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Carlton Mansions co-op in Brixton comes under pressure

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  2. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat vote proletaricat democracy

    :mad:

    story in the SLP about somewhere similar last week - seems to be current policy
     
  3. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    and, thanks to that story, I now know what 'short-life' means
     
  4. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Brixton Bugle (the paper version of Brixton Blog is coming out Friday morning. They give it out early outside the Tube station.

    Thanks editor for your piece.

    I appreciate the help of Ed and Zoe. Zoe spent most of last Saturday with us. She has done profile and piece on the Mansions. Its going to be on front page.

    I'm not a great one for publicity but Coops back is against the wall.
     
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  5. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

    I wish them well but fear they'll end up like me and many,many other shortlifers and be scattered around Lambeth,if indeed they are offered suitable rehousing at all.
     
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  6. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    If they do go down, they may as well go down fighting.
     
  7. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    FFS :mad: Good luck with this Gramsci, and all the other residents.
     
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  8. nagapie

    nagapie Well-Known Member

    God I hate Lambeth. Good luck, Gramsci. Let the boards know if there's anything the rest of us can do.
     
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  9. Fenian

    Fenian let us rise

    Ed has made a good point about the Council's opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to supporting resilient communities on this one. Certainly all - all - residents of Carlton Mansions could be reassured their continued contrition to the Borough will be maintained, and that they will not be threatened with homelessness.
     
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  10. shifting gears

    shifting gears Well-Known Member

    Really sorry to hear this, Lambeth Council are total weasels

    Keep us all in the loop on this thread and if there are meetings etc to follow etc maybe we can help drum up numbers and support
     
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  11. BJM2012

    BJM2012 So Fucking Vibrant

    Bear in mind that as a result of the 2011 Housing Commission report, one of the agreed recommendations was to do all it could to retain at least a dozen properties for exactly the type of thing the CM Coop already does.
     
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  12. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baŠĻČned: All

    Is there an electronic copy of this fire certificate? I'd be happy to take a semi-professional look at it and see howun/reasonable it is.
     
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  13. zenie

    zenie >^^<

    Glad this is getting some coverage.
     
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  14. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Brixton Bugle came out this morning. The pdf version can be accessed here. The Mansions is on front page. Inside is profile and editorial.

    Zoe has put a lot of work into this at short notice.

    Brixton Blog
     
  15. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Thanks Crispy will bear this in mind. We have had some advice on it to try and counter Councils argument that it means we should leave.

    To be clear this was initiated by officers without referring the issue to Cllrs first. The Cllrs knew about it the same time as the Mansions did.
     
  16. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter edge of heaven

    Everyone was reading the Bugle in Albert back garden last night and everyone was fuming about the situation. You have a lot of support out there. :)
     
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  17. el-ahrairah

    el-ahrairah forward communism, forward gerbils!

    good luck guys. happy to help out if there is anything useful i can do.
     
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  18. shygirl

    shygirl Well-Known Member

    Its sickening. As posts above, happy to help out. Btw, Gramsci, still got that print of Carlton Mansions for you.
     
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  19. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    It's bad news but is it temporary?
     
  20. free spirit

    free spirit more tea vicar?

    what exactly are the fire safety issues quoted?

    my dad lectures fire safety law, I could get him to have a look at whatever they sent.
     
  21. Vibrant-Hubb

    Vibrant-Hubb Well-Known Member

    Regarding lack of "compartmentalisation". Many converted properties have this problem and are not emptied of residents. Most converted houses have wooden floors and few, if any, fire doors. This problem is overcome by fire safety systems - smoke and heat detectors and alarms (all interconnected). That way - despite the lack of "compartmentalisation" the bulding is still safe because a highly sensitised fire alarm system allows enough escape time.
     
  22. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf Magnum fairy

    me too
     
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  23. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    No. Council want building emptied. Then left empty until the Somerleyton theatre scheme goes ahead. ie the Theatre. Which would be not for another two years.

    Coop had told the Council they would not hold up the scheme and would agree to move when the building is needed for the new development on Somerleyton road.
     
  24. nagapie

    nagapie Well-Known Member

    Where's the petition, or are you waiting to confirm that they don't have a leg to stand on about this fire thing?
     
  25. free spirit

    free spirit more tea vicar?

    If this fire issue doesn't hold water, then this would surely be an illegal eviction wouldn't it?

    obviously I've not seen the letter or the terms of your contract with the council, but assuming that is the case, then I'd expect you could take out some sort of legal holding action against the council eviction until the fire safety situation is resolved one way or the other.
     
  26. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    Why do they want it vacant two years early? Convenience and certainty I suppose.
     
  27. Fenian

    Fenian let us rise

    Good to see all support
     
  28. OvalhouseDB

    OvalhouseDB Well-Known Member

    Which is a situation that Ovalhouse found positive and helpful.
    Very upsetting position for the residents.
    And no advantage to the progress of the development, but this has come from housing, not regen.
    I really hope something can be sorted out.
    Sorry, posting from my phone so brief.
     
  29. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter edge of heaven

    I understand there is a court hearing tomorrow morning - I don't know any more details. Can't believe this is happening so quickly.

    Good luck all.
     
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  30. boohoo

    boohoo Part-time Cat

    Please can people write to their Councillors about this. We have received the request this afternoon to attend court tomorrow morning. We have had no time to prepare and they have had a limited communication with us.
     
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