Newham

Forest Gate residents to benefit from improved centre

27 May 2015 in Events and Mayor
Residents across Forest Gate will be able to discover more ways of getting involved in their local area with the opening of an improved community neighbourhood centre next month.
Newham Council has added a range of new facilities to The Gate Library, on Woodgrange Road, to make it an even more inviting neighbourhood centre for residents to use. These include a coffee shop, free Wi-Fi, and more community space.

The refurbished centre, which will open on Wednesday 10 June, is part of the council’s drive to bring local communities together through activities and events.

The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, will visit the centre on its opening day to see it in action. He will be joined by Councillor Ken Clark, cabinet member for building communities, public affairs, regeneration and planning.

The new-look centre also includes large community spaces providing more space for events and displays by local groups and organisations, which could include craft workshops; reading groups or exhibitions on local history.

Local business, Coffee 7, will run the new coffee shop, and the display screens will showcase information about local events and council services. Screens have also been placed in the centre’s windows to inform passers-by of the range of events taking place in the building and the local community.

The new facilities build on those already available at the centre. These include a homework and study area, computers and free internet access, printing, newspapers; self-service machines to access council services, public toilets including baby changing facilities and meeting rooms for hire.

Residents will also still be able to borrow books and audio books from the library – as well having access to over six million titles through the London Library Consortium which enables libraries across the capital share items with each other.

Sir Robin said: “Newham is rich with activities, groups and initiatives helping to build stronger and more resilient communities across the borough. Refreshing this centre gives people in Forest Gate a fantastic platform to make new friends, learn new skills and find out how they can get more involved in their local area.

“This demonstrates how Newham Council is using its buildings and services to bring communities closer together.”

Councillor Clark said: “Our vision is to build communities where people feel a sense of belonging and where they can work with us and others to enhance their local area.

“This improved centre is part of helping us achieve this goal and bring about real change at a local level for our communities.”

The centre will be open Monday 9.30am - 5.30pm; Tuesday 9.30am - 5.30pm; Wednesday 9.30am - 5.30pm; Thursday 9.30am - 8pm; Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm; Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm. It will be closed on Sundays.