Travellers move onto Rainham's Orchard Village site
PUBLISHED: 11:07 20 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:43 14 June 2016
A group of travellers has moved onto the Orchard Village estate in Rainham last night after having smashed one of the entrance gates.
Caravans have settled on the Roman House site and the gate that was forced open has been locked with chains behind them.
Havering Council and the police have been contacted about the issue.
Cllr Michael Deon-Burton, who attended the site last night, said residents were concerned about the safety of their homes because the security doors, which give access to the blocks of flats, have not locked properly for months.
This comes after one of the estate’s common rooms was vandalised last weekend.
Circle Housing, the housing association which manages the site, has now issued a trespassing notice.
The notice means the travellers will have to vacate the site by noon on Monday or face legal proceedings.
Suki Jandu, director of housing at Circle Housing Old Ford, said: “We would like to reassure our residents that we have acted quickly so that we can regain and secure the site.
“Our team is on site to answer any questions residents may have and to liaise with the travelling community.
“The travellers have assured us that they will be leaving on Monday, and we strongly encourage everyone to be patient while we manage this process. We continue to work closely with the Police and our legal advisers on this matter.”