UK Free Spaces Newswire Archive
25-01-2012 12:43Eviction threats against Occupy Liverpool.
23-01-2012 14:14UK Uncut and associated members of the 99% have decided that in light of recent news about corporate tax avoidance it is only right to make our voice heard and make sure we are not left out of these lunch meetings. As such we will host a lunch meeting in the city with a major corporation.
Heh - in Tank of an Idea (Part 1) we told you there was more to come on the dodgy relationship between Occupy Justice and Mastcraft Limited. Our friends at Corporate Watch have been digging about and what they have found, leads them to ask What would Mastcraft gain from agreement with Occupy Justice?
It seems that ideas of turning the old court house into a centre known as the Community Courthouse Iniative, ran into trouble when Hackney Council applied strict planning conditions on the listed building. The project felt it could only attempt to meet these restrictions, which added to already costs, if they were given a written commitment by the Metropolitan Police Authority to sell them the building should they clear Hackney's hurdles. The MPA refused to play and the innovative scheme was duly scuttled. This lead to the building being placed on the market, and duly snapped up by Mastcraft, with plans to turn it into a luxury hotel.
20-01-2012 11:39Today squatters and supporters will be marching through Brighton's streets. Three Squats are due in court as the owners of the buildings try and regain possession.
18-01-2012 16:29Occupy lsx tweet 4:19pm
"...Lindblom allows for 7 days stay of execution. No enforcement before Friday 27th 16:00..."
16-01-2012 13:44Two court hearings have been set for Occupy Sheffield, the first one this Wednesday, 18th January at 10 am when the owner of the Salvation Army Citadel on Cross Burgess Street, Tandem Properties Limited, will claim possession of the property. The second on Thursday 26th January at 10:30am when the Cathedral will also claim possession of the property where Occupy Sheffield is located.
Justice), in which a disused Court House was taken over with the intention of
holding a mock trial of the Banking system. The owners of the Old Street based
courthouse, Mastcraft (Old Street) Ltd were, unlike the Church, quick to start
proceedings against the occupiers determined that nothing should interfere in there
pursuit of profit redeveloping the site into a 162 bedroom luxury hotel.
At court the Occupiers for reasons as yet unclear, negotiated with Mastcraft and in
full agreement with the Court were granted leave to stay in the building until the
23rd of January, when full possession would be granted for Mastcraft (Old Sreet)
One of the key concerns for us at this stage is to minimise any expense to the taxpayer. We hoped that the above route would mean that the Council would not need to spend unnecessary money on a legal battle. Occupy Bristol therefore decided not to legally contest the proceedings today.
09-01-2012 19:21There are over 1 million empty properties in the UK, 350,000 of these have been vacant for over a year. Money is being spent on keeping these places empty with no benefit to communities and with negative devaluation of properties in the surrounding area. Criminalising squatting in the middle of a housing crisis, as the Con-Dem government plan to do, is only going to make matters worse.
URGENT CALL OUT FOR HELP! POLICE HAVE SURROUNDED THE NEW LOCATION! THE NEW LOCATION IS THE OLD CHURCH IN PRESTON STREET (OFF DALE STREET BY MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS LIVERPOO[L] CITY CENTRE). WE URGENTLY NEED AS MANY PEOPLE TO GET DOWN THERE ASAP! PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN
- Occupy Liverpool https://www.facebook.com/OccupyLiverpool/posts/249099251830522
08-01-2012 15:30Although it is hard to hear what is really happening on the ground in U$A, it appears that recently there has been an increase in squatting in cities across the United States. Obviously, squatting is often a covert activity, but it seems that a few factors have dovetailed to facilitate the emergence of a new, public squatting movement. This short article will provide a background to these events and a report of the actions which we have heard about. Hopefully these are merely the tip of the iceberg....
02-01-2012 19:19At Southwark Notes website, we have been writing a lot about the gentrification of Southwark in London for over ten years. As part of our active research project, we have spent some time looking at the role of art, artists and notion of the 'creative class' as it fits into the different models of gentrification.
28-12-2011 11:03Early on 28th December 2011 the long abandoned Salvation Army Citadel on Cross Burgess Street, Sheffield, was occupied and renamed the Citadel Of Hope.