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.