Residents along with Ealing Council staff and councillors have celebrated the opening of the new Copley Community Centre in Hanwell.
The centre, at the heart of the redevelopment of the Copley Close estate, offers residents a permanent space to hold a wide variety of community events including leisure and social activities as well as meetings.
To officially open the Copley Community Centre, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place led by Leader of the Council, Councillor Peter Mason, along with Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Hitesh Tailor and ward Councillors Ben Wesson, Ilayda Nijhar, Rima Baaklini and residents joining in.
The new Copley estate is owned by Ealing Council and delivered through its own in-house housing company, Broadway Living.
Attendees to the opening saw a photo exhibition by photographer Ming de Nasty which showcased seven photos of Copley W7 residents. The exhibition was launched by residents Maxine, Nadiya and Andrew who talked about about the importance of having a new community centre.
Councillor Peter Mason, leader of Ealing Council said: “It’s great that this community centre provides new space for the community to come together – to discuss, deliberate, exercise, play and celebrate. I am so proud that it has been designed with the Copley community, and I look forward to seeing the centre play a positive role in local life for many years to come.”
Maxine Smith, resident at Copley W7 added: “I have lived at Copley since 1982. So many things have changed since then, but I really do love it here, it’s my home. I am Chair of the Residents Association and Resident Steering Group, being a spokesperson for the Copley community from the start of the regeneration and creation of new facilities for residents has been an honour. This new centre represents so much for all of us.”