Dudley residents have told us very clearly that they want action taken to prevent unauthorised encampments by travellers.
Such encampments cause frustration, fear and anger among residents in local communities through damage and nuisance.
It is currently costing the council – and the taxpayer – in excess of £150,000 per year in legal and clean-up costs to move travellers on from illegal encampments on parks and open spaces in the borough.
Over three years, having a transit site is likely to save money and save many Dudley communities from the anger, frustration and annoyance of having valued green spaces damaged and contaminated with waste by unauthorised incursions, as has happened in recent years.
To be able to use the additional powers the transit site needs to be within the Dudley borough. The site gives the council and police new powers to address unauthorised incursions. This power only applies if the transit site is located within the borough.