Harlow Council angry with police over illegal traveller camps

Politics / Wed 9th Jul 2014 at 04:33pm

HARLOW Council is calling on Essex Police to do more to tackle illegal encampments in Harlow.

There are currently four illegal encampments in Harlow. There is an encampment of 34 caravans on Latton Common, seven caravans on Harlow Common and six caravans on Coldharbour Road (Essex County Council land). There are a further seven caravans on the privately owned Nortel site on London Road.

Yesterday (8 July 2014) the Police served a section 61 notice on 26 caravans on Third Avenue. Fifteen caravans from this encampment are now on Latton Common.

Councillor Emma Toal, Portfolio Holder for Youth & Community, said: “Overnight the Latton Common illegal encampment has nearly doubled in size and residents are quite rightly angry and concerned. We are calling on the Police to use their powers and serve a section 61 notice.

“Harlow Council’s powers are limited compared to that of the Police when it comes to illegal encampments and they can take action without having to go through the courts. This is about protecting Harlow’s green spaces and responding to residents’ concerns. Harlow Council is doing everything it legally can to tackle illegal encampments but the Police can and should do more.

“Where there are allegations of criminal damage to property and other criminal offences the Council expects the Police to investigate and to take appropriate action.

“Current Government Legislation needs to also change to protect communities by helping Councils take action without having to go through a legal process costing Council taxpayers’ money every time there is an illegal encampment.”

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