Connecting Crouch End and Hornsey with news, views and information
Many hundreds of us have been to the Crouch End Festival this year (which is , I think, its fourth year). The experience has been heightened by having the Town Hall open. Taken together the square and the Town Hall make a superb space for this event. I jotted down a brief note of my experience of the Crouch End Festival day as part of a stall holder group.
Emails sent to all those listed as advised. Lyn Garner conveniently out of office until 25th June!
I have had an email from Jon McGrath - it is labelled "confidential, may be subject to legal privilege" but I'll take the chance - this is what he says - let him know what you think.
Many thanks for your recent enquiry regarding the Town Hall
The report being taken to Cabinet on Tuesday is to enable a long term, sustainable future to be secured for the Hornsey Town Hall site. We fully support and encourage the current uses in the building and hope to be able to keep the building in operation until a preferred Developer has been selected for the project. The procurement process is expected to take a minimum of 12-16 months and therefore it would be short-sighted of us to delay the Cabinet decision and not seek to secure a sustainable future use for the building at the earliest opportunity.
Please note the following regarding the current uses taking place in Hornsey Town Hall:
- They do not cover the running costs of the building and are therefore not sustainable
- They do not cover any costs towards repairing and preventing the increasing deterioration of the building
- They do not fund the extensive refurbishment required to safeguard the building and meet heritage requirements
The Cabinet report explains that we are setting some key objectives for the project, which we will be taking out to the open market later this year. We will not be specifying a particular use nor precluding any uses, therefore there is every opportunity for the type of activity that is currently taking place to be a part of the future use of the building should a suitable proposal come back from the market.
Please see the council’s website and dedicated Hornsey Town Hall pages for all further project updates: www.haringey.gov.uk/hth
Jon McGrath FCIOB
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Planning, Regeneration and Development
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Reply to Jon McGrath
JonPlease can you let us have the exact figures for the present income and expenditure. As stated here you are merely making assertions. I would like to see the underlying data.Should this imbalance of expenditure not have formed part of the cabinet briefing paper.ThanksAdrian
Message from Catherine West
Catherine has asked me to let you know that she is having a meeting at Hornsey Town Hall tomorrow at 4pm to discuss this and she hopes you will be able to join her. They will be meeting in the foyer at 4pm.'
I couldn't find a meeting!
This is a really great piece and is there anyway you could do a pro-forma email that people could simply adapt? I had planned to offer mind but it is too fiery!
Councillor StricklandThere seems to be a quite unnecessary rush by Haringey to push through a cabinet decision which runs counter to what I can see happening at the Town Hall. This decision is an agenda item on the cabinet meeting of Tuesday 16th June, the briefing paper is here and the HTHCT consultation report is here.Please postpone this decision so that more consideration can be given to alternative proposalsI set out my reasons for doing so below.Many ThanksAdrian
Looks good! Thank you!
in an era of transparency and accountability exactly how this is to be achieved is hidden from us in the exempt Appendix C Part B of the report. Surely this section should be open for public scrutiny prior to going to tender
Just to let you know, an exempt part of a report is only exempt from the duty to publish under the Local Government Act. It's not necessarily exempt from the duty to publish under the Freedom of Information Act, should someone want to put in a request. Any exemptions applied following an FOI request would have to be thoroughly justified by the council, and would still be subject to a review by the Information Commissioner should LBH continue to refuse to publish.
Good information, Jon. I think it may come to that.