Brixton, London. Mon 19 Sep 2016
Network Rail and Lambeth Council want to evict the small local businesses from the Railway arches, some of
whch have been serving the community for as long as anyone can remember. The sites will be refurbished
and the rents trebled, so the new Atlantic Road 'Village' will be home to 'Loads of bland, overpriced, soulless branded shops that nobody wants'.
Brixton Station mural
Many businesses have already been evicted. A few have found other premises locally.
Graffiti on the closed shops
'RIP Brixton's Soul' 'What will it be? Another Starbucks?'
'Are you listening Lambeth?' The answer is clearly no. The council wants to be rid of the real Brixton
A few shops remain and fight to survive. Budget Carpets was due to be evicted today, but protesters came to stop it
and for the moment the eviction was put off.
Simon Elmer from ASH talks with Cllr Rachel Heywood who has supported protests
against her party who run the counci over the closure of libraries and other cuts and the
fight to save Brixton Arches.l
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