On the day that hundreds of Traveller families were due to be evicted from the Crays Lane site, the HCA confirmed that it owned ‘extensive’ land within the Basildon district and that its offer of help remained on the table if the council wished to continue negotiations.
The HCA said it had been ‘working for two years’ to help find suitable alternative accommodation in the area for the Travellers but the council’s decision to withdraw from a working group in October 2010 was a key ‘turning point’.