[Imc-uk-features] Sherwood eviction underway!
storm at darag.org
Mon Dec 6 05:48:41 PST 2004
I've been trying to post this - it appeared and disappeared form the newswire. Can it replace the current story on the front page?
Battle of Sherwood commences as Under-sheriff risks protestors’ lives
After over 14 months spent protecting a village green from illegal destruction. Protesters in Sherwood forest are facing the toughest day - Police turned up without warning at 8 this morning and started to evict them.
They had been protesting against the unnecessary destruction of an area of woodland and grassland, which is recognised for its conservation importance; the developers (Bellway Homes) and the Mansfield District Council are seeking to build an unnecessary, and ill-placed, road junction across the Green.
The trees were evicted quite fast , but there is a tunnel network that will take far longer. The tunnels are well stocked and extremely well defended.
No notice was given that the evictions were to take place and the Under-Sheriff of Nottingham (whose ultimately in charge of evictions in the area) told the protesters only last week, that there would not be an eviction while legal cases were still outstanding.
Protesters and local people are currently trying to prevent the police from getting near the tunnels to stop any further destruction of the village green.
As this release goes out, the beech tree which is at least two hundred years old is facing the axe.
Several people are known to be in tunnels, local residents watch in anger, and the Nottinghamshire Police who previously assured them that no tree-felling would take place until the tunnels had been evicted, have now allowed felling to commence – of very large mature trees, directly above the siting of the tunnels – which could cause a fatal tunnel collapse.
Local residents had previously been assured by the Under-Sheriff that no eviction and related damage to the land and trees would take place until there was an opportunity to put their case at Court to prevent any work commencing until their Village Green rights are confirmed at a public inquiry.
Information: Tel: 08708 080 080 or Fax: 08708 080 081 Email: sherwood at olan.org
For background facts visit: www.sherwoodgreen.net | www.indymedia.org.uk
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