Statement on Make London funding outcome

In the few weeks since we launched our Spacehive page, to raise funds to bring the Wards Corner building back into temporary use as a Community Resource Hub, we have been amazed to see the support we have received. We have raised nearly £12,000 from over 290 backers, and have seen so many messages of support on the page and across social media. 

Recently, we received the news that we had not been selected by the Mayor of London to receive support through the Make London initiative. We wanted to stress to all our supporters that while we were disappointed not to have received the support, this is by no means the end of the road. 

With still lots of time to make our target, we’re committed to raising the rest of the funds, and are exploring other exciting pathways and options for larger backers and support. We are also in positive ongoing discussions with Transport for London, the owner of the building regarding the Hub proposal. In addition to this, we are now able to extend the deadline for our Spacehive page, giving us loads more time for us to meet our goal, and make a Community Resource Hub at Wards Corner a reality. Our team, and the team at Save Latin Village have been working tirelessly to plan and make new exciting content that we can’t wait to share with you all. 

The Trust is committed to developing the site, both through short term and long term projects, which are all part of our larger objectives of community-led development of the town centre for and by those who live in, work in, and use it. The Community Resource Hub remains urgently needed in the context of both the closure of the market, and the wider economic and social effects of Covid-19 on the local community. We continue also to progress with our Temporary Market proposal, and with our Community Plan. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be sharing updates on our other ongoing projects, and the developments that have been going on behind the scenes. 

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