Search

Squatter group Suspenses Property Guardians host community concert at The Doctor Johnson pub in Barkingside

12:18 17 June 2014

Smokey Love (left) and Too Explicit play at a squat gig

Smokey Love (left) and Too Explicit play at a squat gig

Archant

A group of squatters who are attempting to re-open a derelict Grade II listed pub for the community have hailed a concert in the site’s car park a success.

Gee is part of four squatters claiming to be a group called Suspenses Property Guardians (SPG) who entered the Doctor Johnson Pub in Barkinside last monthGee is part of four squatters claiming to be a group called Suspenses Property Guardians (SPG) who entered the Doctor Johnson Pub in Barkinside last month

Suspenses Property Guardians (SPG) put on a two and a half hour concert at the Doctor Johnson Pub in Longwood Gardens, Barkingside on Sunday (15) afternoon, in an attempt to show residents their aims for the venue.

The group has been attempting to strike a deal with owners Cloverton Properties Limited since entering the property in May.

Four men - Marco, from France, Radoslaw, from Poland, French-Moroccan Nabil, and group leader Gee - from Suspenses Property Guardians left the pub six days later as part of their attempts to remain on good terms with Cloverton Properties Limited.

Gee, 41, said the positive reaction of residents living near the pub, many of whom were contacted by SPG before the concert took place, was one of the most pleasing aspects of the concert.

Gee (2nd from right) and three other squatters who were part of the Suspenses Property Guardians (SPG) group inside the Doctor Johnson Pub in BarkingsideGee (2nd from right) and three other squatters who were part of the Suspenses Property Guardians (SPG) group inside the Doctor Johnson Pub in Barkingside

He said: “We had a really good reaction and when the police arrived they were awesome, too.”

“We unpacked all the equipment and then we packed it all up again two and a half hours later, but it was very valuable.

“People have said that they are glad someone is doing something - that was really positive for us.”

Redbridge Cllr Alan Weinberg attended the concert and discussed with Suspenses Property Guardians their plans for the building.

“I said to them whatever plans you have are subject to the owners saying that they are able to stay for a set period of time,” said Cllr Weinberg.

“It is not whether I support the squatters - they need to meet with residents not just from Clayhall but in Barkingside, too. I will go by the residents.”

John Sharrock, chairman of community group Barkingside 21, said neither he nor his members knew enough about the group to make an informed decision.

He said: “I do not think we know enough about them. My immediate reaction is if you do not own a place, you do not have a right to it.”

Ilford North MP Lee Scott said he has not been contacted by any residents in support of the squatters.

Ilford North MP Lee Scott said he has not been contacted by any residents in support of the squatters.

He said: “I am against anyone breaking the law. If they could come to an agreement with the owners about community usage then that is different.

“Someone will have to buy the site - I cannot see the owners giving the site away.”

Cloverton Properties Limited declined to comment when approached by the Ilford Recorder.

Do you live near to the Doctor Johnson pub in Longwood Gardens, Barkingside? What do you think about the ongoing situation regarding squatter group Suspenses Property Guardians? Call the newsdesk on 0208 477 3825

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

16:00
Thetford, where an elderly man believed to be from Chigwell was killed. Pic: Google Streetview

An elderly man who has died after being hit by a van in Norfolk this morning is believed to have been on a group visit from Chigwell.

John Clifton, a Lieutenant with the The Salvation Army presenting a card of thanks to Redbrigde Council & local businesses for an initiative to not stock high strength alcohol . Redbridge, London on September 10, 2014. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

Homelessness has been branded the “human cost of the housing crisis” as the row over where to build new homes in the borough heated up.

18:00
Janet Crossland leads the Malaysian themed service for women's world day of prayer

A campaigner who has dedicated 30 years to a women’s prayer day has announced her retirement ahead of this year’s event.

15:18
Nightingale Primary School in Ashbourne Road, South Woodford. Picture: Google Street View

Nightingale Primary School in Ashbourne Avenue has partially re-opened after legionella bacteria was found in its water supply.

Most read news

A girl from south Manchester fell ill after taking a tablet thought to contain ecstasy

The Islamic State front man, Jihadi John, has been unmasked by an American newspaper.

The iPhone maker’s first wearable is expected to have its launch features confirmed.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder