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The conflict at Dale Farm in Crays Hill, Essex is predominantly over territory. There are factors of culture and ethnicity that could be included, as the conflict has progressed, but it originated over territory. The conflict originated between 19

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For a conflict over the use of a local resource, analyse the causes of the conflict and assess the extent to which it has been/can be resolved to the satisfaction of all those concerned. Conflict is a state of discord or disagreement caused by the actual or perceived opposition of needs, values and interests between people. It is often the result of opposing views about the ways in which a resource might be developed or used. A conflict can involve violence and can be extreme but not always. Conflict also refers to an ongoing state of hostility between two or more groups of people. There are 5 causes of conflict: ethnicity, culture, territory ideology and identity. The conflict at Dale Farm in Cray's Hill, Essex is predominantly over territory. There are factors of culture and ethnicity that could be included, as the conflict has progressed, but it originated over territory. The conflict originated between 1999 and 2001 as buildings and structures were erected without permission. The site falls under the authority of Basildon Council, where Tony Ball is the leader. On Monday 14th May 2011, after a decade of conflict, Basildon Borough Council (BBC) voted 28 to 10 to forcible evict 86 families from Dale Farm. ...read more.

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Camp Constant has been set up by up to 1,000 travellers giving the media information and attempting to educate on what they are doing and what they believe. The travellers believe they should stick together, and are threatening that Camp Constant will remain causing more disruption. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination argues that the eviction of 400 people would disproportionally affect family life. In retaliation, the Government argued that Basildon Council was well within its rights to evict the travellers from the site. The Committee believes the evictions would cause hardship, and has called upon the Government to suspend all plans until a culturally appropriate site is identified and provided. BBC consider that they have allowed enough time for the Travellers to both find new and appropriate accommodation (which they assisted for a long time period) and to move away from Dale Farm, so it would return to greenbelt. The Committee are supporters of the Travellers, yet their attitudes are formal and not indecent as many of the Travellers have appeared to be. This is a clear example of how the attitudes of parties can be particularly different. The Travellers have taken their case right up to the House of Lords where they made an appeal in 2003 against the Court of Appeals decision to find BBC's actions lawful just 6 months before. ...read more.

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Basildon Council has been ordered to pay one third of the Travellers legal fees. Some of the caravans, buildings and concrete are able to remain on site as they were in place before the Travellers bought the land, or because they are not included in the eviction notices. Resident Kathleen McCarthy reportedly stated that: 'This will leave Dale Farm as a patchwork, not the greenbelt the council are claiming it will be. To turn Dale Farm into a scrapyard again. It's ridiculous.' However, the council argue that it is the fault of the Travellers that the site will not match the surrounding area, as they ruined its landscape with illegal building. In conclusion, it would appear that BBC will eventually win their case to evict the Travellers from Dale Farm. How many, from their original plan, is unpredictable. The entire case demonstrates exactly how a conflict over something like planning can span over such a vast time period, and cost such a large amount of public money. However, it is unclear as to whether the resolution to this particular conflict will be any time in the near future, or if it will continue to eat away at the taxpayer's money. ?? ?? ?? ?? Information correct as on 6th October 2011 (�)Definition from Basildon Council regarding the terms of the planning permission originally granted on the Western site. ...read more.

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