Friday, September 20, 2013

Salters turn a sprinkler on us


Prof Sir John Holman is current Master of Salters Hall. He is the former director of the National Science Learning Centre (the UK government's top post in science education) and senior education advisor for the Wellcome Trust.

As I have already explained, three days ago our sleeping pitch on a derelict St Alphage Highwalk at the back of Salters' Hall was fenced off and we were forced to go to the front of the building (see blog of 17 September for a photo of a spectacular fence off that could see the Salters' Company prosecuted for not having a fire escape). Since moving, we have been graced in the early hours of every morning with sleep deprivation by Salters' cleaners (see previous blog for some photos). And now it looks like Salters have adjusted a sprinkler in their garden. I am concerned we are going to wake up one of these mornings soaked. I took this photo at exactly 6.17am (we get up at 5.45am):
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This is their garden and it is rather strange that their sprinkler should reach past steps where there is no grass at all:
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This photo shows just how close we are to a good soaking:
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I took this photo yesterday at 6.19am and there's not a drop of water in sight:
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According to Salters, they are one of the country's most respected champions of improvements in science education and since we have a petition to the UN in support of stem cell research which has been signed by 29 Nobel laureates, among hundreds of other distinguished scientists from around the world, Declan wrote to the Master of the Salters' Company Prof Sir John Holman from the University of York to inform him that we are at the other end of an accommodation blockade through surveillance. A reply from the company on behalf of Prof Holman, dated 24 May, can be found here.

Salters have also been informed that we are doing our very best to get a roof over our heads, even though Broadway Homelessness and Support, whose responsibility we are, won't touch us with a forty-foot pole. For instance, Declan lodged an application with the High Court (Judicial Review) on 29 August against the Commissioner of Police for the City of London Adrian Leppard and Home Secretary Theresa May following Commissioner Leppard's written refusal to have the City of London Police ask Broadway to engage with us in relation to our welfare and access to the charity’s service for supporting clients to find alternative accommodation. We are still waiting to hear back from the Court.


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