What’s happening in Stokes Croft?

 

Hamilton House, like so many community spaces across the country, is under threat from development. On 20th November, after an 18 month legal battle, Coexist CIC were served 24 hours formal notice by the building owners, Connolly and Callaghan (C&C).

Coexist refused to accept the terms of this notice and are now fighting to stay in the building until the 20th December. In that time, we are making a plea to Bristol City Council to purchase the building – either through a direct sale or a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) – and bring Hamilton House into community ownership.

Community ownership means:

YES to a space owned by and for the people

YES to profits reinvested back into the community

YES to jobs and employment opportunities

YES to a city alive with creativity

YES to community spaces protected for generations to come.

Right now, cuts to government funding and grants are devastating social services. Social enterprises like Coexist fill an important gap in these areas – but as they are pushed into the private sector – rent hikes, rogue landlords and development for profit are threatening the survival of community groups and charities. We are taking a stand to protect creative and community space in Bristol and are asking Bristol City Council to do the same.

Join us in saying #YEStoCommunity! 

Sign the petition HERE

Read our latest press release HERE