Search site

In the news:- Council statement on unauthorised encampments in Basildon borough

Council statement on unauthorised encampments in Basildon borough
19 February 2018

Basildon Council worked closely with the police and Essex Countywide Traveller Unit (ECTU) to tackle unauthorised traveller encampments in the borough over the weekend.

On Friday night (16 February), a large group of travellers entered vacant industrial premises once occupied by Kongsberg Automotive, situated on the corner of Christopher Martin Road and Honywood Road.

Basildon Council officers attended the scene the following day to inform the trespassers that they were in breach of a High Court injunction and warned them to vacate or face committal proceedings. The injunction was obtained by the Council in November last year preventing unauthorised encampments at specified industrial and park areas within the borough that had been targeted by travellers over the last couple of years.

Later the same day a Section 61 Direction was served by Essex Police requesting the travellers leave this location.

The travellers then moved on to land at Westmayne. The grassed area was damaged by vehicles moving on and off the site, litter was strewn across a large area and a large gas cylinder discarded.

The travellers moved to the customer car park at Tesco, in Mandeville Way, yesterday morning (Sunday 18 February). The group have now left the car park but are known to be still in the borough. Police, Council and ECTU Officers are continuing to monitor the situation and will take appropriate action as required.

Cllr Alan Ball, Chairman of Basildon Council’s Regeneration and Environment Committee, said: “In conjunction with partners, we are continuing to do everything within our power to tackle incursions which are a blight on our neighbourhoods, communities and businesses. I would like to thank Essex Police, ECTU and our own officers for their prompt action this weekend.

“These events have yet again proven the value of our High Court injunction as we continue to send a clear message that we will not tolerate these breaches.”