Susan Craig-Greene

Susan Craig-Greene (Dale Farm Housing Association): Susan is originally from Oklahoma. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in International Relations. Susan then won a Bailey Scholarship to enter the University of Leipzig, where she studied the changing role of women in reunified Germany. She returned to teach in Germany two years later on a Fulbright scholarship and entered the private sector to work at an IT market research consultancy. Susan then returned to university and earned an MA in Human Rights at the University of Essex, where she earned a distinction for her dissertation. After graduating, Susan took a placement with Amnesty International’s International Justice Project. She left Amnesty following the birth of the first of her two children and began studying documentary photography. She lives close to the Dale Farm site.

More evictions of Hovefields Travellers started this week

10 Sep

Despite protests from residents and supporters, bailiffs and bulldozers descended on Hovefields on Tuesday, 7 September, to clear seven pitches and to forcibly remove the Traveller families living on them.  Several of the families were in the process of pursuing homeless applications with Basildon District Council in anticipation of such an eviction. As there has not yet been a response to these applications by the Council, the families are left with nowhere to go following their removal from their homes at Hovefields. 

Protester Zelda Jeffers being arrested by Police, Hovefields. 2010

The eviction from their homes on Tuesday was just the beginning of an ongoing series of evictions for the Hovefield Travellers. Four of the families (including seven children and a pregnant woman) have been moved on at least three times by police using Section 61 powers from the 1994 Crimal Justice Act.  At least one of the Section 61 notices was served by police to the families in the middle of the night.  The families have attempted to stop on unoccupied Home and Communities Agency land, as they had been informed that the Agency had offered the land to Basildon District Council specifically for Travellers. 

A Traveller being evicted from her home, Hovefields. 2010

Posted By Susan Craig-Greene

Posted Sep 10th, 2010


  • Jimmy

    October 10, 2010


    It is sad for these travelers and though we understand it is legal for the police and the state to make such law enforcement. I would say and hope that the state will be able to provide for options for these travelers for humanity’s sake.

  • Roseway Real Estate

    November 5, 2010


    Wonder where they will end up? On the streets? That sucks…

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