THE ‘FOR SALE’ SIGNS ARE UP
So here we are. Haringey Council officially launched the disposal process of Hornsey Town and green, as well as the car park and associated buildings a few days ago.
Haringey Council is looking for a developer to build new housing on the car park, renovate the town hall, and take on its management on a 125 year lease. See their HTH website for more details.
Community use and access are a part of the offer that a developer will have to make to secure the winning bid. This is where Hornsey Town Hall Appreciation Society comes in.
We have been working hard over the last few months to put together a plan for a viable, sustainable future for the town hall as an arts, community and small business hub that the borough and beyond can be proud of, based on the fantastic precedent set by Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre over the last year.
Our aim is to safeguard these uses for the long term by looking for a development partner to work with who is open to the idea of asset transfer so we can bring the town hall into community ownership.
Thanks to you and the 2261 other people who signed our petition, we know we have a strong mandate from the community to push for this outcome for the town hall, and we’ve brought together arts, community, cultural and business groups in the area to support this vision. See press article below about Catherine West, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, coming to our meeting to add her support for the campaign. We’ve also set up theHornsey Town Hall Community Interest Company as a vehicle to negotiate with developers and facilitate asset transfer.
Petition hits target!
On hitting 2,200 signatures, we have handed in our petition to Haringey Council and have been successful in triggering a debate on the issue at full council on Monday 23rd November at 7.30pm. Members of HTHAS will be presenting our case for the council to do more to support us in our bid for a community-owned asset run for community benefit. You can come along and sit in the public gallery if you want to hear the debate.
Watch this space…
The next few weeks and months will be critical. According to the council’s timetable, the new owner will get the keys to the town hall by the end of 2016. Let’s hope the outcome is the best one possible.
Don’t forget to check out our website, join the facebook group, follow us @saveHTH, contact us at hthappreciationsociety@gmail.
Thanks for your continued support,
Hornsey Town Hall Appreciation Society