#HTHBadDeal – Legal review of the sale of Hornsey Town Hall – *Part 2*

Sorry to publish a near duplicate post so soon after the first, but its because I’m an idiot. I forgot to put the link to the crowdfunding page in the first one.

This is the link to the crowdfunding page

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to our call for funds to pay for a legal opinion on whether we have grounds to launch a Judicial review into Haringey Council’s disposal of Hornsey Town Hall.

The advice we have received is that there is a chance that the Courts might be persuaded to interfere with Haringey’s decision to grant planning permission. We feel it is only fair to afford our supporters the opportunity to take that chance but to do so we need to raise £20,000 very quickly.

We are therefore now asking you, your neighbours and friends to back the launch of a Judicial Review by contributing to the fighting fund and help us to raise the £20k in order to be able to cover all costs of a full judicial review. Please contribute what you can but most importantly share this page with your friends, neighbours and colleagues on social media and email.

We will only bring proceedings if we reach our target. If we do not reach it then your donation will not be taken from your card.

This is the last chance we have to stop this disposal. Haringey could have delivered so much more for those on the housing waiting list, for our small businesses, for our arts and for our community.

Please contribute and share this page urgently!

#HTHBadDeal – Legal review of the sale of Hornsey Town Hall – *Part 2*

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to our call for funds to pay for a legal opinion on whether we have grounds to launch a Judicial review into Haringey Council’s disposal of Hornsey Town Hall.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/hthbaddeal-part2/

 

The advice we have received is that there is a chance that the Courts might be persuaded to interfere with Haringey’s decision to grant planning permission. We feel it is only fair to afford our supporters the opportunity to take that chance but to do so we need to raise £20,000 very quickly.

We are therefore now asking you, your neighbours and friends to back the launch of a Judicial Review by contributing to the fighting fund and help us to raise the £20k in order to be able to cover all costs of a full judicial review. Please contribute what you can but most importantly share this page with your friends, neighbours and colleagues on social media and email.

We will only bring proceedings if we reach our target. If we do not reach it then your donation will not be taken from your card.

This is the last chance we have to stop this disposal. Haringey could have delivered so much more for those on the housing waiting list, for our small businesses, for our arts and for our community.

Please contribute and share this page urgently!

A Judicial Review of the Hornsey Town Hall Sale

JUDICIAL REVIEW OF HTH DECISION

HTHAS are launching a CrowdJustice fundraising campaign today to start a legal challenge to Haringey’s sale of Hornsey Town Hall to Far East Consortium. Find out why, and how you can help below.

Suck it up, or…

When Haringey Council approved FEC’s planning application in December, HTHAS had a choice: suck it up and negotiate with FEC to get what we can out of the deal, or keep fighting to get the best possible outcome for the town hall and the community.

After much discussion, we decided that there was still an important role to play in keeping on fighting.

We are lucky that there are other organisations that we know and love – Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum and Crouch End Festival being two of them – who are at the table and working with Far East Consortium on behalf of the community to make sure that the outcome will be OK if FEC remain as the developer of the site.

This frees up HTHAS to do something different.

Legal challenge

We have decided to throw our weight behind a legal challenge to the decision that Haringey Council made when they decided to sell the town hall and green to FEC. This is our last chance to get a much better outcome for Hornsey Town Hall, Crouch End and the community.

The challenge hinges on the fact that the bid that won FEC the deal changed beyond recognition by the time that they applied for planning permission. This should invalidate the procurement (sale) process, and we want this tested in the courts.

Fundraising appeal

Before we can bring a Judicial Review, we have to establish whether our case is strong enough to win in court.

To do this, we have to get good legal advice and this costs money. Which is where you come in.

At this stage we only need £2000 so if you can chip in a few quid to help us get this off the ground, go to

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/hthbaddeal/and donate the price of a double shot soya flat white.

If the barristers tell us that our case is strong enough to proceed, we’ll need to raise about £16,000 to take this to the High Court. But we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

If they say that our case is not strong enough, we’ll draw a line here knowing we did everything we could for HTH.

An alternative future

We believe that we can do so much better than the FEC scheme. Our vision is to:

  • Keep the town hall and green in public ownership
  • Provide decent amount of social rent housing (FEC are providing 7.5%, Haringey’s Local Plan calls for 40%)
  • Give Haringey a sustainable and thriving community arts centre
  • Offer affordable workspace for small businesses
  • Build much needed new housing in the car park that respects the Conservation Area
  • Retain £millions of profit from the sale of new housing within the council’s budget – not lining the pockets of a tax-haven based developer.

Last chance to save HTH for the people

Go to

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/hthbaddeal/ and donate as much as you can, and tell everyone you know that this is the last chance to stop the sale of HTH to the Far East Consortium and save HTH for the people.

Do we have a say in what happens in the Town Hall square?

An artist's impression of the Town Hall Square

The Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum has published a blog on the future of the Town Hall Square. We know what the big picture is – Haringey has sold the square to a private developer. Whatever we may think of that decision we are where we do seem to be.

The CENF blog raises a lot of questions – for instance, how long will we be without a Twon Hall Square while the landscapers, JCBs and pile drivers have access?

But I think the thing that most gets me riled up is the proposed retention of the BT urinals, which now serve no communications purpose , and exist only for drunken calls of nature, BT advertising revenue and the recitation of poetry once a year at the festival

The forum has called for the full involvement of the public in discussions as to how the square should develop.

“The Forum believes that this is Crouch End’s civic space, and as a matter of principle public consultation on design, function and management of the square is required.

An artist's impression of the Town Hall Square
An artist’s impression of the Town Hall Square