Gypsies asked for £6m to leave
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.