Occupy London has left the office block it took over at the weekend, after finding out that it was indeed in the process of renovation for domestic use.
The group issued a statement on its website this morning (23 January 2012), and said that it had talked with building workers and nearby residents about the issue.
OLSX declared: "Having recently occupied Roman House, owned by Berkeley Homes - in turn part-owned by Lloyds TSB and the Egerton Capital hedge fund – Occupy London was contacted by individual workers employed by Berkeley Homes who were concerned for their job security as it transpired they were recently employed to help renovate the building."
"In light of these discussions, yesterday evening it was decided to leave the building.
"We trust that Berkeley Homes will ensure that their redevelopment of the site will make adequate provision for affordable housing. According to Shelter, the City only provides 6% of the affordable housing it needs, leaving it near the bottom of theLondonleague table.
"In the past 24 hours, the occupation of Roman House in the Barbican in the City of London focused attention, once again, on the refusal of the City ofLondonCorporation to open its accounts to full public scrutiny, a basic duty accepted by every other public authority in the country.
"Response from local residents was tremendous with some coming up to occupiers to wish them support and find out more," said OLSX.
More on Occupy London: http://occupylsx.org/