We won! We won our IPO hearing, meaning that we have at least some more time in our space. Yesssss.
Excellent. The next stage is the standard Possession Order hearing, which the judge has unfortunately brought forward to next Wednesday, the 31st of October. From then, if we lose, its unclear how long we’ll have. It depends on whether they opt for the notorious and expensive High Court bailiffs, who are very fast and bad, or settle for standard bailiffs. These would take longer, but we can’t know now how long.
In the meantime, we are still trying to open a dialogue with the council – emphasizing that there is actually no need to evict us, and that they could save a whole lot on court fees and bad press if they just let us stay.
For now we celebrate.Come and party a little with us. We will have some delicious food served up later, a film and some music and all the rest. Glitter, singing, dancing are all in order. We got Bragging Rites.
Some notes from the courthouse:
While speaking to the prosecuting barrister after the hearing, he told us that he had “legislational gaydar – [he] could tell the judge was on our side from the moment we walked in”. LOL.
Also we barely had to even use our defense; basically they fucked up their prosecution by admitting in their own witness statement that the tenants of other units are granted license to use our space as storage – meaning that the council do not have imediate right to possession because other tenants are granted use of the space. LOL
Stay tuned for round two of BRAG VS COUNCIL; a sub series of the larger tale BRAG VS WORLD.