Clapton designer creates common table for new community space

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The new table ready for the community kitchen. Image: Matilda Armstrong

A Clapton group has won £25,000 funding from the Mayor of London to convert a derelict toilet block into a new public space, leaving it only £10,000 short of its final target.

The Clapton Commons Community Organisation (CCCO) is aiming to raise £48,873 by 17 December to transform the neglected space into a new village hall and kitchen, which it will name Liberty Hall.

CCCO’s Marcus Duran said: “The awarding of this pledge underlined the fact that we have had a strong start to our campaign and that the project is engaging well with many in the local area.

We now have till 17 December to persuade others in our community, particularly businesses, to back this new community asset.”

The space is set to include a communal table built from salvaged materials, designed by local artist Milo McLoughlin-Greening as part of the final project for his Master’s degree.

Liberty Hall is garnering a lot of interest and enthusiasm in communities across Clapton, McLoughlin-Greening said. “I support anything which can help unify or cause people have a conversation with someone they wouldn’t normally.”