Shepherds Bush Village Hall has been sold to a charitable foundation as part of the council’s programme of selling underused assets, a move which safeguards its community use.
The Village Hall in Bulwer Street has been sold to the Wigoder Family Foundation for an undisclosed sum.
The building is occupied by several popular community groups, including the Shepherds Bush Families Project, West and North West London Vietnamese Association and the West London School of Dance.
In February 2011, the council decided to sell the hall and seven other buildings in order to reduce its historic debt, which at the time stood at £133 million. When a deal proved out of their reach, the groups using the hall made contact with the Wigoder Family Foundation, an organisation established with an endowment from Charles Wigoder, an entrepreneur, with the aim of supporting a wide range of charitable causes.
Cllr Joe Carlebach, cabinet member for community care said: “We said all along that we would not just take the money and run, so I am delighted that we have found a way to keep the hall open while reducing the burden on taxpayers.”
A Wigoder Family Foundation spokesperson said: “Working closely with Hammersmith & Fulham Council, we are delighted to have been able to secure the purchase of the Village Hall, and thus provide the occupying charities with long-term accommodation on an affordable basis.”