UN members to speak at Dale Farm
Members of the UN are set to make a speech at the site of a controversial Travellers’ site which is due for eviction.
A number of the members of the United Nations’ Advisory Group on Forced Evictions are expected to make a statement on the forced eviction of dozens of families from green belt land in Dale Farm, Basildon.
The Members are on site in a personal capacity and not as representatives of the UN.
Basildon Council has told Travellers on 51 illegal pitches that eviction will take place from September 19.
Tony Ball, Basildon Council leader, said: ‘For ten years we have sought a peaceful and humanitarian solution to Dale Farm, but it must be one that involves upholding the law of our country.
‘The current site has been illegally developed. After ten years when we have exhausted the judicial process and made every effort to negotiate, we have no option but to resort to direct action to clear the site.
‘The travellers can find a culturally appropriate answer to their housing problem but it must involve a site with the proper planning permission.
‘The UN “representative” may not be aware that Basildon provides more approved traveller sites than any other local authority area in Essex and among the greatest number of any area in the country.
‘We have a very strong record of working with travellers within the law.
‘The UN refers to the rights of the families involved. Basildon Council respects those along with the rights of the vast majority of its residents who want the law upheld equally and fairly, and this illegal camp moved on after ten years of stalling tactics by the travellers.’