State of the art community neighbourhood centre set for Canning Town

25 July 2016 in Community neighbourhoods
​A state of the art Community Neighbourhood Centre is being developed in Canning Town that will help residents get more involved in their local area.
​Councillor Forhad Hussain, deputy cabinet member for building communities;  Councillor Ken Clark, cabinet member for building communities, public affairs, regeneration and planning; Councillor Idris Ibrahim, lead member for Custom House and Canning Town
​Newham Council is undertaking a £2 million project to transform the empty building in the newly regenerated Rathbone Market, in Barking Road, into a modern centre that can be used by the whole community.

It will be able to play host to a range of community initiatives as well as showcasing the wide range of local activities and clubs residents may want to join and be involved in. It is part of the council’s drive to help bring local communities even closer together through a wide range of events and activities.

The new centre, which is expected to be completed next year, will include a number of spaces available for hire by residents and groups. A kitchen will also be available to enable people to cater for parties or events they hold at the new centre.

The Canning Town Library, currently opposite the market, will be relocated into the building. As well as the books, films and CDs available in the library, people will also have access to over six million titles through the London Library Consortium. This scheme enables libraries from across the capital to share items with each other.

Among the other facilities at the new centre will be studying and reading areas, facilities for self check-in and out of books, films and CDs loans, computers, free wifi, and public toilets including baby changing facilities.

Screens will also be placed throughout the centre to inform people of the range of events taking place in the building and local community.

Councillor Ken Clark, cabinet member for building communities, public affairs, regeneration and planning said: “Our borough is a hive of initiatives and activities helping bring local residents together and building community spirit.

“We have a clear vision of supporting and enhancing this work which helps people play full and active roles in their local area. This new centre in Canning Town will help us achieve this ambition as it will provide local people and groups with a modern venue to use and meet.

“The building is currently only a shell and we need to undertake extensive work inside to turn it into a fully functioning modern community neighbourhood centre. This is a hugely exciting project and I hope when it is complete local residents will make full use of it and it becomes an integral part of the community.”

Last year Newham Council’s community centres hosted more than 6,000 events which received more than 100,000 visits.
The council is currently investigating possible future uses for the current Canning Town Library building.