To all Lordship Rec park users, Lordship Hub customers and supporters.
This is an invitation to come along and meet with those of us involved in running the Lordship Rec Hub community centre/cafe in the park on Tuesday, 20th August, from 19.00-21.00. We would like to discuss with you how we can work together and support each other, how we can address any concerns, issues or questions you may have, and how local people can get involved in the Hub and park.
The Hub Co-operative’s members, volunteers, staff and supporters have worked hard together over the last 5 years to provide the best community-run services we can for park users and the surrounding communities. Many of us are also members of the Friends of Lordship Rec who have been instrumental in the park’s regeneration over the last 20 years from the featureless, neglected and abandoned space it once was.
We all live locally and are pleased that Lordship Rec has been transformed into a great park with a wide range of facilities and activities serving all ages, sections of our communities and their varying interests. It’s been a long and highly-challenging journey, and after 5 years of negotiations between the Hub and the Council we finally secured a 25-year lease earlier this year.
This is a new stage for us and there are many financial and organisational issues we in the Hub are now grappling with. There are also long-term questions over the Council’s future resourcing for the proper maintenance and management of all Haringey public green spaces, and hence the need to continue to strengthen community involvement in our parks.
Recently we have had some concerns expressed over a handful of Hub weekend functions organised by private hirers. We of course welcome and rely financially on a wide range of classes, activities and functions here, almost all organised by local people. As the Hub becomes more popular as a destination and venue, we want to ensure that we maintain our record of appropriate and well-run activities.
We have a strong set of hire terms and conditions that all must comply with, and we take seriously any breach of those – including taking sanctions against any who refuse to comply. We are making steps to review these terms and conditions, and to improve our monitoring and enforcement, and are happy to discuss this and any other issues.
We are not complacent and want to improve. We are all doing our best and learning as we go along. As a not-for-profit social enterprise run co-operatively by local people for the benefit of park users and our local communities we welcome constructive feedback and active involvement.
We also take this opportunity to invite you to come and use and enjoy the facilities, and to become a member or volunteer to help make the Hub and park the success they need to be!
The Hub Board