THURROCK Council must act now, or else a traveller site in Corringham could be the next Dale Farm say the Thurrock Conservatives
Earlier this month, travellers illegally pitched up near the Five Bells roundabout in Corringham. The council has to go to court to try and remove them.
Conservative councillor for Corringham and Fobbing, cllr Mark Coxshall said: “We do not want travellers illegally settling in Corringham. The council has made a real mess of this by not nipping the issue in the bud. Now they have to go to court to try and remove them, and that could take forever – has the council learnt nothing from Dale Farm?
“We all know how this goes. The travellers are already starting to bed in for a long stay, arranging things like permanent power and water. Soon they will probably start building walls and fences.
“Travellers need to comply with the law like everyone else, if everyone built property wherever they fancied, there would be anarchy with buildings popping up on any available piece of land. The law needs to apply to equally to all, so I call on Labour led Thurrock Council to stop picking and choosing who they enforce against and show that they are one the side of hard working residents who do the right thing.
“The travellers should do as their name suggest – travel; if they want to settle, they should go the same route as anyone else, buy a house or rent one.”
Conservative Councillor for Homesteads, Cllr James Halden said “I have repeatedly said to the council to seek advice from the Conservative administration on Basildon council who took a very courageous stand against the illegal traveller site at Dale Farm. We must avoid this happening in Thurrock.
Despite do-gooders such as a local Labour MEP, most people agree that taking action against Dale Farm was the right thing to do; my constituents need to pay their tax and obey the law, we can’t tolerate those who won’t!”
A spokesperson for Thurrock Council said: “This issue is being dealt with as an unauthorised change of use of the land and normal planning procedures are being followed.
“The council is talking to local councillors and to others who have contacted it, to assure them that this case is being dealt with under planning legislation.
“It will, however, take some time to resolve.”