those bar lights came on sometime late July, around the same time as the "official notice" on the door stating that all valuables had been removed. I wasn't sure if it was squatters or the owners had put people in there to "pub-sit" until formally occupied. I had read this happens in some empty buildings - in fact I think? some owners pay people to occupy and keep buildings safe.
Anyway, late August the flower boxes appeared in the windows so I take it the occupants aren't hiding, and I saw someone leaving through the front door a week or so ago.
I think the "valuables removed" notice went up a few weeks before I noticed the lights inside. I've seen one (or two?) young-ish guys coming in and out thru the door, sometimes with cycles. The found-object planters are refreshed fairly frequently, so whoever's there seems to be taking care of the place!
This is the second lot of squaters in there-the first lot were removed then the grills and the notices re valubles went up.
I must admit they are doing a hell of a lot more to keep the place looking good and tidy than the people who own it ever have and they are not noisy. I do think the owners are a bit silly to leave all the electric turned on mind you.
they have got planning permission to turn the top half of the building into 3 flats but i guess the credit crunch may have stopped this?
I seem to recall someone telling me that the building needs loads of v expensive underpinning at the back, which might be related to the big trees that are there. I've seen the current residents going in a few times and they're no problem at all.
While we're on the subject of that part of Long Lane, I noticed that the car park plot next door to Simon the Tanner has now been sold, so I presume someone will start building the identikit flats on that site pretty soon.