27 October 2011
Last updated at 13:38
It is just over a week since the Basildon Council clearance of unauthorised plots began at the Dale Farm travellers' site in Crays Hill, Essex. The eviction process is the culmination of a 10-year battle between residents and the local authority.
Where once a 40ft (12m) high scaffolding tower stood over the entrance to the site, there is now a cabin manned by security guards working with the contractors carrying out the clearance.
Bailiffs and contractors working on behalf of Basildon Council began clearing some of the 49 plots that are to be removed last weekend. Some caravans and chalets have been removed and hard standing taken up.
Bulldozers have been working to clear plots at Dale Farm since the weekend. Basildon Council's Conservative leader Tony Ball said "good progress had been made" in clearing the site and it remained within budget. The clearance is estimated to cost about £18m.
Some of travellers' chalets have already been removed from the unauthorised plots at Dale Farm to Basildon Council's compound next to the site.
Camp Constant, the base for protesters who supported the travellers at Dale Farm over the past few weeks, now stands empty. After police began the eviction process on 19 October, the residents and their supporters staged a mass walk-out later the following day.
Reminders of the battle between travellers and Basildon Council are still more than evident around Dale Farm. Before the eviction began, more than 400 people lived on the site of a former scrapyard.
Most of the travellers have moved their caravans to the neighbouring legal site in Oak Lane, while a few of the authorised pitches will remain. Richard Sheridan, of the Dale Farm Housing Association, said there would be travellers on Dale Farm for years to come.
One of the barricades put up by supporters of the travellers at Dale Farm stands battered and warped. One week after police first entered the site to start the eviction process, the site is now relatively quiet and calm and free of tension.