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

Raj Gupta rjgupta53 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 25 09:46:33 GMT 2020

Dear Dave and Jo.

Sorry I am not able to attend this meeting today. We are the community Hub
(Harringay) have the same issues as outlined.

1. We continue to have problems with waste collection.  Are commercial
waste collection  bywaters has demand payment  during the lockdown period
depite no service was prrovide which we are  unable to afford any help in
terms of changing the  contract and  having a reduced rate and  free
collection during lock down will be most welcome we continue to have
problem with the  boiler which how  needs replacing . We need support with
free  supplying of of personal protection equipment.

I hope to join in your meeting next week.

In solidarity.


On Tue, 24 Nov 2020, 18:12 dave morris, <davetottenham at googlemail.com>

> Hi all..
> Poppy Thomas just got back to me. looks like the HCCN/Council joint
> meeting at 11am will be postponed to the following week. They are keen for
> us to send them our ideas/requests for action for them to consider at next
> week's reconvened time. Hence our own HCCN meeting tomorrow at 10am (see
> zoom link) is important for Centres to attend!
> Hopefully see many of you there..
> Dave
> On Tue, Nov 24, 2020, 3:54 PM Jo Reilly <jo.reilly at hornseyvale.org> wrote:
>> 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
>> *Jo Reilly*
>> Hornsey Vale Community Centre
>> www.hornseyvale.org
>> 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
>> *To:* communitycentres at haringey.org.uk <communitycentres at haringey.org.uk>
>> *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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