Squatters agree to leave JCC building in West Hampstead

A GROUP of squatters who took over a former car showroom in West Hampstead five months ago have agreed to move on. The Jewish Community Centre, which is planning to open its headquarters in the building on the corner of Finchley Road and Lymington Road, w

A GROUP of squatters who took over a former car showroom in West Hampstead five months ago have agreed to move on.

The Jewish Community Centre, which is planning to open its headquarters in the building on the corner of Finchley Road and Lymington Road, won a court order this week which will see the Circle Community move on.

JCC chief executive, Nick Viner, said: "While we disagree with the way they entered our building in the first place, we share with Circle Project a common concern around climate change.

"For our part, now the JCC has its building back, we can begin the preparatory survey work necessary to submit our planning application, with a view to opening our new building in 2011.