Travellers set for eviction from former school site in Tilbury

Thurrock Gazette: Travellers set for eviction from former school site in Tilbury Travellers set for eviction from former school site in Tilbury

TRAVELLERS who pitched up outside a nursery school in Tilbury have been asked to move on or be evicted.

A court notice was served to the families who have moved on to the St Chad's School site at the end of North View Avenue.

They have until the end of the day to leave the site - a footprint of the secondary school which was closed in 2003 and demolished in 2009 - which is overlooked by Little Pirates Nursery School.

A spokesman for Thurrock Council said: "The Essex Traveller Unit – working on behalf of Thurrock Council - has secured a court order giving the travellers 24 hours to move off the site. The order was served on Tuesday."

The order comes after numerous complaints from residents.

Speaking to the Gazette, one resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "If I just went and sat outside a school, I would be nicked. I know there are procedures and processes to follow, and anywhere else fine, but not when travellers are pitched up outside a school."

Another resident, who lives on North View Avenue, said: "On Tuesday night, it was 2am before the noise from the site died down. There are three generators going. It's awful."

Around eight or so caravans moved on to the site on Wednesday, February 26 and residents have been nagging the council to act since then.

Essex County Council's Traveller Unit are now responsible for dealing with these sorts of matters on behalf of Thurrock Council.

 

 

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6:27am Thu 13 Mar 14

ebagumtrebor says...

Lets wait for the screams of racism and the appeals. If it's anything like what happened in Malvern road last year, it will be turned into a race relations ambulance chasers carnival before you know it. Or will Essex County Council be able to do what Thurrock Council were incapable of because of their political beliefs.
Lets wait for the screams of racism and the appeals. If it's anything like what happened in Malvern road last year, it will be turned into a race relations ambulance chasers carnival before you know it. Or will Essex County Council be able to do what Thurrock Council were incapable of because of their political beliefs. ebagumtrebor
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10:10am Thu 13 Mar 14

Thecountrysgonetopot! says...

Totally agree with the above but Nobody in Tilbury could be accused of being rascist with regards to this seeing as there are quite a few 'traveller' families that live here and even the traveller camp at the entrance to Tilbury who by the way are lovely people and cause no issues, but we all know that when these people leave the old school site its going to be littered with rubbish and god knows what else, they really give the others a bad name and wonder why people dont like it when they turn up! They could try to play the rascist card but it just wont wash with the residents of Tilbury
Totally agree with the above but Nobody in Tilbury could be accused of being rascist with regards to this seeing as there are quite a few 'traveller' families that live here and even the traveller camp at the entrance to Tilbury who by the way are lovely people and cause no issues, but we all know that when these people leave the old school site its going to be littered with rubbish and god knows what else, they really give the others a bad name and wonder why people dont like it when they turn up! They could try to play the rascist card but it just wont wash with the residents of Tilbury Thecountrysgonetopot!
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10:24am Thu 13 Mar 14

Jb66 says...

Nobody can be accused of Racism because being a Traveller or a Gypsy is not in fact a race, it's a way of life. Why landowners have to go to the expense of going to court when these people decide to park up and stay is beyond me. The fact that they have no permission to stay should be enough to get them moved on. Maybe the council should go after them for council tax and the clear up money they have to spend in getting rid of the disgusting mess they leave behind them.
Nobody can be accused of Racism because being a Traveller or a Gypsy is not in fact a race, it's a way of life. Why landowners have to go to the expense of going to court when these people decide to park up and stay is beyond me. The fact that they have no permission to stay should be enough to get them moved on. Maybe the council should go after them for council tax and the clear up money they have to spend in getting rid of the disgusting mess they leave behind them. Jb66
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5:41pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Marcus P says...

In the ROI these people are classed as a friendship group not a race. The UK needs to do the same. I f they are treat so badly in Thurrock why are their numbers increasing significantly? They could always "travel" to somewhere more suitable to the norms of their friendship group.
In the ROI these people are classed as a friendship group not a race. The UK needs to do the same. I f they are treat so badly in Thurrock why are their numbers increasing significantly? They could always "travel" to somewhere more suitable to the norms of their friendship group. Marcus P
  • Score: 1

3:26pm Wed 19 Mar 14

OckendonPaul says...

Also, in Ireland tresspass is a criminal not a civil offence. Time for a bit of harmonisation I think.
Also, in Ireland tresspass is a criminal not a civil offence. Time for a bit of harmonisation I think. OckendonPaul
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