Chelmsford City Council can confirm that members of the Traveller community entered Wharf Road Car Park, Chelmsford, on Monday 25 January.
Chelmsford City Council is as concerned as local residents and car park users about the presence of trespassers at Wharf Road car park and is working to have them moved on from the site as rapidly as possible. The Council is required to follow certain legal processes and so has made an application to the County Court for a Possession Order. Any criminal or anti-social behaviour will be dealt with robustly by the Police.
Acting on advice to protect the public parking on the site and also to restrict access to further Traveller vehicles, Chelmsford City Council has made the decision to keep the car park closed throughout the duration of the trespass.
Leader of Chelmsford City Council, Councillor Roy Whitehead, said “Our Officers have been working in close partnership with the Police to ensure that appropriate steps are taken to return the car park back to intended use as soon as possible. Papers will be served on the travellers very shortly and a Court Hearing has been arranged for early next week. We have taken all reasonable steps available to us in order to remedy the situation and we will continue our dialogue with the Police who are monitoring the site on a daily basis.
He added “We are committed to supporting equality and diversity within the City and take our duty to promote good relations between different groups of the community very seriously. By the same token however, our first duty is to protect the interests of the community as a whole and we simply will not tolerate those that break the law.