Time running out to save Lordship Eco-Hub

The Lordship Rec Eco-Hub Cooperative has nearly reached the £18,000 needed to run the Eco-Hub

The Lordship Rec Eco-Hub Cooperative has nearly reached the £18,000 needed to run the Eco-Hub

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A group has five days to raise £3,000 and save a community building in a Tottenham park.

The Lordship Rec Eco-Hub Cooperative has nearly reached the £18,000 needed to run the Eco-Hub in Lordship Rec.

The Friends of Lordship Rec, who created the Co-op, worked with the council to redevelop the park over the past decade following grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

During this time the Eco-Hub was re-opened to the public and used as a community centre.

However, when the council failed to find a commercial enterprise to run the building, the Co-op decided to make a bid to do so themselves.

Asher Jacobsberg, a board member of the Lordship Co-op, said the aim was to encourage people to buy shares in the hub.

He said: “The purpose of the co-op is that everyone can take part. And it’s designed so that if you have one share or twenty shares, you have the same vote in how things are run.”

Mr Jacobsberg added that the money was needed for repairs on the building, as it had been shut for two years. Rent to the council would only be paid in the form of providing services to the community.

The group has been selling shares on the crowd-funding website SpaceHive, but despite having already gained the majority of the cash needed, it will get nothing if the £18,000 target is not met.

In a statement on the site, the Co-op wrote that the building would be “totally accessible and welcoming to all”, and would provide space for training, educational and cultural projects.

Mr Jacobsberg, of Mount Pleasant Road, said:  “It’ll be a great place for local people to come. It’s a fantastic building, it’s an eco build and has won awards for that. It uses next to no energy.

“We’ve had a great reaction from the local community, who are so pleased that the building is being used.”

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