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Birmingham Social Centre Reclaimed for Community

indy | 09.03.2005 00:51 | Education | Free Spaces | Social Struggles | Birmingham

After 6 months of occupation, the squatted Nursery Social Centre in Birmingham is to be voluntarily vacated by the occupying Collective, after they convinced the council to hand over the building to a community project [see report].

After resisting three eviction attempts [video] [pics] the Collective have agreed to move on to pastures new on the condition that the building be returned to social use by the council. The Collective felt, along with local people, that the building should not be left empty again. Birmingham City Council has finally arranged for the RITE Project (which works with young people excluded from the education system) to use the building until 2006. The building is then due to be demolished, pending a public enquiry, as part of the controversial Bristol Road expansion. The Collective are keen to point out that the social use of the building would not be on the council agenda if they had not taken Direct Action, highlighting the misuse of public buildings by local authorities.

Meanwhile the fight in London to return St. George's Theatre in Tuffnel Park to community use contines [see Latest Updates].

See also Indymedia Free Spaces Section

Community Direct Action Santas deliver the goods!
Community Direct Action Santas deliver the goods!



Remembering Steve Wheeler

09.03.2005 22:48

Pictured on the right of the photo is Steve Wheeler who sadly died on New Years Day 2005 after a long battle with cancer.

He was an indefatiguable activist, involved in Friends of the Earth, Amnesty, anti-war and anti-racist campaigns, solidarity for the Palestinian people, and most recently the local campaign for the Bournbrook Nursery Social Centre.

He will be missed by many.

We couldn't have done it without you Steve - thanks for all the memories mate :0)

Nursery Social Centre Collective