I haven't mentioned anything about the goings on in Essex at Dale Farm before, but now that it appears to be all over then I have a few comments.
Firstly how about taking a look at the term "Traveler" by definition the word traveler means "persons with a cultural tradition of nomadism or of living in a caravan, and all other persons of a nomadic habit of living, whatever their race or origin". I agree with that statement.
Now, from what we are led to believe that the "Travelers" at Dale Farm have been living there for 10 years! That to me suggests that they have given up their nomadic traditions?
Also to live in a mobile home, with electric, sewage and water, some with brick attachments can hardly be described as a caravan! These 40ft mobile homes are not by any stretch of the imagination called caravans or indeed mobile!
I appreciate that they had legally bought the land, this is not in dispute, the fact that whether you live in your caravan/mobile home on your own land or on a site, the rules are the same. I go back to the 28 day rule!
What has also happened at Dale Farm is a multitude of planning laws have been broken. This is by far the biggest problem that the local council faced.
Obviously laws are in place to protect all of us from over development and should be maintained, without them in force or in this case upheld we see with dismay the amount of money spent on getting the result that the council wanted.
I have watched with interest, via the news and through social networking sites the attitude towards these people.
In my view, they are not travelers, those who choose to live in mobile homes with full facilities cannot be classed as the same as those who have a caravan that can be towed legally on the roads.
The true travelers of Dale Farm we saw drive away, with some rather splendid brand new caravans attached to their new Ford Transits! I priced one van I saw around £20k
So lets not get the two confused.
This is mainly in my view down to the media and how they word their reports. A few weeks back there was a mobile home park that the council has served eviction orders on the residents as they are for holiday purposes only and not for permanent living. Ok Im not going into the rights and wrongs of this as most of the residence were elderly and retired and possibly mislead at point of sale, but you could hardly call them travellers/Gypsies/Pikeys or any other discriminatory words could you?
But some of the exact same laws were broken! So whats the difference?
Funny how we choose to only see what we want to see!
So my point behind all of this is that if you choose to live in a mobile home, please dont call yourself a traveler!
Oh, and play by the rules and regulations which protect us all.
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