Decision details

Notice of Motion: No Overnight Camping in the Borough

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet considered a report of Executive Director (Neighbourhoods and Environment) which had been prepared in response to the Notice of Motion, presented to the last meeting of Council, concerning no overnight camping in the Borough.




1. That the proposed Notice of Motion and the current inability of either the Council or the police to enforce a Public Spaces Protection Order as set out in the Notice of Motion, be noted.


2. That the current process by which the Council and Essex Police approach traveller sites/the traveller community in the Borough continues to be supported.


Other options




Reasons for Recommendations


Introducing a Borough wide PSPO to prohibit overnight camping (primarily aimed at the traveller community) would be extremely difficult to secure and to enforce. The PSPO process in itself is a lengthy process which involves wide stakeholder and public consultation. Furthermore, courts across the nation rarely allow, if ever, locality wide PSPO prohibitions. Locality wide PSPO’s if being considered are often rigorously challenged by various groups such as Liberty.


Note: This is an Executive Function

Eligible for call-in to: Policy and Resources Scrutiny Committee

Cabinet Member: Cllr Terry

Publication date: 31/07/2020

Date of decision: 28/07/2020

Decided at meeting: 28/07/2020 - Cabinet

Effective from: 08/08/2020

This decision has been called in by:

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