Another week, another illegal traveller encampment

Politics / Wed 6th Aug 2014 at 08:47am

SIX caravans who were illegally encamped on land at Third Avenue and the cycle track there have now moved to privately-owned land at Coldharbour Road. Harlow Council is working with the landowners to provide support and advice.

Five caravans from Third Avenue and five caravans from Howard Way and Second Avenue illegal encampments have moved to open land at Southern Way/Pear Tree Mead. This is land owned by Harlow Council. Community Safety Officers visited this site yesterday (4 August 2014) and served the group with a direction to leave by 10am today (5 August 2014). As they have failed to do so the Council will be issuing county court proceedings.

There are currently no illegal encampments on Second Avenue/Howards Way and Third Avenue.

Essex Police are monitoring the sites on a daily basis. The Council asks residents and businesses that if they see or have any evidence of any criminal activity or anti-social behaviour relating to the illegal encampments that it is reported to the Police on 101 or 999 if it is an emergency.

Today Harlow Council has published a page on its website for residents and businesses on responding to illegal encampments. This page, which can be found at www.harlow.gov.uk/illegal-encampments includes frequently asked questions.

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