wwecovil.htm - Wandsworth Eco Village
see the Land Is Ours website http://www.oneworld.org/tlio/
sometime I'll put stuff here!
see my notes on the eviction on
15 October 1996 -
The Land Is Ours - 'Pure Genius' Wandsworth Eco Village (1996) - 6 min
- Aug 5, 2008
Wandsworth (Guinness site) In May 1996, 500 TLIO activists occupied 13
acres of derelict land along the banks of the River Thames in
Wandsworth. The land, owned by Guinness, had been vacant for six
years, but was scheduled to be the site of a superstore (the ninth
within a 1.5 mile radius) and luxury apartments. Raised-bed veggie
gardens were planted and a village was constructed of recycled
materials. Locals were involved in building and running the
eco-community, and thousands of folks came to visit. After holding the
"Pure Genius" occupation for almost six months, 150 people on site
were ousted by bailiffs acting for Guinness. The eco-village was
destroyed. Incredibly, Guinness won an Ecology Sponsorship Award in
Geneva the same week that they ordered the eviction.
To: "Diggers email List" firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: [diggers350] Fw: 4th Anniversary of Pure Genius Site
Date: Thursday 4 May 2000 05:32 am
Subject: 4th Anniversary of Pure Genius Site
Date: 03 May 2000 16:21
Calling all non-violent activists - Reclaim your vision and come to
Wandsworth this Friday!!!
Peaceful Pavement Protest - Friday 5th May 12pm - outside old-Guiness site
on York Road, Wandsworth.
Against 5 New 16-Storey Tower Blocks - Planning Policy Precedent along the
banks of the Thames?
4th Anniversary of Pure Genius Site
Friday 5th May is the 4th anniversary of the Pure Genius land occupation.
To mark this occasion, a Peaceful Pavement Protest outside the entrance to
the site at 12.00pm has been organised, which will also be publicising the
imminent threat of high-storey development WHICH MAY LEAD TO A PLANNING
PRECEDENT ALONG THE RIVER THAMES.
On May 17th Wandsworth councillors will decide whether to give the go-ahead
for five new tower blocks on the riverside next to Wandsworth Bridge. Their
planning committee has already recommended a 'FOR' vote. The Land Is Ours
says that plaguing the banks of the River Thames with high-storey
development will be no tall order if this development goes ahead and sets a
planning precedent just before the Mayor acquires Strategic Planning Powers
for riverside buildings on June 1st.
Joint statement by the Battersea Society, Wandsworth Society, Putney
Society, Tonsley residents Association, West London River Group, Planning
Aid for London, Gargoyle Wharf Community Action Group, Thamesbank :
Amenity societies and residents' associations in Wandsworth are almost
unanimously AGAINST for the following reasons :
1.. These buildings would be 16 stories and 191 ft tall, like five new
Montevetros, standing higher than St.John's Hill.
2.. The council's own guidelines state that "building heights should not
generally exceed six storeys" on this stretch of river
3.. IF COUNCILLORS GIVE PLANNING PERMISSION, IT WILL SET A PRECEDENT
WHICH WILL MAKE IT VERY DIFFICULT TO REFUSE PERMISSION TO BUILD TOWER
BLOCKS ON ALL THE REMAINING INDUSTRIAL RIVERSIDE SITES IN BATTERSEA,
WANDSWORTH, PUTNEY AND FULHAM.
4.. We want a cohesive policy for buildings along the Thames, not a
different height for every site. IT WOULD BE BETTER TO WAIT
TILL THE NEW MAYOR OF LONDON ACQUIRES STRATEGIC PLANNING POWERS FOR
RIVERSIDE BUILDINGS ON JUNE 1ST.
5.. This area has one of the country's biggest concentrations of 1960's
tower blocks. Everyone admits they were a mistake. Let's not repeat that
mistake by building tower blocks along the Thames.
We ask you to write to your local councillors and urge them to vote AGAINST
this proposal on May 17th and to insist on A SUBSTANTIAL REDUCTION IN THE
HEIGHT of these buildings before they go ahead.
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Local Contact : Bruce ***
Topsoil & compost**
486 laptop computer with mass processor, modem, 12v printer
Batteries - 12v
Cast iron boiler
Cooking pots - large**
Discs - 3 1/2"
Eco-friendly cleaning materials
First aid equipment
Food and spices - dried goods, rice etc
Fruit - organic
Fruit/nut trees (dwarf)
Glass sheets/windows for greenhouse
Hosepipes and attachments
Kettle - large
Old car tyres
Paint and brushes
Rope and long string
Sitex threaded bar 1/4"
Tea tree oil and other essential oils
Toilet roll - unbleached, recycled, biodegradeable
Tools - axes, matchets, tin snips, spikes, nails. Also gardening
Topsoil & compost**
Violin music for beginners
Visiting healers, yoga teachers etc.
Wood - firewood, building timbers
New Age Radio
May 2000 revisiting
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