NEW SOCIAL JUSTICE CENTRE AND CAMPAIGN OFFICE OPENS
Justice not Crisis are continuing to hold the Firebird Social Centre whilst launching an appeal against the Eviction order of yesterday more details to follow …
We have also secured 3 derelict houses at 310 – 314 Pershore Road Edgbaston and have commenced setting up a new social centre and home for 6 homeless people. We gained entry via an open door and window today at 11am in the presence of the press. The owner has been notified and we have had our first visit from West Midlands Police. The Police initially had a concern of an alleged criminal damage but were satisfied there had been no forced entry and left shortly after.
These houses 3 large semi detached period houses lie on the Pershore Road just before the Priory Road (Out of City Side) and have been empty for many years. They are controversially scheduled to be demolished for an extended Car Park for the Edgbaston County Cricket Ground. This development supported by Birmingham City Council will see the demolition of several houses to expand Car Parks etc for the Cricket ground and has been opposed vigorously by local residents who have already supported our action.
It is totally wrong to demolish residential properties when we have as many homeless people and 30,000 on waiting lists in this City. We will support local residents in their battle and remain here while negotiations take place. We have further sites to look including Council sites as our campaign gathers momentum and support.