House smashed up by Annington to prevent people from living in it, has been occupied and refurbished by Sweets Way Resists’ families and supporters this week. It is now open to the public.
WHERE? 153 Sweets Way, N20 0NX (near Totteridge and Whetstone tube)
WHEN? Thursday, July 30 (10am – 1pm)
Well it was more-than-a-bit daunting for a few dozen of us to take this on, particularly as very few of us had any experience in the ways of regeneration projects, or even simple DIY. But we got there!
After six intensely-long days of sanding, painting, tiling, sawing, cleaning, plastering, gardening, concrete-pouring, drilling, plumbing, cabinetmaking and more, we are proud to show off the house that we have re-built together!
In less-than-a-week we have been able to throw into question the logic of countless so-called regeneration projects, by highlighting what a community of committed people with found and donated materials can do to address our own housing needs, without relying on private investment and the demolition of perfectly-good homes.
While we won’t claim to have achieved housing refurb perfection at 153 Sweets Way, we think we’ve done a pretty good job of making the house livable – and beautiful – once again, even if it is still missing a few awkward bits-and-bobs. Given the limits on both time (six days) and money (less than £300), we’d LOVE to see campaigners on another estate in London do better! (Seriously – give it a go!)
Here are a few pics of the work-in-progress… Come join us if you can, if you’d like to see how things have ended up at 153 Sweets Way, or if you’d like to learn about how to do a People’s Regeneration of a home on your own estate!
PEOPLE’S REGENERATION SHOW HOME LAUNCH
Thursday, July 30, 10am – 1pm
153 Sweets Way, London, N20 0NX
You can see our press release here.