Trenders Avenue “Event” Cancelled

Over 50 local residents attended a meeting tonight to discuss the “event” in Trenders Avenue which was due to go ahead this Bank Holiday weekend. Also present were a senior Police Officer, a Rochford Council Officer for Environmental Services, a Rawreth parish councillor, local district councillor Ron Oatham and MP Mark Francois.
The Police and the District Council had been working over the last week to resolve issues and the following notification was issued:

The Temporary Event Notice for the party at Oakwood, Trenders Avenue, Rayleigh between Saturday, 25th August 2007 and Monday, 27th August 2007 has been cancelled.
The event will NOT now be taking place. The owner of the land has withdrawn permission for anyone to enter the site. To do so would be trespass and you will be liable to arrest.
If you have any information about this event please contact police on
07813 053703

The Council were able to reassure residents that the out of hours number could still be called over the Bank Holiday weekend and officers were on standby to deal with calls. (01268 527317)
The Police gave details of how they proposed to ensure that an illegal event would not be allowed to go ahead. The cancellation will also be made public via the Echo and local radio in an effort to dissuade people from attempting to arrive at the site.

Mark Francois, local MP for the area, pointed out that Temporary Event Notices (TEN) had been created by legislation with a view to their being used by charities, schools or clubs for small events. He said that he would be asking questions in Parliament, after the summer recess, to see what could be done to allow the Police more time to respond to requests for a TEN.

The meeting ended with thanks being given to both the Council and the Police for their work on this issue.

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