Is there a council owned building near you that you think could be used in a better way for the benefit of your community? The Council’s new Community Buildings Consultation initiative could be the way to turn your ideas into reality for the benefit of everyone.
Local people (that’s you) are being asked for your views on new ways of using existing council buildings.
Using what we have in a better way
At the moment these buildings might be home to a tenants and residents associations, charity or community association but they are not being used enough or could be used in a better way.
Here’s a map of the buildings and at the bottom of the page is a list of them all. Click on the lovely little Google Maps icons to find out more about each building.
Unsurprisingly the Mayor has more than a few words to say about all this. Over to you Mr Mayor!
“The voluntary and community sector has a proud history in our borough and is vitally important. To ensure that role is protected into the future we’ve been reviewing our community buildings to ensure we continue to offer high quality community space for as many groups as possible’” says Mayor Biggs. “Currently we know that some of our buildings have been under-used and under occupied and aren’t offering the best services to local people and community groups.
It’s a hub thing
“Our proposal would see a number of community hubs developed offering high quality, versatile, multi-use spaces managed by the council. We want the hubs to be at the heart of local communities, accessible to everyone who wants to use them. The hubs will accommodate a vast range of groups and different activities.
“We’ll also be looking at making the arrangements with existing building users more consistent, transparent and fair, including the option of offering rental discounts for voluntary groups who provide services which benefit the local community.
“We think this is the best approach, but we want to hear from local people and those who run or use existing services to understand what they think.”
The consultation on community buildings is live right now and will run until 18 September 2016.
Your views will then be considered by the Mayor and elected members at a cabinet meeting in early October apparently.
THF – don’t bother
Word is that if you are remotely connected to Tower Hamlets First it’s probably not worth applying.
Which is just tough.
|Property||Address 1||Address 2||Post Code||Property Type||Comments|
|Harkness House Education Group||Harkness House||101 Christian Street||E1 1RX||Community Hall||None|
|Dorset Social Club||First Floor, Dorset Estate Social Club||Ravenscroft Street||E2 7QX||Community Hall||None|
|Fern Street Settlement||Fern Street||E3 3PS||Community Hall||None|
|Dorset Library||Ground Floor, Former Dorset Library||Diss Street||E2 0FB||Community Hall||None|
|St Vincents TRA||Portacabins||Gill Street||E14 8AN||Community Hall||None|
|Trinity Centre||Key Close||E1 4GH||Community Hall||None|
|St Mathias Meeting Room||92 Cottage Street||E14 0AA||Community Hall||None|
|Stifford Centre||2-6 Cressy Place||E1 3JG||Community Hall||None|
|23a Solander Gardens||23a Solander Gardens||E1 0DN||Community Hall||None|
|John Scurr CC||1a Bekesbourne Street||E14 7JQ||Community Hall||None|
|Granby Hall||37 St Matthews Row||E2 6DT||Community Hall||None|
|Delafield House||Christian Street||E1 1QB||Community Hall||None|
|Barley Mow Veterans Club||40 Three Colt Street||E14 8HU||Community Hall||None|
|Bishops Way||73 Bishops Way||E2 9HF||Community Hall||None|
|Teviot Hall||156 St. Leonard's Road||E14 0QZ||Community Hall||None|
|Wapping Community Centre||21 Raine Street||E1W 3RJ||Community Hall||None|
|Christian Street Community Centre||Christian Street||E1 1SE||Community Hall||None|
|135 Commercial Street||135 Commercial Street||E1 6BJ||Community Hall||None|
|Mellish Street||111-113 Mellish Street||E14 8PJ||Community Hall||None|
|Highway Club||2 Lowood Street||E1 0DA||Community Hall||None|
|Osmani Centre||58 Underwood Road||E1 5AD||Community Hall||None|
|Redcoat Community Centre||256 Stepney Way||E1 3DW||Community Hall||None|
|Ensign Youth Club||1 Wellclose Square||E1 8HY||Community Hall||None|
|Prusom Street Community Centre||19 Prusom Street||E1W 3RR||Community Hall||None|
|100 Roman Road||100 Roman Road||E2 0RN||Community Hall||None|
|Caxton Hall||Malmesbury Road||E3 2EE||Community Hall||None|
|Turners Road Community Centre||Land to rear of 40 Turner Road||E3 4LE||Community Hall||None|
|Emmott Close Senior Citizens Club||27 Emmott Close||Solebay Street||E1 4QN||Community Hall||None|
|Wapping Youth Centre 1st & 2nd||1st and 2nd Floor, Wapping Youth Centre||Tench Street||E1W||Community Hall||None|
|The Tramshed||Digby Street||E2 0LS||Community Hall||Managed by Council|
|Chicksand Playgroup||Chicksand Friendly Club||Hanbury Street||E1 5JY||Playgroup||None|
|Matilda Day Nursery||St Katharines Way||E1W 1LQ||Playgroup||None|
|Mile End Nursery||8C Morgan Street||E3 5AB||Playgroup||None|
|Ranwell East Playgroup||1 McCullum Road||E3 5HZ||Playgroup||None|
|Tate House Playgroup||Mace Street||E2 0RA||Playgroup||None|
|Cheadle Hall Playgroup||Copenhagen Place||E14 7EY||Playgroup||None|
|Avebury Playgroup||Roberta Street||E2 6AW||Playgroup||None|
|Wapping Women Centre||Philchurch Place||E1 1PJ||Playgroup||None|
|Vernon Playgroup||Vernon Road||E3||Playgroup||None|
|Scallywags Day Nursery||The Canal Club||Sewardstone Road||E2 9HP||Playgroup||None|
|TRA Sims House||Sims House Centre||420A Commercial Road||E1 0LQ||THH-occupied||May include other use such as occasional TRA meetings|
|Mayfield TRA||Mayfield House First Floor Meeting Room||Cambridge Heath Road||E2 9LG||THH-occupied||May include other use such as occasional TRA meetings|
|TRA Pauline House||Old Montague Street London||E1 5NX||THH-occupied||May include other use such as occasional TRA meetings|
|TRA Ramar House||3A Ramar House||Hanbury Street||E1 5JH||THH-occupied||May include other use such as occasional TRA meetings|
|Wyn Garrett Tenant Centre||Raynham House||Harpley Square||E1 4EB||THH-occupied||May include other use such as occasional TRA meetings|
|TRA Alliston house||Gibraltar Walk||E2 7EP||THH-occupied||May include other use such as occasional TRA meetings|
|TRA Burnham Street Community Centre||Globe Road||E2 0JG||THH-occupied||May include other use such as occasional TRA meetings|
|TRA Clichy||4 Odette Duval House||Stepney Way||E1 3HJ||THH-occupied||May include other use such as occasional TRA meetings|
|TRA Anglia house||66 Salmon Lane||E14 7PW||THH-occupied||May include other use such as occasional TRA meetings|
|Shadwell Gardens TRA||Shadwell Community Centre||129 Shadwell Gardens||E1 2QL||TRA||None|
|Locksley Community Centre||Dora Hall||Dora Street||E14 7TP||TRA||None|
|Ocean Estate TRA||Anson House Forecourt||Ernest Street||E1 4SE||TRA||None|
|Sidney Estate||2 Jarman House||Jubilee Street||E1 3BL||TRA||None|
|Berner Community Centre||Ponler Street||E1 1QN||TRA||None|
|The Glasshouse||161 Old Ford Road||E2 9QB||TRA||None|
|Kedleston Walk||Kedleston Walk||E2 9DR||TRA||None|
|Longnor Community Centre||Bradwell Street||E1 4GP||TRA||None|
|Barley Mow TRA||Brewster House||Three Colt Street||E14 8HU||TRA||None|
|Bentworth Friendship Club||80 Granby Street||E2 6DW||TRA||None|
|Birchfield Senior Citizens Club||50 Saltwell Street||E14 0DY||TRA||None|
|Collingwood Community Hall||Collingwood Street||E1 5RF||TRA||None|
|Cranbrook Community Centre||Mace Street||E2 0QT||TRA||None|
|Ogilvie Community Centre||1 Stepney Causeway||E1 0JP||TRA||None|
|Royal Mint Friendly Club||14 Royal Mint Place||E1 8LS||TRA||None|
|Dunmore Point Community Hall||Gascoigne Place||E2 7NP||TRA||None|
|Will Crooks Community Centre||1-3 Wades Place||E14 0DA||TRA||None|
|Watney Market TRA||Colstead House||14 Watney Market||E1 2QY||Vacant||None|
|Bethnal Green Cottage||Whitman House||Cornwall Avenue||E2 0HD||Vacant||None|
|Robin Hood Gardens TRA||Block 1 - 104||Woolmore Street||E14 0HN||Vacant||None|
|9b Burslem Street||9b Burslem Street||E1 2LL||Vacant||None|
|Cable Street Senior Citizen Club||Rear of 135 -157 Solander Gardens||E1 0DE||Vacant||None|
|Tower Hamlets Leaseholders||6 Watney Market||E1 2PR||Vacant||None|
|Robin Hood Project Shop||Youth Training Centre||Woolmore Street||E14 0HW||Vacant||None|
|Frostic Walk Community Centre||13 Frostic Walk||E1 5LT||Vacant||None|
All this makes a refreshing change from the previous Mayor Who Never Was – seems he just handed buildings out to his mates. That’s the rumour anyway.