“Illegal encampments and fly-tipping have become epidemics in the borough” – that’s the verdict from Wokingham council (WBC) leader John Halsall.

Bosses at WBC have announced plans to clamp down on these issues.

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This comes as travellers have set up across the borough, with encampments in Grazeley, Cutbush Lane in Shinfield, and Wargrave.

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Neighbours took extreme measures to protect land from travellers in Spencers Wood.

Councillor Halsall told the News WBC was working with the Community Safety Partnership to address the issue.

He added: “We need to put more muscle behind this.

“There are lots of things we can do in addition to what we are doing and we need more policy as to how we can do it.

“We are becoming an easy target.”

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Fly-tipping is an “ugly” problem the council hopes to deal with by creating a “countryside watch” project.

Bosses plan to work with landowners, residents, parish councils and the police to install a number of actions to beat fly-tipping.

These include creating a fly-tipping direct line for members of the public, naming and shaming perpetrators, blacklisting companies caught fly-tipping from council contracts and more.

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See below for a full list of the council’s planned actions, which were announced at a WBC meeting on Thursday, September 19.

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