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Day 2: Travellers cause chaos as they continue to defy injunction in Mark Hall

News / Sat 16th Dec 2017 at 10:46am

Travellers Dec 17

A LARGE group of travellers are continuing to defy the High Court injunction on unlawful encampments in Harlow.

Mark Hall 2

Mark Hall 1

The group pitched up on Friday afternoon but despite being visited by Harlow Council and Essex Police, they appear to be standing their ground.

The encampment is on the new road between Old London Road and the A414.

At 8am this morning, it appeared that the owners of the farmland opposite were not taking any chances. A large concrete bloc appeared and then a number of JCBs started to create what looks like a barricade.

Mark Hall Sports Centre has been closed. People hoping to use sports centre were being turned away all morning.

A source told YH that travellers had “got in” to the centre last night.

Statement from the Leader of Harlow Council, Councillor Jon Clempner:

“The unauthorised traveller encampment moved from Coldharbour Road yesterday afternoon (15 December 2017) to the access road at Harlow Enterprise Zone on London Road. Both sites are covered by the town-wide High Court injunction. Having been informed of the Injunction and its contents yesterday by Council officers and the Police the travellers are now in breach of the order. Therefore the next steps are being followed to start the enforcement proceedings. Work continues over the weekend and we remain in contact with the Police on developments. An update will be published on Monday.

“We understand and share the frustration the local community will be feeling at this time given Harlow’s history with persistent unauthorised traveller encampments. We want to reassure the local community that we are taking the appropriate steps to resolve this matter as soon as possible.”

We have continued to liaise with Old Harlow Councillor, Joel Charles who has expressed his deep concern at the situation.

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