Pisgah House - A Sheffield Social Centre for a Week
The long planned
, public occupation of a derelict, University of Sheffield owned, listed building
as a progressive social centre
lasted less than a week after the Sheffield establishment moved swiftly to evict
the squat. Despite the short stay a lot of political activity
took place in Pisgah House and the collective have now moved on
to 10 Northumberland Road
] and the events that were planned
for Pisgah House will now take place there.
The case that the University made against the Pisgah House occupation was overtly political, they were unable to cite complaints about noise or disruption to the residential area or damage to the building to justify the eviction, rather they claimed that the occupation would give a bad impression
to political dignitaries; "there are plans for a number of University Open Days and a visit from the Leader of Sheffield Council and senior Liberal Democrat Party politicians including Lord Ashdown and Nick Clegg during October. The University has concerns that these could be disrupted by the occupation and events stemming from it and a very bad impression given to visitors of the University. This could affect student numbers and University revenue in the future."
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The following has been published:
A New Social Centre Opens in Sheffield
On Thursday 1st October a new squatted social centre
opened in Sheffield on Pisgah House Road in Broomhill. The press release
from the collective who opened it up states that the "social centre is a non-hierarchical, anti-capitalist space based on a number of core principles which reflect the world its organisers want to see: co-operation and mutual aid, openness and inclusion, voluntary participation and shared responsibility."
There are lots of events planned, see the full event listing