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Barton House

On the evening of 14 November, 400 residents (around 100 of them children) of Bristol City Council-owned high-rise Barton House were evacuated without warning due to structural issues with the building.

The Cable has been covering the fallout from the emergency and chaotic evacuation of the building in November.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

ACORN's Wesley Bear on activism, the Barton House evacuation, and frosty relations with the council

Relations between Bristol City Council and community union ACORN have become increasingly fractious, with recent clashes over council tax and the evacuation of a Barton Hill tower block. Neil asks Wesley why, and whether there's a way back.

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Features

‘I can do action’: cafe owner who organised tower block evacuation response aiming to be councillor

When she heard Barton House was being evacuated in November, Cafe Conscious owner Deniece Dixon got to work helping families who had become homeless. Two months on, she explains why she’s set her sights on City Hall

Barton House evacuation: Was the chaos and confusion completely unnecessary?

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Podcasts

Cable Live: Peter Apps talks Grenfell, buildings safety and where the housing crisis goes next

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Cable Community News

Bristol raises £10k for Barton House residents in 48hrs

Analysis: The national high-rise saga behind Barton House’s emergency evacuation

Housing journalist Peter Apps, who has written for years about Grenfell, explains how even the sudden collapse of a similar high rise block in London 50 years failed to spark enough action to make other towers safe.

Exclusive: Council denies structural issues identified four years ago are root cause of tower block evacuation

Bristol City Council says 'new and intrusive' surveys raised questions over whether it could rely on its own records about Barton House, whose residents have been left temporarily homeless after the building was deemed unsafe.

Barton Hill tower block residents’ lives turned upside down by emergency evacuation

Told to leave their homes under chaotic and confusing orders by Bristol City Council, tenants of Barton House face an uncertain future after their homes were deemed unsafe.

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