Focusing attention on eyesore site
IT IS not often that squatters win much public sympathy.
But we suspect that the group of activists calling themselves the Greenbank Greenspace may find a sizeable degree of support for their actions, after taking over the former ambulance station site which has become an eyesore.
Unusually for people in their situation, the 15-strong group has said that they intend to clean up the derelict site. Even better for local people, the squatters have said they want to turn the land into an area the whole community can be proud of. All of which will be music to the ears of Greenbank residents, who have grown increasingly frustrated after seeing the patch of land used for anti social behaviour and drug-taking over the last few years. The Longfield House site has been left derelict for more than a decade after being bought by German supermarket giant Aldi, and despite pleas for action to develop it the area has been left to deteriorate. While some people may condemn the actions of the squatters for taking over land which does not belong to them, others will perhaps applaud their actions.
It would be ironic if this takeover by squatters finally led to this problem patch of land being put to better use. If nothing else, their 'sit-in' will focus attention on a situation which has been allowed to drift on without resolution for far too long.
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