Wandsworth told to back down on riot evictions
A petition calling on Wandsworth Council to change its position on evicting the families of people involved in rioting has attracted nearly 2,000 signatures.
The council has attracted widespread media attention after announcing its intention to evict the family of young man accused of being involved in last week’s riots.
The petition was set up by Robert Davidson, a postgraduate student living in the area. He said: ‘I’m as upset as anyone about the riots, but evicting vulnerable families from their homes will only deepen the social rift that led to the riots.’
Wandworth Council leader Ravi Govindia defended his council’s position in a articles for the Times newspaper on Tuesday.
‘We did not come to this decision lightly and it was not a knee-jerk reaction,’ he wrote. ‘We wanted to send out a clear message: actions have consequences.
‘This was a tough call, but having seen the destruction in the borough and watched CCTV footage, I don’t doubt that we have made the right decision.’