Gyp­sies asked for £6m to leave

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A TRAV­ELLERS’ chief from the UK’s largest il­le­gal set­tle­ment asked for £6 mil­lion to move the fam­i­lies to an­other site.

Richard Sheri­dan, pres­i­dent of the Gypsy Coun­cil, which is fight­ing the re­moval of fam­i­lies from Dale Farm, Es­sex, met with Basil­don Coun­cil where he of­fered to move the fam­i­lies.

The of­fer was turned down be­cause the coun­cil be­lieved it would mean the trav­ellers prof­it­ing from break­ing the law.

Although half the site is le­gal, more than 80 prop­er­ties have no plan­ning per­mis­sion and 400 peo­ple are said to be liv­ing there il­le­gally.

Coun­cil leader Tony Ball said the sum asked for was “hugely above” its mar­ket value.

Last week the trav­ellers lost their 10-year bat­tle to re­main at the site and were told they would be evicted on Sept 19.

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