Don’t like homeless people in your area? Don’t like kids? Spike them!

Update Saturday 26 July:

The spikes have been totally removed. Here’s a video of the spikes being cut out:

And a good photo courtesy of People’s Republic of Southwark:

Spiteful and dangerous spikes

Some photos of the spikes being removed here – here’s one from that facebook set:

Spikes being removed

People won’t put up with this sort of elitist crap – ie giving some people free access to neighbourhoods, but not others. Doesn’t matter if it’s your poor doors or spikes or whatever. This “some neighbourhoods are only for the well-off” bollocks will not stand.

So give it up.

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Update Thursday 24 July:

Have returned to the site to find that a helpful someone has started to remove the spikes. People really don’t like these spikes. Nor should they. They’re awful. They’re aimed at rough sleepers and kids. Don’t care how gentrified your area is. You don’t need these.

Anyway – they’ve been reduced from this:

Spikes

To this:

Spikes removed

Also, as you can read here, one of the people I returned to the site with talked to some of the people working right next door to the spikes site and found out from those people that skateboarders are not a problem in the area. The same person also rang the company that placed the spikes and was told never to call or email again. How rude. “We didn’t need to talk to anyone,” that person was told. “It’s private property.” That’s a refrain you hear a lot these days. As it happens, private companies must learn that they do need to talk to people. The concerns raised about these anti-homeless, anti-young-people spikes need to be answered. There are no safety or warning signs about these spikes. I had another look today.

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Original post:

Ahhhh – the inner London gentrification era. I just love it…

Yesterday morning, I went to Abbey Street in Southwark, because the People’s Republic of Southwark blog had received a report of more anti-homelessness spikes outside flats at the corner of Druid and Abbey.

So off I went to take a look and to take photos….of the very large and harsh plastic spikes you see below. The spikes were clearly unpleasant and meant to hurt, and it was a little hard to imagine exactly who they were aimed at, so when I got home, I rang the company that manages the building (their badge was on the building) and asked them who the spikes were for.

The answer to that was – err, youngsters. The woman I spoke to said that the spikes had been put down to stop skateboarders, because building management had received complaints about them. Am guessing that the spikes would put rough sleepers and street drinkers off sitting and lying in that space, too. Can’t help thinking that went through a number of minds – not least because it seemed doubtful that skaters could jump to the point that the spikes were at, or that they’d leap across the divide in huge numbers, like a herd of gazelle, or whatever it was the building management company had in mind. The street doesn’t look like a skateboarding place. It’s just a street with an uneven pavement and a garage with cars in it after the so-called jump. Weird place to want to jump and smash up against a car on landing. But yes – kids on skateboards was the line. It seems that these large, exposed spikes are thought to be acceptable ammunition in a battle against young people who get on other people’s nerves.

So – we’ve had spikes for homeless people in Southwark and now we have spikes for skating kids in Southwark – and whoever else might sit or lie in that space. Am starting to wonder if spikes are the weapon of choice against people who are believed to mess up increasingly gentrified inner London neighbourhoods. Hum. I don’t believe that I care for that.

And just in case you were thinking of turning up here to moan that people like me just don’t understand how hard it is to live cheek-by-jowl with the south-east London rabble and boo hoo and blah blah – well, I do live in south-east London, thanks, and I also live right across from a skate-and-basketball park which is full of kids day and night and I really don’t give a shit about any of that, because I don’t own the world. There are homeless people and street drinkers and they sit in the park as well – unspiked to date. This is an urban space we have here and everyone has the right to it. Kids play out and do their thing and that is how it goes. I did the same when I was a kid. It’s never occurred to me that the kids in our local park should not be there. Neither has it ever occurred to me to have them impaled on spikes. It is interesting to know that a building management company thinks that’s a starter.

I’d also say that if you really can’t stand skating kids in your space, there are plenty of skate deterrents around that are less likely to have some 12-year-old’s eye out than the latest effort in Southwark. There’s no justification for the spikes in the pictures below. I don’t care how popular they are, or how often they’re used, or whatever. But what would I know, I guess. If you don’t like them – spike them. That’s the era we’re in.

Two rows of spikes

Spikes for skaters

Spikes

Spikes

2 thoughts on “Don’t like homeless people in your area? Don’t like kids? Spike them!

  1. Oh don’t last couple of days got told I’ve way to much to say ought to hang head in shame can I stop posting in short remain isolated pretty much used to that what the hell is wrong with people quite scary at just what it’s becoming

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