Gods Own Junkyard is running out of time.

Walthamstow is at risk of losing one of it’s most iconic and creative artists / businesses despite the efforts of Gods Own Junkyard to remain here.

Yet again, the relentless march of gentrification results in those who made an area interesting being forced out through the (odd) reluctance of our elected representatives to stand up to landlords, of so-called ‘affordable’ housing schemes (that no-one can really afford).It all starts when estate agents fund ‘arts’ magazines and start showing prospective buyers round the nearest gentrified pub… organising street parties probably doesn’t help.

In any other city this would be preserved as a world-famous tourist attraction that could bring huge numbers of visitors to the area.

Given the council’s track record (arcade site, dog track, standard etc), it looks like we’re on our own or have to go over their heads if we want to save this last remaining icon.

More info

http://www.voltcafe.com/blog/gods-own-junk-yard

Stella Creasy MP says “…this should be a nationally recognised art installation … Islington and Shoreditch housing [who] are kicking them out…” at

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153182270745562&type=3&l=8561499b54

News articles

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/neon-artist-who-lit-up-raymonds-soho-clubs-faces-move-from-studio-after-legal-battle-8794142.html

http://londonist.com/2013/09/gods-own-junkyard-threatened-neon-heaven-to-get-new-home.php

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