Extracts from the Stourbridge News – 5th October 2023:
HOUSE building company Taylor Wimpey says it has secured its canal-side parkland by the River Stour and Stourbridge Canal after a caravan parked illegally for about a year, and linked to anti-social behaviour, was finally evicted from the site.
The retro looking touring caravan, that resembled something out of TV show Breaking Bad, had become part of the landscape – with many regular walkers and locals left wondering when it would be moved and why it had been allowed to stay on the site.
Dudley Council’s homeless team had been aware of a man living in the caravan since last December and the authority said it had offered emergency accommodation and had been working to help identify long term options for the person residing there.
But the caravan remained on the site, which was turned into meadowland as part of the Doulton Brook housing development, until September 21 when an eviction was finally carried out.
A spokesperson for landowner Taylor Wimpey told the News: “We received a complaint regarding a caravan and two tents that were camped unlawfully on Taylor Wimpey land at Doulton Brook in early August 2023.
“Following discussions with our legal team a successful eviction was carried out on September 21.
“A coded lock has also been installed on the entrance gate which will prevent any similar incidents.”
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