UN Team To Visit Traveller Eviction Site 19 Comments 10:46am UK, Wednesday September 14, 2011 A United Nations team will visit the UK's largest traveller site today ahead of a planned eviction. Earlier this month, the UN called for the government to stop the eviction from Dale Farm in Essex. It is expected to begin on Monday after a decade-long row. Last month, a group of traveller families lost a High Court appeal against the eviction. The Judge said the decision to remove them was entirely lawful as their rights had been considered a number of times and the proper procedure followed. A screengrab shows travellers at Dale Farm with a UN flag flying ahead of a forced eviction The UN advisory body has been set up to look at forced evictions The UN said the move would "disproportionately affect the lives of the gypsy and traveller families, particularly women, children and older people" who live there. Sky's Jason Farrell said the advisory body has been set up to look at forced evictions, which is why they will be visiting Dale Farm. Cathleen McCarthy, a resident at the site and spokeswoman for the travellers told Sky News that people on the site are worried about what will happen and said that "nobody is eating or sleeping". "We are human beings like everybody else," she said. We have always sought to persuade the travellers to move on, and to help them with that process. Basildon Council "We are the only race that has no rights." She said that when they first set up the camp, they were hoping that Basildon council would provide them with a more permanent site. The council said they have offered the families alternative housing and said they are not discriminating against their lifestyle. Council leader Tony Ball said they had spent the last 10 years trying to avoid a forced clearance. Dale Farm site at Crays Hill, Essex The council says there are 51 illegal pitches at Dale Farm "We have always sought to persuade the travellers to move on, and to help them with that process," he added. The travellers own the land and although half of the site is legal the council said that there are currently 51 illegal pitches. It said these involve up to 240 people. The travellers and their supporters have said they will resist the evictions without violence, but police have been making plans in case there are struggles.