Haringey Council committed to future of community centre
Monday 2 November 2009
Haringey Council and the Selby Trust have pledged to work together to protect the future of one of the borough's best-used community facilities.
The Selby Centre, Selby Road, Tottenham, plays host to up to 1,500 people each day - offering access to training, advice, employment support, community development and social activities under one roof.
Members of the Selby Trust, set up in 1992 to save the centre from closure, and Haringey Council are teaming up to draw up an action plan to give the centre a successful future in quality premises.
At a meeting on Wednesday, Haringey Council reassured the Trust that there are no plans to close the centre, terminate the lease or evict the Trust from the site.
Cllr Bob Harris, Cabinet Member for Resources, said:
"This was a successful meeting and a good first step towards what we hope will be a very positive future.
"We value highly the contribution the Selby Trust makes to the Selby Centre and to the people of the borough.
"We reassured them that there are no secret proposals to sell off the site and we have agreed to work together to try to improve opportunities for everyone who uses the centre."
Selby Trust director Sona Mahtani said: "Local people deserve decent community facilities to access much-needed services, particularly as they look for help during the recession.
"We are agreed with the council that the Selby site needs significant investment and we look forward to working together with the council to secure the funds required to improve the centre."