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Unauthorised Encampment Enforcement on the Industrial Areas between Pipps Hill and Burnt Mills, Basildon

Basildon Council is currently engaged in ongoing enforcement activity regarding unauthorised encampments on the Industrial Areas between Pipps Hill and Burnt Mills, Basildon.

The information published here is intended to provide residents and representatives with timely updates on planning enforcement activity regarding unauthorised encampments on the Industrial Areas between Pipps Hill and Burnt Mills, Basildon. Our aim will be to post public updates within 24 hours (Mondays to Fridays).

Background information

Since 2016 there have been a great number of incidences where travellers have set up unauthorised encampments on the industrial estates between Pipps Hill and Burnt Mills, Basildon. In these cases the encampments have often comprised up to 20 people and 8 caravans plus associated vehicles and animals. It has not necessarily been the same group each time, there have been different numbers of caravans and vehicles, but it is reasonable to conclude that there is a connection between most of the families. In all cases, these encampments have been established on land owned by either Essex County Council, Basildon Council or private landowners.

Between 2016 and the present time over 75 unauthorised encampments have been set up on the industrial estates between Pipps Hill and Burnt Mills. The presence of these unauthorised encampments has a seriously detrimental effect on nearby businesses, transport and commerce. Also, since April this year, over £40,000 has had to be spent on the disposal of fly tipped waste following eviction of traveller encampments.

During this entire period, Basildon Council has done, and will continue to do, all it can within current laws to have these unauthorised encampments removed, including serving various notices, directions and pursuing court action where appropriate.

Current ongoing enforcement activity

On Monday 4th November 2017 Basildon Council was granted a High Court Injunction that that will give the council greater powers to deal with unauthorised encampments on the Industrial Areas between Pipps Hill and Burnt Mills. The greater powers this High Court Injunction now gives to Basildon Council will act as a more effective deterrent and enable the Council to:

  • act more quickly than the 10-14 days it currently takes to remove an unauthorised encampment
  • ask the courts to carry out rapid seizure of various property including caravans and vehicles
  • ask the courts to impose increased penalties for contempt of court, which can include fines and/or imprisonment.

Supporting documents for download...

Links to press release bulletins

Further information and enquiries

Interested parties are asked not to contact Basildon Council for further information on this matter, as such individual requests only divert resources away from other operational activities.

Residents' co-operation in this is much appreciated.

Report an unauthorised encampment

You can help our officers by reporting incidents of  unauthorised encampments within Basildon Borough.

You can report an unauthorised encampment online. See Gypsies and Travellers - Unauthorised Encampments for details.

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