| Friday 4th July 2008 | Issue
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THE LAW IS AN A.S.S.
Protests against the planned open-cast coal mine in Derbyshire (SchNEWS 636) continue after a surprise court victory for the squatters. Activists have taken over a farm house and a row of trees due to be demolished for a proposed coal mine. Taken to court on Monday they were expecting an imminent eviction.
However, due to a timely intervention by the Advisory Service for Squatters and bodged paperwork from the opposition, they’ve had a stay of execution ‘til 18th July. The company had tried to evict under the name Harworth Agricultural Land but the land is actually owned by Harworth Mining International Ltd and thanks to their PR friendly name-change they couldn’t prove they were the owners. How’s that for greenwash! They also couldn’t prove the tenancy of the farm had actually formally ended saying that the farmer had merely ‘vacated’ the premises. In fact Mr Severnm is an enthusiastic supporter of the campaign.
Despite having to file for an adjournment due to their own legal incompetence, the company went on to exact revenge by knocking down a bungalow on the site. One tree-dweller told SchNEWS: “They’ve just demolished the bungalow opposite the house – it was originally scheduled to stay on their maps but they’ve obviously decided to knock it down rather than risk us squatting it. Two days after we got here it was occupied by security on guard for 24 hours a day, generator, floodlights everything. They just turned up with a JCB to knock it down.”
With another two weeks (at least) before they can be evicted – the campaign are calling out for numbers to make this one to remember.
* See www.leaveitintheground.org.uk (Site mob 0750 333 5870)
* For advice on squatting why not contact the sublimely brilliant Advisory Service for Squatters. 020 3216 0099 www.squatter.org.uk
* JULY 14 - Noise Demo outside UK Coal, Doncaster - against UK Coal, who are planning to begin the new open-cast coal mine Meet at Doncaster train station at 3:30pm or outside UK Coal at 4pm 07852 460871 email@example.com www.leaveitintheground.org.uk
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