Bailiffs and police have closed off Rushcroft Road this morning as they attempt to evict up to 75 squatters from six mansion blocks in Rushcroft Road, Brixton.
Pictures show wheelie bins set alight, and a heavy police presence on Rushcroft Road this morning. Others have gathered in the street to support the residents as they fight the move.
Two years ago, the eviction of another Brixton squat, Clifton Mansions in Coldharbour Lane, saw a large-scale policing operation to help bailiffs. Residents expect a similarly heavy handed approach to be taken this time, with local shops around Rushcroft Road being warned to expect disruption.
Resident Jake McCarthy said last week: “I am scared about the possibility of a heavy police eviction. This has been our home for 13 years. I don’t see why the council wont accept our offer to set up a housing co-operative- when we have put in the work to make the flats liveable when they left them to rot – now there’s money coming into the area they want them back.”
One long term resident Emma Hodge said last week: “All the properties from previous evictions on Rushcroft Road, nearby Clifton Mansions and a large proportion of Brixton’s original short life housing have been sold as private housing, fetching eye-watering prices.”
Cllr Pete Robbins, cabinet member for housing and regeneration at Lambeth council, told Brixton Blog last week: ”We are taking this action because it is unfair on the thousands of residents in need of housing in Lambeth that a small minority are unlawfully squatting in six mansion blocks on Rushcroft Road and not paying any rent or council tax.”
The council has held housing advice surgeries for the squatters to “understand their housing need, and provide advice and assistance on how that household can secure accommodation in future.”