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Look what the advertisement did not tell you about Highgate Newtown Community Centre and the future

16 February, 2017

• THE February 9 New Journal carried an advert concerning Highgate Newtown Community Centre and the future of community services.

What the advert failed to tell readers is that 31 private flats are being built in a small courtyard to pay for the “promise of this £3.8million investment” and that Camden Council also wants to make a profit of £2million.

This scheme has been strongly opposed by users and local residents and it isn’t good enough for the council to focus only on the possible facilities and ignore the impact of this huge development on the local community.

Don’t be fooled by the pretty drawing in the advert. The courtyard will be a through-route for bikes, and visitors sitting there will have to move every time there is a collection or delivery as vehicles perform three-point turns to get in and out, then enjoy the fumes as they finish their refreshments!

What else has HNCC signed up to?

The centre will be demolished and any activities surviving will have to be provided on other sites for two to three years with some not even in Highgate.

Also HNCC has signed up to a business plan which means that they will have to increase the amount they raise each year from £83k to between £400k to £500k. Will HNCC even be able to afford to return to the site??

Readers need to know that there is strong local opposition to this scheme and that there is an alternative, a cheaper, smaller, scheme that would make the improvements needed and avoid all this disruption to the centre and the local community.

IAN WILLIAMS, THANOS MORPHITIS,
SIAN BERRY, LINDA STARKEY,
TOM CLYNE, ROSS SHADBOLT,
ELISABET MAGURA, MAYA VAUGHAN,
LINDA DAVIES, JAVIER ENCINAS,
KARINE PARDE, DAVID QUEEN,
YVONNE CLYNE, EIRIL VENVIK SKARBEK,
JON LEVY, SHIONA MACORKINDALE,
SALLY, GRIFFIN, NICHOLAS MANN,
JO & DECLAN MCCAFFERTY,
SARAH HARRISON & KATE WILSON
On behalf of The Friends of HNCC

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