Jill Walsh (pictured) is monitoring the site development for Basildon Council who has been accused
Basildon Council and now the High Court in London have been unable to immediately stop the group of English travellers who bought the greenbelt field, just two miles as the crow flies from the former Dale Farm huge encampment at Crays Hill, near Basildon, Essex.
They were told on Friday by High Court Judge Graham Wood to down tools ahead of a full hearing, or face prison.
But instead, on Saturday, 32 20-tonne lorries arrived at the camp with around 660 tonnes of rubble for work to continue.
Dale Farm, once Europe's biggest illegal traveller site, was demolished by the local authority at a cost of around £7million in 2011, making world headlines.
Express.co.uk exclusively revealed last month how traveller land owners began constructing the new nearby site on green belt fields in Wickford, over a weekend, despite residents having earlier warned Basildon Council it was about to happen.
The new illegal site as seen from the air.
The land was already supposedly protected by a High Court injunction and council enforcement notices at the time, but they quickly developed five new mobile home plots.
A council spokesman said: "Representatives from Basildon Council attended the High Court for an application to ensure compliance with an existing injunction.
"During the proceedings, the judge also reminded defendants of the existing injunction, warning of the risk of contempt proceedings and not to place any further caravans, fences or hard standing on the land.
"The council will continue to actively pursue offenders for breaching the terms of the High Court injunction."
Neighbouring residents in Hovefields Avenue, frustrated by the council's apparent inability to stop construction, are recording daily movements of commercial vehicles on to the site and reporting it to the authority.
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The entrance to the new illegal Hovefields traveller pitches as seen from the ground.
Jill Walsh, a spokesperson for the Hovefields Residents Association has been giving the council almost daily updates, but claims beyond serving new notices on the travellers, the council appears to have done little of any substance.
She said in the past fortnight many trucks laden with hardcore had arrived to lay further bases – enough to double the number of new pitches to at least 10.
In a frustrated email to local politicians she wrote yesterday: "At 6am this morning yet another mobile has been delivered to the above site.
"The travellers were in court on Friday and were told by a High Court judge to cease any further development immediately – knowing full well that they had arranged for 640 tonnes of hardcore to be delivered the following day, as well as another mobile yesterday and one mobile this morning.
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First days of the 2016 Appleby horse fair. The biggest annual gathering of gypsies and travellers held in Appleby Cumbria.
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"This situation cannot go on.
"We expect Basildon Council to be acting today on all the information it received over the course of the weekend."
On Saturday she reported a staggering 32 20-tonne lorries laden with hardcore arriving at the site.
She told the council: "That means a grand total of 660 tons of hardcore has been deposited over the course of five hours."
Two weeks earlier an exasperated Mrs Walsh told the council of earlier deliveries just two hours after bailiffs hired by the council has served more notices on the travellers that they were in breach of an injunction.
Residents have been photographing regular lory deliveries – this was taken after the court order
The travellers were in court on Friday and were told by a High Court judge to cease any further development immediately – knowing full well that they had arranged for 640 tonnes of hardcore to be delivered the following day, as well as another mobile yest
She wrote: "Less than two hours after these notices were served, a further 40 tonnes of hardcore was deposited on the exact land visited by the bailiffs earlier.
"If that isn’t showing both contempt of court, and utter contempt to both the council and residents, I have no idea what is.
"Why, rather than spending taxpayer money sending teams of bailiffs down to serve notices that people are already perfectly aware of, is Basildon Council not investing this time, resource and finance in taking some meaningful action?
"It is clear that the current approach is both inadequate and ineffective. I urge you once more to adopt a more aggressive approach to enforcement."
Her son Chris Walsh is also writing a series of open letters to council chief executive Bala Mahendran in the hope it will force a tougher stance.
He fears people at a number of temporary camps that have sprung up around Basildon are waiting to occupy the site under development.
A father and son on a horse and trap by the Hovefields site as construction continues.
He wrote: "We are well aware that there are a large number number of caravans in the Basildon and Pitsea area at present, and we are hugely worried that over the course of the coming weeks, these will make their way to the site currently subject to mass development in Hovefield."
In replies to Mrs Walsh, Neil Costen council head of planning enforcement, hinted a long road was ahead for the residents.
He said: "Contempt proceedings will not unfortunately bring this matter to a speedy conclusion."
He said the council was pinning its hopes on dismissing a planning appeal brought by the travellers, but it is not due to be heard until September.
He said: "The key to success in the longer term is to win the appeals by having them dismissed and once it has been evidenced that compliance has not been achieved, instigate direct action to clear the land as previously carry out elsewhere by the council."
Traveller horses next to an old lorry stables just by the illegal caravan site at Hovefields.
Residents are concerned that in spite of repeated assurances by the Tory and coalition governments that they had toughened planning powers, Basildon council has been unable to stop these unauthorised traveller developments in their tracks.
The introduction of stop notices was supposed to allow councils to halt a development in its tracks and anyone who breached it could face prison.
But, despite having one of the biggest illegal traveller site problems in the country, the authority has yet to prosecute any travellers over unauthorised developments.
Once-illegal sites are developed without planning permission on land owned by the travellers, they can remain for years by making retrospective planning applications followed by a series of appeals.
The former Dale Farm camp housed up to 500 people.
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A caravan burns at Dale Farm in Essex where supporters have clashed with bailiffs
It was illegally expanded from 2001, and there was a decade of legal battles, before the council spent millions on a forced clearance.
Phil Turner, leader of Basildon Council, said: “Basildon Council has used all legal powers available, including stop notices, in an attempt to prevent unlawful development in the Hovefields area.
“The council has taken and will continue to take all steps available to enforce planning law.”
Kevin Blake, deputy council leader, said: “The only way we can ensure this land is restored to its proper state is by following the letter of the law and gathering as much evidence as we can to take to court.
“We understand residents want quick action and I am as frustrated as anyone that the council cannot speed up this process."
Express.co.uk spoke to a traveller connected to the families building the site, who would not be named.
He argued people only broke the law because they felt they had no choice due to a shortage of official sites nationally.
He said: "Those people are only doing it because they have no where else they can go. We can't win. They made it illegal for us to stop caravans at the side of the road, but there are not enough official sites for us to stop on, so we have to make them ourselves.
"And guess what, when we do that, they say we are also breaking the law."