MASSIVE SUPPORT FOR HOUSING DEMO

Posted on November 1, 2008. Filed under: Housing News |

On Thursday JUSTICE NOT CRISIS and supporters moved on to a piece of council housing land that has been empty for years in protest that the council are preventing the building of socially rented homes on this and many other vacant sites in the city.

The site is totally enclosed by fencing and we have claimed squatters rights. The police have turned up on a number of occasions but are powerless as the matter is a civil trespass and has to be dealt with in the civil courts.

Representatives from Birmingham City Council turned up late on Friday afternoon with letters asking us to leave the land by Monday or they would put us into court. JUSTICE NOT CRISIS are considering this request and we’ll post our answer on this site on Monday 3rd November.

We expected some support but the number of people who have popped down to the camp has been overwhelming. A number of homeless people have turned up and we have found tents for them for the night and they have had a hot meal.

We’ve had press coverage on BBC Midlands Today, Radio WM and in the Birmingham Mail. This morning (Saturday) a freelance photographer turned up having been requested to do so by the national newspapers so we may have made The Times, The Guardian or one of many other papers.

URGENTLY NEEDED

We urgently need bedding, and donations of food, tea, coffee, milk etc. NO ALCOHOL PLEASE.

If you can help in this or any other way or just want to pop down and visit us – the kettle is always on – the camp is at the start of the Pershore Road (city centre end) just after the Lee Bank Middleay (out of city). For full details, directions, maps and bus routes please visit our last page entitled SITE OF HALLOWEEN GATHERING REVEALED.

Finally we would like to thank everyone who has visited, helped or donated. You’ve made a massive difference to the campaign. THANK YOU.

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