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We the undersigned reject the current Finsbury Central development proposals, by Islington Council and architects Pollard Thomas Edwards, and Better GLL whose misleading public advertisements do not include St Luke's Housing Area. The public are being sold a reduced leisure centre facility while the council is denying the impact on the community of a large scale private housing development. 

The proposal for the new FLC means a reduction of facilities: two studios not three, therefore less classes, as well as loss of classes that require equipment from reduction of storage space. No staff room is provided. Racket sport space reduced. There would be a loss of jobs. Ceilings would be higher, making it difficult to hang equipment or hear a teacher's instructions. Football pitch sizes have not been made transparent and according to the proposed design are set to be reduced. A redesign needs to maintain space and situate pitches away from the polluted main road. The proposed FLC entrance is severely misaligned with the entrance to Ironmonger Row, which would inhibit user-friendly access and flow between the sister sites. As to providing a much needed new healthcare facility, the plan would simply relocate City Road Medical Centre to the FLC site. A redesign of the FLC is urgently required as a new FLC must take into consideration the needs of community and users of the Centre. 

Architecturally, the proposed design is destructive to the entire local community, including St Luke's Gardens and Burnhill House within the St Luke’s conservation area. Mitchell Street residents also have grave concerns about the current design's impact obstructing access and dividing much needed community open space. The design is out of scale, forcing Burnhill House and St Luke's Gardens into permanent shadow. As a result, residents of Burnhill House will fall into fuel poverty from a detrimental loss of light. St Luke's Gardens ecosystem will suffer from the flooding of artificial light and the lack of natural light will potentially turn the green space into a mud pit. The noise generated by the over-development will affect the overall soundscape of the area, more so than any football pitch!

St Luke's Housing Area compromises privacy to both St Luke's Garden users, Burnhill House and Mitchell Street. The community residents' quality of life will fall victim to the stress caused by the direct impact of the invasive design. St Luke's Housing Area and its gated communal space will create exclusion and fragmentation within the community and a potential new wave of crime. 

St Luke's Housing Area is an over development in an already dense area. Burnhill House is a social housing community that has been marginalised by the council and the architect's design. Burnhill House, Central Street, Mitchell Street, the Leisure Centre's commuters and overall local community must be considered inclusively and equally. This petition has come off the back of years of being ignored and unheard throughout the whole consultation process, contradictory to Islington Councils aim of a 'fairer Islington'. Burnhill House stands in solidarity with the entire local community and the improvement of Finsbury Leisure Centre but opposes the scale and over-development of St Luke's Housing Area.




As a result of this petition - a third studio is in the pipeline! Watch this space for more improvements for our community! 

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