Rooms of our Own Privacy Policy

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  1. Introduction
  • We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors and email contacts
  • This policy applies where we are acting as a data controller with respect to the personal data of our website visitors and email contacts in other words, where we determine the purposes and means of the processing of that personal data.
  1. How we use your personal data
  • We may process information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our email notifications and/or newsletters (“notification data“). The notification data may be processed for the purposes of sending you the relevant notifications and/or newsletters. The legal basis for this processing is your consent via sign up forms.
  1. Providing your personal data to others
  • We will not normally disclose your personal data to any third party without your explicit consent.
  • we may disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person. We may also disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure.
  1. Retaining and deleting personal data
  • We will retain your personal data until such time as you ask Rooms of our Own to remove you from our mailing lists.
  1. Amendments
  • We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.
  1. Your rights
  • In this Section we have summarised some of the relevant rights that you have under data protection law. Some of the rights are complex, and not all of the details have been included in our summaries. Accordingly, you should read the relevant laws and guidance from the regulatory authorities for a full explanation of these rights.
  • Your principal rights under data protection law are:

(a)     the right to access;

(b)     the right to rectification;

(c)      the right to erasure;

(d)     the right to restrict processing;

(e)     the right to object to processing;

(f)      the right to data portability;

(g)     the right to complain to a supervisory authority; and

(h)     the right to withdraw consent.






St James St Car Park

You will all know that we were in the process of buying the Car Park site when Cllr Coghill reneged on the deal.

So when we saw that LBWF were asking for expressions of interest for a “temporary use” we submitted our proposal. EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

This was an extremely innovative proposal providing cheap no-bills housing for young people in return for their input into activities on the site. There would have been a whole range of affordable pop-up options, growing spaces and genuine community involvement.

So we are sad to see that Waltham Forest Council have gone with CRATE instead. This is about business, business rates etc not community. Sure that there are many businesses that will welcome CRATE and we wish them all the best.

ASH Architects for Social Housing

Rooms of our Own attended an ASH event at the ICA on 15th August where Co-Ops for London launched their report. Co-operate not Speculate

Exciting to hear about a number of successful co-operatives, but also sad to hear how many groups are really struggling in the current climate to find land, funding, people with enough time and energy to get projects off the ground.

However encouraging to hear that some of the more established co-ops such as Sanford are looking to help new groups move forward.

ASH meeting 170815

RUSS Workshop

Lewisham’s Rural Urban Synthesis Society, more easily referred to as RUSS, is doing really well. Rooms of our Own attended a RUSS workshop on Community Led Housing on July 15th led by Kareem. Lots of great speakers and so encouraging to see this whole movement beginning to take off. We also met John Struthers from Walthamstow’s own Headway Self-Build Collective.  read more here

Kareem puts us all to work

russ workshop

Holloway Prison Site

Many of you will know that the Holloway Women’s Prison has been closed and the women sent out of London to prisons elsewhere. The Ministry of Justice want to sell the site. Probably to a developer for luxury flats. This IS Islington after all. There is a huge campaign going on locally for the site (which is really ours anyway as our taxes have paid for it over the decades) to be given to the community to build genuinely affordable housing PLUS a Women’s Building. Campaigners in Reclaim Holloway and Centre for Crime and Justice studies want to recognise the history of all the suffering on the site (suffragettes were imprisoned there) and to offer services to ex-prisoners and vulnerable women with a Women’s Building. Rooms of our Own has offered our model. This is the most recent communication from CCJ


The Ministry of Justice has announced it is planning to put the former Holloway prison site up for sale this autumn.

In a letter to the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Justice Secretary David Lidington writes that ‘we will be seeking expressions of interest for the site from interested parties ahead of formal marketing which we expect to take place in the autumn’. Mr Lidington also indicated that ‘redevelopment for a residential-led scheme is the most likely option’.

Reporting the move, Property Week describes the sale (subscription) of the 10 acre site as ‘controversial’ and claims GVA Bilfinger, the company hired by the Ministry to assist with the sale, believes the development opportunity is likely to be one of the most significant in the London market this year.

The Community Plan for Holloway survey has now had almost 600 responses, many indicating they do not want to see the Ministry of Justice selling the land to the highest bidder because of fears this will lead to the development of unaffordable luxury flats. There is a clear preference in survey responses received so far for a development that meets community needs.

It’s been a long time!

We know we havent posted much information lately, but we HAVE been busy. We have been liaising with all kinds of exciting and helpful organisations and individuals. We have been meeting and meeting and meeting with all kinds of public and private and social enterprise bodies who might help us pin down that elusive site. We are still pursuing a number of possible opportunities and will post IMMEDIATELY there is anything definite. Of course the original St James St site is still empty ….. hmmm. We have even been considering moving out of London …. there are possibilities in Manchester.

Anyway, here is an image of some of the people and organisations we have been working with in the last months. If we have missed you out apologies!  Hard to keep track of all those coffees sometimes 🙂

Microsoft Word - what we have been up to strings