Thurrock UKIP call for more action against unlawful traveller encampments in the borough

IS the Council and the Conservative Administration doing enough to deal with Traveller issues within the borough? Despite calls from UKIP Councillors and offers of help from local residents there are concerns that little to no action is being taken.

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UKIP Chadwell Councillor, Russell Cherry said: “In December 2016, residents sourced a gate to install so that a Traveller affected area could be protected. They offered to install the gate at their own cost. So far the Council has not taken the offer of help forward or offered up an alternative measure.

“The Council seems to be to be very slow to act in stopping these sites being broken into, occupied and fly-tipped. This invariably leads to the Council clearing up the mess and complaining about how much it costs. We would rather see the Council act proactively and protect these areas so that they cannot be broken into. Last year, the Council were rightly applauded for the way it dealt with Traveller incursions after the Manorway incident, what has changed since then?

“The Tory Council leader has appeared soft on the issue having previously defended Travellers’ rights to break into Council property and litter them by claiming such actions are the Travellers’ way of life. We call upon him now to take steps to make sure illegal Traveller incursions are dealt with swiftly and that affected residents are kept informed about the measures being taken. We do not want to see Thurrock’s green spaces turned into illegal camping sites.”

We have invited Thurrock Council to comment.

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