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Local Democracy Reporting Service

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition to bring the Windrush memorial planned for Waterloo Station to Windrush Square in Brixton.

Travellers on HMT Empire Windrush
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The Windrush generation were workers who came to the UK from the Caribbean between 1948 and 1971, some of who travelled on HMT Empire Windrush ship.

Former prime minister Theresa May announced the proposed site for the memorial on June 22 – the first government backed and funded Windrush Day.

But senior Lambeth councillor, Sonia Winifred, said Waterloo station is the wrong place for a memorial. “We believe it should be in Windrush Square, at the heart of Brixton where so many of the Windrush generation made their homes when they first arrived in Britain."

The memorial follows outcry over the treatment of the Windrush generation who were threatened with deportation despite living and working in the UK for decades.

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