Squatters move into PS22.5M London home after eviction from nearby cheaper property

January 11th, 2009 - 1:09 pm ICT by ANI  

London, January 11 (ANI): A group of squatters, known as The Temporary School of Thought, has set up home in a property worth 22.5 million pounds in the heart of London’’s Mayfair after being evicted from a nearby 6.3-million-pound home.

The new abode of the squatters, who describe themselves as artists, is owned by Timekeeper Ltd.

The are running workshops “of mutual learning, left wing bias, and free lectures” to legitimise their presence at Clarges Mews.

According to reports, they installed themselves in the Grade II listed building on November 29 after being ejected from a residence in nearby Upper Grosvenor Street earlier in the month.

Their presence in the home was noticed last month when a Christmas tree adorned with tinsel and baubles was spotted in one of the windows.

Irked by the uninvited tenants, Timekeeper Ltd moved the court seeking their eviction.

The companys solicitor Andrew Jeffrey tried to enforce a possession order on Friday to have the squatters immediately evicted from the property.

However, the case was adjourned to later in the month after a 30-minute private hearing at the Central London County Court, with District Judge John Taylor demanding Timekeeper to provide further evidence.

The squatters cannot legally be removed until an order is imposed, say reports.

Nine of them attended the hearing and hugged each other in celebration as they left the court.

They refused to talk to waiting reporters as they travelled in convoy on bicycle back to the house.

“Will you please leave as we have got things to do. We are expecting people and you guys are not very welcoming,” the Telegraph quoted one of them as saying.

The Temporary School of Thought is running a series of workshops including welding, contemporary dance, and Indian flute.

They advertised their “project” as: “A space where people come together to share knowledge, non-descript skills, tactical imagination, creationism, passive acts”. (ANI)

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