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The Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum has published a blog complementing its objection to the Town Hall plans currently under review by Haringey's planners. Even after revisions have been submitted the CENF says "CENF remains of the view that we object to aspects of the development". The complementary piece is a sort of worst-case back up - if they are going ahead with this plan, to which we object, then let's try and make some bits of it better. The blog must be very important - part of it is in German, and this bit is in italics:

"The Supper Room has proven to be the most flexible and valuable arts space in the building. It offers a useful size for commercial and private hires, wedding parties, club nights (at 200+ standing capacity), performance, music, comedy, etc. All with a built in bar. In the current plans this space is mostly lost and converted to AV editing suites. So, we’re suggesting this decision be reconsidered. Is it not possible, at the cost of 2 or 3 of the more subterranean hotel guestrooms in the basement (a basement with a variety of possible arrangements), to have both AV facilities and keep the Supper Room?"

This is a plea that the Supper Room go on being a venue for things listed in the definition of "community use" (see below) and not given over to becoming a high tech editing suite for making high tech moving, talking pictures and audio, which is what Piers Read currently has it down as. 

There is a table on the blog which shows how proposed uses have changed.

This slideshow shows just a few of the things which have happened in the Supper Room recently.

Definition taken from the Community Use Agreement

Community Use - means a range of uses including civic, educational, cultural, charitable, health and wellbeing, theatre, film screenings, music and performing arts, art exhibitions, and temporary, start up workspace for short-term use which meet the Minimum Requirements and are intended for the use and enjoyment of the local community and the wider general public including, without limitation, organised clubs, societies and touring/visiting arts/entertainment organisations and for Casual Use;

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