Refugee groups fear they will lose offices

Palingswick House could change use under council's proposals

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A number of voluntary groups in Hammersmith fear they may be forced out of their offices as part of a premises review being carried out by Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

At least three buildings in Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush are on a list for possible sale, including 241 King Street, Hammersmith, which houses around 16 voluntary groups.

241 King Street, also known as Palingswick House, is home to groups such as the Refugee Advice And Support Centre, the Iraqi Association, the Iranian Association and the Kurdish Association For Refugees.

 

These groups say they provide a vital service for people in Hammersmith and Fulham.

The tenants also claim that the King Street offices were previously owned by the Greater London Authority, and were given to the borough when that body was dissolved, on the condition that they be used for charitable purposes.

The Council is believed to be looking at various options, including developing several "community hubs" which would provide better facilities for voluntary groups in the borough.

November 20, 2008