Last night Bromley Council’s Planning committee voted overwhelming to grant D1 (Community Use) classification to the former old Citizens Advice Bureau in 20 Snowdown Close or ‘The Hub’ as it is locally known. A separate application for it to be turned into housing was refused.
The Hub runs homework clubs, encourages a healthy lifestyle by promoting sports and runs a football team. The Hub also has a state of the art music studio. Pengeulum, a local music festival held on Royston Fields was organised and performed by those connected with The Hub who have also performed at Penge Festival. The Hub has received support from Radio 1 and X-factor.
Penge & Cator Cllrs Kathy Bance and Kevin Brooks spoke at the meeting highlighting the excellent services provided at the Hub and the need to retain these in a part of the borough already stripped of youth provision. Cllr Peter Fookes has also campaigned on behalf of The Hub.
We would like to thank Glen Paten and all those at Christ Central who have put their energies into running The Hub. Thanks also go to Penge residents and Penge Forum for their support. A special mention deserves to go to the many users of the Hub who attended to show their support and in particular Ying Len Butt who’s excellent address to committee contributed towards members voting in favour of community use.
The Committee’s decision is an excellent result for Penge. However, it is important that activities at The Hub return swiftly. Your Councillors will be working hard to make this happen.