7PM // Monday 27 February // Westminster City Hall
Tony Ball, leader of Basildon Council, has been nominated for the award of Council Leader of the Year by the Local Government Information Unit “in recognition of his role spearheading the eviction of Travellers from Dale Farm”. The award ceremony takes place on Monday 27 February at Westminster City Council.
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Not wanting Tony Ball to miss out on ALL of the recognition due to him, we will be presenting him with an alternative ‘Community Wrecker of the Year Award’.
In particular, the Dale Farm community would like to thank Tony Ball for his spectacular and unique achievements:
- CLARITY OF VISION: particularly his desire to deal with the problem that there are ‘too many Travellers in Essex’ [Tony Ball]
- OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT TO HIS ROLE: Tony Ball said he would resign if he did not evict Dale Farm – the eviction was about the continuation of his career and not the welfare of the community.
- EFFICIENCY SAVINGS: spending ‘only’ £7 million of public money on evicting the Dale Farm Travellers from the land that they own.
- HOUSING: making 83 families homeless, and refusing them to offer them alternative sites.
- PUTTING CHILDREN FIRST: protecting the interests of the first literate generation at Dale Farm by forcing them away from the local school.
- PROTECTING THE GREENBELT: Tony Ball transformed a beautiful home into a bombsite filled with sewage and old scrap.
- ACCOUNTABILITY: upholding the planning law by evicting Dale Farm and giving planning permission to a Dogs Home two months later in the same area of ‘protected greenbelt’.
- STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH COMMUNITY GROUPS: ‘allowing’ the displaced Dale Farm residents to stay on the private road leading to their former home in unsanitary and cramped condition, cutting the electricity supply.
You are cordially invited to join us outside Westminster City Hall, for the presentation of the award, Tony Ball’s acceptance speech and a rowdy reception.
Join us to let Tony Ball know what we think of his ‘achievements’ at Dale Farm.