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Revealed - how road repair firms are registered to Dale Farm’s empty plots
10:30am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
TRAVELLERS from Dale Farm are using rubble-strewn plots at the former illegal site as addresses to register road repair businesses.
Two years on from Basildon Council’s multi million-pound eviction, an Echo investigation has found at least five limited companies have been registered to fictitious or former addresses at the cleared camp.
Companies House, which holds the UK register of UK limited companies, pledged to investigate our findings.
It is illegal to register firms without using a physical address or to use untraceable ones.
If customers of any of the road line painting firms tried to visit the “head office” of these companies, they would be met by piles of soil and rubble at a site which has yet to be restored to green belt.
Basildon Council leader Tony Ball said: “It comes as no surprise and only confirms the perception there was criminality going on among some travellers at Dale Farm and, unfortunately, does no good for the image of the wider community of law-abiding travellers in the borough.”
A man, 44, from the neighbouring legal site, who would not be named for fear of reprisals, said: “Most people on here run their business openly with a van with the firm’s logo and numbers parked on the plot where they live.
“But you always get a few bad apples who will pull any stroke not to get found.
“If customers get the address Oak Lane or Dale Farm on the business card, they won’t have a clue where it is.”
A Companies House spokeswoman said with three million businesses on its books, details supplied were taken in good faith and would get “basic checks”.
She added: “Every company must have a registered office, which must be a physical location, in the same part of the UK where the company was incorporated “Should it come to light the registered office address is ineffective, our compliance team would investigate.
“If the service address is the same as the registered office and no contact could be made, we would have no choice but to strike the company off.”
The Echo wrote to the directors of the firms at the addresses, but got no response