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Dale Farm threat

Dale Farm, a former scrapyard between Wickford and Billericay in Essex, the largest Traveller site in the UK is under threat of eviction.

About one-third of the site is authorised. After redesignating the remainder as greenbelt, Basildon borough council has refused planning permission to the 90 families who own plots/yards there. The council has asked central government for up to £10m for an eviction which may take three weeks. Once the 28-day quit or be evicted notices are served, supporters will be welcome at Camp Constant on Dale Farm.

Please write asking why the council are evicting a well-established community when there are no authorised temporary stopping places in all Essex, no vacancies on council-run sites and no alternative land identified for the families to buy.
Contact: Cllr Tony Ball, leader, Basildon borough council, Basildon Centre, St Martin’s Square, Basildon SS14 1DL;
On-site support will be welcome, please contact: dale.farm@btinternet.com

Topics: Human rights