Spelthorne Borough Council made an application to the Court to have unauthorised occupiers in Sheep Walk, Shepperton, committed to prison for breaching an injunction order that prohibited their occupation of the land.
The Judge found all four defendants to be guilty of contempt of court and ordered them to pay £12,052 to the Council to cover its legal costs. Challenges made by the defendants were dismissed by the Judge.
All four defendants will return to Court on a date in February 2016 to be sentenced.
Two defendants who recently left the injunction site were told that they risk imprisonment if they try to return.
Two other defendants remain on the injunction site in breach of the order. It was argued that the remaining caravans could not be moved due to the health condition of one of the defendants. It is expected that these will be moved from the site in due course.
The Council’s Planning team will continue to monitor the injunction site. As caravans have recently moved onto the adjacent land, they will also continue to liaise with Surrey County Council’s Highway Team.
Cllr Vivienne Leighton, Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “This situation has been extremely frustrating for both residents and the Council but we have worked tirelessly to secure this outcome. The people concerned saw fit to ignore the injunction order and they must now face the consequences of their blatant disregard of the law.”