Police say they are powerless to move the travellers on after it emerged an order preventing use of the land expired six months ago./facepalm
Gerard Oxford, ward member for High Woods on Colchester Council, said he could not understand how the order had been allowed to run out.Well, I can bet one thing, and one thing only – whoever was responsible for renewing the order won’t lose their job over it.
He said: “I’ve had irate residents calling and saying they thought the land was protected.
“The travellers are au fait with how the system works.
“I don’t know how the order was allowed to expire. Our experiences with the illegal occupation that have taken part in the past years have been bad.”
Council bosses are investigating if they can legally evict many travellers from the illegal Dale Farm site.Delaying tactic? Or council legal advice screw-up?
Just days after funding was approved for the £17.5million clearance traveller campaigners have unearthed evidence they alledge (sic) questions the validity of enforcement notices served on up to 48 of the caravan pitches.
Council solicitor Lorraine Browne said: “We have received correspondence regarding the validity of notices and are looking into it in detail and will respond accordingly."Let’s hope it’s not the latter, then.
Not that Ms Browne would be out on her ear if that turned out to be the case, I suspect…