Diggers face eviction - press statement [diggers350] UK FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Tue, 13 Apr 1999 10:37:33 -0700 (PDT)


FWD from the UK

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Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 12:20:58 +0100 GMT
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Subject: [diggers350] Diggers face eviction - press statement

FAXED BY SIMON BEBBINGTON, 0378 307636

DICTATED AT 12.15pm ON 13 APRIL 1999

DIGGERS FACE EVICTION

The Diggers today lost a court hearing for a possession order for the site
they occupy on Saint George's Hill. The master said that Friday was the
earliest date he would allow any eviction, although landowner North Surrey
Water had asked for immediate possession.

The Diggers' occupation has been a major victory in the on-going battle for
statutary public access to Saint George's Hill. The fight will now go on a
pace until democracy triumphs over the power of money.

The ball is now firmly in the court of the so-called residents' association
to bow to the overwhelming public pressure for public access to historic
Saint Georges Hill and to desist in their plan to seal off the hill from
the ordinary folk or Surrey and turn it into a super-exclusive
millionaires' playground.

The residents association attended hearing although they were not party to
the proceedings.

In all likelihood the Diggers will be leaving in a better condition than
they found it before the first possible eviction date.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Eviction notice -- The originating summons was served at 7.15am on Thursday
8th April by agents for the North Surrey Water Company, whose land the
Diggers are allegedly occupying. It was heard in the Chancery Division of
the High Court in The Strand on Tuesday 13th April at 10.15am by Master
Muncaster.

Camp contacts: Tony Gosling or Annie Merry 0961 460171.

Background info: http://www.tlio.demon.co.uk/diggers.htm or
http://www.oneworld.org/tlio

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