Poplar Squatters Evicted For Christmas

By Lindsey Last edited 102 months ago
Poplar Squatters Evicted For Christmas

Homeless shelters might be even more packed than usual this Christmas as around 300 squatters are due to be evicted from a block of flats that have stood empty for 3 years in Poplar today. Tower Hamlets say that the squatters, which include families, have been encouraged to "engage with the council's Homeless and Housing Advice Service to discuss their housing options" but carrying out the eviction, 2 weeks before Christmas seems Grinch plus Scroodge in the anti-festive stakes.

Last Updated 10 December 2009


TowerHamlets only cleared the original tenants between August & November 2008. It has been vacant one year, not three. Police formed a cordon surrounding the entire 6 storey 90 flat block as TowerHamlets council officers moved in to the flats. A police helicopter circled overhead as they moved through the 90 flats. Construction workers have now moved in to begin securing the site with metal linked fences.

The building itself was sold to the construction group Bellway in April 2009 who plan to demolish it in order to further landscape the park which is sits in and create a new public canalside picnic and recreation area. This forms one of their local commitments under their plans for the 'New Frontier Quarter' development awaiting planning permission at the opposite end of the Park.


Is "New Frontier Quarter" the old Blessed John Roche School site? Planning permission has been delayed, with the Council seeking further consultation, I heard.