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Milton Keynes Council is promising to clamp down on unauthorised encampments following a recent spate of activity across the borough.

Senior representatives from the council, Thames Valley Police and the Parks Trust recently held a summit to discuss how best to minimise both the number of unauthorised encampments in Milton Keynes, and the need for major clean up operations.

Councillor Peter Geary, the Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “We’ve recently seen a surge in illegal encampments springing up across Milton Keynes, with tonnes of associated rubbish, including a lot of trade waste, ending up on these sites. For example, sheets of asbestos were left behind at the popular beauty spot, the Blue Lagoon in Bletchley.”

Pictured above is one unauthorised encampment on a small green area close to the junction of Snelshall Street and Standing Way in Tattenhoe, where nearby residents have complained about an increase in litter in the area.

“We will crack down on unauthorised encampments and keep our green open spaces looking attractive,” added Cllr Geary.

“We will not accept anyone destroying our local environment and take all steps to stop this happening.”