Hornsey Town Hall letter in the Ham and High
Letter published in the Ham and High newspaper on Thursday 13th October 2016:
While Hornsey Town Hall is much loved, this ageing Grade II* listed building is on English Heritage’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register and in need of at least £10 million of refurbishment.
We have worked hard to find a long term solution which provides the investment we need while guaranteeing public access.
For four years we worked with Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts to transform the town hall into their new home. Unfortunately they were forced to pull out because of funding problems in 2015.
Since then we have worked decisively to commence a bidding process to find a new partner.
This was a rigorous process with strict requirements to guarantee community access to the town hall and square.
The proposal that scored the highest was an exciting scheme with a new arts centre, a cafe and restaurant and community access to the town hall and square. A boutique hotel and housing will provide the income to pay for a major refurbishment of the town hall.
I am very grateful to Crouch End residents from the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust for being involved in assessing the bids. They assessed the community aspects of the bids and worked with us to ensure public access to the town hall will be written into legal agreements.
If the new scheme is agreed, the developer will set up a steering group for local residents to ensure they are involved in the development of the arts centre and the square.
Finding a long term solution to Hornsey Town Hall has not been easy. But I am glad after years of work we are close to securing the future of this historic building and guaranteeing residents access to the town hall and square for generations to come.
Haringey Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Planning