Today solicitors for residents at Dale Farm were granted a hearing at the High Court on Monday to apply for permission to appeal. Residents are appealing against the decision of Mr Justice Ouseley on Wednesday 11 October which gave permission for Basildon Council to evict Dale Farm. The appeal will be heard before Lord Justice Sullivan in Court 69 at 11am on Monday.
Kathleen MacCarthy of Dale Farm said:
“It’s illegal for us to live by the roadside and it’s illegal for us to live in our homes at Dale Farm. The government and the council are leaving us no legal means of continuing our way of life. We are tired of being made criminals by an unjust system that discriminates against us.”
Ali Saunders of Dale Farm Solidarity said:
“As the legal avenues for stopping this senseless eviction become exhausted, it becomes more and more important for people to show their support for the residents by coming to Dale Farm.”
Residents don’t yet know when the eviction will occur, adding to the stress and anxiety that they are dealing with. We know that Basildon Council will have to regroup, and recall the police and bailiffs, so we don’t expect a Monday eviction, especially given the appeal hearing. However, as always, residents are asking supporters to be ready to come up quickly just in case. Please be ready to get here at short notice, and monitor twitter (@letdalefarmlive, txt alerts (sign up https://smsalerts.tachanka.org/dalefarm), and email. At the moment, residents are extremely stressed given the uncertainty they face. If you can, come up to support Dale Farm- residents draw a lot of strength from people coming who are here.
If you are definitely unable to come to Dale Farm, or would like to help in other ways, think about holding a fundraiser, handing out leaflets in your local area (get in contact for resources), making a donation https://dalefarm.wordpress.com/donate/ and participating in the Dale Farm Solidarity photo campaign: https://dalefarm.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/dale-farm-solidarity-photo-campaign-time-to-get-involved/. Or just get the word out about Dale Farm through social networking sites and email lists.