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Fury as travellers build on millionaires’ village field

Building blot: New gravel roads lead to caravans pitched on the field near the exclusive village of Little Hadham PICTURE: SWNS

A PICTURESQUE village with scores of £1million-plus homes is losing the plot over new neighbours.

The well-heeled residents of Little Hadham in Hertfordshire have had enough after a field next to them was snapped up by travellers — who began working on it without authorisation.

Their new neighbours paid £3,000 for the football pitch-sized plot, which locals say would be worth at least £3million as a development site.

More than 200 residents in the village, which has 53 homes worth more than £1million each, have complained about building work and of rubbish and constant noise. They fear permanent homes are being built on the site.

Noisy: Fences have sprung up PICTURE: EAST NEWS

The local council has issued an injunction banning development — but it appears to have had little effect.

Video footage taken from a drone this week show how parts of the site have had gravel roads laid, fences have been erected and 20 caravans are parked. And despite the injunction, building materials continued to arrive.

East Herts council say they were made aware of ‘unauthorised’ work taking place near Little Hadham on Good Friday.

Their website stated: ‘Our officers went down on the same day and issued a stop notice to prevent any further work from taking place.

‘On Saturday we instructed a barrister to obtain a high court mandatory injunction because the unauthorised work had not stopped.

‘The injunction was granted and served on site the same day. Unfortunately, the defendants have not complied with the terms of the injunction.

‘The council is doing everything it can, through the correct legal procedures, to try and stop unauthorised works taking place. We will continue work to get the situation resolved.’

The council said the police cannot deal with the matter but say their council officers worked over the bank holiday weekend to try to deal with it. A spokesperson added: ‘The police have been working with the council to ensure the safety of everyone affected.’