Occupy Honor Oak

Super Hans: I've been down enough bloody City Boy chain pubs with their logos in the foam and disinfectant in the lager, air freshener in the mayo. Nah, I wanna run a place that makes a difference. 
Jeremy: Well, I'm sure we can sort that out somehow. Let's start by getting rid of this. 
Super Hans: That stays. That's the reason I fell in love with this place. 
Jeremy: You want a washing machine in the pub? 
Super Hans: It'll freak 'em out! What the fuck's a washing machine doing in a pub? Jesus, I need a drink. Yeah? And boom, they'll have to have one of our organic scrumpies.
- Peep Show

The sorry saga of the Honor Oak pub continues. Having allowed a much-loved pub to be run down and eventually to close, Punch Taverns now find themselves with squatters on their hands. Thanks to @sarcasticfringe for the photo:

26 comments:

Tim said...

Not that I'm particularly bothered by the plight of Punch Taverns, but how is squatting even allowed in this day and age? I know squatting in residential homes is now pretty much illegal (right?), but why didn't they do this for commercial?

Tim said...

Maybe I should write to the email address on the notice and ask them - they seem fairly clued up on the legals :)

James said...

So what, if it ain't being used let em stay for the meanwhile.

PaulaT said...

great news, I hope they gonna do something interesting with the space!

RB said...

Scumbags. Though will no doubt be celebrated by Transpontine and others.

Legal Bill said...

I would not care for the squatters if it wasn't that they get legal support for free paid by tax payers, and generally the litigation bills runs in their thousands...

Guest said...

Squatters generally enter properties in a criminal way. The two steps approach is well known: One person throws a brick through a window and runs. Few minutes later a couple of colleagues pretend to pass by and enter the premises claiming the window was open...


In short, squatters are criminals and belong to jail.

Tim said...

I just don't understand why it's legal to enter an "open" property? What is the justification?

Suem and Scarper said...

Was not legal aid abolished for such cases?

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-close-squatters-legal-aid-loophole

Anon said...

It's how the Queen got where she is today?

Headhunter said...

Criminals or no, these squatters seem quite antagonistic. The "squatters" in Manor Ave at least tried to be friendly to their neighbours and organised gigs etc. Arriving at an empty property and immediately posting and aggressive legal notice on the door is not the best way to endear yourself to locals...

Jake said...

Good. More squatters less yuppies!

Brockley Nick said...

More squatters, *fewer* yuppies.

pimms o'clock said...

Yuppie Squatters all-round ;) hoorah!
Where's my #red trousers...

http://lookatmyfuckingredtrousers.blogspot.co.uk/

terrencetrentderby said...

Smug bastards.

Hetty Wainthropp said...

Just googled "jeffrey samuel brockley" because it's the name in the email address on the notice, it also sounded familiar.
Got an interesting result which mentions a person and an address on Arica Rd, Brockley.

Maybe all coincidence, and not wishing to appear ant-squatter, as we can all see how this tends to go.

But it raises the question who really lives next door?

I've recently noticed dubious looking vans and groups of men loading and unloading at a house in manor avenue, very late at night. Equally it all could be very innocent and just bordering on antisocial.

Who should decide, what's right in our community?

Which is both connected and totally dislocated at the same time.

I suppose we should leave it to the others / the neighbours to investigate, put the onus on them to make imperative and balanced judgement. Taking no co/ownership of a situation at all, I'm all right jack.

Same with the odd behaviour of various men on Hilly fields.

I think society is defiantly changing, but individual ownership, values and legality in society are so blurred right now, I am at a loss.

I think the authorities needs to set clearer direction on, crime justice and the community.

I also sometimes question will people intervene or not for fear of doing the wrong thing. I also don't think people clearly know where they stand or what they can do.



Which can be both a blessing and a curse, when evicting squatters.

Danja said...

They might be just as many but a bit less young

Brockley Nick said...

Ha, yes. Especially in Honor Oak.

roysavage said...

Yawn

roysavage said...

I think we should invite ourselves in and have a party. see how they like it.

Tim said...

Yes. Can I squat in their squat if they leave a window open?

Headhunter said...

Where *are* my red trousers

Andrea said...

...Punch Taverns now find*s* *itself* with squatters on *its* hands.

Brockley Nick said...

The Gregg Reference Manual, Ninth Edition, by William Sabin says that when using organizational names, treat them as either singular or plural (but not both). Ordinarily, it suggests you treat the name as singular *unless you wish to emphasize the individuals who make up the organization*. In that case, use the plural. - See more at: http://www.ossweb.com/organizations-singular-or-plural.html#sthash.u7eEjF99.dpuf

Andrea said...

Terrible reference.

The only occasions when one shouldn't use the singular is when one wants to give reference to a particular organisation's constituents, if appropriate. For example, "the Council have voted" and "the Council is Labour controlled." For something like Punch Taverns one would always use the singular.

I, like many others, make spelling and grammatical errors, particularly when placing short comments on blogs. Simply because you don't agree with a comment isn't an adequate reason to patronise over grammar, especially when there are a few errors in your article.

brockleylass said...

Did that years ago. Was very threatening but we stood our ground. We knocked on the door anc said quick let us in, they did as they thought we were part of the group delivering stuff.
They had a big dog and called the police. Once the police arrived they had lost their cause. They let us in. They had turned the gas on illegally, and the putty in the window at the rear was still wet, This is where they broke in. The police asked them to leave or face arrest. They had written on the walls, caused damage to the property in a few hours. The house was empty as the elderly lady had been moved into a care home. We were neighbours that realised what was happening and because the police said there was nothing they could do, we decided to be good neighbours and played them at their own game. You have to work fast in these circumstances so that they cant cover the criminal damage of their breaking in.
Squatting is not right, when these people then use water gas and electricity all turned on illegally and do not pay for it. They send their kids to school locally, go to hospital etc and yet contribute nothing as they are off the radar. They pay no council tax but put their rubbish out. Eco warriors, I do not think so.

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