Eviction-threat Traveller court case adjourned
A High Court case to decide whether to evict travellers from the Dale Farm site in Essex has been adjourned until Monday.
The eviction was scheduled for last Monday, but was delayed after the travellers won an eleventh-hour judicial review.
A judge granted an injunction on the basis that the measures to be taken by Basildon Council in evicting the travellers ‘may go further’ than the terms of the enforcement notices.
A further hearing, which took place today, has not yet reached a conclusion.
James Worthing, a spokesperson for Dale Farm said: ‘It looks like this won’t be resolved until at least Monday; it is obvious that Basildon Council’s schedule is insufficiently clear and the court is now going through the details of what can and cannot be removed plot by plot.
‘Now the priority must be ensuring people are not left homeless, that children do not lose their right to education and that, as the judge stated, travellers are allowed to live in dignity.’
Tony Ball, leader of Basildon Council, said: ‘I am somewhat disappointed with today’s adjournment, but we accept that the judge feels he needs more time to consider the details of this case in order that justice is clearly seen to be done.
‘We are very satisfied with the way our legal team is continuing to set out our case. After ten years, if we have to wait a few more days to reach a proper resolution to this case, then so be it.
‘We look forward to the judge’s decision on Monday.’
The Dale Farm site is home to 87 families, most of whom are Irish Travellers. The residents own the land but do not have planning permission for their dwellings.