Anger at "unauthorised" traveller encampments in Chadwell and Corringham

BOTH residents and local politicians have expressed both anger and frustration at a number of unauthorised encampments in the borough.

A group of travellers has recently vacated Chadwell Hill after forcing entry onto the site and then leaving large amounts of litter.

UKIP Thurrock Public Protection and Communities Spokesman, Cllr Russell Cherry said: "I call on the Conservative Government and the Conservative Council to take action. Their position that this should be left to Thurrock taxpayers to clear up is unacceptable.

"Cllr Tim Aker recently had a Downing Street petition calling for illegal traveller pitches to be made a criminal offence like in Ireland. This would have meant that people could instantly be moved on, their caravans seized, heavy fines imposed and jail sentences if required. It reached over 10,000 signatures to which the Conservative Government replied that the current rules are okay.

"I think the Conservative Government should come and visit Chadwell Hill, because if they think 10 working days is an acceptable amount of time to let traveller illegally stay and then bill law abiding taxpayers for the clear up – it really shows how far the Westminster Establishment is out of touch."

Things are not any better on the east side of the borough where there has been a report of an encampment on Springhouse Road in Corringham.

Corringham and Fobbing councillor, Aaron Watkins has informed residents, vis social media, that he has reported this to Thurrock Council.

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