Unauthorised traveller encampments

ECTU action against unauthorised encampments

Unauthorised encampments on council land are dealt with by the Essex Countywide Traveller Unit (ECTU). You can report encampments in Thurrock through the ECTU: report an unauthorised encampment web pages.

Report an unauthorised traveller encampment

ECTU can apply to court for an eviction order. Some encampments only stay for a few days and leave before the full procedure is completed.

The length of stay depends on each individual case. The eviction process can take 7 to 10 working days if court orders are needed.

The process

ECTU has a target process based on working days. This may start immediately or from the first working day after receiving a report.

Day 1:

  • visit the site to confirm location, numbers and intention
  • find out who owns the land
  • if the land is not privately-owned then get physical proof of ownership
  • carry out assessments and welfare checks

Day 2:

  • issue a direction to leave, normally with 24 hours to comply

Day 3:

  • if the direction is not followed then apply to court

Days 4 and 5:

  • serve a summons, which can take 2 working days, or sometimes 1 day in exceptional circumstances

Day 6:

  • serve a court order with notice of enforcement after 24 hours – the encampment must leave upon service of the order

Day 7:

  • call in bailiffs if the encampment has still not moved