Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Gooch House Community Hall

I attended a meeting this week to discuss the future of Gooch House Community Hall - above the shops by the Leabridge Roundabout.  Former Councillor Linda Hibberd described the history of the hall - which goes back to when Gooch House was first built.  It had been used as a meeting space by the TRA and also by other estate and community groups.  Some years ago there was a flood and the building needs substantial renovation works to bring it up to standard.  Hence it has not been used for some years.

There is now a proposal from Bangla Housing Association to bid for lottery money to renovate the hall and bring it back into use.  The TRA are now considering whether to support this bid and go in as partners.  The idea would be to bring it back into use for community groups to hold meetings and events. This would require substantial funds - DDA works, rewiring and asbestos removal could add up to a budget of £250,000.

I will update this blog as things progress.


Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Clean Up Clapton Day 11th October

The annual Clean Up Clapton Day will be next Tuesday 11th October centred around B6 College from 10.30am. As in previous years, there will be stalls outside the college, various cleaning initiatives and jetting of paving stones in the area. If you are a parent or governor of any school within the E5 area, please remind your school we are arranging a children’s art competition on the ‘Clean-up’ theme, pictures will be collected on the day for judging by the Speaker of Hackney.

Please contact Councillor Michael Desmond for more details michael.desmond@hackney.gov.uk.