Dale Farm appeal to be heard in court today

Today residents at Dale Farm will find out whether their appeal to apply for a judicial review will be heard. The Court of Appeal has agreed to grant a hearing, and residents are hopeful that Lord Justice Sullivan will grant permission for an appeal of last Wednesday’s ruling. If granted, a hearing reviewing the legality of the eviction of Dale Farm will take place. [1]

Residents of Dale Farm lodged their appeal last Friday in light of concerns that had been raised about the impartiality of Mr. Justice Ouseley, who rejected the residents’ application for a judicial review last Wednesday 12 October. Last year, Mr. Justice Ouseley was responsible for the decision to reject a judicial review on the eviction of Hovefields Traveller site (September 2010), also in Basildon. Following a forced eviction by bailiffs Constant & Co and police, Hovefields has since become a rubbish dump. [2]

Dale Farm resident, Kathleen McCarthy, said, “We are caught between a rock and a hard place- the government has made it impossible for us to travel, but just as impossible for us to settle down. They are making us into criminals just for trying to live our lives, without hurting anyone.”

Dale Farm supporter, Ali Saunders, said, “Basildon Council has refused to rule out carrying out a surprise eviction on Monday or shortly thereafter, without notifying residents of the date, and while children are still in school. They may even start the eviction while residents are at the Court of Appeal, having their case heard.”

Notes to Editors

[1] The hearing will take place in Court 69 at the Court of Appeal at 12 noon on Monday 17 October. For information about the 12 October ruling see https://dalefarm.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/justice-system-fails-dale-farm-community/

[2] Sky, “Dale Farm ‘will never been green belt'”, September 24 2010, http://news.sky.com/home/video/16076175.

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