Search

Readers' Letters

Readers' Letters

We must save vital centre

PUBLISHED: 19:13 21 December 2010

Highbury Roundhouse is a remarkable thing – a community centre which has thrived for more than 30 years, right in the heart of Highbury, largely independent of council subsidy.

It has managed to do this because the big old building at the back of the site has allowed it to offer something for people of all interests and age groups: dance, drama, music; sport, exercise, play – or just plain social gatherings for children, young people, the elderly and parents/carers.

Its landlord, however, has allowed the building to slip into disrepair over time, such that the council has now slapped on a dangerous structure notice, forced the Roundhouse to move its activities into scattered temporary accommodation elsewhere, and is now threatening demolition – with no clear commitment as to if or where the centre will be re-built.

And who is this landlord? The council itself!

The Roundhouse has advice that demolition is unnecessary and expensive, and that the building could be repaired and restored more cheaply. We would urge local people to join the call for a binding council commitment to keep the centre where it is, so it can continue to serve the community for generations to come.

They can sign the petition at www.savehighburyroundhouse.co.uk but should also let their local councillors know in person that the Roundhouse must be saved. – Caroline Russell, Highbury team, Islington Green Party, via e-mail.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Islington Gazette. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Islington Gazette