Tower Hamlets Council has launched its second community hub in Digby Street, Bethnal Green, offering community groups a low cost, high quality space to use for meetings and regular community activities.
The new Tramshed community hub has a large multi-purpose space for 200 people, office facilities, a lounge space, kitchen, secure storage, and multimedia equipment.
The hub is the second in a series to be provided by the council across the borough over the next two years. Others hubs planned include another location in Bethnal Green, Wapping, Bromley by Bow and Limehouse as part of a wider roll out of facilities.
The launch event was attended by community groups including Rez Kabir of the theatre group Mukul and Ghetto Tigers who uses the Tramshed as a performance space.
The space is already being used by community groups including a local church, as well as voluntary and cultural groups. Ina Khan, a local singer who won the Bangla television station Channel I’s talent contest in 2016 performed at the launch.
Mayor John Biggs said: “I’m delighted that the second community hub is now open for the voluntary and community sector to use. The sector is a key partner in the delivery of services to residents of the borough. I’m delighted to see the rich cultural activity taking place here and it’s great that we can offer affordable high quality meeting spaces to local groups.”
The use of community buildings was part of a review by John Biggs when he took over as mayor in 2015. The review examined agreements with occupiers of the buildings , the condition of buildings and the range of activities taking place in them.
The report recommended setting up a network of community hubs as a fairer way to allocate space to voluntary, community and charity groups. The use of hubs would be at an affordable, and sustainable rate to maintain the buildings so they would be better looked after.
Local community artist, singer, Ina Khan said: “Facilities for performing are always valuable for new artists. This community hub offers a way to connect arts and community groups to local audiences providing affordable rehearsal and performance space. I’m glad that this second community hub has come on stream.”
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Posted on Friday 30th November 2018