Squatters behind Brighton cafe plan evicted

Squatters behind cafe plan evicted

Squatters behind cafe plan evicted

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Squatters who were hoping to change the perception of their actions have been evicted.

The group had occupied a premises on the corner of Upper St James Street and Bedford Street in Brighton.

Naming it the Black Star Cafe, the squatters promised the commercial property would be opened as a “temporary social centre” and cafe.

But they were evicted from the former shop, which they had decorated with an anarchy symbol, just hours before their planned grand opening.

One of the squatters, only known as John, confirmed to the Argus the squat had been evicted by the landlord.

But he said the collective were hoping to do a similar project elsewhere in the city and were looking for a new location.

A series of notes had been put up in the windows of the shop promising the cafe and announcing the squatters’ presence to the community.

One of the notes, titled “hello neighbour”, said: “First off we apologise for any disturbance caused... and hope that we can have a positive relationship in the short time we are here. We will keep noise to a minimum.”

It added: “This is a drug-free zone.”

Another note asked “What is a Squatter?” before explaining “unless you personally know someone who squats, there’s a good chance most things you believe to know about us are in fact myths and stereotypes pushed by the corporate media to dehumanise and distance squatters from the rest of the public”.

It invited people to enter the premises to chat to the squatters.

The offence of squatting in a residential building carries a maximum penalty of six months’ imprisonment, a fine of up to £5,000, or both.

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7:33am Tue 15 Apr 14

hyram77 says...

The squatters were probably evicted as according to the agents board the premises have been let. This will be to a tenant who pays the rent along with business rates and utility bills. This is how things work in the real world John. If all squatters were as considerate as this bunch though public perception would be greatly improved.
The squatters were probably evicted as according to the agents board the premises have been let. This will be to a tenant who pays the rent along with business rates and utility bills. This is how things work in the real world John. If all squatters were as considerate as this bunch though public perception would be greatly improved. hyram77
  • Score: 33

4:43pm Tue 15 Apr 14

therealdsg says...

Actually met a few of this lot as we're currently in the process of setting up a new letting agent at no.31 and they seemed fine - no noise and pleasant enough. Shame they couldn't open as would have created a bit of buzz in the area and if they were genuine in their ideas it might have shown the true side of squatting as opposed to the nasty side that you hear about.
Actually met a few of this lot as we're currently in the process of setting up a new letting agent at no.31 and they seemed fine - no noise and pleasant enough. Shame they couldn't open as would have created a bit of buzz in the area and if they were genuine in their ideas it might have shown the true side of squatting as opposed to the nasty side that you hear about. therealdsg
  • Score: 5

8:55pm Tue 15 Apr 14

KarenT says...

therealdsg wrote:
Actually met a few of this lot as we're currently in the process of setting up a new letting agent at no.31 and they seemed fine - no noise and pleasant enough. Shame they couldn't open as would have created a bit of buzz in the area and if they were genuine in their ideas it might have shown the true side of squatting as opposed to the nasty side that you hear about.
Awww, they were "fine and not noisy". I wish I could live or work rent-free cuz I'm "fine and not noisy" (which I am). How terribly unfair...
[quote][p][bold]therealdsg[/bold] wrote: Actually met a few of this lot as we're currently in the process of setting up a new letting agent at no.31 and they seemed fine - no noise and pleasant enough. Shame they couldn't open as would have created a bit of buzz in the area and if they were genuine in their ideas it might have shown the true side of squatting as opposed to the nasty side that you hear about.[/p][/quote]Awww, they were "fine and not noisy". I wish I could live or work rent-free cuz I'm "fine and not noisy" (which I am). How terribly unfair... KarenT
  • Score: -4

8:57pm Tue 15 Apr 14

KarenT says...

I think Rightmove should have a "fine and not noisy" filter, for both residential and commercial properties... I can just see it now - landlords falling over each other to agree a lease with me...
I think Rightmove should have a "fine and not noisy" filter, for both residential and commercial properties... I can just see it now - landlords falling over each other to agree a lease with me... KarenT
  • Score: 0

10:15pm Tue 15 Apr 14

SexualHarassmentPanda says...

Gentrification is pricing out a whole generation and the poor. Jobs are rare as hen's teeth and badly paid. What are people supposed to do?
Gentrification is pricing out a whole generation and the poor. Jobs are rare as hen's teeth and badly paid. What are people supposed to do? SexualHarassmentPanda
  • Score: 5

12:17am Thu 17 Apr 14

KarenT says...

SexualHarassmentPand
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wrote:
Gentrification is pricing out a whole generation and the poor. Jobs are rare as hen's teeth and badly paid. What are people supposed to do?
Stop indiscriminate breeding.
[quote][p][bold]SexualHarassmentPand a[/bold] wrote: Gentrification is pricing out a whole generation and the poor. Jobs are rare as hen's teeth and badly paid. What are people supposed to do?[/p][/quote]Stop indiscriminate breeding. KarenT
  • Score: 1

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