Peace camp joy as eviction bid is thrown out.
Peace campaigners were jubilant yesterday after a bid to have them booted from their camp at a nuclear sub base was thrown out.
After two hours of deliberation, a sheriff ruled that an eviction notice eviction notice n → orden f de desahucio or desalojo (LAM)
eviction notice n → préavis m served on the Faslane protesters was "incompetent".
As Sheriff James Fraser People named James Fraser include:
Some wept openly, others hugged each other or stared in disbelief.
And the sheriff was given a standing ovation when he rose to leave the bench.
The decision hinged on the wording on the eviction The removal of a tenant from possession of premises in which he or she resides or has a property interest done by a landlord either by reentry upon the premises or through a court action. summons by Argyll and Bute
Argyll and Bute (Earra-Ghaidheal agus Bòd Council which identified the campaigners as an "unincorporated body of persons" and specified no individual names.
The peace campers' lawyer Peter Farrell Peter Desmond Farrell (born Dalkey, County Dublin, August 16, 1922; died Dalkey, County Dublin, March 16, 1999) is a former Irish footballer who played as an a right-half for, among others, Shamrock Rovers, Everton and Tranmere Rovers. argued that, for such a group to be sued, it would have to be carrying on a business.
The sheriff said he accepted the defenders were not trading as the Faslane Peace Camp Faslane Peace Camp is a permanent peace camp sited alongside Faslane Naval base in Argyll and Bute, Scotland (Google Maps link). It has been occupied continuously, in a few different locations, since 12 June 1982. which has been there for 16 years.
He said: "If the defenders are not a person or persons carrying on a business then they cannot be called by a descriptive name Written indication on maps and charts, used to specify the nature of a feature (natural or artificial) shown by a general symbol. alone."
He said one of the key things that linked the campers on the site was an abhorrence of nuclear weapons, but was not related to carrying on a business.
Outside court jubilant protesters, who had been preparing for months for eviction, cracked open bottles of champagne.
Rab Fulton, a spokesman for the protesters, said he was "ecstatic" and said everyone at the camp on the Gareloch would be having a "huge party" to celebrate.
He said: "Our view was that by taking us to court the council were conceding that we had been successful in highlighting Trident nuclear weapons in Scotland.
"To have won in court just adds so much more to our sense of victory."
Protesters had been prepared to defend the camp - set up with official planning permission in 1982 - with a network of tunnels, tree-houses and towers.
Rab added: "We don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. what the council will do next.
"The defences will stay until we are sure we will be allowed to continue our protest."
Last night, a spokesman for Argyll and Bute Council said: "The council will be giving careful consideration to the outcome of the hearing."