Is it right to evict people from the Dale Farm site?

Last updated at 08:14

People are still arguing over whether a group of travellers who are living on a patch of land illegally, should be evicted.

Travellers who moved their caravans away from the illegal part of the Dale Farm site in Essex have returned after the barricaded main gate was opened.

The group were meant to hear on Monday if the local council would be allowed to move into the site and clear the homes away.

But now it looks like a decision won't be made until Thursday.

Travellers bought the area, which used to be a scrapyard, a few years ago - but the council didn't give permission for homes to be there, so the travellers are breaking the law by living there.

We want to know: do you think it's right that they should be evicted?

This comments page has now closed but you can read a selection of your comments below.

Your Comments:

"There is a whole community at Dale Farm and the people who live there have no reason to be evicted. The council shouldn't have the right to evict an entire community."

Alasdair, 11, Cambridgeshire, England

"I think they should be moved somewhere else as they don't belong there and it's not their land!"

Holly, 10, Northern Ireland

"I think that the travellers should stop being stubborn and move out. They are living there illegally."

Zachary, 9, Ealing, England

"I think that the travellers on Dale Farm shouldn't be evicted. How would you like to be told to leave where to live?"

Caitlin, 12, Bristol, England

"I think it is right they should be evicted from Dale Farm because they haven't got the right to live there."

Robbie, 9, Derbyshire, England

"I think they should get evicted because they were not given planning permission so it is their fault they are going to get kicked out. If we built on our house without permission from the local council they would make us take it down."

Thomas, 10, Essex, England

"It's not fair to take people away from their homes. If they didn't want them to live there then they should have done something when they first tried to move in."

Jessie, 12, Essex, England

"I think that the travellers should move because you can't make one rule for one and not for the other, as people get evicted from their homes everyday so why shouldn't they?"

Dan, 14, Lincolnshire, England

"I think they should be able to stay there because everyone has a right to go and live where they want."

Aisha, 9, Dewsbury, England

"I think the travellers should leave Dale Farm as they have no right to live there. They should obey the law as any other person committing these act would have been moved on ages ago."

Myles, 13, Deeside, Wales

"I personally believe that the travellers should be left alone, I think many people don't understand that travelling is a way of life. It's like someone coming around to your house and asking you to leave because you are living the way you do. Well it's exacly the same for them, they are just living their lives the way they think and the way they choose to live."

Abby, 13, Yorkshire, England

"No it is definitely not right to evict people from their homes! They paid for the land so surely they should be allowed to do what they want with it... especially as it has become their home!"

Megan, 12, Leicester, England

"Yes I think it is right that they should get kicked off because they did not have the right to build on that part of the land; they just moved in there and then tried to get permission to build on it instead of doing it the right way by getting permission first."

Rob, 13, Dorset, England

"I think the Dale Farm residents should definitely be evicted. They are not there legally, so should be treated as every other person who breaks the law. If they refuse to leave they should be sent to jail!"

Libby, 12, Surrey, England

"It's not right they're kicking them out - where else will they live? It's horrible they will lose their homes and have to move away from their friends and family!

Poppy, 14, Loughborough, England

"Travellers need somewhere to go and some place called 'home' - everyone does. What's the harm in them being there? I'm sure as they're travellers they will move on sometime, but if not then who cares?"

Hannah, 14, Cambridge, England

"I think that the travellers should be evicted because although they own the land, they do not have proper permission. Also they have had a very long time to prepare for this, and should have known this was going to happen eventually."

Scott, 10, London, England

"It isn't right that they are being asked to leave - it is their home. How would we feel if all of a sudden we were asked to leave our homes? We should let them stay there, they are not doing us any harm."

Meg, 13

"Yes it is right, they should not be there in the first place."

David, 11, Rotherham, England

"I don't think they should evict Dale Farm - how would you feel if you were forced out of your home?"

Morrigan, 11, Gloucestershire, England

"I think that the travellers should not be evicted from Dale Farm because even though they don't have permission to actually live there, if they get evicted they would have to move somewhere else which could cause more problems than there already are."

Andrea, 13, London, England

"Yes I think it is right that they should get evicted because they did not have the right to build on that part of the land."

Rob, 13, Dorset, England