Roma rough-sleepers (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3928
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I understand that about some 40 economic migrants, (thought to be Romanian) live in Lee Valley Regional Park (North London) in temporary shelters and that Transport for London (TfL) owns the land. Is it correct eviction papers have been served by TfL to the migrants?

Answer

Answer for Roma rough-sleepers (2)

Answer for Roma rough-sleepers (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The land in the Lee Valley Regional Park is owned by several different landowners including TfL, The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, National Grid and Thames Water. The Department for Communities and Local Government has issued guidance to local authorities on the various powers and duties to address the growing number of illegal encampments following concerns over issues such as public health, planning regulations and environmental protection. TfL has taken action in accordance with that guidance to obtain a dispersal order which was enacted on 6 October 2014 in conjunction with the Police and Court Sheriffs. TfL has subsequently removed all rubbish from the various sites which has been jointly funded by the different agencies involved.