18 Jun

In the office at the back

From the street, it doesn’t look like we are doing much with the building since the nightmare of the squatter problem and the damage they caused.  The truth is we are having to do a lot of the paper work again.paperwork2

The damage to the building made it even more unusable than before and we have had to lock the doors for the time being.  We have had planning permission approved and we have been working closely with the architect on the steps forward.

We are also looking into various funding application with help from some  friends to raise the capital for the new build.  I will try and keep you posted with any news but sometimes there isn’t any 🙁

Also the tv program which explores problems with tenants that interviewed us and talked about the squatters we had is coming to channel 5.  Here is a quick advert for the show.

27 Feb

Squatters & the Rest

Haven’t posted up here for a while as we have been busy trying to organise the plans for planning permission (never mind the ongoing day to day activities of the work that Phoenix Community Care is involved in).  We were quite excited about the planning permission going into the council but the week we post them our building got squatted.eviction

I have always (personally) had a lot of time for squatters when buildings are not getting used and sit there for years but I was quite surprised by the response of these so called “squatter”s.

Went with the police at beginning of February and they seemed to not realise that we were a charity and promised that they would move on in the next few days.  Ah yes I was right about the general squatters community being friendly and wanting not to cause social community groups any harm….  This was not the case when we went to see them leave.  We arrived 5 days later to see two other people that we hadn’t met before who said that are not willing to leave and that we should house them.  They didn’t like our charity or us and so we would have to look into solicitors and pay money to remove them. Charming!

They were quite rude a few days later to one of our staff who went to collect some furniture from the building.  This rudeness which I won’t detail here (save the typing of such ugly behaviour) was the last straw and so the court proceedings would be the only way to follow.  A few in the local community have offered vigilante groups and heavy bods (they shall not be named) but we felt it was safer to go the legal route (obviously but still tempting).  These people have given the squatter community a bad name and hope that the wider community of squatters address these people who have crossed the line.

We have the help of a great solicitor who has served the papers this morning and we shall be removing the squatters soon.  Hopefully we will be back to fundraising for the building by the end of March with Planning permission granted (posted to council two weeks ago).

We still are excited even though we have these set backs but keep supporting and if you have any ideas or thoughts then please come back to us.

28 Jul

Signs & Wonders

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The Architect

There seems to be so many signs that we are doing the right things.  Whatever your walk in life (in terms of faith, spirituality or zombie) there seems to be so many signs that this project is right for Tottenham and the right time.  We looked over a few buildings over the years to do things that are similar to this but it feels that the relationships we have made, the right building being available now and the rebuilding of Tottenham after the bad press of recent years has come at a perfect time.

People have been so encouraging and we have been offered time, furniture, contacts, advice and funding application help from people that we have met or just the odd passer by.  People are generally excited about the project even if they haven’t quite got their head around what it is (I think this makes it organic?).

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