Millionaires’ village in uproar as travellers lay 2,000 tons of hardcore for caravan site

Mail Online | 5/11/2019 | Ben Ellery for The Mail on Sunday
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It is the idyllic Home Counties village renowned for entertaining illustrious guests, including two of England’s most celebrated Monarchs.

Tucked away in the Hertfordshire countryside, Little Hadham hosted both Elizabeth I and William III, who stayed at nearby Hadham Hall, a magnificent manor house, during their travels around the country.

Weeks - Village - Collection - Cottages - Mansions

But for the past three weeks, the village – a collection of thatched cottages and multi-million-pound mansions on the banks of the River Ash – has hosted guests who have not exactly been welcomed with open arms.

On Good Friday, a large group of travellers arrived at Little Hadham, shattering its tranquillity and causing anger among villagers who fear their peaceful rural haven is now threatened by a permanent caravan site.

Operation - Contractors - Travellers - Tons - Hardcore

In an astonishingly slick operation, contractors paid by the travellers poured 2,000 tons of hardcore on to a field on the edge of the village and, in just four days over Easter, transformed it into an ugly caravan park.

Caravans continued to arrive until last weekend. The site is now occupied by ten families who yesterday told The Mail on Sunday defiantly that they will have to be ‘dragged’ off the land.

Drama - Little - Hadham - Population - People

The drama in Little Hadham, with a population of just over 1,000 people, is a vivid example of how the quiet serenity of a village, which has hardly changed for centuries, can be upturned in a matter of hours – and how residents are powerless to stop it. The travellers have bought the land but did not secure planning permission before they began building fences and laying the hardstanding on which they parked more than 20 caravans and mobile homes.

After their abrupt arrival, the council served an injunction banning any more building at the site but villagers complain that it has been flouted.

Mounting - Frustration - Police - Injunction

To their mounting frustration, police have not enforced the injunction because...
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