Attempts to remove travellers from sites in Tendring continue today

The latest encampment on Holland Marshes.

The latest encampment on Holland Marshes. - Credit: Archant

Efforts are continuing today to move travellers from two sites in Tendring.

Two caravans, which left a site on a grass verge on Holland Marshes earlier this week following a visit from Essex Police and Tendring District Council (TDC) officers, have returned to another location close-by on the marshes.

The travellers, who have set up in an Essex County Council highways material storage yard in a layby, are due to receive a Direction to Leave notice later today and provided they comply with the notice, they are expected to be gone by the weekend.

A new encampment has also appeared next to Brook Country Park, on the outskirts of Clacton.

A group got onto the park itself last week but were issued with a Direction to Leave and were gone within 24 hours of receiving it. They left a large amount of rubbish behind to be cleared up.

This time they were unable to gain access due to measures taken by TDC but three caravans and a number of commercial vehicles have parked up on the verge along London Road, near to where the previous group gained access.

Yesterday they were reported to be parked up on land next to the circus near Clacton Airfield and then moved on to their current location in London Road.

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Essex County Council’s traveller unit is also visiting them today.

Paul Honeywood, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said the council has received a large number of complaints from residents.

“We are working closely with the county council’s traveller unit and Essex Police to deal with these issues in the appropriate way,” he said.

“We are doing all that we can within the powers available to us to move the travellers on as quickly as possible.”

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