A court summons was today served on Travellers who set up camp on an overspill car park site in Walton.
The group was evicted from a playing field in Clacton last week and moved to the Coronation Car Park at Bath House Meadow.
They were initially served with a Direction to Leave but that was ignored and they remain on the land owned by Tendring District Council (TDC).
The Essex Countywide Traveller Unit (ECTU) served the summons from North Essex Magistrates’ this morning.
Paul Honeywood, Tendring District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said that it is now likely that having received the summons that the group will leave the site by Wednesday, the date of the court hearing.
“We will now have to see where they go next but hopefully it will be out of the District,” he said.
“If it is not and they once again relocate on TDC land then we will have to go through the entire process again.
“It can be a game of cat and mouse for the entire summer if they decide they want to stay in Tendring.”
Cllr Honeywood said that once the Travellers vacate the Bath House Meadow a team will move in to clear up any mess left behind.