Henry has said he very much welcomes Government action on unauthorised encampments.
Commenting Henry said: “I am very much aware of concerns held by a great number of my constituents concerning unauthorised traveller encampments. Not only do these cause significant levels of stress for the settled community but also spread a negative view of the traveller community, the vast majority of whom are law-abiding citizens.”
“I very much welcome the Government’s plans which will see extended Police powers to tackle trespassers, additional support for local Council enforcement activities and reforms of the planning system. Taken together, these measures will go a long way to addressing the concerns of my constituents through providing fair and equal treatment for both travellers and the settled community.”
Henry went onto say: “Not only is the Government supporting our local settled communities, but are also supporting the law-abiding Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities through the New Homes Bonus and the Affordable Homes Programme. This locally-led approach is working well as the number of caravans on authorised sites has increased by over 5,000 in eight years.”
Henry also said: “Some critics have attacked this policy on the grounds that it is unfair on the travelling community who may have nowhere else to go. I would answer this by pointing out that here in West Norfolk we have a first rate local authority site at Saddlebow.”