Security measures taken after travellers set up camp at former Doctor Johnson pub, Clayhall

PUBLISHED: 15:45 25 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:44 25 August 2017

Travellers have set up on land in Clayhall

Travellers have set up on land in Clayhall

roger norwood

Extra security measures have been put in place after travellers set up camp on the site of a former pub in Clayhall. A resident said campers moved onto Doctor Johnson land on Wednesday night and occupied the car park.

The pub in Longwood Gardens has been out of use for more than seven years and the local community have tirelessly campaigned for the building to be better utilised.

Residents were consequently extremely pleased when the Co-op put in a planning application this year to open a store on the site.

“I contacted Redbridge Council and Ilford North MP Wes Streeting to advise them of the travellers’ situation on Thursday morning,” said the resident.

“A Redbridge enforcement officer attended the site and late in the afternoon the travellers left.”

He told the Recorder that three or four large bags of ballast and sand were put down to fortify the gate to the site and a steel girder was cemented into the ground.

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