Taking action: Dale Farm blog site, fb & tweets

Tony Gosling tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Tue Mar 15 12:24:01 GMT 2011

Excellent official Dale Farm blog site which includes solidarity details

To get Dale Farm tweets sent to your phone sign 
up here - latest messages below the Dale Farm blog article

Dale Farm solidarity on Facebook

Essex council to evict 400 Travellers - 
Enforcement of eviction orders at Basildon site 
likely to cost £18m and could leave children and elderly people homeless
Police stood by outside the theatre where the 
debate was staged but it ended without incident.

Posted on March 15, 2011 by dalefarmsupport - By Grattan Puxon
Even before Basildon Tory councillors, in the 
face of Labour and Liberal Party opposition, 
voted last night [14 March] to evict Dale Farm’s 
homeless, a legal challenge to the £13m operation had been set in motion.
During the day, Basildon District Council was 
faxed a pre-action protocol letter stating that 
should the council proceed with direct action it 
would immediately be countered by judicial review proceedings.
Hopes are now that this strongly stated legal 
opposition to Basildon’s draconian policy, which 
is based on council leader Tony Ball’s belief in 
an overarching need to enforce planning law, will 
at least gain time for a non-confrontational solution to be reached.
Opposition councillors said at the meeting that 
they would rather see the families involved 
allowed to continue to live on their own land 
then have millions in public money squandered on 
a futile and shameful eviction.
“I believe welfare of the community should be the 
priority,” commented Gypsy Council president 
Richard Sheridan this morning. “We want to live 
within the law. There is no law-and-order issue.”
In earlier negotiations Cllr Ball himself has 
indicated that he is willing to allow Dale Farm 
residents at least a limited window of 
opportunity to find alternative locations to 
which they can legally, and peacefully move. On 
balance its seems unlikely therefore the 28-day 
notice of eviction will be delivered to residents for some weeks yet.
Indeed, both the Gypsy Council and lawyers for 
residents are urging that negotiations regarding 
suitable alternative sites be recommenced. One planning application for
development of a model mobile-home park is 
already awaiting council approval, and several 
others also involving land owned by a government quango are in preparation.
Another promising development is that in the 
search for alternative land outside Basildon, a 
suitable private 12-acre site in metropolitan Essex has come to light.
Meanwhile, linking with Roma communities in other 
parts of Europe, many of whom are under similar 
threat, Dale Farm will on 9 April host one of the 
events marking the 40th anniversary of the lst 
World Romani Congress, which took place in London in l971.
As well as an international Zero Eviction 
Tolerance Day, that weekend will see the setting 
up of Camp Constant, a support establishment 
composed of human rights monitors pledged to be 
on hand should a forced eviction be prematurely attempted.

Link to Guardian article on the eviction vote: http://bit.ly/dTv2Yy
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

Guardian: council debate heard eviction wld 'waste millions' 'risk
making elderly people & children homeless' & risk council job cuts
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

Our Big Fat Council Bill - Equality UK http://bit.ly/hOpbGY
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

Thanks for your solidarity @GypsyMessages: @letdalefarmlive So
sad that common sense did not prevail. The country has gone to the dogs...
about 14 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone

tractorgirly @letdalefarmlive scandalous and sad.really feel for
all those involved x
about 15 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® in reply to letdalefarmlive
Retweeted by letdalefarmlive

Vote split along party lines, with Conservative Councillors voting
for, and Labour and Lib Dem against.
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