[community centres] HCCN meeting 10am, followed by HCCN/Council meeting Wed 25th Nov (tbc) - the key issues

Jo Reilly jo.reilly at hornseyvale.org
Tue Nov 24 15:54:25 GMT 2020

Thanks for trying to be proactive Dave. I've moved a meeting tomorrow to join you at 10am.

In addition to the Covid-19 issues you raise, we at Hornsey Vale are just as interested in the longer term strategy of the Council as trailed in VCS meetings over the last year. Specifically:

  *   when will we have the opportunity to negotiate a new 25-year lease?
  *   what will be our rent beyond 2021 and how will this relate to measures of social value, if at all?

Jo Reilly
Hornsey Vale Community Centre
020 8348 4612; info at hornseyvale.org
@HornseyVale #HornseyVale
From: communitycentres <communitycentres-bounces at haringey.org.uk> on behalf of Dave Morris <davetottenham at googlemail.com>
Sent: 24 November 2020 15:35
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Subject: [community centres] HCCN meeting 10am, followed by HCCN/Council meeting Wed 25th Nov (tbc) - the key issues

Haringey Community Centres Network

Hi all

In the light of the continuing forced closure or disruption of Centres' work, I have been trying to get an answer from the Council for many weeks regarding

- Continuation of the rent holiday for all, as negotiated and agreed during the first Lockdown.

- Centres having free waste collection services from Veolia.

- Continuing availability of grants

As a result a meeting is being currently arranged between reps of the HCCN and the Council tomorrow, Wednesday 25th Nov, probably 11am (still awaiting this to be confirmed). Should include Charlotte Pomery and Cllr Blake, but this has not yet been confirmed either. I have today left messages with all the relevant officers and Cllr Blake to get back to me.

However, there are many potential other ways the Council might be able to support our vital sector to try to survive the current financial crisis we all face. See below for a list. More ideas welcome.

Hence I am calling a short emergency zoom meeting of Community Centres at 10am tomorrow, Wed Nov 25th, for us to discuss what our current collective position is. The meeting of a representative group of us with the Council might follow at 11am, or (if not confirmed) may be rescheduled to a later date.

Dave Morris, Lordship Hub - for the HCCN      [My number is 07952 165493]

HCCN meeting link, 10am:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83226648192

HCCN reps / LBH meeting, 11am - to be confirmed

Our current asks of the Council to be discussed, including:

·         - the continued suspension of rent

·         - business rates be suspended.  Were these covered by the planned Government grant to every Council during Lockdown 1?. The Council had been expected to be writing to all Haringey businesses (who pay business rates) with a claim form.

·         - General grants for maintaining the sustainability of centres.. did these get widely received by Centres? Will they continue?

      - Add Centres to the Veolia contract for free waste collection (designated alongside Council buildings)

-     - Consider adding Centres to the Council’s central maintenance contract and tackle repairs at each Centre during the closed period if maintenance contractors are working and can operate safely

·         - Supply PPE and disinfecting equipment that can be used to make centres safe.

·         - Provide central advice, guidelines, equipment and finance to enable community centre kitchens to operate safely and to provide free hot meals or takeaway packages to those needing them in all parts of the Borough.
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