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Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2000 10:56:45 GMT
From: Jo Makepeace (
Subject: SchNEWS 249, Friday 25th February 2000

people needed at Ashingdon - new Essex camp

The campaign against housing development is hotting-up in Essex. At Hockley, protesters are awaiting the results of a court case brought by the developers to quash the protesters' injunction which is stopping the company from entering the land which remains sectioned off. Campaigners are trying to stop 66 luxury homes being built. The site is still under siege by the developers' hired security using violent intimidation tactics; protesters are imprisoned on site with only a trickle of supplies being allowed in. Last Saturday locals stormed the barricades and a few managed to get through the fence to join the protesters.

A new camp has been established at Ashingdon on Golden Cross road - 20 mins from the Hockley camp - on 5 acres of the 7 acre site that is due to be developed by Wilcon Homes. Residents have registered the site as a public open space. More people are desperately needed.

Tel 0831 717815 (Hockley) or 07833 191951 (Ashingdon)

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