Dale Farm in Essex is the UK’s largest Traveller community, consisting of nearly a hundred plots and is home to over 1000 people. The residents own the land, a disused scrap yard, yet Basildon Council wants to spend millions evicting about 500 people (many of them children) from the 52 plots of land that do not have planning permission. To do this they have hired the bailiff firm ‘Constant & Co’ and have served the residents notice that expires at the end of August.
Dale Farm Travellers have offered to leave at no cost to the council, but need somewhere to go. Yet Basildon Council has failed to agree to alternative sites. Government legislation, planning restrictions and sale of public land have decimated the number of safe and legal stopping places for Gypsies and Travellers.
Over the next days and weeks we will be joining the fight to protect Dale Farm.
From this Saturday, 27th August, a protest camp called ‘Camp Constant’ will be set up at Dale Farm to house supporters. Details of the camp and the rest of the campaign can be found at dalefarm.wordpress.com – the blog of Dale Farm Solidarity
We are looking for volunteers who are able to blog and tweet about the resistance. If you think you can help get in touch, but also contact Dale Farm Solidarity.