Sheffield Social Centre (UK): Eviction and relocation…

Eviction and Relocation
Posted in October 7, 2009 /

As reported on Sheffield Indymedia – -, yesterday (6th October) at 1pm the residents of the Social Centre at Pisgah House received notice of an injunction brought against them by the University of Sheffield at Sheffield County Court earlier that morning, and summons for a Possessions Order hearing that afternoon at 3pm.

Spokespersons were delegated to attend the hearing and ask the judge for more time to study the documents presented to us, and seek legal advice an representation. At the hearing the judge granted an ajournment until 10am today (7th October) to allow the residents time to study the evidence against them.

At the hearing this morning a plea was presented in defence of the residents, countering the arguments made in the witness statement to the court, but was not able to challenge the possessions claim. In addition, the University’s barrister was instructed to ask the court for costs and damages to be awarded, totalling over £20,000 in legal fees. The judge awarded those damages, however it is currently unclear if they will be pursued further.


Subsequently the residents have exited the premises and relocated to a secondary location.


An announcment will be made tonight with details of the new site, and possible ammendments to the schedule of events.


New Location
Posted in October 7, 2009 /


Sheffield social centre has moved, nothing else has changed.


The new location is 10 Northumberland Road, just off Glossop Road. The building was vacant when we entered and no criminal laws were broken.


We are keen to enter into discussion with the buildings owner to avoid costly legal proceedings. In the meantime the cafe and the full programme of events are running as usual in this open and inclusive community space. Come down any time, all are welcome.



– Pisgah house souvenir


– “Sheffield Star” coverage of Pisghah House eviction


– Sheffield Social Centre now at 10 Northumberland Road (pictures)