Homeless camp dismantled in Ilford Hill
PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 August 2019 | UPDATED: 16:47 09 August 2019
A homeless camp in Ilford Hill has been dismantled - while rough sleepers were reportedly still living there.
A Recorder reporter at the scene was told that rough sleepers were still at the camp when the clean-up team arrived on Wednesday, August 7.
On Thursday morning a van could be seen at the camp, which is on a patch of grass between the River Roding and the A406, and a group of people were removing items such as mattresses, bikes and clothes.
Earlier this year, the Recorder reported that there was confusion over which local authority should take the lead in addressing the large number of people living in the camp.
But a Newham Council spokeswoman insisted the camp was firmly in Redbridge's patch.
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Redbridge Council has since confirmed the land is owned by Transport for London.
A Redbridge Council spokesman said: "Neither the council nor a contractor sent by us has dismantled this homeless camp.
"Where we take this action, we follow a strict rough sleeping protocol which includes providing sufficient notice to those in the camp."
Editor's note: A previous version of this story included information given to a Recorder reporter who visited the camp while it was dismantled, in which workers carrying out the dismantling of the camp claimed to be sent by Redbridge Council.
Upon receiving Redbridge Council's response on Friday afternoon, the Recorder is happy to clarify that this was not the case.
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