Have a look at this BBC News article, which suggests that Basildon District Council (BDC) must fund the eviction operation at Dale Farm on its own and will not receive the £3 million they requested from the government. Tony Ball, BDC leader, insists that the council has £5 million available for the operation and has even committed to “resign as council leader if it is the council’s fault that the site is not cleared by spring this year.” It is not yet clear whether or not BDC will receive the £10 million required from the government for policing the eviction (which seems unlikely following this news) or what effect this will have on a decision to evict. Dale Farm Travellers are now awaiting the results of the crucial vote at the council meeting on 14 March, which may decide their fate.
If you want to get involved and support the Travellers, see the events planned for this week leading up to the BDC meeting. Supporters will also be protesting outside BDC offices on 14 March. Click here for details.
Posted By Susan Craig-Greene
Posted Mar 6th, 2011