Large traveller encampment pitched on ‘private land’ in Northampton

Travellers have parked up on the Cobblers 'Claret' car park
Travellers have parked up on the Cobblers 'Claret' car park

Authorities are working to move on a large traveller encampment, which has pitched up on the Cobblers ‘Claret’ car park in Northampton on Wednesday.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said a group of 17 vans and caravans are currently located on the car park off Edgar Mobbs Way and Upton Way in Northampton.

Picture shows an encampment, which set up near Upton yesterday. It is believed to be the same group which has now moved to Edgar Mobbs Way.

Picture shows an encampment, which set up near Upton yesterday. It is believed to be the same group which has now moved to Edgar Mobbs Way.

The spokesperson said: “The Countywide Traveller Unit (CTU) is aware of the encampment and is liaising with the group.

“This is private land and, as such, the CTU will identify the landowners and make contact. The CTU will then act in an advisory capacity.”

Eyewitness reports suggest a traveller encampment first pitched up on a parcel of land by the Upton way / Edgar Mobbs Way roundabout yesterday afternoon.

As the group is now on private land, cabinet member for the environment at Northampton Borough Council, Councillor Alan Bottwood (Con, Upton) said the onus will now be on the landowner to seek an eviction order.

Picture shows an encampment, which set up near Upton yesterday. It is believed to be the same group which has now moved to Edgar Mobbs Way.

Picture shows an encampment, which set up near Upton yesterday. It is believed to be the same group which has now moved to Edgar Mobbs Way.

We have always had a zero tolerance towards travellers in terms of illegal access to council owned land.

“But the biggest problem we have is when a group set up on private land. Then it is up to the owner to seek the necessary injunction, which can be an expensive process.”