“Universal law is for lackeys. Context… is for kings.”

Several caravans and traveller families had pitched up on land opposite Goldsmith Drive, Rayleigh, and subsequently applied for planning permission to create a traveller’s site on the green belt land.

Numerous complaints from residents and councillors followed in response to the application, particularly focussing on the visual impact of the site and damage to the wildlife and green belt.

That Green Belt we have so many rules and regulations about, that is often political suicide to suggest building on?

Planning officers recommended the site be granted five year temporary planning permission.

Wait, what?

Well, apparently, because the planning wonks deemed it more important that there’s not enough official sites for travellers to, well, not travel from in the borough. Any, in fact.

Rochford Council threw out the application, despite not having any authorised traveller sites in the borough.

Because unlike the planning wonks, they are elected. And they’d very much like to be so next time, too.

And while this ritual dance was going on, what were the travellers doing..?

Despite permission not being granted work has already started on the site.

Fences up to two metres in height have been erected around it, hardstanding has been laid and a cesspit installed.


5 comments for ““Universal law is for lackeys. Context… is for kings.”

  1. mikebravo
    October 3, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    It only takes a local authority a month to arrange for a magistrates order to send the boys round if you don’t cough up your council tax.
    Why not do the same for the pikeys? It’s not as if they are another protected species – is it?

    • Bill
      October 3, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      Actually it is the council which issues a liability order. All they do is hire a room in a magistrates court building to ‘issue’ a bulk liability order.
      Try asking any council official or councillor what an issue is or about the process of issuing or even what the liability order is in and of itself and silence becomes them.

      As for the ‘pikey story’, doesn’t this do the rounds in the MSM at least once a year?

      • October 7, 2018 at 8:01 am

        If only it was ‘just once a year’…

  2. Pcar
    October 3, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Traveller’s site? Aka lay-by – spend one night and travell onwards, preferably to Hollyhead and back to RoI never to return.

    Travellers defn.: itinerant beggars, liars, fraudsters, thieves, violent criminals, fly-tippers; syn. pikeys, gipos/gypos, gypsies; ant.law-abiding human

    • Bill
      October 4, 2018 at 8:31 am

      That definition describes to the political class to a T.

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