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Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 22:53:12 +0100
From: londonscn@riseup.net

Colchester Radical Social Centre need Help!
Colchester Radical Collective - Colchester Radical Centre
87 East Hill,
Tel: 0798 6654 583

Dear All,

Hi. As you may know, a bunch of us have taken over a huge complex of disused buildings in central Colchester, Essex. We are setting up a social centre, with cafe nights, music, kids space, discussions and more!

We have been in these are beautifull old buildings, which are grade 11 listed, for a few weeks. They have been left empty for years by Capita Insurance Services, big friends of New Labours Private Finance Initiative (PFI). This corporation want to turn them into posh flats, demolish out-buildings, and capitalise on the prime building land. But they have been unable to get planning permission for this! - Presumably cos their plan is shit!

So the buildings have been left empty! Until we came along...We have won the support of neighbours and passers by by painting, decorating, gardening, tidying up - making the place look warm and loved, a place for the community. With Capita Insurance's negligence they had been an eyesore, sad and empty.

Now Capita Insurance are taking us to court this Friday for an interim possession order, but we hope to challenge them in court cos they've got their facts wrong. Friday 23rd Aug. 9.30am Colchester County Court, Southway. Come along for a visit soon and support us. 'Happy John' from the Dairy says it is very pleasant in Colchester at this time of year! Would a bunch of you come over and help out? You would be very welcome! And there is loads of spare rooms! A room each! It big enough to be a free squat hotel!

Also, pass this message on to the LARC at Deptford. We hope to still be in the building on Bank Holiday Monday, and be a part of the Colchester Free Festival, which is around the corner (literally). Come over for fun and frolics!

Getting Here from London. It's easy - just up the road!

Cheers, Look forward to seeing you,

From Larry and the Colchester Radical Collective.

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