This is a guest post from a contributor.
For many years prior to Oct 2011, “Travellers” illegally occupied a site [an oxymoron - surely?] on the outskirts of Basildon.
After a short siege, Eviction Notices obtained at huge legal costs to Taxpayers & Ratepayers were finally executed. In the ensuing mayhem 23 people, many of them external ‘Rent-a-Mob agitators, were arrested. The total cost of clearing the site was about £8million. Many travellers who were evicted from Dale Farm have moved only a few yards down the road, where they continue
to live illegally. Today, the Beeb reports
that “The Irish Traveller Movement in Britain
(ITMB) has been given the go-ahead for a 15-pitch site in Gardiner’s Way, Basildon, by the town’s council.”
Apparently “a spokesman added it was applying for a £1m government grant to build the new site.” What the Beeb didn’t report is whose Government has been approached for the grant? Many local, legal, residents hope it will not be the British Government paying for the facilities The Irish Traveller Movement in Britain intend to build. The grant works out nearly £67,000 per pitch. Presumably, Travellers with a record of illegal occupation of any site, will be barred from enjoying the facilities of the new site….
I would add that it looks like our contributor, and the residents of Basildon, could be out of luck…
Michael Hargreaves, The Planning and Policy Officer of the ITMB says:
This was the right decision. It’s an attractive, well designed scheme and an ideal site. It is on vacant, previously developed land, not in the green belt, and near local services, including the Crays Hill School that many Traveller children attend, and also to the authorized Oak Lane site. We look forward to Basildon Council supporting our bid to the Homes and Communities Agency for the funds to build it.
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]Whose Government Is Paying?,