Thanks, thought heard about it. Seems it just needs putting into practice now.
Indeed. It would be nice to know if the new sites for travellers are being developed yet and if any 'at risk' sites are actually going to get physical protection.
The five point plan is:-One set of protocols for the police and West Midlands councils
Clear, concise, real-time information that is easily shared.
Joined-up approach to identify and secure at-risk sites.
Explore the option of 'negotiated stopping'Use of transit sites
Ensure local councils provide adequate transit sites, which are designated temporary spaces with electricity and bathrooms.
Explore the option of 'emergency stopping places'.
The Land Commission should consider provision for the travelling community in its spatial strategy deliberations.Better protection for private businesses
Stronger police powers for private businesses that currently incur all costs if an unauthorised encampment sets up on its land.
Campaign to make it a criminal offence to occupy business premisesShare staff
Share staff across councils to be more efficient and effective, especially out of hours.
Have single points of contact to make it easy for partners and to build up relations in travelling communities.Better cross-border work in the wider West Midlands
Improve the way information is shared across West Midlands borders.
Look at how the WMCA could improve this via its non-constituent members.