Muslim association given green light to erect fence around former Hainault Working Men’s Club

A Hainault community centre which will be reopened by a Muslim association has been given permission to build a 1.8m clear fence around its boundary, with a gate to allow access for vehicles.

The building, a former working men’s club, was given the green light by the regulatory committee on Monday to go-ahead with the plans to erect the fence which will run along New North Road and Harbourer Road.

Cllr Jim O’Shea said: “There were issues regarding the height of the fence in December last year but that has been reduced and the fence will be see-through, making it more in keeping with the area.

“Concerns about blind spots were also expressed, but because of the changes in material it will make it much safer.”

The building was formerly Hainault Working Men’s Club, until it closed in 2008.


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In 2011, a 150-strong army of residents clubbed together in a bid to take over the building.

But in January of that year, the council’s cabinet ultimately decided to hand the building to the Hainault and Chigwell Muslim Association.

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