Staines, Middx. Tue 22 Sep 2015
The centre closed down finally around 8 years ago, though it had been run down for some years
The occupiers had put their lock on the door in July, but only moved in full-time after the eviction of the
Runnymede Eco-village. A sign says 'Welcome Runnymede Refugees'
Surrey County Council want to sell off the whole site for redevelopment, but the building range is Grade II listed
a noticeboard lists some of the things they intend to set up here as well as meetings and some instructions
They hope to have a free cafe, a free library and events and workshops
The Squat Guidelines lay down rules for the squat, including how to talk to police - from a first floor window
There is a large empty space with a large mirror - the ballroom
and many smaller teaching spaces and offices
As well as a computer room which seems to have been used to dispose of old cabinets
The reception area
And the domestic science room.
Staines and neighbouring Stanwell are very much more a part of London
than Surrey, with similar demographics
Although electorally a strongly Conservative area there has been considerable
disaffection among local party
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