Possible eviction tomo? The struggle against gentrification in St Paul's?

by linda
on Monday 03 Nov 2008

type: Announcement
topic: Community
region: Bristol
...People will carry on squatting and for a load of different reasons. Because they are desperate and need a place to stay, or because they are passionate about wanting to live outside the crazy logic of spending life working to pay rent, or many other reasons in between.
The question with this one is...What about this house on Ashley Road? It has been defended once, but if I'm not mistaken they may well attempt another eviction tomorrow.
It's clear from this article
that the response to the attempted, illegal eviction and the press interest that has been generated in to P4Ps activities, has made them begin a charm offensive.
As the comments suggest, there are still loads of easy stereotypes about squatters that will be made. All of us that are worried about the impact that developers are having on our communities, the bail outs of banks with public money and the rising cost of living to us all, while the rich at the top cream all the profits, should put aside any doubts about whether these people living in a building abandoned for three years are 'right' to live there. And instead think about how they are making a stand for the whole community. It's a tricky issue but I would rather see work delayed a few more weeks, and a proper debate about what these housing associations are up to. We should all unite in the demand that we don't want any more of our public assets sold off. They are not the ones delaying affordable housing in Bristol. That's what the whole crazy property market has been doing in Bristol and the whole country for years!