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WAKE UP! WAKE UP! IT'S YER RAMMED TO THE RAFTERS...
FROM CAMBRIDGE TO CANBERRA EVERY WEEK
Issue 164, Friday 24 April 1998
Last Saturday three thousand people held a rally nr. Stevenage in the
latest battle to stop a new 10,000 house development.
The houses are due to be built by Persimmon Homes, the third
largest house builder in the country. If they get the green light it will be
the largest release of land for a new town in the UK since the end of the
1950's, and will destroy the Langley Valley, which is set between rolling chalk
hills with ancient woodlands, hedgerows and green lanes. Persimmon are clearly
worried about the protests - on Wednesday they moved its AGM from York to
Edinburgh- and hired everybody's favourite Brays Detective Agency as security!
Tim Akeroyd of the Campaign Against the Stevenage Expansion said "We know
new housing is needed, but not in the green belt. We must regenerate decaying
Meanwhile in Newbury anti-bypass protestors are having their worse fears
released. with the council are planning to build some 21,000 in-fill houses on
the land alongside the bypass.
But it's not all doom. In the sleepy village of Peacehaven, Sussex it wasn't
yer usual rent-a-mob dole scrounging tree huggers who had come to save the day!
NO...It was the Mayor, teachers, families and veterans in their 80's all
pledging to "Lock on and be arrested" if governments proposal to build
commuter homes in their valley went ahead. They decided upon direct action as
the only option and got in touch with local Earth First!ers inviting them to a
meeting to discuss tactics, where a unanimous decision was taken for a
bulldozer pledge. Outraged by John Prescott overruling the council, they took
their battle to the High Court, where a judge ruled that Prescott had failed to
abide by his Governments own guidelines. This is the first time the government
has faced and lost a High Court challenge to a greenfield housing decision.
According to Urgent! magazine one thousand square miles of countryside are
under threat of being covered in concrete. Four Areas of Outstanding Natural
Beauty (AONB) have already disappeared under new housing developments and
small sites such as allotments, common land and wildlife habitats all over the
country are being trashed unnoticed by anyone other than locals. But unlike
road protests where you are often up against government, green belt campaigning
is against individual companies and although they may spend a couple of million
on one campaign, multi-site campaigns could seriously damage their pockets.
- According to the Empty Homes Agency there are 804,000 plus
empty properties in the UK
- Stevenage: 01438 605 9710
- Newbury: 01635 455440
- Bangor: The campaign continues with protesters moving on
to the next section of the development as soon as they were evicted. 01248 353
- Oxford: 35,000 new homes planned yet the council don't
even know how many empty properties they own. 01865 437 661
- Friends of the Earth: `Stopping the Sprawl' £7 from
56-58 Alma St., Luton, LU1 2PH
- Urgent! newsletter £5 for a years subs Box HN, 11
Magdalen Rd Oxford OX4 1RQ
This week it's the turn of the Earl of Spencer (Di's Bro'). Originally he was
going to hand over the running of Althorpe House to English Heritage but then
his sis died and the ££££'s possibilities became obvious,
£9.50 per adult, children £5. Whilst the grounds and Diana's grave
are private, the house is still fair game. Spencer has reduced the visiting
times since getting his 40% tax break so if you think this is unfair, complain
to: The Inland revenue Capital Gains Office 0115 974 2490
- Althorpe House, Althorpe, NN7 4HQ. Visitors requested to apply in advance.
Max Admission 6 per household. No admission without invitation.
Spotted in Kirkby Job Centre, Liverpool: Apprentice Hairdresser, Man or Woman,
Six days a week inc Saturdays... £45.50 a week. Duration: Perm!!
For eating a piece of toast. A motorist was charged with
`driving without undue care and attention', whilst munching on his breakfast!
Is the car in front a toaster?
For non-payment of fines. Manchester veteran Inverness John
was nicked last Saturday night. Perhaps the reason he hadn't paid his fines was
because he'd been in prison for the last six months!
The camp at Bury St Edmunds set up to stop a proposed access road for local
brewery Greene King, disbanded three weeks ago. The camp tatted down before
their eviction date, much to the surprise of the bailiffs and cops who turned
up the next day. Trees were chainsawed, despite some being off route The
council are prosecuting the brewery, and the campaign continues 01359 240365
MayDay98 conference from 1-4th May, 01274 734160
Unity Hall, Arundel Street, Hampshire Details from Box M, 167 Fawcett Rd.,
Southsea, Hants, PO4 ODH Saturday 2nd
Take picnics, instruments and festive spirit to the top of Causewayhead on May
Day @ 12 noon, and on Saturday 2nd
Sunday 3rd May, Scottish TUC (0141 332 4946) or Glasgow Trades Council for
Following on from last week's SchNEWS, we're happy to report that the 1,400
dock workers have won their federal court case and have been reinstated.
Hooray! 2,000 dockworkers, wives and children gathered outside Patrick
Stevedore's East Swanson dock in Melbourne, to hear the ruling over a live
broadcast. "This is a great night for the family of trade unionism - those
who thought we were dinosaurs, well we came back with a vengeance," ACTU
president Jenny George later told the crowd. He added "If we're dinosaurs,
this is Jurrasic Park!" Union leaders were quick to caution their members
that the fight was not over. "The federal court victory tonight is sweet
and we are satisfied, more than satisfied. But we have pledged to every worker
employed by Patrick that they will get their job back," said ACTU national
secretary Bill Kelty. SchNEWS wonders if the decision was anything to do with
the fact that the cast of Neighbours gave them their support.
"We've now got a Government who think beef on the bone is too unsafe for
people in Scotland to eat but that Dounreay, a plant which is totally decrepit,
which hasn't reprocessed anything for the past 18 months because it's literally
falling apart, is a convenient dumping ground for nuclear
- Alex Salmond, Scottish National Party
5kg of weapons grade uranium and spent nuclear fuel from
Tbilisi in Georgia was this week heading by plane to the Dounreay nuclear plant
in Scotland. The government decided in secret to take the material to `promote
international security'. With the break-up of the Soviet Union, countries in
the region are seen as economically unstable and often on the brink of civil
war, and that nuclear material could be sold on the black market `to an
enterprising terrorist or dictator.' As the Government is pointing out, there
are real problems with the material falling `in the wrong hands', but SchNEWS
asks just what are the right hands?
According to George Monbiot "Dounreay is the most dangerous nuclear plant
in Britain; possibly the most dangerous plant on earth, outside the former
eastern bloc. Last year, it was forced to reveal the assistance of a shaft
above the crumbling coastal cliffs, into which it had been dumping uranium
plutonium and a number of potentially explosive materials." It already has
the equivalent of 14,000 drums of waste, (the stuff from Georgia will add two
more) expected to rise to about 19,000 when the plant is decommissioned in 100
years time. Then what?
As a CND spokesperson pointed out, "A crucial point that has been missed so
far in this debate is that reprocessing is not a magic recycling system that
gets rid of nuclear materials. Reprocessing itself produces both uranium and
plutonium - to be added to our stockpiles."
- Saturday 9th May Welfare before Warheads outside Aldermaston Atomic Weapons
Establishment in Berkshire. Contact 01703 554434
Fancy a great Summer on an excellent site, already complete with walkways, 12
tree houses, lock-ons communal bender and nearby squat? Well, get to the
Bingley Anti-Road Campaign. The decision to build the A650 has been constantly
postponed since the Tory road-building scheme collapsed in tatters. Numbers at
the camp have slowly dwindled but another appeal is to be heard this Spring,
and a decision possible in August. People are now urgently needed. The road is
to service a proposed greenbelt housing development of 10, 000 properties.
There is massive local support and good relations with residents. "This is
such an easy site to live on, plenty of local skipping to be had, within a bus
ride of Bradford and Leeds."
Phone 01274 504626/ 0961 3674211
- THESPIONAGE, those people that brought us `Tatting Down'
have a new play on called `Grief Encounter', a tale of mistrust, beer and
benefit fraud. 8pm Mon 27th-Wed 29th April at the Komedia, Brighton Tickets Mon
£3/2 T&W £5/4-01273 388 079
- Issue seven of Do or Die - voices from Earth First! is out
now, and as usual is jammed packed with in depth articles on everything you
ever wanted to know about the direct action movement. If you gonna read any
magazines then we recommended this £1.80 + SAE PO Box 2971, Brighton, East
Sussex, BN2 2TT
- Nine members of the Corporate Action Network occupied an office at the
Chamber of Commerce for half an hour this week, in protest against the
MULTINATIONAL AGREEMENT ON INVESTMENT, described as the
crudest form of globalisation yet (SchNEWS 161).
- There's an ANARCHIST QUIZ NIGHT in aid of Movement Against
Monarchy (MA'M) on 9th May a the Acton Arms, 296 Kingsland Road, Hackney,
7.30pm. £1 each entry.
- There's a protest outside the 1998 British Aerospace AGM on Wednesday 29th
April, outside the QEII Conference Centre in London (nearest tubes Westminster
and St James Park), between 9am and 3pm. There'll be speakers (including Mark
Thomas), Kurdish street theatre, non-violent direct action, banners, props, and
media. The protest is against BAe's continuing sale of arms to repressive and
genocidal regimes around the world. Contact Campaign Against Arms Trade (0171
- As live exports continue so does the opposition - Sat 9 May sees a National
Demo starting at 9am with Vet Inspector David Smith - 58 Union Rd, Deal (take
A258 from Dover); then a home visit at 11.30 - Finglesham Deal (A258 Deal to
Sandwich, left to Northbourne Court, right into The Street); then Uffington
Court lairage (B2046 from A2, signposted Wingham) at 1pm; and finally Lydden
Court lairage (signposted Lydden from A2 towards Dover)
- WEST COUNTRY ACTIVIST Newsletter are having a training day
on Sat 2nd May (10.30-5ish) so anyone who wants to see how it's put together
and where it's going call Luke on 01225 464539
- Fancy partying with the BRITISH FIELD SPORTS SOCIETY?
Their AGM is coming up on Wednesday 13 May at the Royal Inst. of Chartered
Surveyors, 12 Great George St, London SW1 (Westminster Tube) and London Animal
Action (0171 2783068) have called a demo outside at 1pm.
- Chris Garrett has been put on remand after charges brought
against him during the Manchester airport evictions. Drop him a line CL4664 HMP
Walton, 66 Hornby Road, Walton, Liverpool L9 3DF
- Matthew Cowern, four years for possession. He and is miles
from home, without family visits and on 23 hour bang-up. MF2800, HMP Preston,
2 Ribbleton Lane, Preston, Lancs, PR1 5AB
- Anarchist Black Cross, who have recently issued a new prisoner list, are
selling a 90 min benefit tape `Jail Break' crammed with fab
tunes for just £2+30p p&p (60p Europe, £1 elsewhere). Send cash,
cheques, P.O.'s (payable to R Taylor) or stamps to ABC, PO Box 381,
Huddersfield, HD1 3XX. Another benefit compilation, on CD, for American Indian
prisoner Leonard Peltier features Australian and Native American Bands. To
order or for bulk order info write to same address
- Pablo Locke (SchNEWS 135) has had trouble with his mail. If you have written to him and received
no reply contact Justice? office.
"Some way has got to be found to end this evil practice."
Ted Cooper, Local Councillor
Last Saturday saw the largest protest yet at Hillgrove Farm, the cat breeders
for vivisection. An estimated 3,000 turned out to tell the owner Chris Brown
what they think of him.The long term campaigners have been met with regular
violence and harassment from the workers at the `Farm' while the police have
just stood by. So with a large presence from `heavy' forces such as the Met,
West Mercia, Gloucestershire and mounted police it was pretty certain this
demo could get a bit heated, and heated it certainly was! "Attempts by a
significant minority to impose their will on others by violent means will not
be tolerated" said top cop Tim Davidson. Things kicked off as
demonstrators started to pull down a 12 foot security fence a la Glastonbury
complete with police watch towers erected around the site. After some serious
tussling both sides resorted to lobbing lumps of concrete from the wall at each
other unfortunately Zab Phipps, the brother of Jill who was fatally injured at
Shoreham, was seriously hurt by a missile launched by the Boys in Blue and
rumoured to have since had a finger amputated. As usual when their leashes are
slipped, the police went totally over the top, and people witnessed children
separated from mothers being pushed over an embankment and run down by police
horses, other groups of people away from the protest were also trashed. One
local journalist horrified by what was happening to the children said "I'm
going to make sure this placed is closed down". Perhaps one of the reasons
for the police behaviour can be explained by Supt. Davies "We are defacto
becoming a private security force for Hill Grove Farm. People might start
asking, what are you doing there when you should be helping me over here".
Despite the violence and seven people being arrested on criminal damage and
violent disorder charges campaigners said. "This is still on the whole a
peaceful campaign and today has not put us off, we will continue and this place
will close". Next Demo is on Sunday 31st May at 12.00 noon. Contact: 01386
- Animal rights campaigners were not singing in the rain last week, as the
fourth camp for justice outside Huntingdon Life Sciences was flooded out
during the Easter downpour. Despite this, the campaign against our favourite
vivisectors still remains strong. There's a demo on May 15th, 1pm, outside
Death Sciences, More info...0589 026 435
Peace activists are being given some strange directions from the law lately.
One Swedish activists Cecilia Redner, a priest in the Church of Sweden, was
found guilty of damaging a cannon on its way to Indonesia, and sentenced to
fines and three years of correctional educational (sounds fun, whatever that
means) Meanwhile in America ploughshare prisoners are not being allowed to
return home! Steve Baggarly was told after a spell in the nick, he could not
return to his Catholic Worker community on the grounds that its environment was
not "conducive to becoming a productive citizen"!
SchNEWS warns all readers thinking of starting a newsletter. Never get
connected to e-mail. Always rely on mates in the pub to tell you what's going
on, then you won't drown in news. Honest!!
Next week is a may day double issue, and we are gonna do a comprehensive list
of camps/protest/party dates, get your details into the office NOW!
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