Socialist Worker

Judge delays Dale Farm eviction until Monday

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2270

The Travellers of Dale Farm won a temporary legal victory today, Friday.

Mr Justice Edwards-Stuart extended an injunction, which stops Basildon council from evicting Travellers at the Dale Farm site in Essex, until 4pm next Monday.

Around 400 people are under threat of eviction from the site, where they live on land that they own.

Marc Willers represented the Travellers at the High Court in London. He raised questions regarding what Basildon council was legally able to do at the site.

Justice Edwards-Stuart originally granted the emergency injunction last Monday, the first date on which bailiffs acting on behalf of Basildon council could have entered the site.

The judge said that he would consider the evidence over the weekend, along with a new application from Travellers for a judicial review into their case. “I hope to have delivered a judgement by then,” he said.

But he added that, after his considerations, “if that requires the injunction to be extended so be it, that’s what I’ll do”.

Patrick Egan, who lives at Dale Farm, was in court. He told Socialist Worker that the council’s plans were about “racism pure and simple”.

“Nick Clegg ended his speech at Lib Dem conference by saying, ‘we must protect our homes, our families and our children’,” he said. “What does he think we’re doing at Dale Farm?”

Go to www.dalefarm.wordpress.com for updates on the campaign and to get involved with supporting the Travellers.


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