WLCA Hosts Eco Hub Celebration and CNM Annual Lecture

June 19, 2023

On Friday 16th June, Witton Lodge Community Association will welcome The Centre for the New Midlands (CNM) to host their Housing and Communities Annual Lecture 2023.

The event will be delivered by Lisa Nandy MP for Wigan, and Shadow Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government. Lisa will share insights into the Labour Party’s key priorities for housing & communities, should they form the next government.

Also speaking at the event will be Dr Halima Sacranie,  Chair of the Housing and Communities Board for the Centre for the New Midlands. Dr Sacranie will present the findings of the Centre’s recent roundtable report questioning how we deliver affordable housing across the West Midlands. The full report can be downloaded here.

The Centre for the New Midlands was launched in 2020 as a not-for-profit community interest company with a mission to debate, shape and create a better region to help enrich the lives of its citizens. Guests set to attend the event at WLCA include influential figures from housing, local government and community sectors across the region.


In addition to this, a separate event has been organised to celebrate the first anniversary of the ground-breaking Witton Lakes Eco Hub. Set in the stunning Witton Lakes Park, the Eco Hub is delivering initiatives to help raise awareness of the climate crisis as well as providing practical support to tackle fuel poverty.

Afzal Hussain, Chief Officer at Witton Lodge Community Association and member of the CNM Housing and Communities Leadership Board said, “Community-led housing and regeneration of local communities have been at the heart of WLCA since it was established nearly 30 years ago and we are proud to host this important annual event.

“In addition to the Centre for New Midlands event, Friday is also a day of celebration for WLCA as we mark the 1st birthday of the  Witton Lakes Eco Hub. Created to support residents and the wider community around issues like fuel and food poverty, the hub has become an integral part of our local community and we are incredibly excited to welcome our guests to the Hub to celebrate this momentous occasion.”

To find out more about the free activities and events available at the Eco Hub visit our news page here