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The fight is on to stop Travellers' eviction

Issue No. 2264

Travellers are prepared to resist forcible eviction from their homes at Dale Farm in Essex  (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Travellers are prepared to resist forcible eviction from their homes at Dale Farm in Essex (Pic: Socialist Worker)


There are just a few weeks left to fight a planned eviction of Travellers living at Dale Farm in Essex.

Basildon council has issued eviction notices demanding people leave before 31 August—or risk their homes being destroyed.

Travellers and their supporters are campaigning against the eviction and preparing to defend the site.

The council has now admitted that it has no authority to evict three families living in eight caravans at Dale Farm.

Its original enforcement notices, issued in 2004, only apply to the hardstandings underneath the homes.

Basildon council’s head of corporate services, Dawn French, has confirmed that “there are three pitches where it [the council] has no authority to remove caravans from the land”.

But the council still plans to remove the hardstanding and evict hundreds of other people.

The council is prepared to waste £18 million to force the Travellers out—despite the fact that they have lived there for years and own the land.

We must resist it.

Join the demonstration to defend Dale Farm, Saturday 10 September, 1pm, Wickford train station. Go to http://dalefarm.wordpress.com/ to get involved and for updates on the campaign


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Tue 9 Aug 2011, 18:01 BST
Issue No. 2264
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