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One O’Clock Club must be a central part of a new scheme

02 August, 2019

Highbury Fields Bandstand workers Lorraine Bywater and Sam Parrington

• FURTHER to your report (Last stand for Highbury Fields Bandstand? July 26), I have now received assurances from Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington’s executive member for environment and transport, that the council remains fully committed to supporting the One O’Clock Club and that no informal or formal decisions have yet been taken on the wider Highbury Fields buildings project.

She says there was a “miscommunication” with the One O’Clock Club and that the council is extremely sorry for the concern that this has understandably caused.

While appreciating Cllr Webbe’s apology and assurances, however, I have reservations that the “miscommunication” can only have arisen from conversations that are genuinely happening at the Town Hall.

Discussion about the new buildings for the Fields has been going on for years, while the existing ones fall further into disrepair.

The council needs to make the new scheme happen – as a matter of urgency – and the One O’Clock Club must be a central part of it, continuing to provide essential services for local children and invaluable support to their parents. As it has for generations.

CLLR CAROLINE RUSSELL
Green Party
Highbury East ward

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