A way of dealing with travellers in Cranbrook?

“Harlow Borough Council and Essex County Council have secured a three-year extension to an injunction which bans Travellers from setting up unauthorised encampments across Harlow.

The injunction will now apply until midnight on 14 June 2020. It had been due to expire on 16 June 2017.

The councils said that they had, in seeking an extension, also applied to add five named persons to the injunction order and one piece of private land, previously not included.

The injunction bans 40 named persons from setting up unauthorised encampments on any land in Harlow. It also protects 322 vulnerable sites across Harlow including parks and playgrounds, business areas, highway verges, schools, cycle tracks, previously occupied sites and some private land from person’s unknown setting up unauthorised encampments.

The two local authorities originally applied for an interim injunction in March 2015, after Harlow experienced 109 different unauthorised encampments for nearly 18 months.

In December 2015 a full injunction was granted by the High Court for 18 months.

The injunction was seen as a ground-breaking move at the time as an injunction excluding named persons from an entire district had never been applied for before. …”

http://localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=31524%3Acouncils-win-3-year-extension-to-district-wide-ban-on-unauthorised-encampments&catid=63&Itemid=31

Breakdown of Cranbrook crimes March 2017

To the respondent to the previous post who queried the crimes in the Bluehayes Road area of Cranbrook:

15 antisocial behaviour
1 bicycle theft
1 criminal damage and arson
1 public order
3 shoplifting
4 violence and sexual offences

https://www.police.uk/devon-and-cornwall/DEV.4087/crime/623128/

If this is incorrect, the correspondent should take the matter up with Devon and Cornwall Police who provided the above information on their interactive crime website.

Cranbrook street in top ten for crime

“Among the street areas with the highest levels of recorded crimes were:

Union Street area, Plymouth – 43
The Strand area, Torquay – 33
Northernhay area, Exeter – 32
Little Castle Street, Exeter – 30
Barnstaple High Street area – 27
Market Avenue area, Plymouth – 26
Bluehayes Lane, Cranbrook – 25

http://www.devonlive.com/devon-s-crime-hotspots-revealed/story-30338233-detail/story.html

More travellers arrive in Cranbrook

“Residents in Cranbrook have hit out after more travellers arrived overnight near the town’s train station.

The number of caravans parked at the station car park are reported to have been increasing in recent weeks with three more vehicles pitching up on a grass area next to the car park on Wednesday evening.

Local resident Caroline Williams said that locals are ‘fed up’ by the situation. “Devon County Council and Cranbrook Consortium have to rid this peaceful town of travellers who turn up cause havoc,” she said.

“When they finally get moved on the mess and filth is there for weeks and then just when it gets cleared another group turns up.

“Everyone has complained and nothing seems to be being done other than the travellers being provided with mobile toilets. We have asked for better security around the train station as it is now seen as an easy target but no one seem willing to help. It’s beyond a joke.

“People no longer use the park and ride and many more now taken then bus to avoid the area – something needs to be done. Residence (sic) here love Cranbrook and are building a community that is being ruined and seemingly forgotten about.”

A spokesman for Cranbrook Town Council said the it is hoped that the travellers will be moved on by the end of Thursday.

“This morning (Thursday) we received confirmation from the Consortium, who own the Country Park, that they have arranged for the eviction of travellers on the Consortium land and hopefully eviction will happen today,” said the spokesman.

“They are also contacting Devon County Council on an hourly basis regarding their enforcement action on the station car park, which is owned by Devon County Council.

“We understand that no repair works to anything will take place until the travellers have departed. We fully understand how frustrating this situation is and empathise with residents’ feelings. We keep doing everything we can to keep the pressure up so that those who are responsible for resolving this unsatisfactory situation initiate action.”

Sally Woodbury, chairman of the Romany Gypsy Advisory Group and spokesman for travellers groups in the region, has called on councils across the region to provide more provision for them.

A new government policy blocks anyone identifying as a Gypsy or Traveller from staying on permanent caravan sites unless they can prove they have travelled several times that year.

She said: “There is definitely a real lack of sites for travellers and transport provision in Devon. I have been speaking on behalf of travellers for several years now and the issues are getting worse and there are less and less places for them to go.

“It is all very well people saying that we don’t want travellers here, but then there needs to be a provision for somewhere for them to go instead. Most travellers I speak to would be happy if there were sites for somewhere for them to go and pay rent, have toilet and rubbish collections facilities, and stay there for a while before then moving onto the next site. But until there are enough sites put in place for this to happen, everyone’s hands are tied and the occupation of sites will keep happening each year.

“There needs to be more provision for travellers as we are just going around in circles year after year, and it feels like it is getting worse.”

http://www.devonlive.com/anger-as-more-travellers-arrive-in-cranbrook/story-30282921-detail/story.html

2-year old bottles of urine found behind bath in Bovis home at Cranbrook

Mandy Greeves, 50, found three bottles of ‘urine’ stashed behind a bath panel at her house in Cranbrook, Exeter.

A resident of a new build home was horrified to discover bottles of suspected urine hidden behind a bath panel – nearly two years after she moved in.

Mandy Greeves, 50, says she is grateful now that the containers of yellow liquid have been removed by Bovis Homes , which built her property.

The ‘disgusting’ discovery came to light when Mandy called a plumber friend in to repair a tap at her house in Cranbrook new town near Exeter, Devon.

When the plumber removed the bath panel to fix the problem he discovered three plastic bottles full of a yellow liquid underneath the bath.

The bottles had been covered up by the panel.

Mandy was baffled. “I looked at them, and I thought, ‘Oh my god’. First of all I thought was it milk that had been left there? But it wasn’t.

“You could see that it was urine. I was disgusted. It was just horrible. I couldn’t believe that someone could leave something like that behind.

“I thought, do I throw it away or do I keep it? Then I thought, if I throw it away, I’ve got no evidence.”

Mandy told her friend to put the bath panel back on so that there was evidence to show Sovereign Housing which co-owns the house, and Bovis Homes.

Mandy is the house’s first occupant, and moved in to the property in July 2015.

One of the bottles is dated March 15, which, says Mandy, would tally with the house’s interior being fitted.

“I can’t understand a human being being like that,” said Mandy.

“If they want to go to the toilet, why can’t they do it in the garden? The lawn wasn’t down by then it would have just been mud.

“Why did they have to do it in a bottle and leave it and then put the bath panel back on? It might have been the builders. The guy that put the panel on. Why did he not notice it? It’s not nice.”

A Bovis Homes spokesperson said: “Our regional customer care team were not aware of this matter but now it has been brought to their attention they will contact Sovereign Housing immediately and investigate this situation further.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/homeowner-makes-disgusting-discovery-bathroom-10220768

Cranbrook Town Council: ex- councillors give reasons for leaving

Having their hands tied on many matters
Inability to influence matters affecting Cranbrook residents
Frustration that information was not shared with all councillors
Not open, transparent or inclusive

The page detailing the current council’s response to these allegations is in the current e-edition of the Cranbrook Herald on page 4 here: