Media Release: Joint Residents and Supporters’ press conference at Dale Farm, Essex CM11 2YJ, 11 am, Friday 2 September
Dale Farm is home to the largest Traveller community in the UK, a former scrapyard which was purchased by the community thirty years ago. The residents of Dale Farm have pledged to leave if alternate sites can be found, and two planning applications have been lodged which are due to be heard in October. Government inspectors have noted that Basildon has a “dire shortage” of Gypsy and Traveller sites, and have placed pressure on the Council to provide 62 pitches. Because no alternative sites have been approved, families will be forced to stay at Dale Farm or become homeless.
Despite this, Basildon Council intends to cut water and electricity supplies to Dale Farm after of the eviction notice period expires. Amnesty International have condemned the move, which will leave sick, elderly, young and pregnant residents without access to water or electricity. The Council is choosing to continue with its plans to spend £18million on the eviction, and plans to blockade Dale Farm, closing the road to all but named residents.
-The full statement from the Bishops of Chelmsford is here: http://dioceseofbrentwood.net/news/ViewPost.aspx?ID=548
-Updated press pack available at https://dalefarm.wordpress.com/press/
-Interview, comment and photos available from email@example.com, tel: 07583761462
-For directions to get to Dale Farm, see https://dalefarm.wordpress.com/contact/
-For the Amnesty International press release about the Dale Farm eviction, see: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/EUR45/013/2011/en/0faf8cdd-f5a1-4024-af41-5a26f21d51a5/eur450132011en.html
-The £18 million cost of the eviction includes £10 million for policing- £6 million of which was granted by the Home Office
1 September 2011
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