This thread is inspired by Moulin Rouge's comment on the Strata thread:
"Maybe we should turn the empty sites at 360 London and Oakmayne Plaza into allotments or nice community gardens for the next few years at least? At least they would then be put to some use."
What a fantastic idea! Community gardens are less risky in case the land is contaminated, although veg. geowing is fine in containers. Surely it only takes the ingenuity of a few guerrilla garderners. How easy is it to access either of the sites? What is the likelihood of being accused of trespass?
I have a sneaky suspicion that it might motivate the developers to action! :)
Undoubtedly you would be accused of 'trespass' but as occupying land is not a criminal offence, it would be up to the landowner to take you to court for possession rather than the police kicking you off the land. The old sign 'Trespassers Will Be Prosecuted' is a legal fiction.
I know about the trespass not being a criminal offence law, but what I don't know is what the punishment is for civil infringement.
6ft high hoarding is not very high really... Technically, one could just climb over and take a look around. Are the sites just big holes at the moment? Is there any grass or earth in them at all, or are they both concrete?
Great idea - why not approach the developer(s) and see if they are keen? It would be great PR for them and the risk of not being able to get people off the land again could be minimised with a well draft licence agreement.