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Highbury Fields: commitment to stay and play group

02 August, 2019

A protest at Highbury Fields

• THE One O’Clock Club stay and play group is a popular and valued part of our broad range of council-supported provision for children in the area.

We are committed to continuing to fund its excellent work, which we have supported for many years, despite unprecedented cuts to the council’s funding by central government.

Unfortunately the building the One O’Clock Club operates from is in a poor condition. A new survey will be conducted to understand what work is required in the short-term to ensure that the building remains safe.

We are committed to carrying out these works. To be clear, no decision has been taken to close the building. Likewise no decisions have been made about the wider project concerning the buildings in this part of Highbury Fields, which were subject to a public consultation in 2018.

An update was shared with stakeholders earlier this year to explain that we are reviewing the scope of the scheme to see if improvements can be made within the budget available.

There was a miscomm­unication about this with the One O’Clock Club last week. We are extremely sorry about the concern and upset this has understandably caused them, people who use the service and local residents.

We are meeting the One O’Clock Club as soon as possible to discuss this and to reaffirm our commitment to securing their future.

CLLR CLAUDIA WEBBE
Executive Member for Environment & Transport

CLLR KAYA COMER-SCHWARTZ
Executive Member for Children, Young People & Families

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