To prevent new squatters from taking any of the six empty properties on the first floor, the council has taken the following action..
Yes, they have sealed off access to the entire floor -- with Sitex.
Just when we were starting to miss seeing fresh new Sitex again in our everyday lives.
And on the opposite side:
Two unique viewpoints transformed by Sitex into a giant cheese grater.
To stop any attempt from squatters on the second floor to access this floor, the council has also encased part of the gangway with... more Sitex.
Note the black anti-climb paint on the edges of the metal.
They have also brought back the practice of latching Sitex onto the windows that face out into the street, a tactic they haven't used in a long time on this estate (when we arrived, very few of the newer empties were treated this way).
According to Kitchen Sink Neighbour, this renewed tactic was in response to a rumour doing the rounds of squatters who were planning to jump up onto the balconies to open squats and thus evade the dog patrols. Rumours no doubt heard by the security guards and conveyed to Sitex central.
With 24/7 dog patrols and these Sitex barriers, our block of flats is beginning to resemble the set of a TV crime drama. Which is apt, since living here is a drama in and of itself.