Hackney Council statement: Court decision on the future of 136-138 Kingsland High Street

Hackney Council spokesperson said: “For many months Hackney Council has committed to working with Centerprise to resolve this situation and despite our best efforts, unfortunately the Council was left with no option but to go to court. Centerprise were paying a rent of £520 per year for the use of this building for many years. That’s just 8p per square foot and significantly less than the subsidised rent rate of £4 per square foot. The Council has a responsibility to ensure that the tax payers of Hackney receive a fair rent for its buildings including 136-138 Kingsland High Street and given the great demand for buildings by the voluntary sector, that each group is treated the same. The Council has no intention of selling the building and it is committed to ensuring that it is used by a voluntary or community group to provide services to the people of Hackney.