We’re really happy to hear about other housing groups taking direct action and squatting empty buildings to make their point.
Last night saw the start of a brand new occupation near us, in Lambeth. From the occupiers’ own website (which can be found here):
“Yesterday, an empty flat in Elveden House on the Guinness Trust estate in Brixton was by occupied in protest at the evictions that many residents on the estate are threatened with.
The plan is to keep the occupation running as long as possible so please spread the word and come down to visit and support. You can find us at 82 Elveden House, Loughborough Park, Brixton, SW9 8NN (about 10 minutes walk from Brixton tube – map and directions on the site). And check out our wishlist in case you can help with anything we need.
‘Shorthold’ tenants – many have been there for ten years and longer – are facing eviction to make way for Guinness to demolish the estate and build luxury apartments which will go on sale at full market rate. Of course none of the tenants being evicted can afford to buy the new flats and are facing leaving London, jobs, schools, friends and their community to find somewhere affordable to live. But many residents are saying no and refusing to go.
The occupation is part of the campaign to support those residents who are demanding from Guinness Trust:
- NO EVICTIONS
- REHOUSE ALL ‘SHORTHOLD’ TENANTS IN SECURE LOCAL SOCIAL HOUSING
If you can’t make it down (or even if you can), please sign the petition and help spread the word.”