A PARISH council meeting was filled with angry residents trying to evict Travellers from a site in Chester.
Five families – including around 15 children – moved on to a field on The Street in Hoole Village.
Planning officers visiting the Green Belt site saw that a layer of hardcore had already been laid and issued a stop notice preventing any further work.
But two days later, the site was resurfaced and housed six caravans and portable toilets.
More than 40 people turned up to Mickle Trafford village hall on Monday to attend the Mickle Trafford and District Parish Council meeting to urge councillors to take action.
The main concern is that four other Travellers’ sites have been established in the parish in the last two years.
Each one was bought legitimately but developed without prior planning consent, prompting one resident to say this has caused a “seething resentment”.
There was also a claim that, in laying the hardcore, the Travellers had filled in a great crested newt nesting site, and that laying a tarred road surface after the stop notice was issued broke the law.
But planning officer Dave Turvey said the council was doing everything they can within the law.
He added: “We issued a stop notice preventing any further work on the field on April 14. We are investigating all possible courses of action within our legal remit, including looking into the possibility that there may have been a protected site in the area.
“We are working flat out to make sure that all planning requirements are complied with.”
The parish council has written a letter to the National Association of Local Councils to push for a change in the law so that Travellers cannot buy pieces of land and develop them before planning permission is sought.