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Housing, health clinic or restaurant? Have your say on Stoke Newington Town Hall’s future

PUBLISHED: 17:37 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:25 20 July 2017

Council chamber at Stoke Newington Town Hall

Council chamber at Stoke Newington Town Hall

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Stoke Newington Town Hall could be put to use as a health clinic, restaurant - or even housing - to raise some of the £10m needed to renovate it.

Hackney Council has already spent £5m giving the art deco building in Church Street a revamp along with the library nearby.

The Council Chamber in the Grade II listed Town Hall is now hired out for weddings and celebrations, and is considered one of the borough’s key landmarks.

But many parts of the buildings are vacant or underused, and it is estimated that a further £10m will be needed to protect and maintain both the buildings.

Residents are now being invited to comment on plans for the future use of the historic buildings.

Ideas now being considered were gathered in an initial public consultation held in October.

Suggestions included introducing workspace and studios, a health clinic or a specialist education centre on the first and ground floors of the Town Hall building.

The council says the Assembly Hall and adjoining rooms – which underwent a £6.4m revamp seven years ago - could either be retained, or converted to a performance space or conference space.

The data centre and civil defence buildings to the rear of the site could be refurbished or redeveloped to accommodate “much-needed” housing or office space according to the council.

It is proposed to leave the library as it is, but to introduce ‘click and collect’ retail lockers in its foyer.

The council says the former reference library which is currently used as a storage facility for the community service library could be used to either extend the current library or to introduce a restaurant or café if the storage facility moves.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, the council’s business chief said: “Stoke Newington Town Hall and Library have long been recognised as important landmarks in our borough, but many parts of these elegant buildings are underused and need work done to keep them in good order.

“Now is definitely the right time to breathe new life into the buildings and secure their long term future.”

The consultation runs until August 14.

To comment online see hackney.gov.uk/spd or pick up a paper copy at Stoke Newington Library.

The council’s planning team will be on hand to answer questions at drop-in sessions at Stoke Newington Library tomorrow from noon to 2pm and July 26 from 2pm to 4pm.

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