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Meanwhile back at Hornsey Town Hall - another bleeding survey

I've received this email this morning

Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre - Community Consultation

Following the restoration and refurbishment of Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre (HTHAC), we want to ensure access is inclusive, and fully represents the needs and interests of the community. The Time+Space Co. has commissioned the independent organisation, The Audience Agency, to undertake an objective consultation with local individuals, groups, organisations and businesses in order to gather their thoughts.


As part of this, we have recently facilitated consultation workshops and talked to people at the Christmas Fair. But to help us speak to as many people as possible from across the borough and the communities around HTHAC, we are now asking you to complete this survey to give us your views.


If you have attended a workshop already, please feel free to respond to the e-survey too. We would be grateful if you could share the survey with peers, friends, neighbours, colleagues, partners and networks more widely across the borough.


The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and your feedback will be anonymised and used for research purposes only.


The survey will close on 7th January 2019: https://research.audiencesurveys.org/s.asp?k=154470417741   You can use this link to share the survey on social media.


Thank you!


Lucie Fitton
Head of Learning & Participation


Postal address: The Audience Agency, 2nd Floor, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

Working Hours: I am in the office Monday - Friday 10-6pm

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I added my own misanthropic remarks. Quite possibly not at all what they want... and someway short of either "the Barbican of the north", or "a beacon of hope for Tottenham", both of which featured at the workshops.

Judging by the response on social media, consultation fatigue, especially about Hornsey Town Hall, has set in. Much like brexit, the predominant reaction is "just get on with it". The click rate for the e-survey was pretty low for the CENF newsletter too.

Reading through my own questionnaire response, I'm not sure I was succinct enough. Though I tried. I'll try again -

1. I like the idea of any kind of arts operation, and don't care much if its high or low brow - as long as there's lots going on and you can get a beer.

2. To run the place as London's largest community centre is pretty much impossible. To do so without a huge public bung is entirely so.

3. To run it as a commercial arts/cultural centre requires either a wealthy clientele or tourists. Both of these groups rarely travel beyond zone 1 (and almost never to a place with no tube, and no parking).

4. My conclusion is, keep the most profitable spaces for private hires and don't subdivide them. Use it for markets, festivals, conferences and weddings just as much as performance. Tell everyone HTH is a visitor attraction in its own right, and provide lots of ways of taking people's money off them (cafes, bars, restaurants, retail).

5. But have a go with the arts thing anyhow, and good luck with it.


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