Bailiffs serve six workers still occupying Vestas plant on Isle of Wight with warrant giving them 24 hours to leave.
Police keep watch outside Vestas Wind Systems in Newport, Isle of Wight. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA
Six men who have been barricaded inside Britain’s only major wind turbine factory for more than two weeks have been warned they will be evicted tomorrow.
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Bailiffs visited the Vestas Wind Systems plant, outside Newport on the Isle of Wight, to tape a warrant notice on a window facing into the building for the occupying workers to see. It gave them 24 hours’ notice to leave and set an eviction deadline of midday tomorrow.
One of the six remaining occupiers, Ian Terry, said: “They had stuck it up nicely in a place we could see.”
Vestas obtained a repossession order from Newport county court on Tuesday, more than a fortnight after 25 employees began a sit-in to try to save the factory from closure with the loss of more than 600 jobs.
Their action has seen trade unionists and climate change campaigners join forces to maintain a vigil outside the plant, where many protesters have set up a permanent camp.
A larger police presence was reported on the industrial estate today as the eviction notice was served, but so far the interaction between officers and campaigners has been good-natured.
The men remaining in the factory called on supporters to gather tomorrowmorning in advance of the arrival of the bailiffs.
Meanwhile some of those who left premises earlier in the week have travelled to the mainland to take their message around the country. A protest will be held tonight outside the department of energy and climate change in London.
Phil Thornhill, of the Campaign Against Climate Change, said: “Just when we need a huge expansion in renewable energy they are closing down the largest wind turbine factory in the UK.
“The government has spent billions bailing out the banks, and £2.3bn in loan guarantees to support the UK car industry. They can and should step in to save the infrastructure we are really going to need to prevent a climate catastrophe.”