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Electricity rigged up at traveller site
3:00pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
AN ILLEGAL traveller site is being hooked up to the National Grid, even though it has no planning permission.
Contractors have been working at the site in Corringham to connect it to the mains, with temporary traffic lights causing delays and traffic jams for motorists.
Some neighbours have also claimed they saw paving slabs being taken into the site.
A 43-year-old man, who uses the road regularly, said: “I want to know who gave a permit for those companies to carry out the work.
“There are traffic lights and vehicles are queuing around the Five Bells roundabout.
“It’s going to grind the area to a halt, yet unbelievably, this is an illegal site.”
The Ward family, who own the site and live there, applied to Thurrock Council for permission to stay, but were refused last month. The family have since appealed to the Planning Inspectorate.
Robert Ward said: “The utility firm had to notify the council. We have cut no corners. We just want a fair crack of the whip.
“It is a legal process we are going through, so we are breaking no laws. Some people in the area have accepted us, but others have pre-judged us and are giving us abuse.”
The family arrived on the green belt site over the Easter bank holiday, moving on caravans and connecting to the water main.
A Thurrock Council spokesman said: “The council has no power to stop the works being carried out on the public highway.
"UK Power is working under the New Roads and Street Works Act and is fully compliant.”
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