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’Ethnic cleansing’ in Essex

Travellers in Essex, who claim they are living in fear of an apartheid-style dawn eviction, say they will defend their homes using non-violent resistance and human shields.

Dale Farm, near Basildon, is the largest travellers' community in Britain, the home of approximately 600 residents living in 86 homes. Virtually a village, with chalets, mobile-homes and brick-walled gardens, Dale Farm's residents have erected barbed-wire, scaffolding and multiple steel gates because they say they expect to wake up any day now to find themselves under siege.

Council sell-off sparks unrest down the farm

Ten people, three cows, two pigs, several sheep and a carthorse occupied an empty 80-acre farm in the village of Chiselborough, Near Yeovil in Somerset on Friday.

They were protesting against the council auctioning off the publicy owned farm next month as part of spate of similar sell-offs.

Balham Hill's farm shop was scrubbed down during the occupation and started selling milk, meat and vegetables, and then as more animals arrived, they were put out to graze as the occupation continued.

One local said:

Sporting victory for community in Milton, Glasgow

An eight year long campaign to save the St. Augustine's football pitches in Milton, Glasgow has finally triumphed, with a £2.4m investment in community facilities.

Glasgow City Council's Policy and Resources Committee is expected to approve plans for new changing rooms, community centre, and library at 13:00 today Tuesday 18th April. Refurbished football pitches and new rugby pitches are also planned for the site.

Commonwealth Games pitches close

In 2014, Glasgow intends to host the Commonwealth Games.

In 2007 and 2008, Glasgow intends to prepare for that great event by selling off football pitches at Maryhill Road, North Kelvinside; Acre Road, Summerston; and Cowlairs Park, Springburn.

Pitches next to recently closed primary schools are also planned to be built over.

New North Glasgow Residents' Association

Following two meetings of residents of the areas, a new association of residents has started in Possilpark in Glasgow.

Hamiltonhill Residents' Association has come together due to the often overwhelming problems experienced by the local community. Repairs to walls and piping, heroin addicts and the closure of three schools on the estate, are hot topics. More concrete arrangements for campaigning are beginning to form also.

Locked out of Acton's Lock

Residents of the Whiston and Goldsmiths' estates - and especially those in Debdale Court - are less than impressed with Hackney Council and British Waterways over the proposed development at Acton's Lock.

Squeezed between Debdale Court and the Regents Canal at the Eastern End of Whiston Road, the five-story building will comprise 25 flats and a restaurant.

Scotland: Baths and halls re-open in victory for local community

Kenny McLachlan, late chairperson of Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust, had the last laugh from beyond the grave, when red faced council bosses agreed to re-open Maryhill’s popular Burgh Halls and Swimming Baths.

A Council run swimming pool, fitness suite, and games hall will open 2008. Building work is scheduled to start in 2006 – according to secret documents seen by the Burgh Angel.

Weddings
The main Burgh Hall is planned to re-open 2009 – with weddings being the first order of business.

12,000 say no to ASDA

Friends of Queen's Market is a campaign in Newham to stop the "redevelopment" of a highly valued local street market into an ASDA.

The campaign has just gone on-line with a new website (still under construction).

libcom.org is pleased to republish this short history of the campaign:

Events up to September 2004

Thousands protest against hospital closure

Around 5000 people marched in Ayr yesterday to protest against the closure of a casualty unit.

NHS Ayrshire and Arran want to close the A&E unit at Ayr Hospital and transfer it to Crosshouse Hospital - 18 miles away on the outskirts of Kilmarnock.

However protesters brought Ayr High Street to a standstill during the protest, and a petition against the changes has had 55,000 signatures.

Broadway Market café occupation - updates and background

Updates and background information about local residents' occupation of Francesca's Café in Broadway Market in Hackney, East London.

The Cafe was seized to prevent its demolition and conversion into luxury flats by property developer Dr Roger Wratten.

Updates and stories on libcom.org news

27 Mar: The battle of Broadway Market, from Hackney Independent