It was branded "The Battle of Dale Farm". Pictures of police in riot gear clearing Europe's biggest illegal site for travellers were seen around the world.
Basildon Council in Essex had spent years to achieve the eviction and reckoned the final bill was £18m.
So why, just 16 months later, has that same council just approved a new travellers' camp less than half a mile away? Rags Martel reports.
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Before the final declaration on Friday, the Conservative candidate looked set to lose the City Hall race to Labour's Sadiq Khan.
The Tooting MP has been the frontrunner in the counting process ahead of Tory challenger Zac Goldsmith.
It's not just London where elections have been taking place today. There were council elections taking place across the home counties.