Tuesday, 11 October 2011

dalefarm-solidarity] DALE FARM BULLETIN 11th October, 2011

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From: Dale Farm Solidarity <savedalefarm@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2011 20:15:18 +0100
Subject: [dalefarm-solidarity] DALE FARM BULLETIN 11th October, 2011
To: dalefarm-solidarity <dalefarm-solidarity@lists.ucrony.net>, Dale
Farm <savedalefarm@gmail.com>

*----DALE FARM BULLETIN 11th October, 2011----*

*Court Wednesday 12th October*

Judge Ouseley will give his judgement on the hearing of three Judicial
Reviews which challenge the legality of the planned eviction at Dale Farm.

Come to the High Court for 2pm. The hearing is in court 76

*After the judgement on Wednesday at 2pm*

Have your bags ready to come to Dale Farm – but wait for news before setting
out, there may be continued legal processes.

*Local outreach*

Join the photo campaign and spend time explaining the issues to others. We
have produced a myth busting information sheet to address common
misperceptions about the situation at Dale Farm, and the experiences of
Travellers. Check out the website for more information
here<http://dalefarm.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/dale-farm-solidarity-photo-campaign-time-to-get-involved/>and
also facebook
here <http://www.facebook.com/groups/124229427082/>.

Organise a local information sharing event and get some people from your
community along to Dale Farm to find out more for themselves. There are some
useful films on Traveller culture and history and Traveller evictions
available on the website <http://dalefarm.wordpress.com/video/> – and there
are some short films made in the last few weeks at Dale Farm on youtube
(e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK7MjF9_7S0 or
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SztljicQ_yA ). We may also be able to get
hold of other material from independent film makers who have spent time at
Dale Farm, email: savedalefarm@gmail.com

Also write to newspaper editors and respond to erroneous comment postings,
explaining the things that people are deluded about, and pointing out any
editorial errors and generally voicing alternative myth-busting
prejudice-exposing perspectives. Likewise use the #dalefarm on twitter to
explain these issues to the trolls and more importantly to others who might
be misinformed and misguided by them.

*Freedom of Information Requests*

The Council, Tony Ball, MP John Baron and their supporters in central
government, in particular Eric Pickles, Theresa May, and David Cameron have
a lot of questions to answer.

A campaign is now in progress to expose multiple misconducts and corruption
related to planning regulation and directly relevant to the planned eviction
at Dale Farm.

We need your help to write complaints and freedom of information requests to
help expose the chain of misconduct and corruption. Please contact
savedalefarm@gmail.com for more information.

Here's some of the avenues being pursued:

- Basildon Council was informed that the notices they intended to
serve on the residents at Dale Farm were not legal and would, if acted upon,
result in illegal over enforcement. Council officers received this
information on multiple occasions and failed to act on it, now leaving the
council liable to court costs, following the injunction brought to court by
on 19th Sept, following which the council conceded that their notices were
unacceptable and that the Dale Farm site could not be legally cleared. Eric
Pickles agreed to give £1.2Million to Basildon Council to pursue an eviction
at Dale Farm despite being informed of the irregularities and errors in the
notices.

- Council staff knew that Basildon Council was involved in laying
down hardcore at Dale Farm for many years, despite its greenbelt status.
This allowed Basildon Council to dump unwanted rubble from road works for
free and again benefitted the council in that laying hardcore at Dale Farm
enabled the storage of council towed vehicles, a service which they
contracted out to Ray Bocking, the owner of Dale Farm. The Council was
complicit in this illegal use of the land but only served enforcement
notices against Ray Bocking after 14 years of paying him to collect and
store their vehicles, after the council had found a new contractor to look
after their vehicles. The Council has continually misrepresented the status
of Dale Farm in court hearings and tried repeatedly to undermine evidence of
the prior use of the land and their complicity in this process.

- MP John Baron converted his second home into office use (Bramble
Tye, Noak Bridge, Basildon, SS15 5GR) without planning permission and the
house itself may have been built on former greenbelt. Following the MP's
expenses scandal, John Baron made a £60,000 donation as a result of his
abuse of the Parliamentary expenses system, related to his misrepresentation
of the use of his second home in Basildon. The council's failure to enforce
planning regulations at Bramble Tye are in stark contrast to their
ill-conceived, costly, and destructive efforts to enforce planning
regulations at Dale Farm.

In each of these areas FOI requests are being made, and many have been made
already as a result of which we have a great deal of relevant documentation.
More is required to fully expose the hypocrisy and cronyism and more
pressure needs to be put on Basildon Council to address their
responsibilities and failures in each of these and other areas. We're
reliant on volunteer researchers, whistleblowers and people with inside
knowledge to expose these details and end this mismanagement and corruption
and its incredibly destructive and costly outcomes. So see what you can find
out, get investigating and tell us what you know.

Please forward any Freedom of Information requests that you make, and any
responses/evidence you receive to savedalefarm@gmail.com – keep an eye on
the website for updates on the various investigations…

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