Saturday 17 February 2018

Dale Farm Travellers can stay on -- for now

John Aston and Brian Farmer

RESIDENTS won a temporary reprieve yesterday in their long-running battle to stay on Britain's biggest illegal Travellers' site.

A judge ruled that residents of Dale Farm near Basildon in Essex were entitled to an extension of an injunction stopping their evictions until the courts had ruled on the legality of their proposed removal.

The ruling was a blow to Basildon Council, which is also facing other legal action that could prolong yet further its 10-year battle to clear the site, expected to cost some £18m (€20.78m).

Travellers have more litigation in the pipeline which could further delay evictions.

They plan to seek a judicial review on the grounds that eviction is "disproportionate" under human rights laws.

Last night, the Travellers' supporters called on Basildon Council representatives to "return to the negotiating table", saying that continuing the action would only see costs spiral even further out of control.

Irish Independent

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