Lawyers had to step in to allow residents and workers in Botton village to hold a candle lit vigil after they were told they didn’t have “the capacity” to make their own decisions over taking part.
A letter had been sent out by the Camphill Village Trust (CVT), which runs the village, prior to Sunday evening’s event, saying they couldn’t take part because they had not undergone an assessment.
The vigil was a coming together of the residents who have learning difficulties and workers who are concerned about proposed changes which will see them becoming designated employees or tax and financial reasons.
Campaigners, Action For Botton, say the restructure will destroy the ethos of the set up at Botton.
In the end the protest was allowed to go ahead after lawyers for Action for Botton stepped in but it had to be outside the confines of the community. There was also a gathering at Danby Church, led by Rev Michael Hazelton.