Friday 19 January 2018


At the Cabinet meeting held on January 9th it was decided that my motion on the Traveller Community would be partially accepted.

The minutes include:


1, That parts 1-4 of the motion be supported.

2, That ins respect of part 5 of the motion it be noted that the most recent “Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Assessment” found that there is no current or future need and therefore no action is required.

Whilst I am pleased that some of my motion has been accepted, the excuse for not accepting it all is pure nonsense. Does the ruling administration and its officer-advisors seriously expect me to believe that we have seen the last of the traveller community visiting Southend? When our next lot of visitors arrive I will be interested to see what the reaction from the Lamb administration is; I expect the usual intolerant and bigoted approach. Rejected, expelled, with no attempt at finding some suitable temporary accommodation for them – which will undoubtedly be what they want in spite of the excuse given above (“… there is no current or future need ….”).

Again, the Council shows its ugly, intolerant face.

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