Local businesses facing eviction from the arches that run across Brixton’s Atlantic Road and Station Road due to a regeneration project put in place by Network Rail came together this weekend to raise awareness of the problem.
With over 1,000 demonstrators having taken part in the ‘Reclaim Brixton’ march on Saturday 25th April, it was mostly a successful and peaceful protest. However a small number of protestors were removed from the area due to anti-social behaviour.
Save Brixton Arches’ Press Officer, Sara Khan, said: “Brixton has always had a vibrant and diverse community which has experienced regeneration throughout the years. Save Brixton Arches wanted to show true community spirit at Reclaim Brixton and to enable our residents to have a voice.”
It was reported that this small minority had to be removed by police from Lambeth Town Hall and that tear gas was used on a small group after they refused to exit Brixton police station.
An arrest was also made after the front glass window of Foxtons in Brixton Road was smashed.
When asked about the violence reported at the protest, Khan said: “Save Brixton Arches does not condone the use of violence and our protests at Reclaim Brixton were positive, impactful and above all community-led. We are now aware of some of the incidents that took place by a small minority and it is a real shame that the media has chosen to focus on the few negative aspects of the day rather than the overall success of it.”
The event was put together by both residents and traders who claim that the soaring rent prices and regeneration schemes, is driving them out of the area.
“We are truly grateful for all the support we have gained so far and it has given us the strength to keep our campaign going against our evictions by network rail.” Khan added.
To support the cause then join over 22,000 others and sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/network-rail-halt-the-evictions-of-brixton-and-herne-hill-s-beloved-businesses-from-the-railway-arches
Or tweet #savebrixtonarches.