POLICE were called to Silver Lane, Risley, Warrington, this morning after a group of travellers gained access to the site.
About 10 vehicles, including caravans, were said to be parked on the lane.
Two nearby residents said the travellers arrived at about 10am and at first parked up outside the barrier which is designed to prevent vehicles getting into Silver Lane.
But they then saw the travellers break through the barrier and drive through.
Cllr Sue Bland said: “I am told the people who witnessed the travellers breaking through were not close enough to identify which individuals did it. This means the police cannot take action because they have no firm evidence as to who did it.
“The borough council have been informed, but I doubt if anything will be done before Monday.”
Nearby residents took to social media and vent their feelings about the situation.
One was calling for the local MPs to take up the issue with a view to getting the law changed so that travellers could be evicted more easily from unlawfully occupied sites.
Another said the site was stil littered from when the last group of travellers broke through the barrier.
One said: “Who is going to have to pay for the damage?”
It is understood police are still at the scene.
Pictured: Travellers who set up camp on a previous occasion