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In the news:- Basildon Council carries out further visit to unauthorised traveller site

Basildon Council carries out further visit to unauthorised traveller site
16 March 2017

Basildon Council has served copies of notices on occupants of an unauthorised traveller site on land west of Hovefields Avenue, Wickford.

Bailiffs instructed by the council and supported by police officers again attended the site today as part of the ongoing investigation into the breach of a High Court injunction.

Whilst on site, officers served notices on two individuals who were present on the land, providing them with copies of the injunction and planning enforcement notices, which forbids further development on the land.

The council will continue to actively pursue offenders for breaching the terms of the High Court injunction.

Cllr Kevin Blake, deputy leader of Basildon Council, said: “The only way we can ensure this land is restored to its proper state is by following the letter of the law and gathering as much evidence as we can to take to court.

“This operation is another important step which will ensure the council is well-placed to restore the land which is in the green belt.

“We understand residents want quick action and I am as frustrated as anyone that the council cannot speed up this process.

“The law, in its current form, does not provide councils with the emergency powers to take immediate action in the event of a planning breach such as this.”