[diggers350] Reminds me of more 'Battlelines drawn in city squat eviction'
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Wed Jun 4 18:09:16 BST 2008
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>> Hammersons representatives snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in court yesterday so Bowl Court social centre has gain another week with the repossession case adjourned till 12th June. Their attempts to
bamboozle, bully and intimidate their way to victory had succeeded
throughout the proceedings but in the end, and to the surprise of
everyone, the infamously unpredictable judge grew impatient with their
inability to provide a correct postcode for the property and so
granted the adjournment he had originally denied us.
Social centre website = http://bowlcourt.co.nr
Local campaign portal site = http://stopthecity.wordpress.com
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The previous post made me think about some squatters who have holed up
in a disused church in Brighton and are resisting eviction.
See local media coverage. The 'comments' section is interesting.........
(full article below)
Be interesting to see how it pans out.
Brighton squatters defy raid by bailiffs
Squatters barricaded themselves into a disused church to stop police
Officers and bailiffs wanted to remove 25 people living in the former
Methodist Church in London Road, Brighton.
But the squatters, who moved into the building on April 11, barred the
doors to prevent officers gaining entry.
Last night the squatters, who call themselves the 88 London Road
Community, said they intend to stay in the old church.
One told The Argus: "We are protesting against the illegal evictions of
squatter communities elsewhere in the city from disused properties."
The squatters say they have converted the building into a community
centre, offering free food, cinema nights and a children's nursery.
One, speaking on behalf of the community, said: "This building has been
left empty and unused for four years.
"As well as making this our home, we are here to generate a positive
comfortable space that is independent and self managed, where people can
be creative, share information and resources while building a stronger
and more connected community."
While bailiffs tried to gain entry, some squatters stood on the
building's roof and others attached banners to the front of the old church.
People living in nearby London Terrace said they are regularly disturbed
by late-night noise.
One woman said: "I thought I was going to have a breakdown because of
the music. We have had enough of it."
Police stood guard while bailiffs tried to carry out their eviction
notice but later a police spokeswoman said: "On the grounds of public
safety, bailiffs do not intend to enforce the court order today."
Three planning applications have been submitted to Brighton and Hove
City Council to demolish the old church and build flats.
A Methodist Church spokesman said: "We still own the building but no
decision as to the long term use has been made.
"A thing that is under consideration is to turn it into flats and a
community centre. As an institution and as individuals we have a great
concern about the issue of homelessness.
"Homlessness is an important concern for us but our immediate concern is
for the safety of everyone involved, both the people inside and those
trying to deal with the situation."
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