Dale Farm supporters have applied to English Heritage to gain official Heritage Protection status for the iconic scaffolding tower and gateway. The tower forms a key part of the defences against the bailiffs and has become an emblem of the struggle for Travellers’ rights at Dale Farm.
The structure is adorned with banners and posters, many by Traveller children expressing their desire to continue living in the place where they were born. The application argues that ‘The Dale Farm gateway is part of history in the making’.
One of the supporters, Ali Saunders, said, ‘The unique relationship built up between the settled and Traveller community during the last four weeks is symbolised by the gateway, which has become crucial in the struggle to keep their homes.’
A Dale Farm resident, Kathleen McCarthy, added, ‘We’re here to fight for our rights to a normal family life, for our children to get an education and for us to have security for our homes. The tower is all that stands between ourselves and the bailiffs. As long as it remains standing, we know that there are people outside our community who still care about our rights.’
The tower stands upon legal hardcore and is not covered by the current planning notices issued by Basildon Council against the Dale Farm community.