Travellers try to occupy green in Wanstead

Cllr Sheila Bain (Lab, Wanstead) was walking her dog on the green and spoke to officials.

Cllr Sheila Bain (Lab, Wanstead) was walking her dog on the green and spoke to officials. - Credit: David Tyrrell

Travellers were unable to settle on the George Green in Wanstead, earlier today, after concerned members of the community reported the situation to the authorities.

Cllr Sheila Bain (Lab, Wanstead) was walking her dog on the green and spoke to officials.

Cllr Sheila Bain (Lab, Wanstead) was walking her dog on the green and spoke to officials. - Credit: David Tyrrell

A number of caravans had tried to occupy the site.

Christine Richards, whose property runs alongside the green, said she was apprehensive to go out.

“They are right up against my house,” she said. “My wall and my house runs right alongside the green. There is lorries right up against my wall. I have to go out and I don’t feel like leaving my property.”

A spokesman for Redbridge Council, said the convoy of 11 traveller vehicles were first spotted around 12.30pm.


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Forest Keepers from the City of London Corporation - which manages the land - were supported by the Redbridge Community Police Team in assisting the travellers to move on.

“Driving on forest land with the intention to stay overnight is a bylaw offence,” said a spokesman for the corporation.

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“The City of London Corporation is determined to protect Epping Forest as an important part of Essex’s and London’s natural heritage.

“We protect 18 major green spaces in London and south east England – including Epping Forest, Wanstead Park and Wanstead Flats - and over 200 smaller ones in the Square Mile alone.

“They are incredibly important wildlife habitats.”

Cllr Sheila Bain (Lab, Wanstead) was seen talking to the authorities while walking her dog on the green.

The council spokesman added that the travellers “left in the direction of Barking and Dagenham”.

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