Action is underway in a bid to evict a group of Travellers from a site at Walton.
A small number of vehicles turned up on the land behind the town’s Columbine Centre yesterday.
It is just a matter of yards from an area where Travellers encamped for a number of days over the Easter break before moving on.
The site is used an overspill car park for the Columbine Centre and could well be needed over this bank holiday weekend.
The Travellers have been visited by a Tendring District Council (TDC) officer and told him it is their intention that they intend to stay in the area for about a week and they will move to a nearby caravan park once space becomes available.
The Essex Countrywide Traveller Unit (ECTU) has been informed and they will be visiting the site themselves.
Nigel Brown, TDC’s Communications Manager, said that a Direction to Leave will be issued by the ECTU which will give the group 24 hours to vacate the publically-owned land.
“If they fail to leave within that period the ECTU will then look to go down the line of obtaining a court order,” he added.
“It would then be necessary to make an appointment with the courts but it could be several days before a hearing takes place.
“Whatever the situation, TDC needs to follow the correct legal procedures if we are to remove the group from the site as quickly as possible.”
At Easter nine 11 vehicles set up camp on Walton’s Bath House Meadow, in front of the Columbine Centre and that number grew to 16.
They remained there for around six days but moved on before court action was required.