THURROCK Council is working with Essex Police and other agencies in advance of the planned eviction of travellers at the Dale Farm site in Basildon.
Cllr John Kent, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: “We have a good relationship with the travelling community in Thurrock, we have three sites and we also have an established showmen’s community.
“We are aware of what’s happening at Dale Farm, we’re talking constantly with Essex Police, with partners in Basildon and with others.
“We are well prepared for any eventuality and at the moment we are in a process of making sure the sites that are in council ownership are well secured. We will not tolerate illegal use of council land at any time. I would urge other landowners to ensure their land is also properly secured.”