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From: "Jo Makepeace" (webmaster@schnews.org.uk)
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 22:32:55 +0100
Subject: SchNEWS 607, Friday 19th October 2007

eviction of Common Ground Community Garden (Reading, UK)


The Common Ground Community Garden in Reading (see SchNEWS 594) has finally been evicted. Anarcho-squatters had been occupying the former Women's Information centre, left derelict by the council, since the turn of 2007 - cleaning up the site and turning it into a public garden. The council weren't keen, presumably eyeing up the next luxury flat development opportunity - and after previous failures (attempts met with too much resistance after locals got tipped off about the scheduled time), bailiffs, council workers and old bill pulled a fast one and all turned up unexpectedly on Thursday (18th) morning. Caught short, a couple of people attempted a sit-in the garden, but in the end it was all to no avail.

The green-fingered squatters involved aren't quitters however, and they are planning to "build upon the community spirit that Common Ground has created so far. Needless to say, this is not the last that Reading Borough Council will hear from us, and it may not be the last time we set foot in our garden..."

get in touch at  katesgrovegarden@yahoo.co.uk
report and pix at  http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/10/383900.html

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