Joseph Josephs from the Gypsy Council
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Illegal traveller sites: New guidelines 'muddy waters'

Councils should be quicker to clamp down on unauthorised encampments and traveller sites, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has said.

Joseph Jones, chairman of the Gypsy Council, has accused the government of "muddying the waters" after it issued new guidelines reminding local authorities in England of their legal powers to deal promptly with illegal traveller sites.

He said: "There needs to be less of an emphasis on the negative."

  • 09 Aug 2013
  • From the section UK
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