Jan 15 2013 By Jack Griffith
ITS DO or die for the squatters at Grow Heathrow, as they await a high court ruling on their eviction appeal.
The environmental activists who set up and run the Sipson community garden made their presence known outside the Royal Courts of Justice, in The Strand, today (Tuesday), handing out fruit smoothies to passers-by and banging the drum for squatters' rights.
They had a group of supporters in tow and spirits were high as the latest saga in the legal battle commenced in the courtroom.
Grow Heathrows William Ronan said: This case is an important challenge to the idea that landlords can leave land empty in the middle of a housing crisis."
Imran Malik, the owner of the contested land in Vineries Close, was given the judgement of possession in July, nearly two years after first serving the eviction notice.
The basis of Grow Heathrows appeal is Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights the right to have a home and if successful, it could set a legal precedent for land use in this country.
The Grow Heathrow group took over the derelict site in March 2010 and created a community garden, now popular with people in Heathrow Villages and beyond.
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