Squatters claim victory in Lewisham Council houses occupation 10:00am Friday 15th June 2012 in News - By Mark ChandlerJul 9, 2012 1 of 1View SourceSquatters claim victory in Lewisham Council houses occupation
10:00am Friday 15th June 2012 in News - By Mark Chandler
PROTESTORS who occupied five council homes to stop them being auctioned off have claimed victory after the houses were removed from sale.
Squatters from Lewisham People Before Profit took over the homes back in February, claiming they should be used to house families in need.
At the time, Lewisham Council claimed the buildings in Lampmead Road in Lee, Angus Street in New Cross, and Friendly Street, Etta Street and Albyn Street, all in Deptford, would be "uneconomic" to repair.
But now Lewisham mayor Sir Steve Bullock has announced the council will bring the homes back into use afterall, refurbishing them using young people in need of training and employment.
Barbara Raymond from People Before Profit said: "We have argued that renting the homes is the best thing to do. Most people in Lewisham can�t dream of affording to buy a house."
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Here Here, Well done. Lewisham sell off too many of their houses and flats to developers and Housing Associations and get very little back. This is one of the reasons there is a housing problem in Lewisham. The other problem is Bullock!�