Brightlingsea Town Council has issued the following statement regarding the travellers on the grass car park off Promenade Way:-
Council staff alerted councillors to the fact that there were travellers setting up camp on the car park – which is owned by Brightlingsea Town Council – on Friday, July 29th.
In the first instance, town mayor Karen Yallop and grounds manager Terry Hamilton attempted to reason with the travellers but were met with a barrage of verbal abuse. Other councillors also attempted to persuade the travellers to leave without success. Kevin Newland, of ITUS Security, assisted councillors and later helped council staff as they carried out their duties around the area. He also checked the area through the night and had ongoing discussions with the travellers.
Within an hour of being notified of the incursion, Mrs Yallop contacted Tendring District Council, which is a member of the Essex Countywide Traveller Unit (ECTU), and steps were taken to issue an eviction order. All the relevant agencies have been informed and statements have been given to the police.
There have been several instances of similar problems in Clacton, Walton and Holland-on-Sea over recent weeks, and in those cases the travellers have been visited by ECTU, and a Court Order was served giving the travellers 24 hours to leave the unauthorised encampments. Had they failed to leave, ECTU, on behalf of Tendring District Council could send in bailiffs to evict them. It’s expected that a similar procedure will be followed in Brightlingsea’s case.
Mrs Yallop said that Brightlingsea Town Council is using whatever powers it has available to it to remove the travellers as quickly as possible.