Improved Forest Gate community centre to open next month

The Gate Library

The Gate Library - Credit: Archant

An improved community centre in Forest Gate will be open to the public next month.

Residents can look forward to a range of new facilities which have been added to The Gate Library, on Woodgrange Road.

This includes a coffee shop, free Wi-Fi, and more community space which could be used for events and displays.

The refurbished centre, which will open on Wednesday 10 June, is part of the council’s drive to bring local communities together through activities and events.

The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, and Councillor Ken Clark, cabinet member for building communities, public affairs, regeneration and planning, will visit the centre on the opening day.

The Mayor said: “Newham is rich with activities, groups and initiatives helping to build stronger and more resilient communities across the borough.

“Refreshing this centre gives people in Forest Gate a fantastic platform to make new friends, learn new skills and find out how they can get more involved in their local area.

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“This demonstrates how Newham Council is using its buildings and services to bring communities closer together.”

Local business, Coffee 7, will run the new coffee shop, and new display screens will showcase information about local events and council services.

Councillor Clark said: “Our vision is to build communities where people feel a sense of belonging and where they can work with us and others to enhance their local area.

“This improved centre is part of helping us achieve this goal and bring about real change at a local level for our communities.”

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