Report on Eviction

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Wandsworth Council’s eviction attempt fails

Around 5am on Wednesday 24 January, protestors occupying the Playground in tents were woken as High Court Enforcement Officers, accompanied by Parks Police, broke in to take possession of the site. While a number of peaceful protesters were evicted forcefully, some occupiers had moved into the adjacent play building – which is divided in to two parts – in an attempt to further delay the demolition of the Adventure Playground.

The two activists that remain in occupation are occupying it under Section 6 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977 [1]. Others who were in another part of the building contest that they were illegal evicted. While Wandsworth Council may have obtained a possession order permitting them to instruct the Enforcement Officers to take possession of the Playground, this order did not include the building, and as such it is potentially an illegal eviction for which the occupiers are seeking legal counsel [2].

Responding to the new occupation, Parks Police used a crowbar to prize open shutters and smash a window. A video which catches the moment when the police and bailiffs enter the building has been released on YouTube [3], showing how the building was tidy prior to eviction and not in the state that Wandsworth Council claims [4]. In the video, viewers can hear a window and building being smashed up, not by protestors.

Furthermore the Council’s pictures, obtained by the Police, clearly show manipulation. In one, the south-western window which was completely smashed in the eviction, is now boarded up with all the glass cleared away. And there’s paint over the floor, which the Council claims was spilled in advance of the eviction, yet there is no evidence of any walking of the paint around the room. The protestors insist that damage was done to the building in the process of the eviction, which occurred in the dark.

One of the occupiers who was forcibly removed said: “We told them the court order didn’t cover the hut but they wouldn’t listen – it was bully boy tactics. They grabbed us by the arms but we were just being peaceful.”

Commenting on the pictures released by the Council, they added: “Just as with the reasons given for destroying the Adventure Playground, the Council can’t get what it wants by fighting fair, so it cheats.”

Wandsworth Council refuses to engage in meaningful conversation

Unfortunately the attempted eviction and the ongoing attempted to discredit and intimidate protestors, rather than engage in any meaningful way, seems to be the preferred way of operating for Wandsworth Council. The protesters, who are made up of local residents, activists and members of the Occupy community in London, believe the council has failed to accurately present the facts relating to the playground, and to explore all the options available for its future.

Key updates include:

  • The Council has ignored all attempts by a variety of different groups of people to find a sensible compromise between the Council’s wish to destroy the Adventure Playground and the public’s view that it should remain (as evidenced by their survey and the increasing numbers of signatures on the petition – now approaching almost 7,000 signatures)
  • These groups also question the legality of Council’s failure to adequately consult on the development. The Council only gave weight to children and young persons views about what new types of equipment to acquire, rather than whether staff should be removed from the playground [5] and so have not given ‘due regard’ to the effect on the children and young people who the Equalities Act 2010 indicates are a protected group [6]. It has failed to consider the impact of staff withdrawal and modification of the Playground on this group which is potentially a breach of the duty they have in law. Their Equality Impact Assessment suggests there will be no possible negative impacts from the change of service on children and young people aged 5 – 16 or those with a disability [7]
  • On the financial front, plans for the Adventure Playground involve a spend of 200K, most of which is going on the destruction of the much-loved structures which have been built in consultation with children who’ve used the Adventure Playground in the past, replacing them with a downgraded facility and a small spend of £60K. With the Council’s financial results for 2011-12 showing an underspend [8], and during this time of ‘austerity’ with the Council quoting multiple different figures that it has to save, campaigners see that this current direction is a false economy and that there are alternative futures for the Playground that could be better thought out, but the Council refuses to listen
  • The council has attempted to discredit those who occupied the playground by posting notices that they were urinating and defecating in the playground, had built a fire hole, were destroying structures, etc. All of these statements have proven to be untrue and the Council since removed their notices
  • The Council also tried unsuccessfully to get public opinion on their side by closing the One O’clock club and the small children’s playground
  • The police and/or Council have further tried to gain public support by closing five access points to the park on the grounds that they claim it is a “crime” scene.

The adventure playground is one of the most famous in the country and inspires passionate support both amongst those who have used it and those who know the good these facilities do in reducing crime and antisocial behaviour. Recent high profile support includes former European and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Derek Williams, and comedian Mark Thomas.

Notes

[1] http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1977/45

[2] Area in pink covered by Writ http://i50.tinypic.com/dnj7na.jpg & Writ of Possession http://i49.tinypic.com/mtksiu.jpg

[3] http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/news/article/11652/squatters_trash_playground_building?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

[4] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cwrLsr3GzQ

[5] http://ww3.wandsworth.gov.uk/committ/documents/s24111/Paper%20No.%2012-321%20-%20Battersea%20Park%20Playground%20Design.pdf

[6] http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/part/2/chapter/1

[7] http://ww3.wandsworth.gov.uk/committ/documents/s24111/Paper%20No.%2012-321%20-%20Battersea%20Park%20Playground%20Design.pdf - Appendix 2: Section 4

[8] http://ww3.wandsworth.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/s24175/12-491%20-%20Councils%20financial%20results%20for%202011-12.pdf

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