Tuesday 26 April 2011 12.16am
The squatters have put up posters saying that the Bell has closed and will be turned into luxury flats, and that they are squatting in the property in the meantime because they don't earn much money.
I think I met the squatters tonight. There was a crowd of young people with some incredibly loud speakers under the railway arch at the corner of Webber St and Belvedere Buildings
. They were blasting out Missy Elliot at deafening volumes while drinking and generally having a bit of a party. It was so loud that a ton of people came out of their houses to find out what was going on, and my neighbour told them off because they'd woken up his kids (it was 9.30pm or so). They very reluctantly agreed to leave but one of them told us they were heading to the Bell if we wanted to join the party. He was shushed by his friend which made me think they didn't want to let on that they're the squatters.
I don't have much of a problem with squatters if they maintain the property, but this wasn't a very good way to demonstrate that they want to be responsible members of the community.