Haggerston Park Day 12. After Royal Courts of Justice.
This is just a report on the events for the last week of the Nomadic camp, in Haggerston Park, London Borough of Hackney.
- We arrived 13th Of May 2012, Sunday.
- We were approached by the Park Manager on 14th Monday.
- We informed him that we were intending to stay for a maximum of 28 days.
- We promised not to have any more tents than the 16 we had already set up.
- 22nd of May, the camp received a High Court summons. Mispelling two names that were known to Hackney Council. Along with Occupy London and Persons unknown.
- We had 48 hours to appear in court, leaving no defence possible.
- We have already stayed 2 weeks in Limehouse Basin (Corporate land) and 6 weeks Mile End Park, for a total of 2 months in Tower Hamlets. We do not want bailiffs getting involved and the taxpayer paying the bill.
- Kay represented us in court. Not to fight the case, which would be setting a precedent that would make things harder for Occupy and other protest camps in Britain, but to ask for a reasonable amount of time for us to find temporary accommodation for our homeless campers.
- Master Cook of the Royal Courts of Justice, granted possession to the claimant and the defendant should leave the area forthwith.
- The “forthwith” is problematic as we have no idea about timeline.
- Kay will call the Council and see if we can have one week to find other accommodation.
- We have a van ready for when the move becomes necessary.
- The Solar Panels are off-site and safe.
- It’s good to see some Finsbury people visiting the place and enjoying the surroundings.
- The camp looks to have 15 members. All males…c’est la vie
- We need more flyers and literature.
Plans for the future:
We need more flyers and need to create some more specific to the local area.
Hit the ground running, rather than play catch up.
We do think that as a small camp,we are being used as a testbed to cleanse London of protesters and homeless.