Reverse the decision to evict homeless people from unused land by the College

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Merton College served an eviction notice to many homeless people living on land that the College owns but does not put to regular use. The notice reads as follows:

“This land is privately owned and you are in occupation without the consent or license of the landowner

“Take further notice that no persons have right, license or authority to occupy the said land without the express written authority of the landowner and/or lawful occupier, in this instance being Merton College, Oxford.

“You are hereby being given notice to quit the land forthwith taking with you all your belongings, goods, chattels and effects.

“Nothing in this notice should be taken as conferring any right, license or authority to remain on the land and you should vacate the land immediately.

“In any event if you fail to vacate the land by 5pm Thursday 26th July 2018 then the landowner will exercise its right of self help eviction and have instructed us their appointed baliffs to carry out the eviction on their behalf.”

This decision will have terrible consequences and we call on the College to support the homeless by reversing their decision.