Grow Heathrow has a trial scheduled for 3-5 April with Lewdown Holdings Ltd for possession of the majority of the land we occupy. If Lewdown were to win in court, a date for bailiffs to attempt to take repossession could be set within days or weeks of the trial.
A solidarity demonstration will be held on Monday, 3rd April at 9am outside Central London County Court, Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, WC2A 2LL, on 3rd April from 9:00am. You are invited to join us with banners and music outside the court. Please share our facebook event.
Our defence will be heard on Day 2, 4th April, with the final judgement in the afternoon session of Day 3, 5th April. Presence is welcome in the public gallery and outside court throughout the trial.
Defendants from the project will be arguing under the right to a home, as interpreted under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998, to resist a possession order. Grow Heathrow is also arguing that any possession order would infringe the freedom of expression (under Article 10) and freedom of assembly, protest and association (under Article 11).
Grow Heathrow has occupied the disputed land since 2010; removing fly-tipped rubbish and creating a hub of low carbon living and resistance to the 3rd runway in the seven years since. Lewdown Holdings only discovered our occupation back in 2014, giving an indication of their lack of active involvement with the land. They have had multiple planning applications rejected on the grounds of ecological damage – their latest being a plan to scalp the land and dig out a gravel pit.
The landlords have decided to pursue a possession order despite indicating the potential for negotiations with representatives from Grow Heathrow, potentially using the land collaboratively as a horticultural project supplying fresh produce as well as educational services to the local community, acting as a resource centre for sustainable living.
While the airport and government march on with their destructive plans for a third runway – and most of the land in this country is still owned by a tiny elite – we want to carry on: welcoming groups to use this shared resource, running workshops on food growing/ social & environmental issues/ radical politics, fixing bikes and putting on events for everyone to enjoy.
Please come and help us defend our home and this shared resource that hundreds of people have built up over the years.