There have been a great many recent developments in what is a fast-moving situation.
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In what (as we’ve made clear) is a fast-moving situation, the latest/biggest news is as follows.
Well, we met with Far East Consortium representatives (the almost-leaseholders and hoteliers) and have the following to report. Their website for the project (www.restoringhornseytownhall.
It’s fair to say we have many questions; also fair to say we all expected we would have many questions at this stage, but their plans don’t seem very advanced.
Lots to talk about, but not much to chew on. Lots of “considering”, not much “absolutely”.
There is as yet
- no convincing vision to the Arts Centre,
- no flesh on the community use and access element,
- no solidity around financial sustainability,
- only suggestions that the workspaces – 70-odd small businesses, remember – would be rehoused somewhere.
Specifically around the Community Use Agreement – which is intended to specify the access guaranteed for community and creative events inside Hornsey Town Hall: to be honest it’s a pretty vague bit of boilerplate work – even FEC said we wouldn’t be impressed.
From here on, it all depends on how “considering” turns into “absolutely, guaranteed”.
We’re sat at the table – mostly thanks to you – and will be pushing for what the community have told us they want. That’s our job, then. More as we get it.
It’s been a bit of an information vacuum for a while, but now that some form of engagement is on, there will be more and more often.
We want to make sure we represent your views in our meetings with FEC so please let us have your feedback, easy through the website!
Hornsey Town Hall Appreciation Society
Hornsey Town Hall Appreciation Society was set up in order to ensure community use and access to the town hall and green in the long term.
We created Hornsey Town Hall Community Interest Company as a vehicle to provide options for long-term governance, administration and ownership for HTH. This was done in the context of London Borough of Haringey’s procurement of a development partner to deliver the regeneration of the Hornsey Town Hall site.
We have brought together many of the arts and community groups from Crouch End and beyond to agree a vision for the future of the town hall. This will be refined in partnership with developers who will be bidding for the opportunity to develop the site and the land to the rear in the coming months. We have been guided by the findings from the consultation carried out by Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust earlier in the year. After talking to hundreds of people, the main uses that people wanted to see are:
• Creative arts use
• Community facility
• Educational opportunities
• Business space
We also started a petition to demonstrate the strength of feeling for community ownership of the town hall and green. To date, it has been signed by almost 7000 people, showing that there is a very high degree of local and wider support for the town hall and green to come in to community ownership in order to safeguard community use and access in the long term.
And mention must be made of Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre, which has inspired us by demonstrating all that is possible in the town hall, from theatre to markets, weddings to silent discos, kids’ art workshops to micro-business incubator space, community meetings to dance classes.
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