UK Newswire Archive
23 July, 2006
The Cottage of Content, a community and youth centre in Sparkbrook closed by Birmingham City Council last year, was occupied on 9 July, 2006, by a group of activists, who, along with local people, aim to put the building back into community use.
Since the start of the occupation, the collective who organised the take-over have been issued with various letters from Birmingham City Council demanding they vacate the premises. The latest letter received was a court summons, scheduled for Thursday, 24 August. Members of the Collective are planning to defend their actions and the occupation of the Cottage at the hearing, which is taking place at Birmingham Civil Justice Centre (33 Bull Street, Birmingham) at 11:20am.
The first public meeting of the Cottage Occupied Social Centre took place on 10th July, 2006, where the occupiers and members of the neighbourhood expressed their common desire for the place to be returned to public social use. A petition to "save our community centre from property developers" was drawn up and circulated in the neighbourhood. This was followed by a general public meeting on 21 August, where local residents expressed their anger at the loss of a valuable community resource without being consulted by the Council, and their desire to have it back. There will be another general meeting on 29 August, where representatives from the Council, local Councillors and the local MP will be invited to face the local people.
Whilst building up a campaign to compel the Council to re-instate this valuable community resource, the space is being used for a wide range of activities, from DIY and educational workshops, screenings and socials, a community library and Internet café, to a meeting place for various grassroots groups, including Birmingham Food Not Bombs, Birmingham NoBorders, Indymedia Birmingham, Women Fight Back, Birmingham Solidarity Federation and the West Midlands Anarchists. A local playgroup is also using the building to meet up regularly, and a local dominoes team is going to meet up there soon. Regular, open meetings are held every Monday at 7:30pm.
23-08-2006 11:38I am absolutely sick and tired of being treated like a mushroom... kept in the dark and fed shit by the politicians who are ruining this wonderful nation of England. It's not a conspiracy folks... it's a pattern. Simple maths taught me to recognise the patterns from learning the two times tables to advanced calculus. The bastards dumn down the education system, gag the media and then its a free for all where corruption is concerned. Who will question when the children are not taught to reason and read? Who can do the maths of how many billions of pounds these arseholes have stolen from the English public? How many children have been slaughtered at their hands, paid for and funded by our tax dollars? It's time to wake up folks and smell the coffee - CORRUPTION has a stank all of its own.
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