Harlow Council meeting set to discuss traveller encampments

Politics / Sat 14th Mar 2015 at 01:23pm

HARLOW Council is to hold a public meeting on Thursday 19 March 2015 about the interim town-wide injunction and future planned actions for tackling unauthorised traveller encampments.

The meeting, which will begin at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber, Harlow Civic Centre, will include information on the process for securing an interim injunction followed by a discussion on existing powers for public authorities, traveller site provision across Essex and further securing land in Harlow.

The meeting will be chaired by the Leader of Harlow Council, Councillor Jon Clempner. Harlow’s MP Robert Halfon, the Chief Superintendent of Essex Police Sean O’Callaghan and Councillor Roger Hirst, Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Planning and the Environment at Essex County Council will be attending.

The meeting follows Harlow Council and Essex County Council’s joint action to secure an interim town-wide injunction which bans travellers from setting up unauthorised encampments in Harlow. A hearing for a full injunction will take place later this year.

Councillor Jon Clempner, Leader of Harlow Council, said: “Now we have the interim town-wide injunction in place, I believe the time is right to hold a public meeting where residents and businesses can find out more about the injunction, future plans and ask questions.

“Finding a long-term solution to deal with repeated unauthorised encampments has been a top priority for Harlow Council since the summer and residents and businesses have played a key part in reminding everyone of the impact this issue has had on the town. For a long time we have been unable to talk about the legal action we were planning and we know this added to the frustration the community were feeling. I am sure there will be lots of questions the public have about this issue and this is their chance to talk to us and share their thoughts as we continue to prepare and look at future actions to address this issue.”

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