Action is being taken against a group of Travellers who pitched up on a recreation ground in Dovercourt.
Essex Countywide Traveller Unit (ECTU) is serving them with a Direction to Leave which will give them 24 hours to vacate the land in Low Road which is owned by Tendring District Council (TDC).
The same group had previously set up camp on a public car park in Promenade Way, Brightlingsea, earlier in the week and said they would be leaving tomorrow.
However, they were then spotted on Low Road and TDC has been in contact with the ECTU which was already aware of the situation.
Paul Honeywood, TDC s Cabinet Member for Housing, said that the Travellers were true to their word that they would leave Brightlingsea – but have simply moved onto another site which is publically-owned.
It appears we may have another game of cat and mouse on our hands this summer but we are taking the appropriate action and doing all that we can legally to evict them, he said.
It is slightly different in that this particular group are in tents and not caravans but also have their vehicles with them.
A wooden post was removed from the land at Low Road and this may be how they gained access.
If the Travellers do not leave within 24 hours of receiving the direction TDC will be applying for a court summons via the ECTU which is expected to result in a court date early next week if necessary.