Emerald Centre, Hammersmith

Meeting: 
MQT on 2003-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2003
Reference: 
2003/2052
Question By: 
Angie Bray
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I understand that the Emerald Centre lease has run out and discussions are currently underway with TfL about the renewal. I also understand that the Emerald Centre community organisation objected to TfL's proposal to build a bus stop outside of the centre and has recently received a heavy handed letter from TfL demanding that they withdraw their objection. Please can you explain why this serious objection has been dealt with in this way?

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Answer

Answer for Emerald Centre, Hammersmith

Answer for Emerald Centre, Hammersmith

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Hammersmith bus station has reached full capacity, and in order to accommodate additional buses to meet the increase in demand, the bus station requires expansion. In the short-term this will require the Emerald Centre to be demolished. However, as part of the comprehensive redevelopment of the area, TfL will include community facilities.Because of this, it is possible for the centre to stay at this location. TFL has looked at ways in which the local groups could be compensated, including offering financial assistance to groups using the centre and an extension to their lease for a period of 3 months, to facilitate the process of redevelopment. .