HTHAS Write to Jeremy Corbyn In Response to His Remarks on Tax Havens and Public Assets

HTHAS have written to Jeremy Corbyn (ex Haringey Councillor, MP for our neighbouring North Islington constituency and Labour leader) to ask him to try and get Haringey to suspend the sale of HTH and have a re-think (our letter below).

Earlier this week, in a speech about the public sector’s relationship with overseas companies registered in a tax-haven (like the Caymans) Jeremy announced that if Labour are elected, “No company will receive taxpayer-funded contracts if it or its parent company is headquartered in a tax haven. “

If you agree and want him to intervene in HTH, you might want to drop him a line with copies to Claire Kober, Jason Arthur…and us!

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A way to save a town hall – Winskill Makes the Observer

The following from Mr Winskill’s letter published in the Observer on New Years Day:

Chris Currer is absolutely right when he says of the disposal of Hornsey town hall that “Haringey council’s choice seems to hinge mostly on the money” (“Cities paying the price of austerity”, News).

The tragedy is that there is a workable and sustainable alternative that this doctrinaire-driven cabinet refuses to discuss – a community asset transfer to a trust. This would allow full restoration of this wonderful building, the provision of social and affordable housing, community use and an arts centre, as well as relieving the council of its cost. Instead, it has gone for the luxury housing and boutique hotel model that will impress their developer chums but cut no ice with the thousands of homeless families in Haringey who will be spending the holiday season in temporary accommodation.

David Winskill
Hornsey Town Hall Appreciation Society and CIC, London N8

FOI Request re: Income Derived from HTH – Update

Many weeks ago HTHAS decided to test Haringey’s claim that one of the main reasons for the sell-off was that any council facing government cuts on the scale confronting Haringey cannot afford to spend money on keeping the Town Hall Open. It is a mantra that they have been repeating for eighteen months and is one of the fundamental justifications they give for the now almost signed, sealed and delivered disposal to FEC.

Without a doubt it is true that the cuts are brutal and that the £350k figure it costs Haringey to run the building is reasonably accurate.

But how much income do they receive (rent, box office cut, antenna rental, film and TV shoots) that goes towards offsetting this £7 000 a week spend?

We have had a reply to our FOI and here is the answer: FOI Request re: Income from Hornsey Town Hall

So, on the basis that they have to ask a 3rd party how much money they make from activity in Hornsey Town Hall (don’t they know?), Haringey have so far decided not to tell you, dear reader, how deep you actually have to dig into your pocket to keep the dear old Town Hall open! Could it be that the income/expenditure equation nearly balances? Or that they are perhaps even making money?

If the claim, made repeatedly at Overview and Scrutiny and at Cabinet, proves to be false, can we all expect a new year retraction and apology?

Please please please – keep the pressure up on them and keep writing with questions, requests for justifications and begging them to pause the sale (Crouch End Councillors)

This battle to save this North London jewel and the heart of Crouch End, to provide social housing, small business spaces, and a proper arts centre is not over and the Appreciation Society will continue campaigning to the end.

We hope you’re with us.

From the Appreciation Society  …  A Very Merry Christmas and A happy New Year.