- Created: Saturday, 30 July 2011 14:18
- Written by Cat Alison
Conservative-controlled Basildon Council is poised to evict hundreds of Travellers from Dale Farm in Essex, at a cost of £9.5 million. This follows the home office announcement in June that it will contribute £4.65 million to the policing costs, thereby giving the green light to the council’s racist assault.
Dale Farm is one of the largest Traveller communities in Europe, consisting of nearly a hundred separate family plots, mainly owned by Irish Travellers, although there are also some Roma families. While almost half the plots have planning permission, the remainder have consistently been refused planning consent, even though the site was previously a disused scrap yard.