June 9, 2009
The many reports of illegal traveller sites springing up all over the place during the bank holiday weekend has finally led to one council taking action. The daily and weekend newspapers have been rife with stories of traveller camps settling on land in local communities over the past few weeks.
In around a week’s time, Basildon Council will be publically advertising for bailiffs to win the lucrative £2million contract to clear 86 families from sites in the area. The sites are located at Crays Hill and Hovefields in Wickford.
The contract will be open to all bailiff companies across the continent and it will be advertised in the official journal of the European Union. The travellers have been attempting to stall the process by appealing against any eviction and private talks with the council are still ongoing.
Council leader, Tony Ball said:
“The advert will be published next week. We are then looking at about two months to award the contract, before any families still at the site are served 28-day notices of eviction. We hope in the meantime they will move off peacefully.”
This move by a local council closely follows government plans to utilise professional bailiffs’ services of debt collection.