Haringey Green Party calls for transparency on the plans for Hornsey Town Hall

14 November 2016

Haringey Green Party calls for transparency on the plans for Hornsey Town Hall and the area surrounding it and condemns the Council's secretive process.  More openness is needed about the proposed development with stronger safeguarding for this Grade 2* listed building and its village green.

Haringey Green Party recognises that the Town Hall is a publicly funded, important public amenity of great value and use to the local community of Crouch End and beyond.

At present, the Town Hall is a vibrant arts centre and community hub that is home to 74 local businesses employing over 130 people.

Haringey Green Party strongly supports the 17 Haringey Councillors’ request to call in the Council’s decision to ‘dispose’ of the Town Hall and village Green by offering a 125 year lease to the Far East Consortium, a Hong Kong company based in the Cayman Islands, an off-shore tax haven.

Greta Skyes, Chair of Haringey Green Party and Crouch End resident for many years says: ‘We accept that the Town Hall needs to be redeveloped because it has been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair by the Council over many years, but do not accept the approach the Council is taking. The proposal includes 128 units of housing with no provision for social housing and only 4 units of so-called ‘affordable’ housing included. This contravenes the Council’s own target on social housing in development proposals which require 50% of affordable housing on large developments.[1]

Ronald Stewart, Haringey Green Party candidate in this year’s London Assembly elections and in the recent St. Ann’s by-election, adds: ‘The Hornsey Town Hall Green is part of the fabric of Crouch End and it's the only green space around. We want to hear from Haringey Council that the Green will be protected from building, and protected from private events. Residents and visitors here should be able to enjoy the park. This crucial public asset should never have been part of the plot for sale.’

 Haringey Green Party urges the Council to halt the disposal process and to initiate genuine and transparent consultations with the local community about the future use of the Town Hall and the Green.

[1] Haringey Council Strategic Planning Policy (2013 – 2026): http://www.cartogold.co.uk/haringey/text/strategic_policies_2013_doc/03_people_ahoc.htm#3.2 (see section 3.2 on Housing)

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