When Basildon council evicted the traveller community from Dale Farm last year, it was on the grounds that the site was green belt land. They were so keen to return the area to its former rural glory, that it was cleared at a cost to the taxpayer of nearly £22 million.

Considering the cost and force with which the site was cleared, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect, nine months on, for the council to have made some effort to return the land to green belt condition.

Let’s see how they’ve done:

Good to know 86 families were made homeless for a good reason.

  1. All the pro Dale Farm commentators would be the first to complain if a developer built a whole new village of houses without all the necessary environmental safeguards. Yet when the traveller community do it, they’re suddenly all in favour.

    The strain that new development puts on things like sewage, groundwater runoff and flooding, electricity, transport and schools is mitigated as part of all permitted developments. Dale Farm didn’t have any of that, so why should it have stayed?

  2. David: Well, the Travelers did before they were kicked off it and had it stolen from them. Now I assume it belongs to the local council or authority.

  3. The Travellers still own the land but they are not allowed to use it. There are also a significant number of families who were displaced by the eviction and have nowhere to go, so live precariously perched on the next road (also owned by their community) in now terrible conditions. Not all the families have running water or electricity.

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