Basildon Council are in disarray with nobody seeming to know which pitches have planning permission, which have static chalets, which have special dispensation because of illness, age, maternal needs, what they are allowed to move, and what they aren't allowed to move. So how can they possibly instruct the bailiffs?
The caravans may have been moved out but the Travellers are in there with the activists who have been welcomed to stay in their chalet homes with beds, tea and food. When we heard the welcome news at 5 pm from court about the reprieve until the next hearing on Friday we all celebrated together.
The Travellers are determined that, if there are no appropriate places to move to then they are staying put on their own land. It looks like it might be a long haul, I've come home to get myself rested and ready for the next session. We still need as many people as possible to come and help in whatever way, even if only for a short time. Yesterday some local supporters just came and stood outside the gate with home made placards - which was very effective. We need food and mugs for the camp and money for the legal expenses etc. To help go to the Dale Farm solidarity website.
Whatever happens we all feel we have been part of a historical moment and that it is the beginning of a movement of Travellers and house dwellers working together for their right to a home. The court case on Friday is scheduled for the morning so listen out for the news. Do feel free to pass this on to people you know.
legal observer (repost)