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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