People who live, work or study in borough asked to sign
As part of the attempt to save the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith which is currently threatened with closure, a petition has been launched to allow people who benefit from the facility to show their support.
In January 2009, Hammersmith Council agreed to extend the centre's lease from April 2012 to April 2017. They have since announced they will no longer honour their agreement and have instead decided to sell the freehold. The proposed purchase price is between £2m and £2.2m.
The Centre is looking into every avenue as to how best to raise this amount. In the meantime they have created a petition to the council to reconsider their decision, or at least extend the lease until 2017 to enable them more time to raise the funds. Alternatively, you can show your support by signing a paper copy at the Irish Cultural Centre reception desk.
The aim is to get over 5,000 signatures in support of the Centre in order to submit a petition to the local council by latest 13th January 2011. By raising this number of names the council will have to allow them to present their case at a full Council Meeting on 26th January 2011. Only the names of those who live, work or study in the borough will be considered legitimate for the purpose of this petition.
The Centre also suggests that you lobby your local councillor, and let them know why you feel the centre is of value to you and yours, and what you feel the impact will be if the centre is sold.
December 17, 2010