Residents are growing concerned after a group of travellers have set up site on green belt land in a village.
A planning application to allow caravans to pitch up on the site has been submitted to Rochford District Council to make the site off Pudsey Hall Lane, in Canewdon, permanent.
They are already starting to lay down hardstanding which is used to park their vehicles and caravans on, even though the application is yet to be approved by the council.Well, of course they are. They know full well that no-one will do a thing.
The resident said: “They just don’t seem to care that the land is green belt.
“And Rochford District Council aren’t doing a single thing about it.” He continued: “It’s very intimidating and they clearly just seem to be doing what they like.
“Something needs to be done.”Over to the council.
A spokesman for Rochford District Council confirmed that the land was designated green belt and added: “The travellers arrived over the bank holiday weekend.
“The travellers own the land and have submitted a change of use application to the council.
“The planning application is currently invalid as it requires additional information.
“It will not be validated and accessible on the planning portal until officers receive the relevant missing information.”It doesn't really matter whether it'll be validated, does it?