More cash set aside for bailiffs to target illegal developments

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A NEW team of bailiffs will be appointed to crack down on planning breaches and continue tackling illegal travellers’ sites in Basildon.
 

Councillors will tonight <thurs> vote on a plan to hire bailiffs to carry out planning enforcement across the borough.
 

The council has budgeted to spend £300,000 a year over the next three years on planning enforcement and will have to tender across Europe before appointing the bailiffs.
 

The move comes just 15 months after the eviction at Dale Farm, which cost the taxpayer more than £7million.
 

The contract with bailiff firm Constant & Co, which carried out the Dale Farm clearance and a series of smaller operations at the Hovefields site in Wickford from 2005 to 2010, expired last month.
 

The firm awarded the contract could have to carry out any planning enforcement across the borough, but the report makes clear it is specifically tailored towards illegal traveller sites.
 

A report to the council from officials said: “The council will require bidders to specify their costs for carrying out a range of operations including the removal of caravans, mobile homes and other portable structures from land.”
 

Malcolm Buckley, Tory councillor responsible for regeneration, said: "This is needed because the previous contract has come to an end and it will be in respect of all planning enforcement issues, not just unauthorsed traveller sites, although this remains an issue in the borough."
 

Len Gridley, 54, from Oak Road, Crays Hill, who campaigned for the Dale Farm eviction, called for the cash to be spent “sorting out the mess” left at Dale Farm.
 

He added: “It was supposed to be restored to green belt, but is just a rubble strewn eyesore. I want to see that cleaned up first.”
 

Since the 54 illegal pitches were demolished around 20 caravans have remained parked illegally in Oak Lane, the road leading to the site.
 

There are also still some occupancy breaches on the neighbouring legal site, about five unauthorized pitches left at Hovefields and an unlawful expansion of the three legal pitches off Harrow Road, North Benfleet, to deal with.
 

Stuart Hardwicke-Carruthers, a campaigner for the Dale Farm families, is trying to get more sites built and even preparing a planning application to rebuild Dale Farm as revealed by the Echo this week.
 

He said: “The council should focus on identifying sites to meet the shortage in the borough rather than wasting money on more needless evictions.”
 

Basildon Council’s environment and regeneration committee will debate the proposal to hire new bailiffs tonight.

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6:16pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Eric Whim says...

which of the councillers has an interest in a bailiff company one wonders
which of the councillers has an interest in a bailiff company one wonders Eric Whim
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7:57pm Thu 10 Jan 13

mikepaterson says...

Eric Whim wrote:
which of the councillers has an interest in a bailiff company one wonders
it will have to be noted for public records so I very much doubt it.
[quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: which of the councillers has an interest in a bailiff company one wonders[/p][/quote]it will have to be noted for public records so I very much doubt it. mikepaterson
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10:04pm Thu 10 Jan 13

TheWizzard says...

mikepaterson wrote:
Eric Whim wrote: which of the councillers has an interest in a bailiff company one wonders
it will have to be noted for public records so I very much doubt it.
However, one of the councillors does have a beneficial interest in the surrounding land!
[quote][p][bold]mikepaterson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: which of the councillers has an interest in a bailiff company one wonders[/p][/quote]it will have to be noted for public records so I very much doubt it.[/p][/quote]However, one of the councillors does have a beneficial interest in the surrounding land! TheWizzard
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9:09pm Fri 11 Jan 13

fearsiuil says...

Really?

Which one is that, I wonder?

Btw, Len is right about one thing; the council's agents made an awful mess and spent a lot of taxpayers' money to achieve nothing good.

Two Christmas after the attack on the private site and things are worse not better.

A disgrace.
Really? Which one is that, I wonder? Btw, Len is right about one thing; the council's agents made an awful mess and spent a lot of taxpayers' money to achieve nothing good. Two Christmas after the attack on the private site and things are worse not better. A disgrace. fearsiuil
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10:15pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Lastlaugh... says...

Read the article slowly and clearly! Dont let anything blind you to what is being reported.

" crack down on planning breaches AND continue tackling illegal travellers’ sites in Basildon"

They are already tackling sites, this new initiative is to allow them to crack down on OTHER planning breaches.

" but the report makes clear it is specifically tailored towards illegal traveller sites."

This would be unlawful and illegal and is actually contradicted by the follow comment

" it will be in respect of all planning enforcement issues, not just unauthorsed traveller sites"

There will come a time, in our time time, in this country when there will be shanty towns in most cities (housing benefit cut-backs, repossessions, lack of housing etc ) and then all this rubbish, hate and prejudice about Traveller sites will be meaningless.

Dont think so? remember the cardboard city of the 80s? Who would of thought that would ever happen.

Travellers will adapt and survive...will you and yours?
Read the article slowly and clearly! Dont let anything blind you to what is being reported. " crack down on planning breaches AND continue tackling illegal travellers’ sites in Basildon" They are already tackling sites, this new initiative is to allow them to crack down on OTHER planning breaches. " but the report makes clear it is specifically tailored towards illegal traveller sites." This would be unlawful and illegal and is actually contradicted by the follow comment " it will be in respect of all planning enforcement issues, not just unauthorsed traveller sites" There will come a time, in our time time, in this country when there will be shanty towns in most cities (housing benefit cut-backs, repossessions, lack of housing etc ) and then all this rubbish, hate and prejudice about Traveller sites will be meaningless. Dont think so? remember the cardboard city of the 80s? Who would of thought that would ever happen. Travellers will adapt and survive...will you and yours? Lastlaugh...
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10:47pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Lastlaugh... says...

Lastlaugh... wrote:
Read the article slowly and clearly! Dont let anything blind you to what is being reported.

&quot; crack down on planning breaches AND continue tackling illegal travellers’ sites in Basildon"

They are already tackling sites, this new initiative is to allow them to crack down on OTHER planning breaches.

" but the report makes clear it is specifically tailored towards illegal traveller sites."

This would be unlawful and illegal and is actually contradicted by the follow comment

" it will be in respect of all planning enforcement issues, not just unauthorsed traveller sites"

There will come a time, in our time time, in this country when there will be shanty towns in most cities (housing benefit cut-backs, repossessions, lack of housing etc ) and then all this rubbish, hate and prejudice about Traveller sites will be meaningless.

Dont think so? remember the cardboard city of the 80s? Who would of thought that would ever happen.

Travellers will adapt and survive...will you and yours?
" in our time time" * in our life time*
[quote][p][bold]Lastlaugh...[/bold] wrote: Read the article slowly and clearly! Dont let anything blind you to what is being reported. " crack down on planning breaches AND continue tackling illegal travellers’ sites in Basildon" They are already tackling sites, this new initiative is to allow them to crack down on OTHER planning breaches. " but the report makes clear it is specifically tailored towards illegal traveller sites." This would be unlawful and illegal and is actually contradicted by the follow comment " it will be in respect of all planning enforcement issues, not just unauthorsed traveller sites" There will come a time, in our time time, in this country when there will be shanty towns in most cities (housing benefit cut-backs, repossessions, lack of housing etc ) and then all this rubbish, hate and prejudice about Traveller sites will be meaningless. Dont think so? remember the cardboard city of the 80s? Who would of thought that would ever happen. Travellers will adapt and survive...will you and yours?[/p][/quote]" in our time time" * in our life time* Lastlaugh...
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11:01am Sat 12 Jan 13

TheWizzard says...

fearsiuil wrote:
Really?

Which one is that, I wonder?

Btw, Len is right about one thing; the council's agents made an awful mess and spent a lot of taxpayers' money to achieve nothing good.

Two Christmas after the attack on the private site and things are worse not better.

A disgrace.
John Dornan i believe
[quote][p][bold]fearsiuil[/bold] wrote: Really? Which one is that, I wonder? Btw, Len is right about one thing; the council's agents made an awful mess and spent a lot of taxpayers' money to achieve nothing good. Two Christmas after the attack on the private site and things are worse not better. A disgrace.[/p][/quote]John Dornan i believe TheWizzard
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3:32pm Thu 7 Feb 13

manuelization says...

As long as they are not cracking down on the Gypsy community, (of which I am from) I don't care.
However, I am hoping that that the Irish travellers are NOT Gypsies get what's coming to them for slandering our name with by calling themselves Gypsies and causing trouble.
As long as they are not cracking down on the Gypsy community, (of which I am from) I don't care. However, I am hoping that that the Irish travellers are NOT Gypsies get what's coming to them for slandering our name with by calling themselves Gypsies and causing trouble. manuelization
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