Carpenters Estate campaigners occupy UCL
17:53 28 November 2012
Residents and students in support of Carpenters Against Regeneration Plans (CARP) have occupied a room at University College London (UCL).
Campaigners against Newham Council’s plans to build a £1bn university campus on the Carpenters Estate, on the edge of the Olympic Park in Stratford have barricaded themselves into a room on the ground floor of a UCL campus on Gower Street, Euston.
Joe Alexander, CARP’s vice-chair, said there was meant to be a meeting with management at the university but the campaign turned into a ‘rally’ with around 70 students locking themselves in along with CARP’s chair Osita Madu.
They have been ‘occupying’ the UCL for around an hour so far.
Joe said: “We want to tell people that there are people who still live on the estate, it’s half a century old and we still care about this - we’re not just going away.”
A spokesman for UCL denies there is an ‘occupation’, calling the protest a minor disturbance and the “sort of thing that happens a lot”, putting the number of campaigners at around 30.
Newham Council’s cabinet agreed to push ahead with the partnership with UCL last month.