The future of up to 30 Brixton businesses – many who have been here for decades – was thrown into doubt earlier this week when Network Rail announced it would be refurbishing the arches between Atlantic Road, Brixton Station Road and Pope’s Road.
Tenants were told they would have to vacate in six months with no guarantee they could return – especially as rents look set to drastically increase.
The petition, which calls on landlords Network Rail to immediately halt the planned evictions and start a full consultation with local businesses and residents, quickly attracted a huge number of signatures.
Most say they don’t want to see the current shops go as they are “part of the heart of Brixton” and don’t want to see them replaced by chain stores.
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