The aerial and ground shots obtained by the Echo show a large section of a two-acre field in Hovefields, Wickford, has already been covered in asphalt.
Other parts of the field appear to have been dug up while huge piles of dry asphalt lie in wait ready to be laid down.
Our exclusive photos also show long fences have been installed - potentially to allow a number of pitches to be claimed by traveller families.Yes, it's 'Dale Farm 2: The Return'...
The work is in clear breach of a High Court injunction obtained by Basildon Council last October after the authority spent millions evicting illegal settlers from the land and nearby Dale Farm in Crays Hill.
Residents fear dozens of families will soon move onto the site.What, breaching a High Court injunction?! Why, it's almost as if they have no regard for the law of the land, or something...
Phil Turner, leader of Basildon Council, said the council is taking action.Really? I asked a council official if action was actually being taken:
Thanks, council spokescat!
He said: “We are continuing our investigations with a view to taking further legal action.Thanks for the clarification!
“We are pursuing all legal avenues currently available to us in an attempt to halt unauthorised development on the site.Translation: "We're screwed, but we can have lots of meetings, with tea and biscuits on the ratepayer in the meantime.."
“However, we must emphasise that these powers are inadequate and cannot provide the sort of swift and decisive response residents would understandably like to see.Yup, nothing will happen because they are a protected species.
“In recent years, Basildon Council has written to the Department for Communities and Local Government to call for meaningful changes to the law.
“We are repeating that call in the hope the law can be changed to give the council emergency powers to take immediate action in circumstances such as this.”So how about it, May? You are a Tory Government, aren't you?