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The Winch to launch second hand bike shop at 100 Avenue Road

24 March, 2015

A Swiss Cottage community centre are launching a bike repair shop this week at the 100 Avenue Road, which has stood empty since developers took it over last year. 

Chief executive of The Winch, Paul Perkins, explained that developers Essential Living, who last year had their controversial plans to build a 24-storey skyscraper at the site thrown out, had allowed them to use the space for free for six months. 

The project, which will take on young people as apprentices and provide them with training, will offer free bike safety checks and repairs at a price. There will also be a range of second hand bikes on sale at the shop, ranging from “low cost” to “high end, made to order” models. 

Mr Perkins said: “We have been given a six-month lease at no cost to set up a social enterprise which fixes and sells second hand bikes whilst providing training and employment opportunities for young people.”

“We have partnered with a really great individual, Thierry Durieux, who used to repair bikes in Kentish Town and wanted to give something back. The nice thing about this kind of business is there are a lot of chances for young people who want to get involved with the hands on side of work rather than desk based jobs.”

The community centre, which is currently based in Winchester Road, had hoped to find a new home at 100 Avenue Road, but the application for the new building was rejected by a planning committee last September. Developers launched an appeal after their plans for a tower block containing private housing and shops were thrown out. Eric Pickles will make the ultimate decision on the future of the site. 

 

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