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Increased security at LCC

People safety and wellbeing remains UAL’s priority alongside the security of our buildings. A small group of protestors occupied LCC’s Information Centre from 23 – 30 January. The group continues in its attempts to bring non-UAL individuals on to the premises with the aim of disrupting the functioning of the College.

Security increased temporarily at LCC

In response to this, LCC has temporarily increased security, with UAL ID card checks currently operating at the front doors. This is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students, staff and visitors, and prevent building security from being compromised.

These arrangements have been put in place to minimise disruption to the LCC community by ensuring a ‘business as usual’ approach to providing student access to the College’s essential services.

Many thanks to students and staff for their understanding during this time.

What is the protest about?

UAL’s proposed new building for London College of Communication is part of wider plans for the council-led redevelopment of Elephant and Castle Town Centre.

Some individuals from UAL, as well as members of the local community, have raised concerns over the proposed development – in particular property developer Delancey’s plans for social housing and the relocation of local traders.

UAL is currently working with Southwark Council, Delancey, Transport for London and local councillors to address concerns raised and ensure the scheme delivers significant benefit to the area. Social housing and the position of the traders have been key elements of the discussion.

UAL respects the right of individuals to protest and as it expects all people involved in January’s occupation at LCC to be UAL students, it has been corresponding with Arts SU as the elected student representative. Read the correspondence between UAL and Arts SU.