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Jeremy Corbyn ‘delighted’ as Crouch Hill gets new community centre and 23 council homes

PUBLISHED: 14:42 22 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:49 24 January 2018

Jeremy Corbyn, centre, joins the celebrations at the opening of Brickworks community centre and 23 new council homes in Crouch Hill. Picture: Steve Bainbridge

Jeremy Corbyn, centre, joins the celebrations at the opening of Brickworks community centre and 23 new council homes in Crouch Hill. Picture: Steve Bainbridge

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Hundreds of people celebrated the opening of a new community centre, as well as 23 new council homes, in Crouch Hill on Saturday.

Brian and Jackie Heywood cut the ribbon at the opening of Brickworks community centre and 23 new council homes in Crouch Hill's Holly Park Estate. Brian is the widower and Jackie the daughter of the late Marie Heywood, who was active in the Ilex House Tenants and Residents' Association. Picture: Steve BainbridgeBrian and Jackie Heywood cut the ribbon at the opening of Brickworks community centre and 23 new council homes in Crouch Hill's Holly Park Estate. Brian is the widower and Jackie the daughter of the late Marie Heywood, who was active in the Ilex House Tenants and Residents' Association. Picture: Steve Bainbridge

The Brickworks centre has a cafe, meeting rooms, kitchens, a sports hall, children’s play spaces, a nursery, therapy rooms, offices for community groups, a roof garden and a music room.

Meanwhile, the 23 new council homes will house 80 people. All of them are at social rent.

Brickworks will be run by Hanley Crouch Community Association. Islington North MP and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is a trustee of the group, said: “I am absolutely delighted the vision of building a new community centre with council housing attached has actually come to fruition.

“The beautiful new building will be the opportunity for everyone in our area to use it, enjoy it and for the young and old to achieve their best together.

“I also give a special thank you to Colin Adams, centre manager of Hanley Crouch Association, for his excellent leadership of the centre and commitment to the local community.”

Islington Council housing leader Cllr Diarmaid Ward said: “London is facing a housing crisis of staggering proportions, and Islington Council is doing everything it can to help residents into safe, genuinely affordable homes.

“These new 23 council homes form part of Islington Council’s commitment to building 2000 new homes by 2019, including 500 new council homes.

“The fantastic new community centre, Brickworks, is the result of extensive consultation with residents about their needs. Brickworks is a community led project that has delivered some wonderful new spaces and is already acting as a new hub for the community.”

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