Community Owned Arches in Hackney!

by East End Trades Guild in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Total raised £33,237

raised so far

481

supporters

Let's take the arches of JC Motors, Signature Brew E8 and Tripspace Yoga & Dance into community ownership to keep them safe forever!

by East End Trades Guild in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 1st December 2023 we'd raised £30,574 with 439 supporters in 35 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

The extra funding will go towards a further two years' staff salary to finish the Community Land Trust plan that has been written with support from Community Led Housing London. This includes raising the finance from an ethical bank to purchase land and deliver the community share option in year 2. 

Our partner CLH London provides support to around 40 community-led housing projects across London. Their support will help turn our ambition into a credible proposal, securing the site and planning consents for our community-led project. Although they have specialised in affordable housing to date, they bring a personal understanding of workspace, and the basic principles of securing and managing property are applicable to either context.

                                                           


HELP US TAKE THESE HACKNEY ARCHES INTO COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP!


Imagine if the premises of JC Motors, Tripspace Yoga & Dance and Signature Brew E8 were all owned by the community! Their vital work supporting thousands of local people will be safe forever with permanently affordable rent!

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IF NOT NOW, WHEN? IF NOT US, WHO?

Back in April of this year, Len Maloney was given two weeks to pay £70k arrears or face eviction. Due to the power of the people, that decision was reversed. Now with your help chipping in whatever you can afford, we can aim higher! 

Together with experienced experts, we can take three arches into community ownership starting with the premises of JC Motors and two more long-term Guild members Signature Brew E8 and Tripsace Yoga & Dance. This way their rent will always remain affordable and Len and his neighbours will never be under threat again. 

Whether you donate £1 or £1,000 by chipping in you will also be invited to become a founding member of our democratic Trades Guild Community Land Trust to help us shape our vision as we move forward. 

If all the signatories of Len's letter to Sadiq Khan chipped in £15 each we would hit our goal immediately. 

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THE GUILD HAS DONE THE GROUNDWORK TO MAKE THIS A REALITY! 


1. The Mayor of London who has decision-making powers for TfL is on board. When we asked Sadiq Khan about a CLT just prior to the previous election he said: “The answer is yes, but the issue is the timeline. I do not want to commit to something I cannot deliver. We will have to speak properly about it after the election if I am still Mayor. For the CLT we need to look at the land we’ve got to identify the best site”

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Now six months ahead of the London Mayoral Elections, we must act to hold Sadiq Khan accountable for his promise!

2. We have developed a plan with Community Led Housing London. This respected organisation is supporting CLTs across London in partnership with the Greater London Authority. Although they have specialised in affordable housing to date, they bring a personal understanding of workspace, and the basic principles of securing and managing property are applicable to either context.1697035351_1_cxkxqxm2mokqpwt3nqqnnq.png


WHAT DO WE NEED THE MONEY FOR?

We’re aiming to raise a minimum of £30,000 for the first year of staff costs to deliver a three-year project plan which we have put together with CLT experts Community Led Housing. At this stage, it's about making sure we have a skilled and experienced Community Organiser in place to deliver the plan. Read the full plan here.

The Guild has been working tirelessly for over a decade to create a meaningful impact on affordable rent. If we don't act now the moment is lost forever. 


WHAT IS A COMMUNITY LAND TRUST?

Community Land Trusts are land or buildings held in trust by local people rather than private owners, developers or the state. These trusts have a special asset lock which unlike land owned by local authorities means that they can never be bought by private developers and the rent would never be able to go beyond what local people say is fair and affordable.


WHY DO WE NEED A COMMUNITY LAND TRUST?

The story of Len Maloney and JC Motors is just the tip of the iceberg. The most common issue to come back from listening to Guild members ever since our founder's meetings in 2010 is the worsening availability of affordable space. 

Small businesses are under more pressure than ever. Rising energy costs, an unstable economy and government and now commercial rent in is back to pre-pandemic levels and set to keep rising. With business rates linked to rental value these increases are punishing. It's no surprise that there were more than 105,000 UK business closures in the first quarter of 2023. The outdated system is crushing the essential part of the economy that actually sustains local communities.

The property sector is a large part of this outdated system, steeped in the centuries-old culture of a zero-sum game which dictates that renters pay more than they can afford via a “market rent” which is easily manipulated by large landlords and developers so that they can increase their profits. Often and particularly in London these profits go to overseas tax havens. According to a Trust for London report, there are 42,500 properties in London Registered offshore.

By working together we can change the rules at a local level. We can create permanently affordable spaces for the diverse communities of East London, providing accessible premises for meaningful livelihoods and well-being in the East End for generations to come!

IT'S TIME FOR US TO BE THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE!

Rewards

This project offered rewards

£150 or more

Watercolour of JC Motors Workshop by Eleanor Crow!

Eleanor Crow is a book cover designer and illustrator. She is the illustrator of The Pebbles on the Beach by Clarence Ellis and Grief is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter. Eleanor’s book SHOPFRONTS OF LONDON was published by Spitalfields Life and Batsford Books includes Guild members Gardners’ Bags, E5 Bakehouse, E. Pellicci and G Kelly.

£10 or more

Founding Member of Trades Guild CLT

We hugely appreciate any donation no matter how big or small. All contributors to this crowdfunder will receive a 10% discount at Luna & Curious as well as an invitation to become a founding member of our new democratic Trades Guild Community Land Trust to help shape a shared vision as we move ahead.

£20 or more

EETG Tote Bag + 10% Discount with Luna & Curious

Own one of our much coveted EETG Tote bags from Gardners Bags and a discount with members Luna + Curious! And of course, an invitation to be a founding member of the Trades Guild CLT.

£60 or more

East End + London Wide Trades Guild Membership!

For small businesses, social enterprises and the self-employed. Members will be invited to become founders of Trades Guild Community Land Trust to shape our vision. Other benefits include a Guild window sticker & tote, socials, increased visibility, optional discounts, mutual support between members, a 15-minute surgery with commercial property specialists CBG Law, plus a 10% discount on formal instructions (up to July 2024) and a powerful voice!

£120 or more

East End + London Wide Trades Guild Membership!

For small businesses, social enterprises and the self-employed. Members will be invited to become founders of Trades Guild Community Land Trust to shape our vision. Other benefits include a Guild window sticker & tote, socials, increased visibility, optional discounts, mutual support between members, a 15-minute surgery with commercial property specialists CBG Law, plus a 10% discount on formal instructions (up to July 2024) and a powerful voice!

£180 or more

East End + London Wide Trades Guild Membership!

For small businesses, social enterprises and the self-employed. Members will be invited to become founders of Trades Guild Community Land Trust to shape our vision. Other benefits include a Guild window sticker & tote, socials, increased visibility, optional discounts, mutual support between members, a 15-minute surgery with commercial property specialists CBG Law, plus a 10% discount on formal instructions (up to July 2024) and a powerful voice!

£500 or more

East End + London Wide Trades Guild Membership!

For small businesses, social enterprises and the self-employed. Members will be invited to become founders of Trades Guild Community Land Trust to shape our vision. Other benefits include a Guild window sticker & tote, socials, increased visibility, optional discounts, mutual support between members, a 15-minute surgery with commercial property specialists CBG Law, plus a 10% discount on formal instructions (up to July 2024) and a powerful voice!

£1,000 or more

EETG Sponsorship

East End Trades Guild sponsors to support through this crowdfunder will have access to our events to meet our members, recognition on our sponsor's page on the website and in the 2024 print edition of the East End Independents Map of members.

£30 or more

Lucky dip! A gift from an EETG Member + Tote Bag

This could be the ideal early Xmas gift for one of your loved ones or for you! You also get a 10% discount with Luna & Curious and we will invite you to our party in December for a Lucky Dip Draw! Participating members include; 4COSE, Ella Doran, Tatty Devine, ThinkFound Wild & Wooly, Stooki, The Green Wood Guild and our tour tickets with our friend The Gentle Author.

£50 or more

Lucky dip! A gift from an EETG Member + Tote Bag

This could be the ideal early Xmas gift for one of your loved ones or for you! You also get a 10% discount with Luna & Curious and we will invite you to our party in December for a Lucky Dip Draw! Participating members include; 4COSE, Ella Doran, Tatty Devine, Labour + Wait, InSpitalfields, Wild & Wooly, The Green Wood Guild.

£100 or more

Lucky dip! A gift from an EETG Member + Tote Bag

This could be the ideal early Xmas gift for one of your loved ones or for you! You also get a 10% discount with Luna & Curious and we will invite you to our party in December for a Lucky Dip Draw! Participating members include; 4COSE, Ella Doran, Tatty Devine, Labour + Wait, InSpitalfields, Wild & Wooly, The Green Wood Guild.

£200 or more

Lucky dip! A gift from an EETG Member + Tote Bag

Lucky dip! A gift from an EETG Member + Tote Bag This could be the ideal early Xmas gift for one of your loved ones or for you! You also get a 10% discount with Luna & Curious and we will invite you to our party in December for a Lucky Dip Draw! Participating members include; 4COSE, Ella Doran, Tatty Devine, Labour + Wait, InSpitalfields, Wild & Wooly, The Green Wood Guild.

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