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Hello, If land is owned by a Parish Council (PC) and Travellers set-up an encampment, are the PC liable for any damage caused to the residents adjacent to the land as a consequence. Our property is accessed over a wayleave track across the PC land and the Travellers are churning it up with quad-bikes. Also lighting fires in proximity to our thatch. Eviction notice is waiting for the courts but shouldn't the land have been protected as a contingency. Do the PC have a duty of care to have taken reasonable measures to prevent the encampment or expedite their removal. Regards, Peter
Thank you for the answer which is the information I sought. Disappointing, but I cannot hold you responsible for a flawed law!
Damage to the path is one thing, but (potentially) igniting our thatch from the bonfires?
There are many bye-laws covering this land which preclude the use of bonfires and vehicles etc.
My understanding from your answer is that this are of little or no relevance. There is clearly no pressure we can apply to encourage the PC to be more timely and effective in securing the land. We will just have to use charm and persuasion to get them to do the right thing.
I do understand and thank you again for the clarification.
Just thought they may have some duty of care or diligence but I accept that is wishful thinking.