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Travellers: Brighton jumps on eviction bandwagon

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2276

Brighton and Hove city council evicted up to 25 Travellers from a site in the city on Tuesday of last week. The Green Party leads the council.

The eviction came a week after Basildon council evicted 400 Travellers from the Dale Farm site in Essex.

It emerged this week Rodney Bass, chair of Essex county council, wrote to Basildon’s mayor backing the action.

“The continuing illegal occupation of Dale Farm by travellers (including Irish criminals) and protestors has been a source of great concern,” he wrote.

Stephen Horgan, deputy leader of Basildon council, blogged about the eviction on Thursday of last week.

He denied that “bigotry” was behind the decision. But he went on to describe Dale Farm as a “slum” and said, “Being a minority culture does not get you out of obeying the law”.

Meanwhile it has emerged that the Tory government gave what civil servants described as an “unprecedented” amount of money to fund the Dale Farm eviction.

A letter from the Department for Communities and Local Government to the Treasury says ministers wanted the eviction “treated as a top priority”.

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Tue 1 Nov 2011, 19:35 GMT
Issue No. 2276
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