Councillor in hot water over 'big, fat, gipsy cesspit' claim

THE Traveller’s Movement has reacted with outrage after a councillor branded a gipsy site in Corringham a “big, fat, gipsy cesspit”.

Mark Coxshall, councillor for Corringham and Fobbing, was speaking after Thurrock Council refused to grant the site planning permission last Thursday.

An enforcment notice will now be served but it is likely the Ward family, who settled on the Southend Road site over the Easter weekend, will appeal the decision and extend their stay.

Cllr Coxshall said: “The council has made a real mess of this by not nipping the issue in the bud at the start. Now they have not got their planning I am pleased, but this is not going to be a quick conclusion to the issue as I am sure this will go to appeal.

“The travellers have already started to bed in for a long stay. We all know what happens next, they start building walls and fences and we end up with a section of Stanford that looks like a cross between my big, fat, gipsy cesspit and Shameless.”

The comments angered the Traveller’s Movement, a charity which works to raise the capacity and social inclusion of the Irish Traveller community in Britain.

They dubbed the statement’s stereotyping as “racist” and vowed to lodge a complaint with Thurrock Council for a breach of the councillor’s code.

A spokesman said: “The traveller family in Corringham had a right to apply for planning permission in retrospect and they have a right to appeal if they wish. They have the same rights to engage with the planning system as anyone else.

“But whatever the merit of this particular case, Cllr Coxshall’s and Thurrock Conservative group’s outrageous comments about the application betrays the prejudice behind their opposition.

“To assume a traveller family will inevitably behave in stereotypical way depicted on a controversial gipsy reality show is racism, pure and simple.”

The spokesman added an increase in permanent and private sites means less need for councils to provide authorised sites and increases the number of ratepayers.

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4:25pm Wed 7 Aug 13

jb411 says...

"To assume a traveller family will inevitably behave in stereotypical way depicted on a controversial gipsy reality show is racism, pure and simple.”

How can it be racism, being a traveller is not a race!! And as for the Traveller's Movement - well maybe they're the ones that should clean their "movements" up after they leave.
"To assume a traveller family will inevitably behave in stereotypical way depicted on a controversial gipsy reality show is racism, pure and simple.” How can it be racism, being a traveller is not a race!! And as for the Traveller's Movement - well maybe they're the ones that should clean their "movements" up after they leave. jb411
  • Score: 20

4:43pm Wed 7 Aug 13

Indred Cold says...

Trouble is he is telling the truth
Trouble is he is telling the truth Indred Cold
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10:50pm Wed 7 Aug 13

ardale lad says...

Oh dear Cllr coxshall is rather stating the obvious though isn't he.
Oh dear Cllr coxshall is rather stating the obvious though isn't he. ardale lad
  • Score: 15

9:41am Thu 8 Aug 13

7dogsnuts says...

The truth hurts
The truth hurts 7dogsnuts
  • Score: 10

10:33am Thu 8 Aug 13

OckendonPaul says...

"An increase in the number of gipsy sites means an increase in the number of ratepayers"
That's a good one - I've just picked myself up off the floor!
"An increase in the number of gipsy sites means an increase in the number of ratepayers" That's a good one - I've just picked myself up off the floor! OckendonPaul
  • Score: 11

10:59am Thu 8 Aug 13

Bernard 87 says...

Cllr Coxshall is right. Why should he sugarcoat his words?
The council should have thrown them off the land instantly rather than waiting for them to submit a planning application but I suppose any extra Labour voters is a good thing to them.
Cllr Coxshall is right. Why should he sugarcoat his words? The council should have thrown them off the land instantly rather than waiting for them to submit a planning application but I suppose any extra Labour voters is a good thing to them. Bernard 87
  • Score: 10

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