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Lifeline anticipated for West Hampstead Community Centre

PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 November 2011 | UPDATED: 09:48 21 November 2011

Community association chairman Alan Johnson at a meeting to discuss the future of West Hampstead Community Centre in October. Picture: Polly Hancock

Community association chairman Alan Johnson at a meeting to discuss the future of West Hampstead Community Centre in October. Picture: Polly Hancock

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West Hampstead Community Centre is anticipating being thrown a lifeline by Camden Council, guaranteeing its survival until 2013.

The council has granted the community association a rent-free long-term lease for its premises in Broomsleigh Street and said it is “very likely” to pay out £56,250 in transitional funding. The centre has also been given the go-ahead to part-manage the Fortune Green Playcentre until September next year, allowing it to expand the range of activities on offer.

Association chairman Alan Johnson said: “If we don’t get that funding it would be more than likely that we would be calling it a day. We would not have the time to make the transition to being self-funded.

“But this could be a real opportunity for the people of West Hampstead community to come together and back its community centre.”

He warned that the association would have to find a further £22,000 to plug funding gaps.

Council funding will run dry in March 2013 and Mr Johnson said the community centre would have to raise up to £100,000 to keep its doors open.


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