Travellers set up illegal camp on newly-built Essex housing estate

Travellers set up illegal camp on newly-built Essex housing estate leaving locals ‘scared’ to leave their £700,000 homes

  • Travellers have set up illegal camp on newly-built 13-acre housing estate in Essex
  • Residents were horrified when group pitched four caravans in Colchester 
  • Group ‘dumped a pile of waste since bagged up after a visit from the police’
  • One angry resident said: ‘They have a complete disregard for anybody else’

Furious homeowners have slammed travellers with an ‘army of dogs that bark all night’ who have set up an illegal camp outside their £700,000 homes on a newly-built 13-acre housing estate in Essex. 

Residents were horrified to discover the group had pitched four caravans o nthe perimeter of the 150-home Gosbecks Farm estate built this year, next to Cunobelin Way, in Colchester on Friday. 

Since pitching up, locals claim they have been forced to endure an unpleasant weekend, with the travellers’ dogs constantly barking and their caravans often blocking the pavements. 

One angry resident, who asked not to be named, said: ‘They have a complete disregard for anybody else and none of us have felt happy leaving our houses unattended.  

Travellers have set up an illegal camp in a posh, newly-built housing estate

Residents were horrified when a group of travellers pitched four caravans in front of the estate in Colchester on Friday

‘They have been making hell all weekend and they have an army of dogs which just bark all day and night right outside my four-year-old’s bedroom.

‘But we have all rallied together neighbours and if nothing else it has brought out the community spirit.’

It is understood the group stopped there after being moved on from the car park of a former Chiquito restaurant in the area.

They are believed to have dumped a pile of waste which has since been bagged up after a visit from the police.

A Colchester Council spokesman said the authority is aware of the ‘unauthorised encampment’ and is taking action to see it moved on, but admitted that the process could take as long as ten days.  

It is understood the travellers stopped in the area after being moved on from the car park of a former Chiquito restaurant outside Colchester

One angry resident, who asked not to be named, said: ‘They have a complete disregard for anybody else and none of us have felt happy leaving our houses unattended’

‘We have informed the Essex Countywide Traveller Unit, which will visit the site within 24 hours to carry out initial welfare checks,’ the spokesman said. 

‘If there are no immediate concerns, the travellers will be asked to leave the site. If the travellers do not leave the site, we will need to go through the courts to ensure their removal.

‘If we have to apply for a court order, the procedure will take between seven and ten days.’    

MailOnline has contacted police for comment. 

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