Today, the inhabitants of the Dale Farm traveler’s halting site in Essex, UK, will be evicted. This is an extremely controversial move by the government, and one that has even been discussed and commented on by the UN. I have strong opinions on travelers’ rights, but I will try to remain as impartial as possible while examining the situation.
There are two parts to the site, a smaller area that they own and had planning permission to live on. The other, larger part they own, but have never had planning permission on. While they have been there for a long time, Basildon Council has decided to evict them on the grounds that their land is actually part of Greenbelt land, and that they have far exceeded the initial planning permission that was originally granted. continue reading →