Meeting: Community Land Trusts

Community Land Trusts
7pm Tuesday 28 October
Chestnuts Community Centre
St Ann’s Road, N15

Community Land Trusts can run community centres, social enterprises and social housing. Community centres in Tottenham are threatened with closure. Could a CLT offer a solution ?

Some people around Our Tottenham have organised a meeting to hear speakers from the Community Land Trust movement and find out more about how it would work. The meeting will be at Chestnuts Community Centre, 7pm Tuesday 28 October.

If it makes sense, we would move towards forming a working group to set up a CLT in Tottenham and use it to save one or more of the community centres under threat. Plus possibly getting some genuine social housing put up under community control.

As well as community centres, many local people want to see more ‘proper’ social rent housing instead of the Council’s plans. Some of this could be provided by community cooperatives or a new democratically controlled community housing organisation.

A Community Land Trust would help the community acquire and run sites (leasehold or freehold), negotiate with the Council or developers and landowners, obtain grant funding for feasibility studies, fees, loans for land purchase and eventually for building or refurbishment.

Come to Chestnuts Community Centre, St Ann’s Road, Tuesday 28 October at 7pm to discuss this and hear informed speakers. Agenda below.

See and for background information.

Provisional agenda

Arrival from 6.45: sign contact list if people wish, soft drinks/tea and biscuits available

7pm sharp: welcome and introduction from chair –Yvonne Field

7.10pm to 8pm; speakers, Q and A:-
Hannah Fleetwood, Community Land Trust Network

Overview of what CLTs are and can do, plus one London and one other big-city example of CLT work, highlighting benefits and challenges of this model, funding and investment mechanisms.
Focus on how to fund/preserve/develop community centres because we need this before we get on to housing. Social enterprises will also be relevant as source of future income stream for community facilities.

Also invited; speaker from East London Community Land Trust

8pm: Brief comfort/refreshment break at 8pm (juice, water, biscuits; donations welcome)

8.10pm to 9pm: Discussion of how to move forward in Tottenham:-
Desired outcome; a committed working group to study and form a CLT within 6-12 months, with a view to buying/leasing at least one community centre site and possibly a small section of the St Ann’s site (if they sell it, or if not, somewhere else) for social-rent housing, especially supported housing for ex-mental-health-service users and/or older people.

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