I've reported before that Croydon Council is planning to seek an injunction to stop those responsible for repeated illegal encampments on Council land or the public highway. As injunctions can be granted indefinitely, this would provide a longer term solution to the problem than requiring groups of travellers to vacate site A in the borough only to find that they then move to site B.
The Council recently provided me with some information to illustrate the scale of the problem. Last year, Council officers had to deal with 83 unauthorised encampments. In some cases, it had to bring bailiffs in to assist and in many cases there were signficant clean up costs after. The total cost to the taxpayer was more than £128,000. That's money that could have been spent on vital public services. The sooner the Council gets an injunction to deal with this persistent anti-social behaviour the better.