Remove the Anti-Homeless Spikes
  • Petitioned Property Partners and Boris Johnson

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Property Partners and Boris Johnson

Remove the Anti-Homeless Spikes

    1. Harriet Wells
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      Harriet Wells

      London, United Kingdom

June 2014


The spikes have been removed from 118 Southwark Bridge Road, SE1! The events of this week have been incredible. As soon as the spikes were spotted, the public rallied together and demanded their removal. 130,000 people signed my petition. We demanded better from the developers and better from our capital. Boris Johnson spoke out and said they needed to go. Spikes were spotted outside a branch of Tescos and so activists poured cement mixture over them. Hours later Tescos removed the spikes. It was then just a matter of keeping up the pressure. Then this morning the spikes in Southwark were gone! I am overwhelmed at the outpouring of compassion and humanity in supporting the removal of the spikes and getting the City, the UK and the world talking about the issue of homelessness. The spikes were simply a symbol for the way homeless people are often treated, they have started an important discussion that has been a long time coming and one that we need to keep having. Thank you and well done -- we did this together! Harriet

A controversial and inhumane way of 'managing' London's homeless population was brought to the attention of twitterers by Worldview Media at the weekend: spikes have been placed outside a building owned by property company Property Partners, to deter people from sleeping on the property.

As a Mental health nurse in London I have all too often seen the result of isolating and mistreating our city's homeless. We should be offering practical and emotional support to help the most vulnerable to get back on their feet. We should not be sending them the message that they are pests that need to be warded off. 

London is lucky to have some of the most prolific charities working tirelessly to help vulnerable people link in with services and get the support they are in need of. As a society should we not be doing more to help these people instead of isolating them further?

We should be looking after our vulnerable population not ostracising them by moving them to places that are less intrusive to our lives, so that they are out of sight. The next time you walk past a homeless person, think about the fact that they have had lives, rich and interesting lives that were thrown into turmoil due to circumstances that are often out of their control. 

For those people who are not sure if they agree with this petition I would say if it is a problem for a homeless person to stay in that area, then perhaps a more human approach could be adopted – a person telling another person to move along is more humane than installing spikes.

Humans deserve to be treated like humans regardless of their social situation.

You never know what is round the corner. Support the silent population.

Property Partners and Boris Johnson
Remove the Anti-Homeless Spikes from London

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    1. Reached 100,000 signatures
    2. We're making progress!

      Harriet Wells
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks so much for all of your support - the petition has been flying!

      It’s doing so well, I was interviewed on BBC London yesterday and Radio 5 Live on the Victoria Derbyshire show this morning and the petition is being mentioned across the media.

      And yesterday afternoon Boris Johnson spoke out against the spikes, calling them “ugly, self defeating & stupid” and that the developer should “remove them ASAP”.

      This is great progress. Boris has spoken out but the developers are still keeping quiet. Please keep sharing the petition to keep up the pressure on Property Partners so that they remove the spikes. Boris speaking out is great but let’s now urge him to act on his words: this is his city and he can help to influence the developers.

      We should be helping the most vulnerable, not driving the problem underground.

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    3. Reached 50,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 4 months ago

      Power to the people!

    • quamrul abedin LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      who poured cement mixture over the spikes in tescos? u r the true heroes. once ur mentality- (unsheeplike, un-armchair spluttering, lets discuss this 'i'm outraged')- spreads- people power will stop the evil actions and they'll stop being tyrants. they will be exposed as to how scared they are. they are so so scared. they get away with it cos of one reason and one reason only: people remain tolerant of evil

    • Nancy Zingrone CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
      • 4 months ago

      It's bad enough we're doing this in our Republican controlled sinking into institutionalized cruelty country, but to think that the UK could sink this low! This is just terrible. Nothing should ever be done to harm the homeless further!

    • Manda Fitzsimons NORTHANTS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      This is not how you solve homelessness

    • Corinne Parsons WORTHING, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      I have worked with homeless people and know some of the problems they face. At night they need somewhere safe to sleep and doorways seem a good option for them


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