Peckham arts centre being evicted

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  • When we last wrote about Peckham's Spike Surplus arts and community centre – here - they were rising funds to challenge Southwark Council's determination to close them down. Well, they lost that fight in December sadly, and this morning the police and bailiffs moved in.

    Sandy was kicked out of the centre at 7am along with his colleagues. 'There are 30 of us locked outside, the bailiffs are inside. We've been told they will smash everything up so we can't move back in.'

    The group were handed an eviction notice in December and were promised that they would be given two weeks' notice before it was enforced so they could find alternative premises in Peckham to continue their work - which includes a recording studio and post-production room that is hired out to budding musicians at a low rate, massage and yoga rooms, and space for local artists to exhibit their work.

    However, Sandy says that despite this agreement and without informing the Spike residents, Southwark went to the high court to obtain an injunction and then turned up unexpectedly this morning. 'We were fully prepared to move out, we're not a squat. But the council wasn't interested in having a dialogue.'

    Photograph by Fil Kaler

     

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