A protest organised to mark the first anniversary of the eviction of the Dale Farm Traveller site in Basildon got heated.Read the full story ›
The UK Jewish Socialist Group has agreed to take part in the demo, organised by the Traveller Solidarity Network, on October 19.
At its conference on Sunday, the Jewish Socialist Group, some of whose members took part in eviction resistance, backed a fresh campaign to find homes for families now living on the roadside next to the legal site in Crays Hill.
Travellers marking a year since their eviction from Dale Farm are planning to demonstrate outside the offices of Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.
They say there aren't enough sites for travellers and are unhappy with planned legislation which would strengthen councils' power to evict them.
Former residents of the illegal travellers' site at Dale Farm will join a march in London today, calling for better treatment for Gypsies, Roma and travellers. The organisers of the march, which will start at Hyde Park Corner, claim that many travellers across Europe are discriminated against.
Following the re-provision of mains electricity to Dale Farm, fulfillingthe Council’s obligation to the High Court, enforcement notices were todayserved on three pitches at the former Dale Farm site, where unoccupied caravansand buildings still breach planning regulations.
The enforcement notices were posted at the pitches by Council officers today and cover the stationing of portable structures on two of the pitches and will enable the removal of a small derelict building on the other.
Cllr Tony Ball, leader of the council, says: “We made it quite clear that there was due legal process to be followed to enable the council to progress the next stages of enforcement in the Dale Farm area.
“Now that electricity has been restored to the pitches in accordance with the court order, we have served enforcement notices to tie up the remaining loose ends on the Dale Farm site."