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Occupy Bournemouth occupies Poole in quest to meet BU chancellor Special

Posted Mar 14, 2012 by Elaine Findlay
A handful of people calling themselves Occupy Bournemouth have set up camp on Bournemouth University land in Poole, Dorset, UK and vow to remain there until they have been able to speak to the University’s Chancellor, Lord Nicholas Phillips.
Occupy Bournemouth member Gary Sherborne confirms group will leave BU land when they have been able ...
Occupy Bournemouth member Gary Sherborne confirms group will leave BU land when they have been able to speak to the University's Chancellor, Lord Phillips.
On Friday, March 9, 2012, a small group of people styling themselves “Occupy Bournemouth” set up camp on land owned by Bournemouth University (BU) which, ironically, is actually located just a few feet over the Borough boundary in the neighbouring UK south coast town of Poole. Even BU students have commented on the anomaly of the location of the protest camp and a pictorial question about it has been posted on the Bournemouth Uni memes Facebook page.
This picture, with the Borough of Poole "welcome" sign so close to the camp, shows how the Occupy group is actually set up outside the environs of the Borough of Bournemouth.
Occupy Bournemouth group is actually encamped on land that is in the neighbouring Borough of Poole.
Occupy Bournemouth group is actually encamped on land that is in the neighbouring Borough of Poole.
Leaflets being handed out to passers-by explain how this local Occupy group is allied “in solidarity” with the American organisation Occupy Together and is also affiliated in some way with Occupy London, members of which were recently evicted from a camp at St Pauls Cathedral in London.
Speaking to Digital Journal, one Occupy Bournemouth member said the group has vowed to stay at the BU site until it has been given the opportunity to meet with the University’s Chancellor, the Right Honourable the Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers who also happens to be the President of the UK’s Supreme Court, to ask him some questions.
Occupy Bournemouth members enjoying the spring sunshine at their camp on University grounds in Poole...
Occupy Bournemouth members enjoying the spring sunshine at their camp on University grounds in Poole.
One spokesperson refused to divulge details of the questions they want to ask the Chancellor but another member of the group, Gary Sherborne, confirmed that they would end their occupation of the land and move on once they had been able to speak to Lord Phillips.
Occupy Bournemouth member Gary Sherborne confirms group will leave BU land when they have been able ...
Occupy Bournemouth member Gary Sherborne confirms group will leave BU land when they have been able to speak to the University's Chancellor, Lord Phillips.
Global issues aside, Occupy Bournemouth and its sister organisation, Occupy Boscombe, also seem to be trying to focus public attention on local issues. This picture showing a sign which talks of Bournemouth “privatising our kids [sic] future” is a direct reference to a recent multi-million pound outsourcing deal the local council has entered with Mouchel.
Occupy group sign showing that they are also concerned about the outsourcing of Bournemouth Council ...
Occupy group sign showing that they are also concerned about the outsourcing of Bournemouth Council services and the demolition of the Boscombe Community Centre for the Arts.
The “sells off our heritage” also appears to be a reference to the occupation of an Arts Centre in the Bournemouth suburb of Boscombe which is about to be demolished so that affordable housing can be built on the land.
It is unclear at this moment in time whether or not BU is currently taking steps to evict the occupiers but officials have issued the following statement to students:
As you may be aware, demonstrators from the Occupy movement are encamped at BU's Talbot Campus. This protest is not against Bournemouth University. We would like to reassure students that your wellbeing and safety is our primary concern and we have asked the demonstrators to leave. If they do not respond to this request, we will take whatever action is necessary.