ALL OUT FOR SWEETS WAY!

The kitchen of the show home

In the last 48 hours, everything has ramped up at Sweets Way for what is likely to be a major confrontation between those who believe in the right to housing and community, and those who would see London cleansed of all but the wealthiest.

Annington has sent in contractors, Cuddy, to prepare the estate for demolition. Fences have begun to be erected around large swathes of the estate and contractors and security guards have begun to more actively intimidate us.

Yesterday two bailiffs, with two policemen in tow, attempted to deliver court orders to occupiers. However, through a strong showing of people power, we sent them away, peacefully preventing the delivery of the notices.

Meanwhile, Mostafa and his family – the last remaining household on Sweets Way – have been told by Barnet Council’s solicitors that High Court bailiffs will be coming to evict the family on Monday morning.

We will do all that we can do to keep Mostafa in his home. He has been through such mistreatment already, with Barnet repeatedly failing to take on their duty of care for him, due to his disability, and we need a very strong presence on Monday morning to send away the highest level of bailiffs the courts can send.

Can you join us to stand up to the bailiffs on Monday morning, 8am at 46 Sweets Way?

In the meantime, we are opening up the estate this weekend to show off the People’s Regeneration Show Home, the independent nation of Sweetstopia and the state of the estate as a whole.

Join us Saturday, 2-5pm for show home tours, and stick around if you can to help prepare for eviction resistance!

This is truly crunch time for the campaign to save our estate. We are up against giants, but we’ve managed to win some crucial victories, in spite of the odds.

That said, we need your help. The days ahead may decide if Sweets Way will continue to exist as more than a memory of its former residents and those it sparked the imagination of, through our refusal to go quietly into the pages of a future history book.

So come down! If our fight has inspired you, come join us this weekend and Monday morning!

We can still win! But it’s up to all of us to prove it!

IT’S TIME TO DEFEND SWEETSTOPIA!

The first passport for the independent state of Sweetstopia

The first passport for the independent state of Sweetstopia

CAN YOU COME VISIT THIS WEEK?

Shortly after we began our occupation of the estate, some other occupiers emerged on the scene. At first we had some tensions, but gradually we have come to see eye-to-eye on the need to keep our homes from being destroyed, in spite of any differences.

The group – though representing a range of views and opinions themselves – number roughly 30 at this point, and have named themselves Sweetstopia. They have gone to great lengths to not only protect a dozen homes, but also to rebuild the damage done by Annington’s contractors, who had ripped out piping and electrics, and smashed up the porcelain in all of our homes, in an attempt to make them unlivable.

The Sweetstopians have made the estate more beautiful, begun growing vegetables, and have been willing to put their bodies in the way to protect our homes.

But now they are under attack, with Annington securing a possession order against them, and its up to all of us to stand with them and make it clear that no planning permission or possession order can justify ripping a community apart.

This coming week is going to be crucial. Any time you can spare to come visit this budding new village will help strengthen them when the bailiffs do arrive.

Whether you’re around to document, to stand up for the estate, or to simply learn more about what is being done, your presence there will be greatly appreciated.

Look for number 95 Sweets Way when you arrive at the estate. Sweetstopia are the houses that are less-ghostly than all the ones that Annington have had their way with!

Join us in stopping the war on Sweetstopia!

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