Tower Hamlets Council’s Community Buildings Consultation underway

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!

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Executive Mayor John Biggs

“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.

PropertyAddress 1Address 2Post CodeProperty TypeComments
Harkness House Education GroupHarkness House101 Christian StreetE1 1RXCommunity HallNone
Dorset Social ClubFirst Floor, Dorset Estate Social ClubRavenscroft StreetE2 7QXCommunity HallNone
Fern Street SettlementFern StreetE3 3PSCommunity HallNone
Dorset LibraryGround Floor, Former Dorset LibraryDiss StreetE2 0FBCommunity HallNone
St Vincents TRAPortacabinsGill StreetE14 8ANCommunity HallNone
Trinity CentreKey CloseE1 4GHCommunity HallNone
St Mathias Meeting Room92 Cottage StreetE14 0AACommunity HallNone
Stifford Centre2-6 Cressy PlaceE1 3JGCommunity HallNone
23a Solander Gardens23a Solander GardensE1 0DNCommunity HallNone
John Scurr CC1a Bekesbourne StreetE14 7JQCommunity HallNone
Granby Hall37 St Matthews RowE2 6DTCommunity HallNone
Delafield HouseChristian StreetE1 1QBCommunity HallNone
Barley Mow Veterans Club40 Three Colt StreetE14 8HUCommunity HallNone
Bishops Way73 Bishops WayE2 9HFCommunity HallNone
Teviot Hall156 St. Leonard's RoadE14 0QZCommunity HallNone
Wapping Community Centre21 Raine StreetE1W 3RJCommunity HallNone
Christian Street Community CentreChristian StreetE1 1SECommunity HallNone
135 Commercial Street135 Commercial StreetE1 6BJCommunity HallNone
Mellish Street111-113 Mellish StreetE14 8PJCommunity HallNone
Highway Club2 Lowood StreetE1 0DACommunity HallNone
Osmani Centre58 Underwood RoadE1 5ADCommunity HallNone
Redcoat Community Centre256 Stepney WayE1 3DWCommunity HallNone
Ensign Youth Club1 Wellclose SquareE1 8HYCommunity HallNone
Prusom Street Community Centre19 Prusom StreetE1W 3RRCommunity HallNone
100 Roman Road100 Roman RoadE2 0RNCommunity HallNone
Caxton HallMalmesbury RoadE3 2EECommunity HallNone
Turners Road Community CentreLand to rear of 40 Turner RoadE3 4LECommunity HallNone
Emmott Close Senior Citizens Club27 Emmott CloseSolebay StreetE1 4QNCommunity HallNone
Wapping Youth Centre 1st & 2nd1st and 2nd Floor, Wapping Youth CentreTench StreetE1WCommunity HallNone
The TramshedDigby StreetE2 0LSCommunity HallManaged by Council
Chicksand PlaygroupChicksand Friendly ClubHanbury StreetE1 5JYPlaygroupNone
Matilda Day NurserySt Katharines WayE1W 1LQPlaygroupNone
Mile End Nursery8C Morgan StreetE3 5ABPlaygroupNone
Ranwell East Playgroup1 McCullum RoadE3 5HZPlaygroupNone
Tate House PlaygroupMace StreetE2 0RAPlaygroupNone
Cheadle Hall PlaygroupCopenhagen PlaceE14 7EYPlaygroupNone
Avebury PlaygroupRoberta StreetE2 6AWPlaygroupNone
Wapping Women CentrePhilchurch PlaceE1 1PJPlaygroupNone
Vernon PlaygroupVernon RoadE3PlaygroupNone
Scallywags Day NurseryThe Canal ClubSewardstone RoadE2 9HPPlaygroupNone
TRA Sims HouseSims House Centre420A Commercial RoadE1 0LQTHH-occupiedMay include other use such as occasional TRA meetings
Mayfield TRAMayfield House First Floor Meeting RoomCambridge Heath RoadE2 9LGTHH-occupiedMay include other use such as occasional TRA meetings
TRA Pauline HouseOld Montague Street LondonE1 5NXTHH-occupiedMay include other use such as occasional TRA meetings
TRA Ramar House3A Ramar HouseHanbury StreetE1 5JHTHH-occupiedMay include other use such as occasional TRA meetings
Wyn Garrett Tenant CentreRaynham HouseHarpley SquareE1 4EBTHH-occupiedMay include other use such as occasional TRA meetings
TRA Alliston houseGibraltar WalkE2 7EPTHH-occupiedMay include other use such as occasional TRA meetings
TRA Burnham Street Community CentreGlobe RoadE2 0JGTHH-occupiedMay include other use such as occasional TRA meetings
TRA Clichy4 Odette Duval HouseStepney WayE1 3HJTHH-occupiedMay include other use such as occasional TRA meetings
TRA Anglia house66 Salmon LaneE14 7PWTHH-occupiedMay include other use such as occasional TRA meetings
Shadwell Gardens TRAShadwell Community Centre129 Shadwell GardensE1 2QLTRANone
Locksley Community CentreDora HallDora StreetE14 7TPTRANone
Ocean Estate TRAAnson House ForecourtErnest StreetE1 4SETRANone
Sidney Estate2 Jarman HouseJubilee StreetE1 3BLTRANone
Berner Community CentrePonler StreetE1 1QNTRANone
The Glasshouse161 Old Ford RoadE2 9QBTRANone
Kedleston WalkKedleston WalkE2 9DRTRANone
Longnor Community CentreBradwell StreetE1 4GPTRANone
Barley Mow TRABrewster HouseThree Colt StreetE14 8HUTRANone
Bentworth Friendship Club80 Granby StreetE2 6DWTRANone
Birchfield Senior Citizens Club50 Saltwell StreetE14 0DYTRANone
Collingwood Community HallCollingwood StreetE1 5RFTRANone
Cranbrook Community CentreMace StreetE2 0QTTRANone
Ogilvie Community Centre1 Stepney CausewayE1 0JPTRANone
Royal Mint Friendly Club14 Royal Mint PlaceE1 8LSTRANone
Dunmore Point Community HallGascoigne PlaceE2 7NPTRANone
Will Crooks Community Centre1-3 Wades PlaceE14 0DATRANone
Watney Market TRAColstead House14 Watney MarketE1 2QYVacantNone
Bethnal Green CottageWhitman HouseCornwall AvenueE2 0HDVacantNone
Robin Hood Gardens TRABlock 1 - 104Woolmore StreetE14 0HNVacantNone
9b Burslem Street9b Burslem StreetE1 2LLVacantNone
Cable Street Senior Citizen ClubRear of 135 -157 Solander GardensE1 0DEVacantNone
Tower Hamlets Leaseholders6 Watney MarketE1 2PRVacantNone
Robin Hood Project ShopYouth Training CentreWoolmore StreetE14 0HWVacantNone
Frostic Walk Community Centre13 Frostic WalkE1 5LTVacantNone

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.

Photo: Stephen Richards [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Poplar Town Hall – not on the list. Disposed of by previous Mayor.
To tell the council about your bright idea, click over to the council site here or email asset.management@towerhamlets.gov.uk to request a hard copy of the consultation questions.