After the government was forced to do a u-turn on selling off Britain's woodlands, they set up a forests panel to help decide what to do next. Their consultation ended on 31st July 2011. [This was TLIO's response]. On 4th July 2012, the panel published their report, recommending that forests in England & Wales should remain in public-ownership. The Government's finally responded on 31st Jan 2013, confirming it would not be selling off publicly owned forests in England & Wales. However, in Jul 2013, the Govt published its initial proposals for managing England's public forests, watering down many of the crucial recommendations in the Independent Panel's report. To keep up-to-date on the latest developments, click here.
The new anti-squatting law in England & Wales, which applies to residential property only, came into force on 1st Sept 2012. The law does not apply to non-residential property such as shops, garages, factories & churches. As reported by Schnews: The Advisory Service for Squatters (ASS) have issued a warning and a call to arms: “We are going to need to be more organised and look after each other better. We will need legal back-up available on the street, and people will need help moving quickly and storing their possessions. We need networks, linked up with others resisting evictions and attacks on housing rights.” Click here for background.
Anyone with land who hasn't applied for planning should consider putting in an application NOW before the changes to retrospective planning become law. Read more here
On 15th October 2011 the Occupy Wall Street protests went global with over 1,000 protests around the world. In the UK occupations occured in a number of towns and cities. In London, activists tried to occupy Paternoster Square in front of the London Stock Exchange & Goldman Sachs. Police removed them, but they reconverged outside St Pauls Cathedral, where they remained for 4 months until they were evicted on 28th Feb 2012. Clergy at St Pauls in media interviews validated the views of the Occupy movement & Occupy's critique of the current financial system. Occupy London continues to organise events all the time, including Occupy Democracy.
On 19th-20th October 2011, Dale Farm traveller site was evicted despite a large blockade of resistance from supporters. Click here for details of the new Traveller Solidarity Network.
TLIO held a weekend gathering from Sat 8th to Sun 9th October in 2011 at Monkton Wyld Court, near Axminster, Dorset.
The Campaign seeks to celebrate, expand, protect & enjoy the use of huts in Scotland for living, working and relaxing in, & it is calling for: changes to the planning system to support hut building, better security of tenure for existing hutters, & an end to the eviction of hutters such as those at Barry Downs & Carnoustie.