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1) Thursday, July 21, 10:35 pm: The Big Gypsy Eviction – BBC1 documentary on Dale Farm
It probably won’t be terribly sympathetic, but ask your friends to watch and post it through social media!
2) SATURDAY, 23rd July: Meeting and activity day at Dale Farm (5 weeks until Camp Constant)
Starts 11am, meeting at 1pm. Legal Observer training, tree climbing skill share, site building
3) Consultation on Traveller sites policy
The governments new ‘planning for Traveller sites’ policy is out for consultation until the beginning of August. The decision to take a ‘hands-off’ approach to site provision on the grounds that Local Authorities are ‘best placed to know the needs of their communities’ is a very worrying development, given that many Local Authorities treat Gypsies and Travellers as problems to be got rid of, rather than as members of the community. It also gives councils tougher enforcement powers which will make Dale Farm style evictions of Gypsies and Travellers easier.
You can find details of the policy consultation here:
The more responses they get saying that it’s a dangerous backwards step the better. There is a long questionnaire but you can also just send letters or emails expressing concern.
Here is a response as an example: http://t.co/jk52LT2
ITMB have released an excellent report on impact of Localism on Site provision, which is useful reading if you’re drafting a response: