08 December 2016

Campaign launched to save Stockwell resource centre

Local councillors have launched a new campaign to against the proposed closure of the Stockwell Resource centre operated by Hyde Housing.

The petition calls on the housing association to reconsider its plans for the community centre which is popular with many residents in the area, including Vassall. The online petition - which can be found here - says:

The Stockwell Centre on Studley Road (just behind Stockwell tube station) is a well used community centre created for local residents.

Unfortunately, Hyde Housing - the housing association which runs the centre plan to get rid of the centre and lease it to another group, with no guarantee it will stay open or provide the same services to local residents. They are also getting rid of community centres in other areas including the Kennington Park Estate. More details here
The Stockwell Centre hosts a wide range of meetings and events - resident association meetings; support groups for drug/alcohol recovery; police engagement; Councillor and MP surgeries; digital training; support for elderly; training and advice for those getting back into work; social events; the Stockwell Forum; kids' sports activities like judo/taekwondo and much more.
This is a crucial resource which Hyde Housing recently refurbished and said they would support for long term. This is an incredibly well used community centre, in an area that has the 5th highest child poverty in London. It really is crucial that it stays open.

Local Vassall councillors Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop are supporting this petition. Residents are also encouraged to respond to Hyde's consultation about the future of the centre here.