Newham

Cabinet decide to close Upton Centre ahead of future development

25 June 2015 in Council and democracy and Mayor
Newham Council's cabinet and mayor today (Thursday 25 June) took the decision to close the Upton Centre permanently and consult on a future development for the site.
The Upton Centre was closed on Friday 19 December after specialist engineers advised that the boilers were no longer compliant and the heating system could not be used.

Following the closure, a review of the building was carried out by independent surveyors and engineers who established that a significant amount of work would be needed to bring the centre back in to use.

Following a meeting of cabinet in March a six week consultation took place between Wednesday 15th April to Tuesday 26th May 2015.

Today councillors took on board the views of residents expressed during the consultation including a desire to have community centre provision in the area as well as provide affordable housing and chose to permanently close the centre with a view to consult on the future use of the site with developed options, which could include these uses going forward.

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: "It is clear that residents want to see a community centre at this site, but unfortunately buildings do not last forever and it is with some sadness that the current Upton Centre is no longer sustainable.

"This council has to find £50million of savings next year alone. We are facing competing demands for funds, and with this decision we have an opportunity to create a better community centre for all residents, that is more cost effective as well as create much needed housing. This is exactly what our residents want."

Officers will now consider options for development of the site before consulting with residents in the future.