A leaked document shows buildings used by voluntary groups worth £6million could be sold by Hammersmith and Fulham Council.
Papers called 'Hubs Model' passed to www.londoninformer.co.uk reveal the council is discussing the 'disposal' of premises including offices worth an estimated £2.5 million at 241 King Street, Hammersmith. The space is currently used by around 16 voluntary groups, including the Iraqi Association (pictured).
Director Jabbar Hasan said his group would struggle to afford offices on the open market and said: "We would have to pay around 30 per cent more if we moved. The groups here provide a vital service for the people of Hammersmith and Fulham. The council has not given any clear answers about what it intends to do. What will happen to us and the people that need us?"
Research based on annual reports from the groups in King Street shows around 70,000 people living in the borough are helped by their services.
Peter Okali, chief executive of Community and Voluntary Sector Association (CAVSA), which rents space at 241 King Street,said: "I think it is highly unlikely that they will allow our groups to remain, but the council does have a duty to support the voluntary sector. The current premises review is about how it will provide buildings to support us."
Cabinet member for children and community services Cllr Antony Lillis, said: "We have been asked to look at the idea of developing a number of community hubs to improve the facilities available to voluntary groups.
"We are in the process of looking at the options. If and when we have a viable plan on this, we will want to consult the voluntary sector before making any firm proposals."
Other buildings which the document lists for disposal include the MIND centre at153 and 182 Hammersmith Road, Hammersmith, and 111 Devenport Road in Shepherd's Bush, the home of Black HIV and Aids Network.