** STOP PRESS – two Broomhill EPH evictions 11AM 16.08.17, including an illegal one of a very ill young woman **

PRESS STATEMENT

The Real Reasons Why Broomhill Elderly Peoples Home (EPH)
Was Placed Under Occupation
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This statement refutes the spurious claim made by Director of Housing Cllr Paul Smith of Bristol City Council (BCC) in the Bristol Post, August 10 that the remaining guardian-tenants at Broomhill EPH were ‘standing in the way’ of the council’s noble mission – allegedly by occupying the building, preventing its demolition, and the building of 10 social housing units. This is a deceitful manipulation of the facts, which we will now present.
Background Information

Following the crash of 2008 and subsequent austerity, many supposedly unviable BCC public buildings fell into disuse, including schools, care homes, leisure centres, fire stations etc. Later on BCC leased these buildings to two ‘Property Guardian Companies’ – Camelot and AdHoc, under the knowledge that these companies would, on a temporary basis, house renters (known under the legally ambiguous term of ‘guardians’) therein.

BCC then promptly forgot about the buildings, their occupants, and their original plans for demolition, while Camelot and AdHoc took advantage of the situation to make a fortune out of charging rent to hundreds of people priced out of Bristol’s private renting racket in sub-standard-to-outright-dangerous BCC owned properties.

However, following the Roynon v Camelot case in Feb 2017, which established that all guardians potentially had the full rights of tenants, BCC terminated its contract with both Camelot and AdHoc with effect from Christmas 2017, with the understanding that the companies would evict all residents by this date.

Points and Demands

It is in this context that we wish to make the following seven points:

  • As owner of the properties concerned, Bristol City Council has a duty to properly re-house all the guardians it left to the tender mercies of Camelot and AdHoc. Because there was no provision made, despite assurances given by Cllr Smith to the contrary, for protecting all guardians during the transition back to BCC control. This is simply unacceptable and a blatant reneging of BCC’s word.
  • Also the tenant legally evicted today was the whistleblower who first brought this scandal regarding Camelot’s behaviour out into the open so that BCC could take action against the corporate criminals operating on its property. Is it Cllr Smith’s moral duty to now wash his hands of him and let him be kicked out into the street, from a BCC owned property?
  • In the case of the second tenant, she is a young woman who is recovering from a serious illness, and in addition she was kicked out illegally. Camelot are being told as a legal warning that she has a right to go back in as this goes to print. BCC simply cannot tolerate these cowboy evictions on its conscience.
  • While some of the ‘guardian’ properties are clearly best demolished due to their age or unsuitability, in the current housing crisis it makes more sense to bring the remainder up to standard again and use them as temporary homeless shelters, but this time regulated under direct BCC control and not ‘leased’ out again to third parties of any description.
  • In relation to point 5 above, Broomhill EPH was selected for occupation as being a prime example of such erroneous BCC policy. Broomhill is a relatively modern and sturdy building, yet is scheduled for demolition and supposed replacement by 10 ‘social housing’ units at some indefinite point in the future. Why is ‘cash-strapped’ BCC not questioning the time taken and money required for such a task, while the necessary repairs and refurbishing required for 40-50 quality units of homeless accommodation could be carried out in the building as it stands, and for just a fraction of the cost and time. Why is this not being done?
  • Finally, under the 1996 Housing Act, in the case of a publicly owned building scheduled for demolition, if an evicted tenant has not made him/herself ‘intentionally homeless’, then the local authority that owns the building has the legal duty to assist him or her in finding alternative accommodation.

In addition, we make the demand that any properties that BCC keeps in operation as homeless accommodation must NOT be leased to either private profiteers or to the many so-called charities that use the discredited ‘guardian licensee’ contract or its equivalent.

6 thoughts on “** STOP PRESS – two Broomhill EPH evictions 11AM 16.08.17, including an illegal one of a very ill young woman **

  1. Fred Hampton

    BCC have to take responsibility for these tenants. Getting Camelot to evict them is a disgrace after their recent record of mismanagement, profiteering and intimidation. I heard that one of the tenants (who has now been evicted) was told by a Camelot manager that they were going to ‘set the dogs on him’. Who are these Gestapo scum and how are they getting away with robbing the tenants, BCC and council tax payers?

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  2. THE TRUTH SAYER

    The scum you denigrate have been directed by a Crown employee, ie a Judge, to take High Court action. Furthermore, you all HAVE CONVENIENTLY DISTORTED THE PUBLIC RECORDS THAT SHOW THAT GREGORY ROYNON ACTUALLY FORMED A GUARDIAN COMPANY HOMSELF IN AUGUST 2016. THEN CANVASSED BRISTOL COUNCIL FOR THEIR BUSINESS ALLEGING HE COULD ‘SCREW’ CAMELOT OVER. ONLY WHEN THAT FAILED BUSINESS VENYTURE BECOME BORING FOR HIM DID HE THEN DECIDE TO TRY HIS ARM AND ALLEGE HE WAS A TENANT AND GUESS WHAT – HE ACHIEVED FREE ACCOMMODATION THROUGHOUT AND LEGAL AID. ABOUT HIGH TIME YOU STOPPED DISTORTING THE TRUTH AND PRINTED CONCRETE EVIDENCE NOT LIES DESIGNED TO MAKE HEROES OF PEOPLE WHO PREVENT COMMON PEOPLE FROM SEEING THEIR TAXES SPENT WISELY AND HAVING THE ABILITY TO AFFORD TO LIVE SOMEWHERE. YOU’RE FREELOADERS OF THE WORST KIND AND COMPLETELY SELFISH LIARS. NOTHING LESS. I’M WILLING TO BET ALL YOUR ‘ACTIVISTS’ HAVE NO MOTIVATION OTHER THAN TO SEE IF YOU CAN ACHIEVE A COST FREE LIVING AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHERS. THE TRUTH PREVAILS. OH AND BY THE WAY THE MALICIOUS COMMUNICATIONS ACT DOES NOT APPLY TO A DAMM THING I’VE JUST STATED – IT’S ALL TRUE. ARE YOU GOING TO PRINT THE COMPANIES HOUSE INFORMATION ON MR ROYNON OR NOT THEN? OR THE EMAILS HE SENT TO BRISTOL CC TELLING THEM HE WAS GOING TO ‘SCREW’ CAMELOT OVER AND IF HE DID WOULD THEY GIVE HIM THE WORK THEY PASSED TO CAMELOT? OH, AND ON THE DAY OF EVICTION HE ACTUALLY HAD A GUEST STAYING UNANNOUNCED AND UNRECORDED – ELECTING TO ENSURE THAT THE SAME HUMAN BEING WOULD NOT HAVE SHOWN ON ANY SEARCH RECORDS IN THE EVENT OF FIRE AND WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN COVERED UNDER THE USUAL INSURANCES. ABSOLUTELY APPALLING TREATMENT AND ABUSE OF A PERSON THAT MR ROYNON SHOULD HAVE DIRECTED TO SHELTER AND PROFESSIONAL ADVICE. OH… WHAT’S THAT… MR R DOES NOT HAVE ANY PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AT ALL? QUELLE SURPRISE…

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    1. The Bristol Blogger

      You do realise writing long messages in capitals makes you look and sound like an incoherent nutter with an axe to grind don’t you?

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  3. The Proof reader

    To the truth sayer
    I think you have a valid point when you first refer to Camelot as scum. Can not really understand the rest.
    The Proof reader

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  4. Fred Hampton

    Looks like a Camelot employee or manager (more like) trying to cover their sorry arses… they were found out in court after telling plenty of porkies.

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  5. Seamus

    http://www.historytoday.com/sites/default/files/battering.jpg

    My g g grandfather lived through an Gorta Mor (the great famine) in Ireland.
    For centuries, Catholic land and property taken by Oliver Cromwell and given to ‘absentee’ English landowners, was run by ruthless letting agents who committed countless atrocities. These agents had huge powers of control and exploited the circumstances of the great famine in the1840’s to clear out tenants with mass evictions. To prevent reoccupation they used battering rams to destroy property, sometimes with the tenants still inside and only leaving the ones that escaped to starve by the wayside in their thousands.

    Did we take progress as far as we could and now we are heading backwards?

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