There’s a row of houses on Windsor Walk which have been disused for a long time; unless my memory fails me, it’s at least ten years. I don’t know why they are disused or who they belong to, although the boarding around them is in the blue/green colour of Southwark Council (how do you describe that colour?).
Recently it seemed they had been squatted; a door (with letterbox) was cut into the boards and electric lights began to illuminate the interior. I also saw people… erm, how to put this… ‘alternatively’ dressed going in and out.
Tonight as I walked past I noticed that all the lights were out, the door was boarded up once again and all seemed abandoned once more; from this I’m guessing that they were evicted sometime today.
Other houses in the row that weren’t squatted have broken windows and pigeons fly in and out; inside must be a mess of pigeon shit and rats. Now, I don’t have a strong opinion either way on squatting; but isn’t it better having people in empty houses than leaving them to collapse in squalor?