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Traffic survey staff theatened

A council bid to check traffic flows from the Oak Lane traveller site was scrapped after staff faced threats.

Basildon Council consultants hoped to film the number of vehicles over three days in December and install automatic traffic counters to produce as evidence in the inquiry.

However, attempts to install equipment failed when staff were told to remove them by "unknown" individuals.

A first day of filming on December 8 was completed, but another officer was threatened and told to leave on December 10, before Basildon Council axed the investigation.

However, the survey still recorded 736 vehicle movements along Oak Lane on December 8, including 28 HGV movements.

Highways expert Christopher Clegg told the inquiry single lane Oak Road could not cope with the level of traffic.

Fellow expert Rowland Matthews, representing the travellers, said he believed improvements could be made along Oak Road, Oak Lane, the site and the junction with the A127 to alleviate problems.

However, he admitted it could not be funded by the appellants.

The inquiry continues.

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