Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Empty Tavern

It looks as if the Squatters have gone from the old Worcester Park Tavern.

Several readers have asked me what’s happening there recently so over the last couple of days I have gone to see if I can find out. Several clues have all united to suggest that they are indeed gone:
  • Clue #1: Sofas and a mattress piles up outside in the street (as pictured above). 
  • Clue #2: Broken beds and furniture littering the yard.
  • Clue #3: No noise coming from inside. While they were there, you could usually hear the television, music or voices coming from inside.
  • Clue #4: Kitchen area cleared of mess. This can be seen through a hole in the kitchen door at the back.
  • Clue #5: What looks like a shiny new lock in the kitchen door.
  • Clue #6: No one answers when I knock. I knocked quite loudly in the afternoon and then came back in the evening and did it again.  
  • Clue #7: This one was the clincher. A legal Interim Possession Order notice pinned up next to the main entrance. According to this notice, the occupiers needed to be out by the 8:30pm on Saturday 17th August or else they could be imprisoned or fined.

So I feel it is a reasonably reliable conclusion that Del and his friends have indeed vacated the old Worcester Park Tavern.

Strangely though, the lights have all been left on inside. Whoever owns it doesn’t seem to care a great deal about their electricity bill.

The squatters do have the right to apply to the court to set aside this interim possession notice and may also attend court to put their case when the final possession order is made on Tuesday 10th September.

I must confess to having mixed feeling about this. I have always considered squatting to be a form of theft but having met and spent time filming them and then editing the video, I can see it from their point of view as well. That said, I have been in the situation myself without money or work but have always managed to find some work, even if just an unskilled casual job, at least to pay to rent a room and buy food and then from there I have eventually found proper employment again. It wasn’t glamorous but it was necessary. Either way I wish them well and hope they find proper jobs and accommodation.