Monday 18 December 2017

Dale Farm Families set for final ruling today

Brian Farmer

Families occupying the UK's biggest illegal traveller site are likely to discover later today whether they can continue a legal fight against eviction.

A senior judge indicated that he would rule this afternoon on whether travellers on the Dale Farm site near Basildon, Essex, could make further arguments against a local authority's decision to enforce eviction notices.



Last week, a High Court judge refused to rule that Basildon Council's decision to enforce eviction notices had been unfair - and cleared the way for evictions to begin.



Travellers want the Court of Appeal to give them permission to appeal against that decision by Mr Justice Ouseley.



Lawyers representing travellers today began outlining their case to appeal judge Lord Justice Sullivan at a hearing in London.



Lord Justice Sullivan said a decision on whether to grant permission to appeal, and allow travellers to remain pending a full appeal hearing, had to be made - and said barristers would have until about 4pm to outline arguments.



"It is quite obvious we have to decide, one way or the other, whether to grant a stay (an order allowing travellers to temporarily remain). In order to do that I have to decide whether to give ... permission to appeal," said Lord Justice Sullivan.



"It is obviously necessary I decide one way or the other this afternoon."



The hearing continues.

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