Update re Michelins Farm


Rochford District Council is aware that Travellers have set up an encampment at Michelins Farm (Arterial Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7NG).

Our Emergency Planning Officer and Planning Enforcement visited the site on the morning of Thursday 30 March to assess the situation and found 19 caravans to be present. We understand the police also visited the site on Wednesday.

The responsibility for removing the Travellers lies with the land owners and they have been contacted to discuss the options available to them.

We are liaising with the Essex Countywide Traveller Unit, the police, and are seeking an interim injunction in the High Court to prevent further caravans from accessing the site.

The Council’s Allocations Plan has indicated that a lawful site should be provided at Michelins Farm in the future, however this is still at an early stage and the services needed to make the site habitable are not yet available.

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