have taken great care to meet all our statutory requirements, not only from a planning perspective but also the travellers' social, health and educational needs, especially the impact on the children."

Timothy Dutton QC ordered the applicants to pay the council's costs of £3,000.

The families have been living at the site since December 2009.

They were given a 48-hour eviction notice by the council in April which was suspended whilst the High Court considered the case.

The Gypsy Council was unavailable for comment.

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