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Stop eviction of Dale Farm Travellers

Issue No. 2244

Traveller Catherine McCann being evicted from a Traveller site in Essex last year. Basildon council wants to evict hundreds more people from Dale Farm (Pic: Elisabeth Blanchet/http://www.elisabethblanchet.comwww.elisabet

Traveller Catherine McCann being evicted from a Traveller site in Essex last year. Basildon council wants to evict hundreds more people from Dale Farm (Pic: Elisabeth Blanchet/www.elisabet


Travellers and their supporters are preparing to defend families facing eviction from the Dale Farm site in Essex.

Tory-run Basildon District Council has voted to evict Travellers from the site. People have lived there since the 1970s and it is the largest site in Britain.

Around 96 families, or 400 people, live there. They own the land and have nowhere else to go.

Since the Tory government was elected, it has made life harder for Travellers.

It scrapped a programme providing grants for Traveller sites and revoked planning rules that required councils to make land provision for Travellers.

Earlier this month, David Cameron expressed his sympathy for those who oppose the Dale Farm site.

He talked of the “sense of unfairness that one law applies to everybody else and, on too many occasions, another law applies to Travellers”.

Eviction notices have not yet been served on families living at Dale Farm. The police are waiting to see if the home office will grant a request for around £10 million to pay for it.

And Travellers’ supporters have launched a legal challenge to the council’s decision.

The total cost of the eviction is estimated at £18 million.

The sheer scale of the operation the police are preparing gives a chilling indication of how brutal the eviction will be.

Supporters plan to establish Camp Constant on 9 April to maintain an ongoing monitoring of the site and defend it against any eviction attempt.

Email dale.farm@btinternet.com to get involved


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Tue 22 Mar 2011, 17:18 GMT
Issue No. 2244
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