Save Our Space E2

Tower Hamlets Council, Mayor John Biggs and Cllr Rachel Blake, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Planning, Air Quality and Tackling Poverty

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We the undersigned, petition the Council to refurbish rather than demolish the Community Hall known as the Canal Club, Waterloo Gardens, E2 9HP.

The site of a former wood wharf was purchased by the Greater London Council (GLC) in the 1970s as an extension to the Wellington Estate (THH). By the 1980s and 1990s it had become an important local resource, housing a community centre, designed by Julian Sofaer and providing a laundry, youth club, nursery and play and amenity space. Currently used as a nursery, the building and the surrounding amenities have been neglected but could be refurbished for local community use.

We note that subsequent extra housing built on the estate and the many residential developments in the area have increased the need for this kind of community open green space, as recognised by the borough’s Liveable Streets programme, the borough’s support for the Healthy Streets initiative (Transport for London), and the Labour Party’s environment policy, The Green Transformation.
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To: Tower Hamlets Council, Mayor John Biggs and Cllr Rachel Blake, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Planning, Air Quality and Tackling Poverty
From: [Your Name]

We the undersigned, petition the Council to refurbish rather than demolish the community hall known as the Canal Club, Waterloo Gardens, E2 9HP. The former wood wharf was purchased by the Greater London Council (GLC) in the 1970s as an extension to the Wellington Estate (THH). By the 1980s and 1990s it had become an important local resource, housing a community centre, designed by Julian Sofaer and providing a laundry, youth club, nursery and play and amenity space. Currently used as a nursery, the building and the surrounding amenities have been neglected but could be refurbished for local community use.

We note that subsequent extra housing built on the estate and the many residential developments in the area have increased the need for this kind of open space, as recognised by the borough’s Liveable Streets programme, the borough’s support for the Healthy Streets initiative (Transport for London), and the Labour Party’s environment policy, The Green Transformation.