Action underway to remove Travellers from leisure site

Thursday, 13 April, 2017

Action is being taken today to remove a group of Travellers from a leisure site at Walton’s Bath House Meadow.

The group of nine caravans and a dozen vehicles turned up on the land in front of the town’s Columbine Centre and next to Walton on the Naze Lifestyles yesterday evening.

Staff from the Tendring District Council (TDC) run facility spoke to one of the Travellers and was told that they were just stopping for a day or so before heading off for a ferry to The Netherlands.

A TDC officer has visited the site, which is owned by the Council, today and Essex Countywide Traveller Unit (ECTU) has been informed and asked to attend.

The unit will serve the Travellers a Direction to Leave which will give them 24 hours to move off.

Nigel Brown, TDC’s Communications Manager, said they are on land which may well be needed for car parking over the Easter weekend.

"If the weather is good and we have a large number of visitors that particular area will be needed for parking and it could lead to problems," he added.

"We hope that the group are good to their word and will be moving off today but action has been taken in any case to serve the Direction to Leave.

"The group is known to the ECTU as they were seen in Chelmsford yesterday and it looks like they could be making their way down to Harwich for a crossing."

TDC will continue to monitor the situation at Bath House Meadow on Eastern Promenade.

Last updated on: 13/04/2017 - 08:18