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London's oldest squat faces end
View of St Agnes' Place
The residents say they will fight the council's decision
Residents of London's oldest squat have vowed to fight plans to move them on after Lambeth Council won the legal right to evict them.

Squatters have lived in St Agnes' Place in Kennington for the last 30 years.

Resident Ken Falloon said the squatters are part of a "unique" London community which should not be destroyed, and that they have created a "safe street".

Lambeth Council said it wants to demolish the houses and replace them with new social housing.

'Parasites'

Mr Falloon said: "It's evolved into a unique community in London.

"You can walk in and out of people's houses here. It's a safe street. There's no mugging here.

"I think there is a lot of things society as a whole could learn from the way we live here."

Lambeth councillor Keith Fitchett said the squatters had been living "as parasites on council tenants for years, and the sooner they are out the better".

Mr Fitchett said the council could not yet say when the residents would be evicted because it was still talking to local housing associations about possible schemes.




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