As to be expected Yorkshire Foward's central argument resorted to evicting the Trespassers for reasons of Health and Safety, which did not seem to square with their intention to let the current tenant, Adrenalin Studios, remain in the building. However they argued that they will be building a corridor to to the studios, to prevent access to the rest of the building. Yorkshire Forward refused to acknowledge the work that had been done on Matilda by the collective to make the building safer, such as repairing loose windows.
The judge refused to explore issues around the legality of the ownership of the building and was content for this case that Yorkshire Forward were the owners of the building. However he accepted Matilda's point that legal approach taken by Yorkshire Forward was not the right way to proceed. Things at this point were looking hopeful and it continued to be as the judge start to sum up, but then he simply declared that people should not be in the Matilda Street building and that was it, they had to go.
It was great that people had turned out to support those representing the Matilda collective in court, and about ten of us accompanied the representatives in court.