Anger grows ahead of Immigration Street meeting in Southampton

Derby Road, Southampton

Derby Road, Southampton

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

ANGER is growing ahead of a public meeting tonight hosted by the makers of controversial TV documentary Immigration Street.

The production company behind the Channel 4 programme currently being filmed in Southampton is hosting what is expected to be a heated showdown.

Love Productions is offering people the opportunity to air their views ahead of the forthcoming sequel to the highly controversial Benefits Street, focusing on multicultural communities living in Derby Road, Newtown.

But, as exclusively reported by the Daily Echo, senior politicians and community leaders have led a backlash, claiming the show will create “racial tensions” among communities. The show’s cast have defended the production, with Portuguese-born dad-of-four Rui Teixeira, who allowed the cameras into his home, claiming it will put immigration in a positive light.

Benefits Street, filmed in Birmingham, received nationwide condemnation for presenting the city’s working class negatively.

Now activists from Newtown Residents’ Association have led a rallying call for people to attend the meeting and tell the producers exactly what they think.

Association chair Nazrul Chaudhery released a statement saying: “Our neighbourhood is diverse and harmonious. We get on regardless of ethnicity, where people were born is not an issue.

“The filming of immigration is a very emotive subject and will draw strong opinions from all sides, which is always the case. However, we don’t want our neighbourhood being portrayed in the manner that is not true. “From the Stone Age to the Vikings, Normans and Romans, the city has always adapted to new people and new ideas.

“We have also been a gateway for many to start a new life in other countries such as the United States, Canada, South Africa and Australia.

“Today Southampton is very vibrant with multicultural festivals, community events and a coming together at a time of need.

“If you walk down Derby Road today, you will see how immigration has brought about community cohesion – something that everyone has embraced.

“It’s a great shame that Southampton and Derby Road’s rich history is not being celebrated in a positive light.”

The meeting takes place from 6pm at Maytree Primary School in Derby Road.

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10:27am Tue 22 Jul 14

bigfella777 says...

Why are they filming it in new town and not St Mary's which is far more diverse and has more white people living together with other races quite happily?
Why are they filming it in new town and not St Mary's which is far more diverse and has more white people living together with other races quite happily? bigfella777
  • Score: 7

11:38am Tue 22 Jul 14

sarfhamton says...

Benefits Street was a lost opportunity, many people on James Turner street were either working, actively looking for work or had health reasons why they couldn't. It could have really shown the barriers that keep people on benefits and the struggle the working poor face everyday, it failed to do that on the whole. My fear is that this new show will miss the opportunity to show a diverse city (mixed race since the Romans arrived in 70ad) and just take advantage of some misguided participants that see it as a stepping stone to Big Brother.
Benefits Street was a lost opportunity, many people on James Turner street were either working, actively looking for work or had health reasons why they couldn't. It could have really shown the barriers that keep people on benefits and the struggle the working poor face everyday, it failed to do that on the whole. My fear is that this new show will miss the opportunity to show a diverse city (mixed race since the Romans arrived in 70ad) and just take advantage of some misguided participants that see it as a stepping stone to Big Brother. sarfhamton
  • Score: 1

1:05pm Tue 22 Jul 14

sotonboy84 says...

"Benefits Street, filmed in Birmingham, received nationwide condemnation for presenting the city’s working class negatively."

The show was an insult to the 'working class'. The clue is in the name. Hardly any of the people who appeared in the show worked, they lived a comfortable life funded by taxpayers i.e. the 'working class' and it was this that caused uproar.

There's always somebody that will make an excuse for this type of behavior, making the presumption that people are either physically or mentally disabled so should be immune from any criticism. The benefits system is a great thing to have to help those in need but it's at breaking point through abuse of the lazy. If this minority that give the benefit system such a bad name can go shop lifting to buy drugs and sit in front of their houses all day smoking cigarettes, they can get up and do some form of work. Look at White Dee, amazing for somebody that's been 'ill' for so long she can become quite the celebrity and function perfectly in countless interviews and television programmes.

The more apt term of 'benefit class' gave themselves a bad name in the programme, all by themselves.
"Benefits Street, filmed in Birmingham, received nationwide condemnation for presenting the city’s working class negatively." The show was an insult to the 'working class'. The clue is in the name. Hardly any of the people who appeared in the show worked, they lived a comfortable life funded by taxpayers i.e. the 'working class' and it was this that caused uproar. There's always somebody that will make an excuse for this type of behavior, making the presumption that people are either physically or mentally disabled so should be immune from any criticism. The benefits system is a great thing to have to help those in need but it's at breaking point through abuse of the lazy. If this minority that give the benefit system such a bad name can go shop lifting to buy drugs and sit in front of their houses all day smoking cigarettes, they can get up and do some form of work. Look at White Dee, amazing for somebody that's been 'ill' for so long she can become quite the celebrity and function perfectly in countless interviews and television programmes. The more apt term of 'benefit class' gave themselves a bad name in the programme, all by themselves. sotonboy84
  • Score: 11

1:14pm Tue 22 Jul 14

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE says...

Most Immigrants have to work not sponge
Most Immigrants have to work not sponge RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE
  • Score: 1

2:38pm Tue 22 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

I can understand why people are angry. This documentary can only go one way, that is to cause controversy so as to bring in viewers and then a follow up programme as before.

If people wish to get involved and open up their life to everyone, that's their own choice.
I can understand why people are angry. This documentary can only go one way, that is to cause controversy so as to bring in viewers and then a follow up programme as before. If people wish to get involved and open up their life to everyone, that's their own choice. IronLady2010
  • Score: 8

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