Hovefields evictions and training sessions

his is to update you about the evictions being carried out by Basildon District Council.

There is now an urgent need to organize a rota of Human Rights Monitors/Legal Observers to cover the period from 15 to 31 September, together with direct action supporters.

Six homes have been bulldozed by Constant at Hovefields, Wickford (June 29). No warning was given and everyone was taken by surprise. Just about every safety law was broken and we have prevailed upon the Health & Safety Executive to conduct an investigation about lack of warning, lack of safety fences, a child inside a building shortly before it was demolished (etc). There was no attempt by bailiffs or police to keep people away as demolition went on.

Since then eight more families have received notices to quit by 31 August. Solicitors will attempt to get a judicial review.

The 25 August (Wednesday) training session at Dale farm (contact dale.farm@btinternet.com for more info) will be used to help brief and prepare people, and organize a rota. Will you be able to attend? Or can you commit for the rota?

More specific details will be discussed at the Dale Farm meeting on 25th of August. The programme will start at 10 am and finish at 4pm (note date changed from Sunday 22 August)

Marquee and refreshments

Organized by Essex University Human rights Law Clinic, director
Leticia Osorio and Dale Farm Housing Association chair Richard Sheridan, with the particiation of Cllr Candy Sheridan, vice-chair of the Gypsy Council.

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