Berkshire

Waltham St Lawrence gypsy camp loses fight to avoid eviction

The Gypsy camp at Shurlock Road Image copyright Google
Image caption The families set up camp at the Shurlock Road site in 2009

Gypsy families living at an illegal campsite in Berkshire have lost a fight to remain at the site.

Ten families have been embroiled in a dispute with the local council ever since they set up camp at Shurlock Road, Waltham St Lawrence, in 2009.

The Court of Appeal in London found the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead was not unreasonable in taking action to clear the site.

The council said it would follow "correct procedures".

The authority said the occupiers had installed caravans, vehicles and machinery on the Green Belt land without planning permission.

'Process ongoing'

Lady Justice Arden, Lord Justice Floyd and Lord Justice Sales upheld a High Court decision of January 2015, which ruled in favour of the council's decision to clear the site.

They dismissed the families' appeal against the decision, denying them a judicial review.

Derek Wilson, cabinet member for planning, said: "We cannot take this direct action quite yet as the legal process is ongoing.

"But we will continue to follow the correct procedures to ensure that this unauthorised occupation of Green Belt land is ended, and the site returned to its original condition."

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