Brixton squatters strike again! New activist message goes up on Acre Lane

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We here at Brixton Buzz have grown rather fond of our local persistent squatters, who have proved ready and willing to take over empty/derelict buildings and then decorate them with versions of their much travelled political banner.

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Their latest and most comprehensive effort can be seen in Acre Lane, with the multi coloured banner referencing some of the issues affecting communities in the area.

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The banner reads:

Squatting: If it was good enough for Olive Morris then it’s good enough for us. F*** the council, property vultures and those who threaten our social housing, community spaces and trading places: Brixton Arches, Cressingham Gardens, South Lambeth Libraries, Central Hill, Westbury, Brixton Skate Park, Knights Walk and more.

Brixton doesn’t need more evictions or more social, ethnic and cultural whitewashes.

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Brixton used to have a thriving squatting/housing co-op scene from the 1960s onwards but changes in the squatting laws and the evictions of well-established communities in central Brixton locations like Rushcroft Road, Clifton Mansions and Carlton Mansions have seen many long term residents displaced.

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Other notable community-based squats in the area included Cooltan Arts, Brixton Arts Co-op, The 121 Centre and St Agnes Place. More recently, squats have been evicted in Loughborough Junction, Gresham Road and, controversially, Walton Lodge in Coldharbour Lane (above).

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[Sign outside Gresham Road squat, June 2016]

Much of Brixton’s squats were evicted after occupying empty residential properties was made illegal in September 2012, although non-residential squatting in empty buildings is still legal, despite the shameful efforts of Streatham MP Chuka Umunna and Lambeth Leader Lib Peck to change the law.

Source – Brixton Buzz

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One comment on “Brixton squatters strike again! New activist message goes up on Acre Lane
  1. amon says:

    there is always going to be a section of society that will not be able to live like normal folk so cant work and pay rent / mortgages and the government must provide homes for them look at all the empty flats on the Heygate southwark se1 give them to the homeless