Occupy London Moves Into Abandoned Islington School

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The Occupy London's School of Ideas
The Occupy London's School of Ideas

Occupy London has announced the opening of its very own school, hours after the movement announced it would be launched an appeal against their eviction notice issued last month.

On Monday, the Occupy camp pledged to continue their fight at the Court of Appeal after losing their case at the High Court.

Now, the Occupy London School of Ideas has set up camp at a disused school in Islington, in preparation for a "new phase of community engagement and outreach".

The school, on Featherstone Street, will offer events and activities for all ages.

A spokesperson for Occupy LSX said the organisation's intentions "have been to listen and have a better understanding of what the local community would like from this site".

"We are currently liaising with other projects and community spaces in the area with the aim of complimenting ant activites and schemes."

Fiona Brennan, a local secondary school teacher, has been a resident in Islington for 30 years and applauded the new school, saying it would be a "much needed, inspirational injection of positivity" to the community.

"This area, which was once so vibrant, has been slowly deteriorating over the past few years. A combination of the sell-off of community spaces, the increasing division of residents and the peripheral poverty which exists beside the extreme wealth of the City has contributed to this."

The school aims to provide a platform for Occupy to work with the local community.

But not everyone is happy with the new occupants.

Southern Housing, the company which owns the unused building, have reportedly taken out an injunction against Occupy to prevent them staying.

A media officer told The Huffington Post UK the group was in discussions with the housing company and a hearing was scheduled at the High Court on Tuesday.

According to the spokesman, the school has not been used since 2009 and Occupy were told they could not inhabit the building as Southern Housing had been granted permission to demolish the school. But Occupy attests the company's request has not been approved and argue its school of ideas should be allowed to stay until such permission is gained.

"We have received huge support from the community," the spokesperson added. "We are hoping to come to some sort of agreement with Southern Housing."

Islington Council refused to comment on the announcement, saying the school was private property.

Southern Housing could not be reached for comment.

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