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Eviction notice: 8am, Friday 15 Aug

Posted: July 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Events, legal, Residents | Tags: , | No Comments »

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On Friday 15th August at 8am, bailiffs will make their first attempt to evict Grow Heathrow. Four and a half years after the abandoned greenhouses in the middle of Heathrow Airport’s proposed third runway were occupied by local residents together with activists, Heathrow villagers are organising again to resist airport expansion that’s ruled out by climate science.

Residents of the 700+ homes a third runway would destroy have asked to be trained to protect their own homes. On Thursday 14th, the day before the bailiffs visit, there will be talks and workshops on how to peacefully resist the eviction and on how ordinary people successfully shelved plans for a noisy third runway. At 8am on Friday 15th, hopefully you can help protect our home from the County Court bailiffs, ready to do the same for other homes threatened by airport expansion. Grow Heathrow has been described as the ‘heart of the village’ by BBC News and ‘inspirational’ by the local MP. We are still trying to buy the land instead of having bailiffs at our home.

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We need your support in the days before, on the 15th and in the months after the bailiffs come. Join us for dinner on the 14th and be on site for when they arrive. Bring a sleeping bag, tent and rollmat if you’re coming to stay, cameras or smartphones for filming/livestreaming the bailiffs and we can always use more tea, coffee, milk, sugar and mugs! We currently also have some space for new members, so if growing food and campaigning on airport expansion are your cup of tea come and find out more about how you can volunteer here long-term. Summer in the glasshouses is green and glorious with a lake down the road.

If you have any special requirements, just drop us an email and we’ll do our best to make you comfortable. If and when the bailiffs go home, there’ll be a coach heading to to the Reclaim the Power action helping protect Blackpool from fracking. (donations welcome).

 


We fought the Law!

Posted: January 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: legal | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

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After all these years Grow Heathrow have finally come to the end of our legal battle!!

We  were not able to take the appeal to the supreme court, as the case was not awarded legal aid, by a body that is being cut heavily by this government. Read more about cuts to legal aid here: http://www.savelegalaid.co.uk/

However, the case has set a positive precedent in housing law that will be able to be used in future cases on evictions for both squatters and exploited tenants. The last appeal heard at the High Court was the first case of it’s type where article 8, the Human Rights Act, was ever deemed to be relevant. Big news in a time where squatting is being criminalized in the middle of a housing crises.

Where does that leave us?

Basically in a similar place to where we were before. Grow Heathrow is still under possible threat, much like the last 4 years, but business as usual continues. The Wind Turbine is still soaring, the Chard is still growing and the compost loo’s are still being stirred!

Mainly we are still trying to create negotiations with the land owners to ultimately and ideally secure the site. With the 3rd runway back on the cards, we are not going anywhere. Watch this space…


Legal update: no news

Posted: November 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: legal | Tags: | No Comments »

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Well, here’s the long-awaited legal update: there’s no news.

We’re still trying to negotiate with the landowner to buy the land, and the legal process seeking to apply to appeal to the Supreme Court is still trundling along.

We still haven’t heard anything from the landowner following the 3 July court decision granting him possession, so we don’t know if he has plans to hire bailiffs, which he could now do.

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Come down and visit! Come and help out at a DIY Thursday (9.30am till mid afternoon) or run a workshop here.

Third runway? Resistance is fertile!

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The fight goes on…

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, legal, Media | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Residents and supporters of Grow Heathrow outside Central London County Court

Update on the Court of Appeal verdict:

The judges failed to reach a unanimous decision on the case but by majority, our appeal was dismissed and permission was granted for the owners to seek a warrant for an eviction.

On the plus side, one of the judges found that squatters as well as tenants are entitled to respect for their home under article 8 of The European Convention on Human Rights and that the court should consider the individual circumstances of those affected when deciding how soon to make an eviction.

We are now working with our lawyers on a further appeal to the Supreme Court to define the arguments about whether article 8 is relavent to private land owners.

In the meantime, there is a low risk of imminent eviction and we’re asking for support on site over the next few weeks. Come along today for dinner and help us make plans for securing our future.

See here for directions to site. If you plan to stay the night, please bring a sleeping bag and tent if you can.

Grow Heathrow campaigner Joe Rake said:

“We think it’s important to challenge a law that protects the right of irresponsible landlords to trash the heart of a community.  We are still following up options to appeal to the Supreme court and hope we can come to an agreement so that we can carry on working with the local resident’s association and our MP to make sure ‘Grow Heathrow’ exists as a community resource in the long-term.”

Sipson resident Tracey Howard commented:

“At a time when harsh austerity cuts are effecting people across the country, ‘Grow Heathrow’ is a great example of what can be done when a community takes back control of its land to meet its own needs.

Spread the word and thanks for your support!


News on the verdict

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Action, legal, Residents | Tags: , | No Comments »

Residents and supporters of Grow Heathrow outside Central London County Court

We will give more updates as soon as we can tomorrow once we’ve been able to talk about it. We’ve just heard that we lost our appeal in the UK’s second-highest court so the landowner now has a live possession order.

We are continuing to try to negotiate with the landowner to buy the land, and there is no real threat until at least Monday. We expect to hear in a few weeks whether our application to appeal to the Supreme Court is granted. If we can appeal, then at that point we expect the possession order to be shelved (so no threat); if we’re not allowed to appeal, then we continue to be at risk. The first thing we will do is to talk with local residents in Sipson to organise next steps.

We don’t know the landowner’s plans, so we don’t know whether or when he will apply for a warrant from the County Court for bailiffs, and beyond then whether or when he might hire bailiffs, which could take months.

We need people here to help us plan what we can do now. There is travel info to get here. Please bring a tent, roll mat and sleeping bag. There is lots of indoor space, so you’re unlikely to need a tent, but it’s useful just in case.

If you can’t come to site, please consider donating any cash you can spare – we need money now more than ever and even £10 makes a huge difference for us. The orange ‘donate’ button is to the right.

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Court of Appeal verdict – Wed 3 July

Posted: June 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, legal | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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We’ll find out the long-awaited verdict from the Court of Appeal at 9.30am on Wednesday 3 July.

Please support us:

We’d love you to join us at the Royal Courts of Justice (courtroom 70) at 9.30 on Wed. Better yet, come show your solidarity where it’s most important – at Grow Heathrow!

Join us on site during the day and into the evening. The bike workshop will be running all afternoon, we’ll be cooking up a delicious dinner and there’ll probably be a campfire and music. You’re also welcome to stay over on Wednesday night, ready for our community workday on Thursday.

You can find directions to Grow Heathrow here. And the Royal Courts of Justice are on The Strand, WC2A 2LL.

Please spread the news far and wide, and for more info call us on 07890751568. You can also email info@transitionheathrow.com or tweet @transheathrow.

Love from the greenhouses xx


Court of Appeal – another update

Posted: May 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: legal | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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We were told that we’d hear the verdict from the Court of Appeal by the end of April…

…BUT April has been and gone and we still haven’t heard anything.

We will keep you up to date, but in the meantime feel free to join us in the sunshine – we’re busy sowing seeds and making wood burners and doing yoga on the wind turbine tower!!


Court of Appeal update

Posted: April 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: legal | Tags: , | No Comments »

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We’ve been told that we’ll hear the verdict from the Court of Appeal by the end of this month. 

Although we don’t know the exact date yet, some of us are planning to make a trip to court, while others will stay on site. In the evening we’ll all come together at Grow Heathrow to have a debrief around a nice meal.

It would be great to see some friendly faces on the day, so stay tuned for more info and the exact date!

Big love from the Grow Heathrow office – sun beds on the wind turbine tower!


Next stop: legal limbo

Posted: February 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: legal | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

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We have just found out that our court judgement is in a list of four or five judgements that are yet decided. Our case could result in a change of human rights case law after Grow Heathrow forced the UK’s second highest court to weigh up the principle of private property (article 1, ECHR) against the right to a home (article 8, ECHR).

Although the judgement was expected by 28 February, the latest update is that the judgement could be given any time in the next few months. It’s impossible to guess exactly when that’ll be.

In the mean time, we’re asking the landowner, Imran Malik, to come back to the table to talk about our longstanding offer to buy the land. We have been formally advised by one of the UK’s leading experts in community land trusts (CLTs) on finalising the specific legal structures, processes and documents for the land to be owned by the local community. As a community land trust, it can continue to thrive and be used for the good of Sipson and the Heathrow villages, and this be secured for the long term.

Imran Malik’s legal team insisted in the Royal Courts of Justice on 15 January: “If the landowner wants to leave the land vacant, they’re entitled to.”

Threats of eviction come amid a desperate government crackdown on squatting. 24 MPs signed a parliamentary petition in January that would criminalise Grow Heathrow. It threatens to criminalise all homeless people who are forced to live in empty abandoned commercial buildings amid housing and economic crises, by making it illegal to squat commercial buildings. Recent research found that 40% of all single homeless people have depended on squatting to have a roof over their head.


Court judgement expected by 28 Feb

Posted: January 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: legal | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Our friends are the best people in the world. Thanks for sharing bike-powered banana smoothies with us outside the UK’s second-highest court today, showing your support, and a big thanks to all of the people who couldn’t make it but had their fingers crossed for us.

Check out our twitter @transheathrow for the live-tweeting from Court.

And come to visit – wild food workshops making chickweed salads on Mondays, arty crafternoons making papier mache strawberries and swirly wirly signs on Tuesdays, and bike workshops on Thursdays, to make your steel steed the fastest on the street. All for free!

See you at ours! (or is it yours?)