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Clear barricades, travellers urged

Travellers at the UK's largest illegal site have been urged to clear barricades and stop non-residents from protesting, in line with a court order.

Basildon Council gave a plot by plot breakdown of how they plan to clear Dale Farm in Essex, as required by a court injunction put in place on Monday.

In return the local authority wants residents to stop blocking access to the site and to discourage non-travellers from protesting there.

Basildon Council leader Tony Ball said: "We have complied with the judge's order and provided the plot by plot schedule as requested.

"The injunction also places obligations on the travellers to discourage any further protest from non-Dale Farm residents, and to dismantle the barricades and any obstructions preventing access onto the site.

"We have made repeated pleas to the travellers to ensure health and safety is considered on site, and these measures would help enable a safer operation for all concerned.

"The council has complied with the law and the terms of the order. We now hope that the travellers do the same."

Dale Farm residents have until Thursday to raise any issues with the council.

They won an eleventh-hour court injunction preventing the clearance of 51 unauthorised plots until Friday.

Residents and their supporters are expected to open the heavily barricaded main gate to the site on Wednesday, to allow in a school bus to pick up children.

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