Hi friends, family and fans,
we’re sorry if you have all been on tenter-hooks since the eviction post. We didn’t realise how long it had been since that post until my brother Ken sent me a text this morning to check we are ok. Time sure swings by quickly here.
Certainly we are ok. In fact, more than ok. A very dear friend of ours has been spending some time down at the Land Registry in Birkenhead and has made some interesting discoveries about the land we are on. It turns out that – according to the Land Registry, which is supposed to be the definitive authority on such things – this is common land onto which Autolift have been encroaching and the council’s spurious claim to own 1.2 meters measured from the rear edge of the footpath (what surveyor ever measures from the back edge of a footpath? Surveyors choose a definite reference, like a kerb.) is not supported by the plans and deeds in the Land Registry.
So today we will present Autolift with the following notice:
Autolift 24 hr Recovery Ltd
A41 Liverpool Road
FAO: Graeme Lewis, Heather Lewis, Daryl Davies
A detailed search of the Land Registry has taken place with an accurate result of your boundary lines. This search has shown that you are not the owners of this piece of land that you are currently claiming. May we remind you that it is an offence to illegally claim land that you purport to be your own.
We are somewhat surprised that professional persons such as yourselves would try to claim a case for eviction on land that is clearly on public record at the Land Registry that is not yours. Furthermore, your boundary extends 0.23 Meters onto common land, which you do not own.
The Land Registration Act 2002 and Registration Rules 2003 clearly is legislation to which you now find yourselves in conflict with. We are to make your document of proposed eviction a noted public document for any constable or court office and possible court to which we may seek remedy, a note of evidence.
The Protection From Eviction Act 1977 clearly states offences under that Act, made stronger by the Housing Act 1988:
A person who is convicted by magistrates of an offence under the Act may have to pay a maximum fine of £5,000, or be sent to prison for six months, or both. If the case goes to Crown Court the punishment can be prison for up to two years, or a fine, or both.
Furthermore, the Public Order Act 4A Intentional Harassment, Alarm Or Distress: (1) A person is guilty of an offence if, with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress, he – (a) uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or (b) displays any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting. Your letter of illegal eviction is clearly in breach of this Act by intentionally causing alarm and distress to us both.
We intend to use all the above Acts in a court if you persist in your ill-referenced action. It would be prudent in future to research your case correctly. More importantly, to correctly state what land is actually yours and this is shown at the Land Registry.
Your actions have escalated our case against your behaviour towards ourselves.
So let’s see what they do with that. We have copies of the pertinent deeds and plans somewhere very safe, notarized for court, in case they are daft enough to do anything other than back off and leave us in peace.
Like we said in a previous post: they picked on the wrong hippies!
The day the council and a very sheepish looking Daryl came and served their begging letters (masquerading as eviction notices) we received a heap of lovely building materials from Mally and we now have a magnificent front door. (I’ll be going back through the posts on here and adding some photos just as soon as I have time and battery-power to do so and will do a decent job of the photo gallery too, so that you can all see how things are developing here rather than just read about it.)
When it rains in Chester it sure pours down. Last night we had a huge downpour but it seems our drainage engineering and water catchment is all working well enough. Being at the lowest corner of the yard means we are subject to the run-off from most of the huge yard here but a little digging, inspired by Victor Schauberger, has resulted in ‘Victor’s Rill’, a small channel that decorously diverts the flood that used to wash through the camp. We also have some guttering (thanks Danny and Mally) feeding our water butt (thanks Adam and Gen). Only one section has been rigged so far but even that is doing a great job.
The visits continue too. Apart from the regulars (family, we like to think) the newcomers continue to arrive. Jack looked in, had a chai and gave us lots of wonderful news regarding our position here; Mally dropped in because he had a job on locally; we hosted a group of teenagers from Ellesmere Port the night before last, thanks to Ben, who brought them along, and three of them, Liam, Nakita and Torrek, returned with Ben again last night; John and Wendy returned briefly, just to drop off two big boxes of wonderful fresh provisions on their way back from shopping; Aidee stayed for dinner on his way back from Blacon, telling us that the police said we were well studied in law, human rights and psychology; Norman was pushing his bike down the hill in the pouring rain, having suffered some punctures, and we called him in to the dry while Dave set about fixing his multiple punctures (they’ve just been cutting the hedges again and there are thorns all along the country lanes); Adam turned up on his way to work, had a cup of chai and gave Torrek a lift back to Ellesmere. All very typical of a day spent here at Camp Autolift.
I’m sure there is a ton of stuff I meant to include in this post but there is a danger of TLDR (too long, didn’t read), so I’ll leave you with what I’ve written so far, with some love and gratitude for all your support and with some sincere wishes that your life is as happy and lucky as ours.
Love, peace, happiness and grace,
Prajna and Kazz