Stephen Metcalfe calls for more joined up action to tackle yet further traveller incursions
STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon & East Thurrock has again stepped up his campaign to get everyone to play by the same rules.
Stephen said: “Last week saw the third occupation of Rushley Park by travellers. This incursion has again caused much distress to local residents with reports of intimidation; fires being lit on both park furniture and in the trees; fly tipping on an industrial scale and a general disregard for acceptable behaviour.”
“These events have again rightly resulted in a call for more action to be taken to ensure that everyone, regardless of their status in society are treated equally under the law. Trespass, malicious damage, fly tipping and intimidation of others are all criminal acts and anyone breaking such laws should be treated in exactly the same way.”
Stephen, who visited the site on Friday (Photo attached) and spoke to a resident expressed great concern for both individuals affected by the actions of the travellers and the impact it is having on the local park which is a much loved public place.
Stephen stated: “This is the third time in 9 months that the local community has been affected by such an incursion. I am grateful to the Police and the local Council for the actions they have taken to clear the site, but I am calling on all authorities – locally and nationally to do more. I have therefore again written to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Communities and local Government asking what more we can collectively do to ensure the protection of our public spaces and how we can prevent such trespass in the future.”
Stephen Metcalfe MP is also opening discussion with Basildon Borough Council, Thurrock Council and Essex County Council to explore putting in place a Borough wide Section 61 order similar to that imposed by Harlow Council. This could help to protect the environment and residents from the constant abuses that occur both during and after such incursions.