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amy

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Help stop the destruction of Soho
« on: 05 December 2013, 11:02:41 pm »
From the ECP:

Dear Friends,

A massive six-story development with an airport like lounge and heliport is being proposed at Walkers Court in the heart of Soho (see photo below). The decision on this development is taking place at Westminster Council planning committee on Tuesday 10 December.

A development of this kind will change the very character of the area, wreck the lively diverse community there and lead to the eviction of sex workers from walk-up flats. Residents and small independent business will be particularly affected.

Possibly connected to this development, 200 police raided and closed 20 flats in Soho on the evening of 4 December. Both the police and Westminster Council claim that the action was to save victims of trafficking. None of the women we are in touch are trafficked and they feel strongly that this is being used as an excuse to target them. Women are now fighting to defend their rights to work in safety and support their families.

The raids, like the bedroom tax and benefit cap, are socially cleansing Soho for the super rich.

Please take action now:

1.     Before Tuesday 10 December, write to the Head of the Planning Committee Robert Davis rdavis@westminster.gov.uk with your objections.

2.     Join us at the planning committee meeting on Tuesday 10 December 6.30pm at City Hall, 17th floor, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6PQ to demonstrate your objections.

3.     Sign the petition to stop the eviction and prosecution of sex workers.
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Re: Help stop the destruction of Soho
« Reply #1 on: 07 December 2013, 05:54:56 pm »
What effect has the recent raids had on this development? Would you be of the opinion that any further action from activists in writing would be that affective considering this?

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Re: Help stop the destruction of Soho
« Reply #2 on: 12 December 2013, 02:55:43 am »
I am really sorry to hear about this. A little late now but have there been developments?