14th September, 2011


Dale Farm Operational note for media 140911

Basildon Council press office will have a presence both on site and at the Basildon Centre from Saturday 17th September

On site media area:

A media area has been set up off of Oak Road, facing the Dale Farm unauthorised site.
Basildon Council press officers will be on site from 0715 every day. Access to the media area will be restricted to journalists with NUJ or other recognised media accreditation. We will not be restricting access to the Dale Farm site except in cases of emergency.

If you are on site, please liaise with the on site press officers with any filming/interview requests and media enquiries.

A council Media briefing will be held at midday from Monday 19 September. A police briefing will follow on from the council briefing at approximately 12.15 pm. Other briefings from both council and police will take part on merit and at times to be advised.

If you are off site and have a media enquiry, please call the press office on 01268 294765/01268 294415/01268 294526. The email address is pressoffice@basildon.gov.uk

The off site press office will initially be staffed from 0700 Monday to Friday and from 0800 at the weekends.

Key media contacts:
Cormac Smith – Head of Communications
Fergus Sheppard – Senior Communications Officer
Adam Keating – Senior Communications Officer
Alex Ellis – Communications Officer
Angela Wilson – Publicity and Projects Officer
01268 294526
Out of hours please call 01268 286622 when you will be given the mobile number of the duty press officer

Outside Broadcast vehicles and parking:

If you have not already done so, please email adam.keating@basildon.gov.uk with any requirements for outside broadcast vehicles. Please email your organisation and vehicle type and registration, along with a mobile contact number. We have limited space, so please do this as soon as possible.

Please note that due to space restrictions, we will not be allowing any parking within the media area for any vehicles other than allocated outside broadcast vehicles.

Parking for non-OB vehicles is at The Belvedere pub, Harding’s Elms Road, CM11 2UH – this is about a five minute walk from the Dale Farm site. OB vehicles must park only in the space allocated to them in the councils media centre.

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