The residents of Dale Farm have been granted a last gasp reprieve by the High Court. The
‘Mr Justice Edwards-Stuart granted the injunction at London’s High Court on the basis that there was a realistic apprehension that the measures to be taken – while genuinely believed in by
the council – "may go further" than the terms of the enforcement notices.
He said: "Having regard to the fact there is no fixed date for starting these – but they are imminent – I do not see that any serious injustice will be caused if the actual implementation
of any measures will not take place before the end of this week."’
This means that Basildon Council will not be able to remove structures or people from the site until the conclusion of the forthcoming hearing, assuming that the Court finds in favour of the
council. The hearing will take place on Friday.