Dale Farm eviction notices served
Eviction notices have been served on families living illegally at England’s largest travellers’ site.
Basildon Council has given people living on 51 unauthorised pitches at Dale Farm, Essex, until the end of August to leave.
More than 400 travellers currently live at the former scrapyard.
About half of the 100 pitches do not have planning permission. Travellers began to set up pitches illegally on the greenbelt land in 2001.
The notice requires them to vacate the land or the council will enter and dismantle the camp.
Policing the clearance of what is thought to be the largest traveller site in Europe could cost up to £9.5m.
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