St James St Library Campaign

The people of St James & Coppermill community speak
November 8, 2010, 2:53 pm
Filed under: campaigning

The people of St James & Coppermill community speak:

“What we think should become of the St James Library building”

Compiled Sat 3rd July 2010 by St James Street Library Campaign


“OAP groups, teenage group space, toddler groups, single parent associations, special needs groups, Citizens Advice, party rooms”  Karen Reed, Haroldstone Road E17

“I want to use it as a community centre, because there is nothing around here.  And we need something for the whole community to benefit.  Especially young people”   JK Mensah, Coppermill Lane

“It  could be a place to share ideas and knowledge about different religions and cultures”  Shamin Aktar, Glenthorne Road

“We would like this area used for the community.  An area where children can come, especially for classes or groups such as toddler groups, reading area or for classes such as yoga.  Definetly for all the community”   The Walsh family

“Community centre- things for everybody- exercise classes, childrens parties, events for the elderly” Hargreaves family

“Important to keep it as a community building, for yoga studio, food co-op, art workshops or community support”    Anna Bushan, Riverside Close

“Reading room, toddler group, computer training, meeting place for the community”    Mohebat Ali, Hazelwood Road

“Would like to see the library re-opened and used as a library and other community engagements such as local surgeries”   Justine and Matthew Wilkinson  Haroldstone Road  E17

“Toddler groups, young people community group, rooms for rent for meetings or parties”  Chad Leonce, Rensburg Road

“A library”  Christine Roberts, Hervey Park Road

“A library or community centre”  Steve and Sharon, Edward Road

“St James Street needs all the help it can get.  Closing the library was the nail in the coffin.  No community facilities will not help the community”  L. Haukim*


“Would love to see library re-opened, my exams are coming up and I would love a space to revise in” Vernisha Campbell

“A community centre, maybe a youth group for children 11+, a homework or quiet study zone.  Hold exercise classes or yoga for all ages.  A venue to host a club for the elderly”    Rachel and Kier Lawson, Salop Road

“Playgroups, arts& crafts, youth clubs, space for parties, teaching rooms to help kids with maths and English” Dee Mistry, Morland Road E17

“Community centre not a drug centre, a space for the local children and young teenagers” April Beeson, Rensburg Road

“Library and somewhere for various clubs for young children”  Louise Mitchell,  Cazenove Road

“Reading for teenagers.  Could be based on computers as part of the scheme so they don’t feel threatened or self conscious.  Teenage material of course.  Maybe with some music in the background”

“Homework club that kids need somewhere on the weekend.  Some younger secondary school students and older primary not allowed to go to central library on their own as they are worried about gangs”

“It’s a real strain going to central library.  Its too far for the kids to go by themselves to Central.  It would give them independence if they could go to the end of Coppermill Lane. Also a space for older people”  Coral Jepson, Chester Road



“A space for the Community Council to meet, could hold it more regularly or during daytime for elderly people, like they do in Priory Court”   B. Marsh, Pretoria Road

“OAP centre, reading room, council meeting centre, toddler group, arts and crafts”    Mussarat Butt, Coppermill Lane

“A friendly home from home for people who are old or disabled and don’t have chance to go out much”*

“My father is 85 and he used the old library a lot as he lives in Hazelwood Road.  This gave him the opportunity and reason to come out of the house”  Zahoor Ahmed, Markhouse Road*


“Would love library back or rooms opened for community space- yoga, reading room, arts and crafts, toddler groups, play sessions in school holidays, computer and internet basic training and teaching” Amanda Simonson and daughter Azrael

“Use it for craft classes and have sewing machines.  I could show people how to use the sewing machines”   Florrie Cleary, Leucha Road

“Sewing and Cake making classes”

“Music venue- one off gigs, folk club, lessons, jam sessions” Chloe, Lloyd Road

“It should be a library, or have fitness centre, mini-cinema or language centre”  Jasmin Begum

“The library helped me a lot when I just arrived to the country, when I didn’t know the neighbourhood at all. I got all what I needed from it, information, culture, leisure”  Lamia Berrant Hazelwood Road*

Other ideas for community uses we collected by email submissions in July 2010:

  • Local artist exhibition space
  • Community language schools
  • Space for job finders
  • Welcome new arrivals to the community
  • Councillor surgeries
  • Adult education classes
  • Homework club
  • Computer and internet centre
  • Gardening clubs
  • Photography clubs
  • Bike maintenace and repairs
  • Food co-op distribution centre
  • Community toilets
  • Baby change
  • Arts and crafts


*Quotes compiled in 2007


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