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Truce for warring community groups

PUBLISHED: 11:42 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:53 07 September 2010

A SHOWDOWN between West Hampstead's two rising community organisations has led to a truce with all agreeing to work together. Both groups were formed from the ashes of the West Hampstead Community Association which closed last May after being forced to go

A SHOWDOWN between West Hampstead's two rising community organisations has led to a truce with all agreeing to work together.

Both groups were formed from the ashes of the West Hampstead Community Association which closed last May after being forced to go into voluntary liquidation.

The rivals - one group which has yet to be named and the Mill Lane Neighbourhood Centre - will compete for the contract from Camden Council to reopen the much-needed hub.

Steering committee member of the nameless group Miles Seaman said: "We had a mediated discussion with the other group because there had been quite a lot of friction between the two groups and we wanted to resolve that.

"What the discussion really allowed us to do was vent our feelings about the past but then move forward.

"We were successful and there was a good frank exchange of views and I think we each saw the other side of the argument.

"We must now look forward and move forward for the sake of the community and I believe we all have the spirit to do that together."

Maxine Forrest, chairwoman of the steering community of MLNC, said: "There are two groups and we do not want to cause friction in the local community.

"People have different ideas from both groups and we want to work together. I have had experience in three different community centres for 25 years and I thought I would be able to help the community.

"I am looking forward to moving forward and working together with the local community and the other group.


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