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'Culturally acceptable racism' at Dale Farm

The Jewish Chronicle, 8th September 2011

Jewish activists have urged the community to support Travellers and Gypsies' rights to stay on the controversial Essex site, Dale Farm.

Basildon Council's planned eviction of the Travellers and Gypsies from the site will cost around £18m. Once a scrapyard, the land was bought by the travelling community around 30 years ago, but at least half the site has no planning permission for the building of homes, and 400 people are due to be evicted on September 19.

Council leader Tony Ball said: "The council has spent 10 years trying to avoid a forced clearance. We have always sought to persuade the Travellers to move on." He said the dispute was purely down to planning law and not because of the Travellers' lifestyle. Read more