Protesters agree to leave Citadel

Occupy Sheffield Camp outside Sheffield Cathedral...
Occupy Sheffield Camp outside Sheffield Cathedral...
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PROTESTERS squatting in the former Salvation Army Sheffield Citadel have reached agreement with the landlords of the building to vacate the premises next month.

Landlords Tandem Properties, of Durham, made an application at Sheffield County Court for possession of the building in Cross Burgess Street.

But an agreement with representatives of Occupy Sheffield was reached shortly before the hearing was about to start.

Recorder Jonathan Klien was told the two sides had reached agreement before making an order, that possession would be delivered back to the landlord at 4pm on Thursday, February 21.

Following the hearing Occupy Sheffield spokesman David Bosomworth said: “This stay of execution will enable negotiations to continue between the occupiers and the proprietor, to determine if there can be a proper legal basis for use of the building as a community centre.

“We are pleased to have been able to engage the proprietor constructively in a progressive and forward-looking manner, and that the time and energy of costly legal wrangles has been averted and our energies can be more effectively focused.”

Mr Bosomworth said the news meant this weekend’s national conference of Occupy groups at the Citadel will go ahead.

Sheffield Cathedral has already taken legal action to remove protesters from its forecourt.

Mr Bosomworth said: “Occupy Sheffield is also engaged with Sheffield Cathedral in another legal action due in court on January 26.

“We would like to be able to engage with the Cathedral in a similarly progressive and open manner, and save all parties the considerable time and energy of a prolonged dispute.”