Harlesden charity to lose home after Brent Council vote through development plans

The Mission Dine Club has been serving the elderly community for 25 years

A popular charity will be kicked out of its home after Brent Council voted to demolish its community centre on Tuesday evening.

The Mission Dine Club (MDC), in Fry Road, Harlesden, has been a vital lifeline to elderly and disabled people across Brent in the last 25 years.

The charity, established by Dame Betty Asafu-Adjaye in 1985, holds lunch clubs, social events, and hospital visits for the borough’s most vulnerable residents.

But its hard work came crashing down abruptly after councillors agreed to bulldoze its home to make way for the expansion of the neighbouring Newfield Primary School.

The wrecking ball will make its unwelcome appearance at the end of August when the charity’s lease runs out.

Dame Betty, who was awarded with her prestigious title in 1997 for her tireless charity work, said she was devastated at the news.

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She added: “Elderly people in the area rely on us to give them hot food, and they need the centre - it gives them a place where they can socialise and be happy.

“But Brent has taken that all away.”

More than 50 people signed a petition opposing the plans and urging the council not to impede the work of the charity by demolishing MDC centre but Brent Council claimed the charity owes it more than �20,000 in unpaid rent and the need for primary school places must take precedence.

Councillors also voted through proposals to expand Brentfield Primary School in Meadow Garth, Stonebridge, and to create a two form entry primary intake at Preston Manor High School from next September.