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Eco-town 24 in battle to keep homes; HOUSING.

Byline: JEREMY ARMSTRONG

EVICTED families in a makeshift farm community have pledged to "barricade" themselves in because of the dire council housing crisis.

A judge has ordered their eco-homes torn down by next month and the land returned to agricultural use, with up to 1,000 trees for the chop.

The 24-strong community live in caravans, lodges and converted farm buildings.

But after a four-year legal battle farmer Edward Steele, 65, has been told to turf them out - even though there are 3,320 people on the local council house waiting list.

Tenant William Dickinson said: "We don't want to live in towns and hostels."

An average of 51 families chase each affordable new home in Kendal, Cumbria, where house prices are 10 times the average wage.

If Mr Steele ignores the judge's order he faces jail, but he said: "I'll keep fighting."

South Lakeland District Council said: "We hope he abides by the court ruling."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 8, 2012
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