Harlow Council leader tells communities minister that residents are angry over traveller fiasco

Politics / Tue 12th Aug 2014 at 10:57am

THE LEADER of Harlow Council, Jon Clempner has told the communities minister, Brandon Lewis that Harlow residents are angry over the on-going problem regarding illegal gypsy-traveller encampments.

Councillor Jon Clempner, Leader of Harlow Council, said: “I welcome the Minister coming to Harlow to see first-hand the issues that are being caused by the recent spate of illegal encampments. We made him fully aware of the anger and frustration that local residents are feeling.

“It was a positive meeting and showed that Harlow Council is doing everything it can to tackle the issue. The minister toured the town to see the current illegal encampment on Essex County Council land at Passmores School and examples of the work which Harlow Council has taken to prevent vehicle access to as much green open land as possible.

“The Council is calling on the Government and the Association of Police Officers to review the law and the associated guidance to deal with illegal encampments. Action needs to be taken to prevent travellers merely moving from one illegal encampment to another within communities. This issue is of national significance as many areas throughout the country experience similar difficulties to those currently being experienced in Harlow. I stressed this point to the Minister and he listened.”

“The powers that are available to Harlow Council are being used and fully considered but we have a situation in the town where a group of travellers have been here for more than 10 months and continue to move from site to site within the town. Outside of the current powers, the Council continues to look at every possible legal avenue to find a solution to this issue.”

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2 Comments for Harlow Council leader tells communities minister that residents are angry over traveller fiasco:

2014-08-12 14:44:04

The trouble is no-one believes Cllr.Clempner that everything is being done. If the Council is going for a legal removal though the courts, then surely they could get a legal ban from all Harlow Council land in one go! I find it strange that under a Conservative Administration all encampments were moved on quickly with the minimum of fuss or mess, yet now under Labour it has become a town wide fiasco!

Lee Dangerfield
2014-08-12 16:23:47

So when will the Labour council bring in by laws and hold a public meeting on this subject?

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