Human rights monitoring/Legal observers

NEW: LEGAL OBSERVER /HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORING PACK

The eviction at Dale Farm is set to start on Monday the 17th of October.   We are calling on people to act as legal observers/human rights monitors and some of us will be engaging in civil disobedience to prevent homes from being bulldozed. The bailiffs employed to demolish homes, Constant & Co. call themselves “gypsy specialists” and have a history of brutal and illegal behaviour including the cruel Twin Oaks eviction in 2004.

The eviction, which will cost an estimated 19.2 million pounds, would involve smashing chalets and mobile-homes, and physically forcing up to 90 families, including children, the elderly and infirm, to leave the district, impoverished and with nowhere legally to live.

To become a human rights monitor, sign up to our txt message alert service here (this website may give you a “certificate warning” but pay no mind), and subscribe to our email bulletin.  If you’re on facebook, invite your friends to our event.

  • Please link up with some friends in advance, and have transport planned so that you can come down quickly together. You can find a map and instructions on how to get to Dale Farm here.
  • There are several local groups who have Dale Farm support campaigns. Find one in your area here or start your own, and come together.
  • bring cameras (video and still).
  • We are running training sessions on human rights monitoring and civil disobedience  — please email us for more information at savedalefarm[at]gmail.com

117 Responses to Human rights monitoring/Legal observers

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  3. Clive Durdle says:

    I am very confused by all of this.

    We are talking about Basildon with its history of plotlands are we?

    We are talking about a change of use from brownfield scrapyard to residential – nothing to do with greenbelt – aren’t we?

    Are there not compromises available by using holiday lets, or as at the milennium wheel, temporary permissions?

    Were any of the properties built over night and had a fire going in them by dawn to use existing law?

  4. Dale Farm needs everyone on board now. We must ensure that
    the basic human right of Dale Farm travellers to camp on their
    own land is respected and this CONDEM regime that wanted to
    waste 18 million pounds on this ridiculous and racist eviction is
    brought to book and CHANGED. We need UK regime change so
    that we have a DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED government NOT
    this CONDEM regime that cheated and lied it´s way to power.
    ALL TRADE UNIONISTS need to LOBBY your General Secretary
    and the parliamentary trade union group to uphold the RIGHT of
    Dale Farm travellers to camp on their own land FOREVER !
    DALE FARM FOREVER. We are with you brothers and sisters
    WE STAND AS ONE TOGETHER against the CONDEM regime.

  5. Gloria Hunniford says:

    1) How do the chained activists go to wee wee or pass solids? Do they issue you with special combat trousers, or are you catheterised ?
    2) How many undercover police got in weeks before the eviction?
    3) Is it true that the Police have use of a geostationary sattelite and can zoom down 24/7 anyway?

    Just curious…..

  6. RMT Solidarity: CALLING ALL TRADE UNIONISTS
    and supporters. Come to support Dale Farm travellers
    right now today. It will cost you nothing and it will show
    solidarity. ONE MILLION TRADE UNION MEMBERS
    at Dale Farm sitting peacefully on the ground will
    RESULT in David the Dictator CONDEM Cameron
    resigning and getting evicted from No. 10 Downing
    Street on Monday morning. YOUR PENSIONS and
    JOBS and PAY and FUTURE and the UK will be OK !

    • Gordon Gekko says:

      So what you’re really saying is that this has nothing to do with Dale Farm and everything to do with your warped and twisted politics. There are very few trade union members who want to waste their time or be linked with this bunch of misfits. You really are pathetic.

  7. cambs says:

    if the news papers told muslims or black people to “go back home” there would be uproar!! so 1 person is building houses in ireland. does that mean the other 400 have somewhere to live? so they have ties in ireland? we cant tell any other minority to “piss off back” because they have family in another country. its funny that soon after this, the tories want to start developing on the green belt :)

    • cambs says:

      i didnt say they are a “race”. but they are a seperate culture. sheltered and in some ways ignorant to the outside, but a seperate culture. “gorgie” isnt solely used as a derogative term. it comes from the romani, purely meaning someone who isnt a ramani. obviously, some now twist this to be a racist term, but that is down to the individual. the slave raids were the result of a group of criminals and they were all linked, not seperate gangs. this goes on all the time in housing estates, whether it be for drugs or prostitution.

    • Gordon Gekko says:

      To Cambs –
      Yes, you did refer to them as a race. You likened them to ‘black people’. The reference to race is inferred.
      So gypsy/traveller is racist but gorgio isn’t. Double think there I believe.
      Drug dealing and prostitution in housing estates. Irrelevant! Stop conflating issues and attend to the debate in hand. I really hate it when people can’t debate and try to bring tangential subjects into play because they can’t win an argument based purely on the subject matter. The subject matter is gypsies not anything else. If you want to debate the rights and wrongs of what is happening on our sink estates then start a blog about it and we’ll debate it there. But it has nothing to do with the subject here.
      I have read nothing so far to suggest that they were all linked together. However, as the ‘traveller’ community is so close it would have been surprising, to say the least, if there hadn’t been some linking going on including swapping the odd slave. You are quite right, the raids were the result of a group of criminals who all happened to be ‘travellers’ which is something you omitted. The systematic and callous method of enslaving the people really takes my breath away and yet you want me to have sympathy for these people. Well, I do have sympathy with these people as long as they stay within the law and don’t behave anti-socially.

    • cambs says:

      again, i never said “gypsy/travellers” is racist. the comment about the criminals in housing estates was just to emphasise that you cannot tar everyone with the same brush. you cannot say that all gypsys are dirty slave traders. I just think that the council should be clever about this and figure out a way to invest in the site, thereby forcing everyone to pay into the system. council-run sites work very well and every plot pays the relevant taxes and fees.

  8. Seasider says:

    I just had a speeding ticket and will get 3 points on my licence. Thanks to the inspiration of the “travellers” at Dale Farm I have dreamt up a new ethnic group definition (the brilliant UN lets us self define) where our cultural traditions mean we have to drive faster than the speed limit. I will fight the oppression from the government that is carrying out ethnic cleansing and trying to destroy my people. Speeders unite and fight the oppression!

  9. SOS ~ Mayday ~ Mayday ~ Mayday
    ALL HANDS ON DECK: UNITE
    Township Dale farm under imminent RISK
    of attack by CONDEM STORM troops.
    This is a SEVERE STORM WARNING.
    The CONDEM regime is attacking the
    Disabled, Unemployed, Travellers and
    Trade Union Members Human Rights.
    Fellow RMT members and supporters
    oppose CONDEMNATION together
    “an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us”
    immediate countermeasures needed:
    please proceed to muster stations now.
    RMT Gereral Secretary Bob Crow said:
    “No majority voted for these policies”

    • Gordon Gekko says:

      I think you’ll find that if Basildon council were to have a local referendum about the action they were taking against the Dale Farm people the vote would be pretty much in the council’s favour. In fact, were you to take it to a national vote on the action to be taken against illegal campsites by travellers I think the vote would be overwhelmingly in favour of removal, by force if necessary.

  10. Unfortunately there is a bad UK that is OK for human rights abuse.
    Join US here is the UK that is OK for good
    We are for Churchill, world peace, love and
    international friendship between everyone.

    Good UK Churchill supporters are at odds with the
    very bad current leadership and direction of the British
    Conservative party that is a liability for British business.
    On the 12th of September David Camerion betrayed the
    shareholders of British petroleum as he failed utterly to
    regain the trust and respect of Russian Prime Minister
    Vladimir Putin and Russian President Dimitri Medvedev.
    CONDEM Cameron was not even invited to stay the night.
    Had the UK got an impeccable Human rights record and
    especially if this applied to marginalised communities
    like the Irish Gypsies, Travellers, Roma and others
    then we would be respected in Russia. Russia is
    not perfect, no country is, but Russia does
    not evict Gypsies from caravans.

    • Graham Smith says:

      “…..he failed utterly to regain the trust and respect of Russian Prime Minister
      Vladimir Putin and Russian President Dimitri Medvedev. CONDEM Cameron was not even invited to stay the night.” Are you being serious? The Russian political system is one of the most corrupt and corrupting systems in the world. It fosters inequality, it rewards the criminal, it distorts its judicial system, it has very little free press and if the ‘Dale Farm’ inhabitants were causing trouble there they’d soon be ‘re-educated’. So, why on earth do you think we should have to gain the respect or the trust or even have the desire to stay there one night in such an oligarchic country.
      “Had the UK got an impeccable Human rights record..” Well, I have to agree that it’s not perfect but then on the other hand it is better than 99% of the rest of the world and I’m happy with that.
      “….then we would be respected in Russia” Why do we need Russia’s respect?
      “..but Russia does not evict Gypsies from caravans.” Quote, “According to research by the European Centre for the Rights of Roma People, Roma communities all over Russia live in deep poverty, deprived of the possibility of obtaining education, jobs, housing and medical help. In practice, this means, for example, that ordinary schools try to find ways not to accept Gypsy children. Even if they are accepted, their attendance is rarely encouraged or enforced. Prejudice is so widespread that Russian pupils refuse to share tables with Gypsy children and that a school textbook could contain a warning not to touch Gypsies because they ‘spread maladies’…………..Discrimination in the health sector is rampant. In one case a Gypsy woman had to give birth to a child in a field after being rejected by a hospital’s emergency department.” Again, quote, “Oleg Gusev, a candidate for major of Yekaterinburg, proposed to close down Roma settlements and recently, in the Archangel region, Gypsies were forced to take to court a city government that wanted to drive them out of the region.” Note, an entire region, not just some illegally occupied green belt land. Hardly sounds like a country that has everything sorted out for its gypsies. (source -http://www.romea.cz/english/index.php?id=servis/monitoring/m_en_2005_0046)
      Google ‘Russian human rights abuses’ to find out exactly how we compare with a regime that is currently sending arms to Syria so that civilians can be mown down.
      You really are an ignorant and mendacious character full of paranoid delusions.

  11. Graham Smith says:

    I’d love to join you in your protest against Basildon council. Please let me know if I should bring my own slaves or do you have some there already? Travelers are such nice people!!

    • Not Sure If Serious... says:

      I can’t believe you’d make such a comment…You’re trying to ethnically cleanse their cultural identity !

    • concerned says:

      It is little wonder that this Country is falling apart – people are so naive.

      The police arrived at Leighton Buzzard with the press in tow – odd. The police have been investigating the site since 2008 but failed to take any action until now. I would add that this is a site with Irish Travellers and the press have emphasised this point. Odd that these arrests coincide with the evicition at Dale Farm which also involves Irish Travellers. Racism in the first degree. I hope that those of you who have posted derogatory comments do not hold jobs with positions of power.

      Even if the arrests in Leighton Buzzard are lawful (only time will tell) it does not mean that residents of Dale Farm are guilty of similar offences. Many of the people posting comments on here are sad individuals who are bullies.

      No I am not a traveller but I do believe we should live and let live. This Country is falling apart and the travellers at Dale Farm are the least of our worries.

      • I expect in your eyes, it would have been ‘racist’ whenever the Police had executed a search warrant – And they have made at least 2 arrests there previously…….

      • Graham Smith says:

        “It is little wonder that this Country is falling apart – people are so naive” Yes, and you are one of the leading examples of naivety. You fail to see beyond the end of your prejudices.
        “The police arrived at Leighton Buzzard with the press in tow – odd.” Why is it odd. Sorry of course, conspiracy theories!
        “The police have been investigating the site since 2008 but failed to take any action until now.” Maybe they didn’t have enough evidence and spent the last three years obtaining that evidence. Who knows. I know I don’t and I also know that you don’t (except of course you are a conspiracy theorist and see proof of conspiracies everywhere).
        “I would add that this is a site with Irish Travellers and the press have emphasised this point.” Well they would hardly emphasise the point that they were a traveling circus of nuns. Your banality is taking my breath away.
        “Odd that these arrests coincide with the evicition(sic) at Dale Farm which also involves Irish Travellers.” Second time that you’ve used ‘odd’. You obviously know so much more than we mere mortals. Do show us your proof. Oh, of course you don’t have any. It’s all pure conjecture.
        “Racism in the first degree.” I’m sorry. I couldn’t quite believe that sentence. So, just to get it straight, because these ‘people’ are an ethnic clan (supposed) they now have the right to hold slaves and illegally occupy land whilst we ‘ordinary’ people can only revel in their country ways and their marvellous culture.
        “This Country is falling apart and the travellers at Dale Farm are the least of our worries.” At last something we can agree on. They are the least of our worries so arrest them and prosecute them when they commit illegal acts and remove them from places where they have no right to be.

    • carol fyfe says:

      do not tar everybody with the same brush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • There are obviously some bad stories being propagated to try to justify the Human rights abuse planned by Basildon council and supported by the CONDEM British state. There is a UK which is OK for good and there is a UK which is OK for ethnic cleansing. We live on top of each other with decent supporters of the Travellers opposed by Evil bailiff thugs. Just as in Law there is Right and Wrong there is miscarriage of justice and justice delayed and justice denied. There is a planning hearing scheduled for OCTOBER but anyway the THUGS at Basildon from the BAD UK want to smash up the caravans and deny these travellers their home. STAND WITH THE GOOD UK : OK for good ! travellers need plenty of decent sites for stopping at with full facilities and RESPECT by the law so they can be fully welcomed into our MULTICULTURAL and MULTIETHNIC society. We are talking about the GOOD society here, NOT the BIG brother BAD society of Cameron.

      • Graham Smith says:

        “…..he failed utterly to regain the trust and respect of Russian Prime Minister
        Vladimir Putin and Russian President Dimitri Medvedev. CONDEM Cameron was not even invited to stay the night.” Are you being serious? The Russian political system is one of the most corrupt and corrupting systems in the world. It fosters inequality, it rewards the criminal, it distorts its judicial system, it has very little free press and if the ‘Dale Farm’ inhabitants were causing trouble there they’d soon be ‘re-educated’. So, why on earth do you think we should have to gain the respect or the trust or even have the desire to stay there one night in such an oligarchic country.
        “Had the UK got an impeccable Human rights record..” Well, I have to agree that it’s not perfect but then on the other hand it is better than 99% of the rest of the world and I’m happy with that.
        “….then we would be respected in Russia” Why do we need Russia’s respect?
        “..but Russia does not evict Gypsies from caravans.” Quote, “According to research by the European Centre for the Rights of Roma People, Roma communities all over Russia live in deep poverty, deprived of the possibility of obtaining education, jobs, housing and medical help. In practice, this means, for example, that ordinary schools try to find ways not to accept Gypsy children. Even if they are accepted, their attendance is rarely encouraged or enforced. Prejudice is so widespread that Russian pupils refuse to share tables with Gypsy children and that a school textbook could contain a warning not to touch Gypsies because they ‘spread maladies’…………..Discrimination in the health sector is rampant. In one case a Gypsy woman had to give birth to a child in a field after being rejected by a hospital’s emergency department.” Again, quote, “Oleg Gusev, a candidate for major of Yekaterinburg, proposed to close down Roma settlements and recently, in the Archangel region, Gypsies were forced to take to court a city government that wanted to drive them out of the region.” Note, an entire region, not just some illegally occupied green belt land. Hardly sounds like a country that has everything sorted out for its gypsies. (source -http://www.romea.cz/english/index.php?id=servis/monitoring/m_en_2005_0046)
        Google ‘Russian human rights abuses’ to find out exactly how we compare with a regime that is currently sending arms to Syria so that civilians can be mown down.
        You really are an ignorant and mendacious character full of paranoid delusions.

  12. Crapping in their own pots?? says:

    Question – I’m a 2nd Year Law Student – it appears that all landowners are obliged in law to tidy eyesores – after the eviction, this group will therefore have to clean the site up, as they own it. If they do not do so , the Council can do it themselves and send them the bill – which is going to be massive. I cannot fathom why this group do not appreciate this – many traveller and gypsy groups have left countless hundreds of landowners across the country with a massive clean up bill each time they’ve been moved off – are they effectively ‘crapping in their own pot’?
    Problem with most Human Rights practitioners is they know absolutely everything about the HRA, but sod all about the minute details of domestic legislation – the group has been very poorly advised on this one.
    Seems some will have to sell off one of their many ‘second homes’ to pay the interest off on the massive clean up by the looks of things….

    • concerned says:

      If you are planning a career in the law I would suggest that you refrain from running down Human Rights lawyers or any lawyers for that matter. As a second year law student you should know that all lawyers study compulsory subjects. Lawyers specialise after qualifcation not before.

  13. People who make racist comments here and elsewhere will be reported to the Essex Police as I pay my taxes and work hard to promote the real UK and the real Essex. This threatened eviction has cost my business a lot of money as the good name of the UK is harmed by the apparrent disregard of the Human rights of travellers. I am filing reports against all who post racist comments and I am determined to work with the Essex Police to hold Basildon council to account as well. Maybe some people have different opinions to me, but the UNITED NATIONS is the world body I am with and the world is judging the UK today. I am from Essex, born less than 10 miles from Dale Farm, so I know the REAL Essex and it is not racist at all. Everyone is welcome in Essex.
    Essex people are with the travellers and we say “Live and let live” I would not want to live in a caravan all my life but that is my busness and it is also my business to uphold the Human rights of those who are different to me. I love Essex and I love travellers. I love humans. I love the United Nations. I do not hate anyone, even the bad posters here, yes, I will be taking you to court with the Essex Police and yes you might get punished, but it will be for your own good to teach you that in the UK we do respect human rights and RACISM WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
    There is so much racism against travellers and Gypsies expressed here and elsewhere and this only encourages more racism therefore it is a crime of inciting racial hatred which is against the law in the UK therefore I am certainly taking this up with the Essex Police. Racism is simply not on. I will continue to promote the real UK as OK and everyone is welcome. I will not allow these racists to put me off my job of promoting the real UK and the real Essex. The UK is a great country and everyone is welcome. We do respect human rights and Basildon council will be held to account. So will all these people who make nasty comments about Gypsies and Travellers. We will root out racism and continue to make the UK OK for everyone. God bless the Dale Farm community of Travellers and supporters.
    Good will prevail and the Travellers will see their human rights upheld.

    • These people are the CAUSE of real racism against REAL GYPSIES. - says:

      Many people in Essex are also filing reports to the Police – about trespass, criminal damage, and of course asking for fixed penalties for the littering offenses you’ll commit unless you clear that site up after the eviction etc etc – besides which, do you think your complaint will get any interest at all – from someone like yourself who has spent months and months inciting rabid violence against people charged with a duty to carry out a LAWFUL eviction..you were at it on Saturday, stirring up loads of youngsters to do it….totally above the law yourselves ……having just looked at this site, it is just an ego wank for someone who’s personal life is a complete and total void..maybe a lower second degree in I.T. you can’t get a job with – dross , really.

  14. Joseph says:

    See tomorrows Mail on Sunday – “Revealed: The Irish houses secretly ‘owned’ by Dale Farm travellers facing eviction”
    This is what redgrave has been ‘defending the rights of’! A bunch of con artists – rather like her! Many of the dale farm scabs are connected to homes in Rathkeale, a town in the Republic of Ireland which is often regarded as a spiritual home for travellers. AND it shows the deeds and benefit claims – but it doesnt mention the ones they own in Belgium and Holland – yet….. ….

  15. I am just telling it as it is. In Germany the UK is definately seen as a Human rights abusing country. Maybe you don’t see it as I do but then you are not here in Germany promoting the UK and trying your best to present the UK as OK and save UK jobs, save UK business and save the UK from CONDEMNATION. We ought to think a bit more about our repuataion. Of course Germany is not peerfect, but they are our customers, and as I always say, and ANY business person says “The customer is always right” So say what you like mate, because I will not be employing people like you since you would offend my customers ! This message applies to anyone who thinks that the eviction is justified in ANY way. Reality is that it will cost us billions in lost exports to Germany, only the most economically powerful nation in Europe now, so we ought, really OUGHT to care what the rest of the world and our customers think, as UK jobs are on the line here. Racism and Human rights abuse is NOT OK ! Neither is mass unemployment and condemnation of a country that was respected in Germany until recently.

  16. Melissa Marks says:

    Under no circumstances must these itinerants be allowed to break the law.
    If the law is not upheld this will set a legal precedent whereby all or any of us can buy land and build houses without permission.
    WAKE UP YOU FOOLS – that is those of you who are standing up for these law breakers.
    These people are being rehoused although they deserve it.
    Continually breaking the law and being offered new homes – BAH !
    I wonder would that work for me?

    • concerned says:

      I note the comments. We live in a corrupt country and planning rules are broken all the time. My own mother has faulty deeds as a result of someone else breaching planning rules. Her local Council refuse to co-operate preferring to use the four year rule. She has contacted several Government Ministers who have also refused to help or assist her. In fact the list is endless.

      I have today read an article in which David Cameron said “Everyone in this country has to obey the law, including the law about planning permission”. I would suggest that David Cameron retracts his stupid, ill informed statement without delay.

      The individuals at Dale Farm are being used as scapegoats. I am aware that large supermerkets regularly make financial contributions to the local community in order to secure planning permission for new devlopments. Most members of the public would regard this has legalised bribery. Our Councils accept this money and consequently grant planning permission. I for one would like to know what else our Councils accept. Furthermore, I would like to know what plans are proposed for Dale Farm should the evicitions be successful?

      This sad evicition is costing this Country millions of pounds. Our Ministers are constantly telling us that our Country is in the red. Where is this money coming from – the tax payer again. These millions could have been used to reduce our deficit or purchase hospital equipment and drugs for the dying. Perhaps the Government could arrange for the costs to be deducted from the pensions of our sponging civil service employees who constantly strike and freeload from the tax payer. Better still deduct the same from the huge salaries of the employees at the Council who authorised this appalling waste of the tax payers money.

      I and my family wish the residents at Dale Farm all the best and I hope you find a way to overturn the eviction. You are scapegoats and I am appalled by the actions of my own country. Unfortunately, we are closer to dictatorship than democracy. I would add that these issues would have been ignored if you had attended Eton and joined the exclusive Oxford Bullingdon Club!

  17. stinky says:

    “well said old boy! Oh and they’re not travellers either, given that they’ve been there 10 years”
    The poster of the above comment is obviously ignorant and not very bright, To live as a travellar in the uk is basically illegal there are a raft of laws to make it almost impossible. Do you really think that choice comes into it when parking up, because having some of the bigoted self rightious wankers such as some of the contributors here, living at the end of your caravan is simply unpleasant to say the least.
    .

    • Graham Smith says:

      Let’s look at this another way. What choice do people who suddenly find these caravan dwellers at the bottom of their garden have. They have to put up with the travelers with no option of moving (well certainly not immediately nor without losing money). They have rights as well and as they’re law abiding citizens (I should imagine for the most part) their rights come first in my book before people who are breaking the law.
      How you can say that people who disagree with you are self righteous when you have Redgrave on your side beggars belief.

      • candida sanderson says:

        Oh! I know just how you feel , I often loose sleep wondering what I would do if any corrupt bankers would move in at the bottom of my garden!

      • stinky says:

        sorry cant find where I wrote that people who disagree with me are self righteous.

        PS god gave us this green earth not the council.

  18. Hans hat Kopfschmerzen says:

    Ich bin ein deutscher Sprache Tourist, und ich sehe das nicht als “ethnische Säuberung” an alle!

  19. Free ODP says:

    Travelers get a poor deal when it comes to human rights, theres no doubt about that.

  20. Paul Bright says:

    The truth is that the threatened eviction of Dale Farm is an act of Ethnic cleansing as has been
    defined by the United nations. Hitler did evict gypsies and travellers and Hitler also deported
    immigrants and used populist racism to rise to power. This is exactly what my German friends
    tell me they see in the UK on their televisions and that is why our sales of travel to the UK are
    DOWN. My business and all my affiliated businesses are losing money thanks to the policies
    of the CONDEM not properly elected government. David Cameron is a massive risk to UK firms
    and his fellow Tories at Basildon council are jeopardising UK jobs. We cannot sell maldon Sea Salt
    if Essex is seen as a NAZI county and we cannot expect German language tourists in Bournemouth
    is the UK is seen as a NAZI country. The reality is the Germans are our customers and whatever
    you or anyone else feels about travellers in the UK we are being judged commercially and we are
    losing business and losing UK jobs and losing UK exports due to the action of Basildon council
    which is considered to be racist ethnic cleansing by our customers. THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT, at least in my business anyway.

    • Not Sure If Serious... says:

      Same old, same old..

    • bails246 says:

      Whichever side of the fence you sit on regarding the removal of those travellers at Dale Farm who have illegally built sites, the kind of rubbish you spout is is beyond anything I have ever heard! Germany has more right wing extremists then any other EU country, to even talk about us as being seen as a Nazi country brings your intelligence level down to the gutter. You are clearly a fool and an idiot and I am suprised you can even run a business with stupid inane comments!

    • Graham Smith says:

      “The truth is that the threatened eviction of Dale Farm is an act of Ethnic cleansing “. Self flagellating rubbish. Even the Irish don’t want them back! Are they guilty of ethnic cleansing by getting them to ‘travel’ to England?

  21. The truth is that abroad in Germany people DO compare the UK now with NAZI Germany and this is very bad for UK business people like me. How can we sell our UK exports and attract paying tourists to the UK when they can clearly see the UK is practising ethnic cleansing. TRUTH is mateee that this CONDEM government is deliberately encouraging racism with nonsense like the migration cap which also makes like tough for our UK businesses. That means less jobs, less money, mate, more dole (or just begging) and an ever descending spiral toward outright fascism. It´s terrible, that is why we call it CONDEMNATION. Think again, this idiot Cameron is a thug and basildon council employ thugs too, like “Constant and co.” Let me make one suggestion here, let us call it CAMP CHURCHILL because we are standing up to fascism just as Churchill did.
    GOD BLESS DALE FARM AND GOD BLESS THE REAL UK:OK !
    STOP the fascist parrallel universe of CONDEMNATION.

    • Not Sure If Serious... says:

      In what way is there ethnic cleansing? in what way are you associating this with the REAL ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in Kuwait, or Croats in the Croation War of Independence? no1 is going to lose their life here, and its not racially motivated. There’s going to be a legal eviction from land illegally developed, and the only arrests will come to people who are illegally obstructing officers or bailiffs

      • OnlyStudentsLivingThereNow says:

        Don’t recall the Nazis a) giving any of their victims a 10 year court process, in which they paid the defendent’s fees in full, or b) allowing some to stay exactly where they were.

        It is tragic that the people involved in this scenario are making a mockery of the Human Rights Act in this way, when there are REAL cases of HR abuse all over the world, and all their greed and selfishness has achieved is to increase calls for us to withdraw as signatories to it. Selfish, selfish people – given a yard, tried to take a mile – utter selfishness.

  22. Bullshit Detector says:

    Send your money to Oxfam or any other charity that helps the genuinely oppressed – everyone we met has been on welfare handouts for their entire adult life…….and not a real ‘gypsy’ amonst them! Staggered that so many were conned into involvement, but have left in droves after experiencing the sexist and racist behavior of the population and their hangers on……..absolutely awful con-artists…….

    • Fran says:

      Exactly! It is about time these travellers moved on and back to where they originated from. They have contributed nothing locally except grief. men are never around (on screen or in the paper). They always want, want, want with their hands out. They have cost this country far too much money and good riddance to bad rubbish.

      But they will have no qualms about hiding behind their children as shields. That is what the world will see and trust me, the pity they think they will get is nothing to the contempt you will get. It is just a real shame that they weren’t evicted 10 years ago.

      • Human Rights abuse and in this case Ethnic Cleansing at Dale farm is totally unacceptable and will do significant economic damage to the UK because good people will no longer buy British exports or visit the UK and this is not OK. We have got massive unemployment and now the horrifying scens of the riots in the UK have already put off many visitors and much investment is cancelled. That the UK will engage in Ethnic cleansing and disregard the human rights of the travellers is astonishing. I am seriously considering severing all ties with the UK and moving my business abroad. This is because if this eviction goes ahead my business of promoting the UK would fail anyway. How can I go to a trage fair in Germany and say “visit the UK, its’ OK we just abuse human rights and we don’t care because our leader Cameron is from the master race” I am quite sure that would not go down very well. Not at all, this is simply not on. Whatever you feel about this it will destroy British jobs and that is not OK, not OK at all. Truly, if this eviction goes ahead then Britain will literally sink into the mud. We need everyone who cares about the future of the UK to do the right thing and SUPPORT DALE FARM !

  23. Bullshit Detector says:

    I left the site after I heard the fat Irish lady who’s on TV all the time referring to a black couple as ‘coons’ – really, the whole thing is a complete con…and don’t send any money – they’re all loaded down here.

  24. Bullshit Detector says:

    Arent the council flats they’ve been offered on Broadwater Farm good enough for them?

    • Fran says:

      Nope. They wanted 6 million pounds to clear off when the site is only worth a pittance.
      They always have their hands out for something – but not this time. Time to go, bye bye.

      Any violence on the part of the non-travellers(because they really don’t seem to travel) should be dealt with severley and quickly.

  25. Bullshit Detector says:

    why havent you put any bank account details on the PayPal account youre asking donations to be sent to ? I think this is a con being run by conmen….

  26. Bullshit Detector says:

    a btinternet account – so its run from a landline phone?

  27. Land of hope and glory says:

    you rightfully payed for this land, and you built your Homes upon the land. soundly and strongly, but due to a technicality for the lack of planning permission, you whole community now face eviction…

    First of all, The council are actually negligent from the off set.. The council should have put measures and conditions in place to be agreed upon Before the Land was sold to your community, with a rolling planning program for each new build..

    This can still be achieved by assessing each dwelling on its merit of stability and quality and rectified if the property is deemed unsafe for the occupant..

    The council should be ashamed!!! An absurd £20,000,000 is being spent by this ineffective council to INHUMANLY evict a community from the land they lawfully own, and could have been best spent with a fraction of this money into rectifying the whole situation for every ones everyone’s best interest..
    and lets face it, the planing act is not exactly the holy of holiest, as its been known to turn a blind eye to certain individules planning permission.. ONE RULE FOR ONE AND ONE RULE FOR ANOTHER!!

    This eviction is ACTUALLY against this community’s human rights, AND SHOULD BE HALTED IMMEDIATELY… If my country can keep a convicted alcida sympathizer in this country DUE TO HIS HUMAN RIGHTS, then surely this community’s human rights has president…

    Lets not become a country of bureaucratic DOUBLE STANDARDS idiots.. This is England, The Land of Hope and Glory!! POWER TO THE PEOPLE!! GOOD LUCK!! GOD BLESS!!

    FROM AN ENGLISH MAN AND HIS COMMUNITY!!!

    FREE OUR ENGLAND FROM THESE CHAINS THAT OPPRESS THY FELLOW MEN, SO WE CAN BE FREE AGAIN, TO ROAM OUR ANCIENT LANDS IN PEACE AND TRANQUILITY..

    • International Human Rights Commission today and will also ask the Government of UK to fulfills the responsibilities towards the International instruments of human rights.

      IHRC assure the People of Dale Farm that what ever the means of diplomacy but we will stand with you till you got the success for your rights.

      IHRC also taking up this matter to the the United Nations General Assembly and European Court of Human Rights .

      Regards
      Ambassador Dr. Muhammad Shahid Amin Khan
      World Chairman
      International Human Rights Commission
      http;//www.ihrchq.org

      http://www.facebook.com/groups/ihrchq/

    • stinky says:

      very well put, but “Lets not become a country of bureaucratic DOUBLE STANDARDS idiots” is already the reality.

  28. manuel says:

    Welcome to the New (& improved) Nazi Germany, with Cameron as Fuhrer. This is a ploy to get rid of all of us, the hate the newspapers are generating is phenomenal, and most of it is from comments from the Brits themselves. It goes to show just how profound their hatred of Gypsies goes, doesn’t it?
    But for us, this is nothing new, we’ve always been the scape-goat for societies woes. We have been here in this country 500 years, I do believe that our future lies in black peril if the evictors are successful, we must fight, the time for diplomacy is over, it’s freedom now or never. If we don’t fight, we may find ourselves, men women and children being choked to death in a gas van or something, it happened before, it could just as easily happen again, my nephew and little niece of 5 & 6 overheard our conversations concerning the amount of hate in the comments from the Mail & Express, they are terrified, and to be truthful, I am too, what about the little children?

    I read in a much older story that the British public kicked up a stink because “The Children In Need” charity allocated £4,000 to Gypsy children, many said they would never be giving anything to the charity again, as it supported “worthless causes”
    This was in Britain’s favourite tabloid the Mail.

    The question now is, “how far will this go?” Dale Farm is a time-bomb where world war III could kick of at any given moment. When the travellers and Gypsies start to defend themselves and their homes, the hate from the general public will increase ten-fold, and I think we, as Gypsies that are nomadic and sedentary need to watch our backs, lest they attack our families, and hurt our children in retaliation. We all need to be careful.

    • Not Sure If Serious... says:

      There’s always one of these on discussion sites…someone equating their cause to the same treatment of the Nazis, when there are no tangible similarities between the Political and contextual features of events. Its just a way of demanding the moral high ground.

      It’s rubbish. These people are being removed for their willful disregard for the Laws of this country, and as soon as it comes round to bite them in the a$$ they’re all for the protection of the system…without any of the responsibilities.

    • Fran says:

      Get your story straight. It was a lot more than 4 grand and it people were rightly appalled that you got the money. I klnow many people who won’t give a pence because once again, you hold your hand out, say you are deprived and impovershed. The hard working tax paying public is sick to the back teethof hearing your totally false accusations and complaints when you don’t get what you want. Now the table has turned and the law has prevailed. You will be gone, you won’t be welcome in most places.

      You have homes in Ireland, go back to them. The benefits won’t be so easy to get, but hey ho…….that is life.

  29. manuel says:

    The amount of hate aimed our communities (Both Irish & Romani) is astounding! press stories from the Daily Mail & Express generate thousands of comments, and they usually call the Gypsies and travellers “parasites” and “vermin” hardly a mention of green-belt.
    Thankfully, there is many people among the British public that are free thinking individuals who refuse to be brain-washed by the Nazi ideological press, unlike the rest of the impasos in this country! My thanks to all the “Righteous Gadji Folk” that have supported our cause.
    God Bless!

    Dale Farm, God be with you.

  30. gavinstokes says:

    This whole thing is an awful situation for both sides, but I dont see how you can bend the rules for some folk and then expect everyone else to toe the line. Surely if travelers can buy land that has not been zoned for building and then build, everyone can, and I cant see that working out to well.

    • Look here, that Eric Piccles and his cronies in the CONDEM governement are planning to zone many more people into caravans, the thing is they want CONTROL because they´re NAZIS deep down and they obviously hate travellers, otherwise they would at least follow the human rights laws, which they do not. Believe you me, after the eviction they will be rounding up people and sending us off to work camps. This is truly a dictatorship of CONDEMNATION and we´ll all be very sorry to loose our freedom. Not to forget, you people thinking your house prices have gone down, if this eviction goes ahead then your properties will be utterly worthless because NOBODY will ever invest in the UK again, got it ! How stupid are the racist ones, can´t they see where Gypsy evictions lead to, did not they study the rise of NAZI ism in history class ? Don´t they think at all ? Honestly the racist brain really is tiny compared to other brains !

    • Bob says:

      Gavin, I think that is a good idea. Why not let people live the lifestyle they want and allow them the freedom to be who they want to be. How much does a new home cost to buy or to rent. How much labour is needed to amass enough cash to buy or rent property when there is an alternative? What is wrong with an individuals decision to opt out of the rat race and try for a different way of living?

  31. cambs says:

    The council should never have sold the land to the travellers, they knew what it would be used for and knew from the beginning that permission would not be granted. So it is the councils fault! Now they want to spend millions of your hard earned taxes on evicting people, who will then have no choice but pull up on your school fields and car parks (where would you rather they live). People are under the illusion that the land will be turned into green rolling hills, when the eviction happens. It will be a wasteland, a mound of mud and debris, more of an eyesore than any site. At the very least, an alternative site should have been offered by the council, who of course would get tax ( a lot of travellers do pay rent and council tax )

  32. they are all scum and should be executed thieving cunts the lot of them

    • Far Q says:

      well said old boy! Oh and they’re not travellers either, given that they’ve been there 10 years. But if they want to stay, fine, just make them pay all the backdated tax they should have paid all this time, plus all associated legal costs so far, and all taxes, just like everyone else, in future.

    • cambs says:

      Yeah and ALL white people are racist, ALL black people are gangster rappers and did you know that All chinese people know kung fu!!!!!! You sound like an idiot.lol

    • carol fyfe says:

      have you proof they are all thieving cunts ? there is thiefs in all walks of life
      and as for scum then what about all the junkies and peados I know who i would rather
      live beside defo not any peado scum.

    • bfast says:

      Ive just googled dale farm. It is an absolute mess,full of litter and obvious destruction to the surrounding area. These people call themselves travellers, how in heckramsey do you travell with bricks and mortar? These people are a law upon themselves.If your belongings arent nailed down, they’ll have it. They dont care about the law, except to stick two fingers up to it. Scourge of this land, illiterate, theiving, scrounging scum.GET THEM OUT.

      • cambs says:

        well it was a scrapyard before that. as for spongers, i know more of those in houses than i do in caravans .

      • carol fyfe says:

        have you checked out some of the estates in britain some of them are not easy on the eyeballs. what about the thieving scum in houses and not just council!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        osh people steal too!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Andy says:

    This is disgraceful. I don’t buy the green belt argument. This is ethnic cleansing by the local council. I live in Scotland where our travellers are treated with disrespect by many in the community. Why should people be forced to live a settled life. No council or government should be allowed to destroy a culture, break up communities and cause distress to people who value what they have. This is about freedom – something that has been slowly eroded over the last few decades. It’s not just travellers who suffer if this is allowed to continue. Good luck to all at Dale Farm.

    • Fran says:

      Hopefully these ones will move to Scotland too. No one wants them around here

      • carol fyfe says:

        hope you get some real nasty nieghbours just to piss you off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        oh and i live in scotland so do you have anything to say about us north of the border .

  34. Manuel Lee says:

    The council would never do this to the black, asian and Jewish communities, or even to themselves! yet once again the gorjas are singling out and persecuting Gypsies & travellers just because of who they are.

    If Basildon council, Constant & Co, the police and their supporters and symphaziser have a conscience, I hope to the loving LORD that feel truly rotten.

  35. Manuel Lee says:

    As a Romani Gypsy myself I know of the testimonies of the older generation of travellers that spoke of what Germany did to the Gypsies in the 27 nations the Reich occupied. In most cases the Gypsies were treated far, far worse than the Jews. Jews were sterilized in the war, so was Gypsies, Gypsies are still being forcefully sterilized 70 years later, nothing has changed. It has to be said, Britian, and quite a few of the majority English are becoming the way Germany itself became prior to the Holocaust.

    I hear members of the Gypsy communities ask “if” it will happen again, sadly, it is not a question of “if” but one of “when”?

    Quote from a Jewish Holocaust survivor:
    “If a nation, as technologically and culturally advanced and educated as Germany could be capable of such an appalling atrocity as mass murder, then surely no nation is exempt”

    It looks like the past is coming back to visit us…

  36. Dee Halliday says:

    It is devastating for those involved and I wish the well and strength. Upon reading the comments most were humane and supportive. No-one has the right to judge or intimidate another and to do so only shows ones greed for the ego. It is time that people did stand up for there rights the Government and Councils have no consideration for the people and nor will they. They are slaves to power and anyone who fellows this is one also.
    I admire and support all actions with out violence for the rights of each invidiual.

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  39. violet~rose says:

    i am a non gypsy/ traveller… and i would love to come and stay and give my support… how can i help…..
    i do suggest that you all paint your faces black on the day of the eviction and they will not touch any of you…….
    the fact that all there are british and victimised says it all…..
    if you all leave before the eviction date go abroad come back to this country without your passports you will all get benefits and housed….
    by being white british you wont get sod all……..

    • Violet i,m afraid this is a racist statement and plays into the hands of the Right Wing who hate all people who are not white Anglo Saxons!Racism is all to do with hatred and puts people against each other.Solidarity is when everyone comes together to stop tyrany and of course evictions!If i manage to get to Dale Farm i would insist that racism must not be tolerated in any form.The objective is to stop these evictions and the more people that get involved of all creeds colours and religions the better for the Dale Farm Community!United we stand devided we fall!

      • I sent an email to the Green MP in Parliament and to Justice for Travellers and other organisations stating that Hundreds of Marina illegal setlers throughout the Country will be given permission to stay in there wooden huts,caravans etc etc all year round without planning permission because Huntingdon County Council has given permission to people in Huntingdon to stay in their properties without planning permission.It was repoted in the Local Hunts Post Newspaper after the newly elected Conservative Leader of Huntingdon County Council gave his permission! I would argue that this is a legal PRESIDENT even though i am not a Lawyer and could be used to stop Planning Permission evictions? Please investigate and reply urgently. Perhaps Gratton could act on this?

      • Billy says:

        what nonesense ! I consider myself right wing, but I believe in freedom to do anything reasonable with your own land if it hurts no one. The people doing the evicting here are linerals with a small “l “. This is to do with freedom and racist bullying. ( both soviet techniques) Travellers and Roma are not leftists-so give over trying to score points out of this outrage. Its about freedom versus jobsworth tyranny, Nothing right wing about it!

    • peter franzen says:

      Racist anti-immigrant bigots like you don’t help the cause of genuine gypsies and travellers.

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  43. christine glenn says:

    When I adopted my Romany (Gypsy) daughter, I knew that I was also adopting a culture. Each summer we spend a month with her birth family in Romania and we get the amazing opportunity of becoming integrated within the Romany community.I also witness the intense hatred and persecution which exists in Europe against the Romany; but this isn’t a new phenomenom. I have spent a great deal of time researching the history of the Romany people, and I am appalled by how poorly the Romanies have been treated. They have been enslaved, and murdered simply because they are Romany; yet they are typically a peaceful people who never initiate wars and they rarely engage in crimes which are anything more than petty crimes.
    They have been and continue to be the scapegoat for societies problems. Dale Farm is not to be considered an isolated incident; but rather just one more indicator of the world’s unwillingness to protect its own citizens (the Romanies) against actions which would not be tolerated were it any other group.
    My daughter and I are hoping to be able to be part of this civil disobedience at Dale Farms. Not only do we hope to help stop this eviction, but we believe that this is an excellent opportunity to help educate people about this amazing culture which has survived so much persecution for hundreds of years.

  44. cat says:

    Its not about them and us, its us us us us all of us who will suffer under this dictatorship, stand together, we are all human beings, we should all have shelter food and clean water as standard. We are all tribal people of this earth, whether or not we live in a house pay council tax or live on the land. The walls are closing in folks, and if you value freedom, speak out aginst this disgusting behavior. Millions of pounds to evict? Couldn’t the money, (our money) be used in a more conscious way? We will all be living on the land when this system comes crashing down, then what will unknown wickford do? Eat his/her words??

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  46. Isn’t the government’s action against Dale Farm, also against all that UN Agenda 21 stands for – and which planning guidelines follow?

    If the Local Authority don’t approve of the buildings currently constructed at Dale Farm, what would they prefer – where?

    According to the ‘communities right to build’, no planning consent would be needed to build ‘sustainable’/affordable ‘community’ housing – which appears to be just what Dale Farm Housing Association offers its members.

    So what’s about to happen when finally get the communities’ right to build? And where can we all start building?

    According to what’s been approved by local authorities across the UK, for that to happen on a green field site, the buildings would have to be low-to-zero impact .

    If Tipi Alley in Wales can get planning permission after 15 years of disputes, and Tony Trench’s ‘Roundhouse’ was approved after 10 years in existence, Dale Farm will hopefully win their day yet!

    If everyone’s supposed to have equal ‘human’ rights now – why don’t ‘WE’? (In Solidarity) STILL!!

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  48. UnKnown says:

    just leave them alone why do pepole treat them bad we are all human fight for ur right guys

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  50. lilly says:

    Why can’t they go to the European court of human rights, if prisoners can do it to get the vote after all this is a human rights issue.You get people going on about ethnic cleansing abroad but in the same breath they will say they don’t like gypsies.
    Gypsies need to start to get a voice and a education so they can stand up for them self and demand that they are treated like any other group i mean if this was a asian or black families the council would not touch them , they also need to get the media to take more of an interest .I am also sick of hearing about the law abideing people paying there taxes who says travellers don,t pay there taxes.I know of a family who live in a campsite with no running water,no heating,damp, don,t get there rubbish taken away but are told they have to pay council tax how many people living in a house would put up with this when they will complain about such little things as how many bins they have use.When the gypsies went to vote at the polling station they were laugh out of it every person has a right to vote but this is what this country has came to.
    how many people would put up with this,even prisoners are able to go to court to get the vote but if you are a gypsie you can’t vote, what is this country coming to.

  51. GEMMA says:

    The council complain of lack of money but can spend this huge amount on removing these people and separating them from the lives they know and strongly believe in to make a point its wrong and as a community we should help and stand strong even if we don’t know these people who are we to judge they need our help and we should all be there to help and show the council and the world that what is happening is wrong lets make ourselves heard and help

  52. candida sanderson says:

    In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.” perhaps un known Wickford might think just a little.

  53. UnKnown Wickford says:

    Please just go back to Ireland where you came from

    You’re not wanted here you are hypocritical parasites that should show you do know what “Law Abiding” means and pack up and ship out. You have tried all the courts possible and you are still found to be residing illegally. We pay our taxes national insurance council tax road tax and anything else that is required so why shouldn’t you

    Bye Bye and please don’t blot the English “Green Belt” countryside again

    • cambridge says:

      “Unknown Wickford” you sound like an ignorant fool. If the council just let them extend the legal site, there wouldnt be a problem. Surely it would be better for the council to take over the site (council tax paid) than to spend 18 million evicting them. You shouldnt tar everyone with the same brush. Are all muslims terrorists? No. Are all non-travellers racist scum? No. there is good and bad in every people. You want them off sites, but you moan when they turn up on your local school field or park, I think you are the hypocrite. And for the record, im not a traveller.

  54. UnKnown Wickford says:

    Please just go back to Ireland where you came from

    You’re not wanted here you are hypocritical parasites that should show you do know what “Law Abiding” means and pack up and ship out. You have tried all the courts possible and you are still found to be residing illegally. We pay our taxes national insurance council tax road tax and anything else that is required so why shouldn’t you

    Bye Bye and please don’t blot the English “Green Belt” countryside again

    Wickford Resident

    • What on earth is wrong with you “Unknown Wickford” i certainly hope you would think a bit, if this eviction goes ahead then the whole world will shun Essex and it will just all be a wasteland of racists who will then turn on each other. No Essex people will ever be welcome anywhere if Essex gets a reputation for racist evictions. Cannot you see that ? I was born here in Essex and I´m so deeply ashamed. Let me assure you that most Essex people are decent folk who welcome travellers and we wish all travellers a peaceful life.
      Certainly Basildon council are not representative of the Essex I grew up in. So I call on all true Essex people to stop this eviction and show solidarity with our neighbours at Dale Farm. God bless Dale farm.

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  57. Chrissi Lee says:

    What happens in Basildon will set a legal precedent for all future evictions in this country. Whether you are an Irish Traveller, Romany or Showmen etc.

    THIS WILL AFFECT YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE.

    Now is the time to stand together!

    PROTECT THE FUTURE OF TRAVELLER COMMUNITIES AND SUPPORT DALE FARM AND HOVEFIELDS.

  58. Andy says:

    Looks like a shitty place to live, but bulldozing people out with court orders is no solution to anything. If somebods ‘dont want an eyesore on their doorsteps’, then they should go into discussions as to how to improve the situation, not just try to shove ‘the problem’ elsewhere. These are people, families and their homes we are talking about.

    • Not a Daily Mail Reader says:

      Should laws exist to control permissions to erect buildings? Yes.
      Should the 40% of the residents who own the land and have legal planning permission be aloud to stay? Yes, of course.
      Should the clan that purchased land knowingly without planning permission and built on the land anyway be allowed to stay (presumably hoping to secure permission over years of legal battles at a huge cost to the tax payer, which I suspect is how the legal 40% was obtained.)? No.
      Do the majority of the residents at Dale Farm pay taxes? Very, very unlikely. I tell you what, let me work that extra bit harder and I’ll pay that little bit more tax on your behalf to protect chosen ‘Travelling’ lifestyle. Planning on travelling again soon or are you going to hang around for another 15 years?
      Yes, I agree eviction isn’t going to solve the problem but allowing permission again and again isn’t either. Let’s all by cheap plots of land with no planning permission and build a houses on the cheap! Yes please!

      • What is the problem of the racists here, don´t you think people have a right to a peaceful life on their own land ? Do you want to live in a NAZI state ? Can you not see that Adolf Hitler did exactly the same thing to Gypsies in the 1930´s ? What on earth is your problem. Cannot you see that the whole world is looking at the UK now and the shameful racist actions of Basildon council. Do you think there will ANY foreign investment in the UK after this eviction if it goes ahead ? This could ruin the international reputation of the UK then you will be deeply sorry for the arrogant racism you´re displaying. You racists who support the illegal eviction are an absolute disgrace to the UK and you make me ashamed to be born in Essex. Kindly go and read some history books and get a life.

  59. Kasia says:

    That shouldn’t be happening to anyone!

    • Grattan Puxon says:

      The evictions at Hovefield are being carried out without a court order.
      Basildon Council is simply using – or misusing – its powers under the
      Town and Country Planning Act.

      It is us who have challenged Basildon through a judicial review. And
      first time around have lost in the Court of Appeal, which said Basildon
      could legally evict if the Council met all its duties towards the homeless under Housing Act. Did it? No.

      Only in Matilda Boswell’s case have lawyers been able to document that
      the BDC has not completed a homeless application before the Notice to
      quit by 31 August was served on her.

      Her application to have a judicial review – another important test – will
      be heart in the High Court on 24 Sept. All who can are asked to attend
      this hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand and a rally
      outside.

      What the Hovefields evictions have shown is that there is nowhere for
      evicted families to go to where they won’t again face eviction. Twice some
      of those evicted sought refuge on land belonging to the Homes and
      Communities Agency, the government quango which is offering locations
      for Traveller caravan parks to the BDC.

      On both occasions, Essex police took swift and merciless action under
      s61 of the Criminal Justice Act 1994 – the piece of legislation which has
      made it almost impossible to continue the travelling way of life in England.
      The police can move on any group where there are more than five
      vehicles – on receiving a request from the landowner.

      At Gardiners Way (on 9 Sept) police were called and themselves contacted
      the HCA, then gave families 30 minutes to leave or face empounding of their
      caravans and towing vehicles under s61. Having been evicted from their own
      land, and moved again from a car-park at Gardiners Grove, which forced them
      to drive all night with only a two-hour stop at a service station, they moved
      again too exhausted to face more police harassment.

      Police ignored heated requests to carry out their duty to inquire into the welfare of those they intended to evict. This alone made the action, done with
      the authority of Chief Insp Schoefield, illegal. One young woman was pregnant,
      there was a boy with learning difficulties and several small children who had already gone through the trauma of seeing their homes bulldozed.

      Email or call me if you can help stop further evictions.
      Grattan Puxon
      dale.farm@btinternet.not
      01206 523528

      • I am from Essex and I am deeply ashamed of the way Dale farm travellers are being treated. Of course it is their own land and of course they have a right to stay there. The same is true of travellers everywhere. I am so sorry to hear so much racist hatred from the other British people, it makes me really sad. The human rights of the travellers is the top priority here. Living in a caravan is not even building something so there is no way it contravenes planning law. The whole thing is simply NAZI racism by Basildon council and other councils and this CONDEM government. I am deeply ashamed to be British and deeply ashamed that you are having this trouble. I have written to the Olympic committee and my politicians complaining about this dispicable treatment you are suffering. If there is an eviction the UK will be censured at the United Nations and the whole country will suffer as other nations, decent nations, simply ignore the UK. This is the last chance for the eviction to be called off, the travellers compensated, planning permission granted and everyone to say sorry to you. May God bless you all and may GOOD prevail over EVIL and the only eviction will be David Cameron evicted from 10 Downing street becuase nobody really voted for this government, they lied their way in, and David cameron has another few homes to goto so he´ll not be put out on the street when he has to go.

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