Clearance work has commenced on the site of the Firebird Pub contractors have started to prepared the site for the demolition of the building. Optima Community Association who are finalising the purchase of the land have produced plans for 30 new socially rented flats and houses on the site. This is welcome news and a major victory in our campaign to see more socially rented properties in Birmingham. After 5 yrs empty and a 16 week squat finally the site will be used for a proper purpose.
JNC reported that we had instructed our Solicitors to commence Appeal proceedings against the costs order applied for by the owners of the Firebird Pub. We can now report that Solicitors acting for the owners, concerned at the prospect of an appeal, have agreed to make application to the Court to cancel the costs order against JNC, in return JNC have agreed to not appeal to the High Court and have offered to return occupancy of the Firebird immediately to save the owner costs involved with instructing Bailiffs to take possession.
The owner arrived at the Firebird at 915 am today and the Firebird was formally handed back. The Police were in attendance, we don’t know why they have no authority in these matters whatsoever.
JN (Warwick) LTD have informed us the site will be boarded up today.