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Keeping the Rhythm

September 30 2010
Daily food service will close unless alternative premises can be found

The uncertainty surrounding the future of charity Rhythms of Life (RoL), based in London's Dalston, looks set to continue, with the daily food service likely to close unless a deal can be reached with Hackney Council in the next few weeks.

In the last issue of The Pavement, we reported how RoL's tenancy at the premises at Crossway was under threat after a series of increases in rent, related to the new Crossrail expansion at Dalston Junction. Andrew Faris, the founder of RoL, told The Pavement that they had yet to receive any private backing, and that the charity may be forced to move away from Dalston.

"We're seeing more and more people every day," he said. "We've got 60 now, but it looks like we're not going to be able to carry on. I've been thinking that we might have to go somewhere else - whether it's Hammersmith or Camden or wherever - where we're properly supported and appreciated."

Mr Faris did say, however, that he had arranged a meeting with Hackney Council in the coming weeks to see if there was a council-owned property that would be suitable for them, though he feared they may be 'outbid' by other organisations desperate for premises in the area. "We've been down this road before," said Mr Faris, "and lost out when we had to bid on a council property, so I'm not optimistic. We'll just have to wait and see."