Walthamstow community centre recruited to make library in Leyton better used by locals

Alison Griffin

Alison Griffin

First published in East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

THE managers of a successful community centre have been hired by Waltham Forest Council in the hope that they can work their magic on a public library.

The authority will spend £15,000 will be spent on the library in Lea Bridge Road in Leyton, in an attempt to increase the number and range of community events taking place there.

Overseeing the project will be the people behind the The Mill community hub in Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, who managed to transform the defunct St James Street Library into a thriving community space in September last year.

The venue is now used to host clubs and groups from across Walthamstow, as well as a poetry club, a theatre, and a support centre for women, and the group have been given £10,000 funding in return for their help on the library in Leyton.

Alison Griffin, a Mill trustee who will be heading the project, said: “It’s a tough task, but an exciting one.

“I’m looking forward to working with the people who already feel passionately about their building, and making sure that this too stays in the hands of the community who love it”.

Work is expected to get under way in the new year.

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