It started as a row over car parking charges in the picturesque "Constable Country", now it's turned to acts of vandalism.
Glue has been pushed into new parking ticket machines, which have been installed in Dedham near Colchester.
Charges have been introduced at two car parks, Mill Lane and Mill Pond, but within days the machines were rendered useless.
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Businesses and residents in an Essex beauty spot say new parking charges will drive tourists away.
They've been in place since the beginning of the month and already the machines have been vandalised several times by someone unhappy with the changes.
Dedham parish council is to receive half of the proceeds to invest back into the community.
"This year they'll come and they'll discover the parking charges," local landlady Jenny Pearmain told ITV News Anglia.
"Next year, they won't come. In ten years the High Street will be dead. The pubs will be gone, the shops will be gone and gradually the village will die like lots of other rural villages."
Reports of surface water on A12 Southbound around J30 B1029 (Dedham / Stratford St Mary).
A meeting is to be held on Monday night by Dedham Parish Council to discuss plans to introduce car parking charges in the village.
The beauty spot was made famous by Suffolk artist John Constable. Colchester Borough Council wants to introduce charges this summer.
A woman has been arrested after a group of four people failed to pay for a meal at an upmarket restaurant.
She'd been dining with three men at Milsoms in Dedham, near Colchester, on the evening of February 16.
They racked up a bill of £520 before leaving without paying.
A mother of three has been sent to prison for refusing to remove caravans from a field in Essex
Gwen Pryke and her family say they own the land at Dedham near Colchester but the local council disagrees.
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