Community facilities in line for £3m upgrade

Wed 5 December 2012, 4:23 pm

Southwark Council has unveiled a major modernisation programme to upgrade its network of more than 100 tenants' and residents' halls.

The facilities, which are dotted across the borough and host community events such as dance clubs, youth services, and keep-fit sessions, will be upgraded as part of a rolling programme over the course of the coming years.

Southwark said some £500,000 would be spent on renovations each year, with 19 halls set to be brought up to modern standards as part of the first batch.

It said that the halls varied in size and condition, with around 60 having been purpose-built, and the remainder created using ground-floor spaces around communal lobby areas or vacant offices.

Priority areas include improving facilities for the disabled and fire-safety upgrades.

Councillor Ian Wingfield, Southwark’s cabinet member for housing, said the work would be preceded by a major review of ways the halls could be used to their fullest potential.

“As part of that review we are working with voluntary groups to offer them spaces to run services in accessible, modern, safe and conveniently located facilities right across the borough,” he said.