Judge Coltart said the costs claim was not proportionate and awarded the developers £500 which was raised two days after thanks to ever growing public support now that Tesco is known to be involved. One anonymous donor gave £200 at a garden Eco- Fayre (July 11) and numbers signing the Save LRCG petition are running at 40 a day.
The next step? Gardeners, nearby residents and the wider community are continuing to bring water and plants to the site. Art students have installed a tree sculpture while long time garden supporters are returning now that it is clear Tesco ain't gonna have it their own way.
An eviction order is expected soon with a second attempt by the developers to take the land.
On Friday July 23 a benefit gig is being held at Hectors House pub in Grand Parade featuring punk swing outfit Flat Stanley, Ade Sings Rosselsongs and DJ Gene Defekt. £4 on the door with all the money going to a garden fighting fund.
Lewes Road Community Garden was set up in May 2009 by a group from the local community. It has provided a meeting space and green haven ever since, enjoyed by thousands of people, providing a venue for community events and bringing together local residents many of whom don’t have gardens themselves. There is a food waste compost scheme, and regular events with close to 5,000 people have signed a petition of support for the garden and against Tesco, a betting shop and 7 flats planned.
The developers are:
Alburn Minos Ltd, C/O King Loose St Johns House, 5 South Parade, Sommertown, Oxford, OX2 7JL
Taurean Management Services Ltd
Green Leaves, Westerham Road, Keston, KENT UNITED KINGDOM
Gilbert-Ash, Empson Road, Fengate, Peterborough,Cambridgeshire, PE1 5UP Tel: 01733 552091Fax: 01733 311355
Tesco boss: email@example.com
Tesco head of media: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gardens by the Community For the community!