Hornsey Town Hall Restoration Costs Published

As Crouch End Ward Cllrs we have made our position on the FEC planning application for Hornsey Town Hall very clear: our support is contingent on our concerns being addressed to our satisfaction.  We set this position out in an article for the Ham & High last week.

One of our main concerns was a detailed plan for the arts centre. It is encouraging that since our open letter in August we have now had an announcement on the arts operator.  We now want to hear more on the plan for the arts centre.

Today marks a significant and positive development. FEC have written to us with details of a comprehensive programme of repair that addresses the need to restore Hornsey Town Hall. FEC state that the cost of the restoration and refurbishment work will come to over £30 million. This restoration is critical to the success of this project.

Some progress has clearly been made since our open letter but there is more to do. Most significantly on affordable housing. We think it would be completely unacceptable for the development not to have any affordable housing and will not support the application unless this is addressed. We also want further assurance on the sensitivity of the development and its impact on Crouch End.

FEC have time before the planning committee meeting which will decide the application to assure us and more importantly, the community that this planning application fulfils the vision of a restored and thriving Hornsey Town Hall.

The letter we received from FEC today is printed below. The detailed cost plans can be seen by clicking here.

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Letter from FEC dated 17 October 2017

Dear Cllr Arthur, Cllr Doron and Cllr Elliott,

Re: Planning application for the restoration of Hornsey Town Hall

Further to my letter dated 8 September, I am writing with more detail on the restoration costs for Hornsey Town Hall as well as with an update on the recently appointed arts operator.

We have today published on our project website the headline figures for the restoration and refurbishment of the Grade II* Listed Hornsey Town Hall and Grade II Listed Broadway Annex which makes clear our commitment to this iconic building in the heart of Crouch End.

You will see that the cost for the full restoration of the Town Hall including fit out costs is estimated at £31,540,000. The total cost for the full restoration of the Town Hall and Broadway Annex (including fit out costs) is estimated at over £36 million. I hope that setting out the costs in this way provides assurance to the local community that we’re fully committed to the sensitive restoration of the Town Hall, alongside improving internal layouts, creating better access and generating more usable spaces with a better public offer.

We have broken down the cost into three categories – ‘essential works’, ‘fit for purpose’ and ‘fit out’. These costs are based on preliminary surveys and our current understanding of the scope of work that is required.

On the arts operator, we’re delighted to have appointed a Haringey-based organisation, The Time + Space Co, to realise our vision for a modern day arts centre in Crouch End. Piers Read, the Managing Partner who will lead the operation has years of experience in the creative industries and brings a proven track record of unlocking the potential in buildings like the Town Hall. He’ll work with partners including Jon Gilchrist, former Executive Director of the Bush Theatre in London, who brings a wealth of theatre experience and Musion, the world leading 3D holographic producer who will base their HQ at the Town Hall.

Piers very much shares our vision to connect all communities within Crouch End and the wider borough, to activate the Town Hall at the heart of the community and welcome the public to enjoy the new spaces. He is also in the process of exploring building partnerships with local arts organisations, including ArtHouse Crouch End, who can help supplement our vision to deliver a successful and sustainable arts centre. We will be publicising a “meet the arts operator” event where the community can find out more about the operational uses planned for the future and ask any questions they may have in the coming weeks.

We continue to work tirelessly on this project and believe our proposals are deliverable with a workable, high-quality hotel offer whilst at the same time creating flexible spaces in the Town Hall for the arts operator to adapt to demand.

Finally, we continue working closely with the council through the formal planning application process, including viability discussions, and understand the high importance you place on the inclusion of affordable housing as part of the scheme. By means of an update, we have already agreed a number of points with the council’s independent advisors. The level of affordable housing will be determined following the conclusion of our negotiations, which at present we expect could conclude by early November. We will of course update you further at this point.

Yours sincerely,

John Connolly (Head of UK Development, FEC)

cc Lyn Garner, Strategic Director Regeneration, Planning and Development, Haringey Council

Emma Williamson, Assistant Director of Planning, Haringey Council

Visible, available and active in Crouch End

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As the dust settles after the election and the garden stakes get taken down, we are grateful, humbled and honoured by the opportunity we have to serve Crouch End as your Councillors – the first Labour Councillors in our ward since 2002. We know that you have given us the chance to prove that the Labour Party can serve the whole of the borough, both east and west, and we take that responsibility very seriously.

Naturally we are disappointed that Lourdes Keever was not elected in Crouch End. Lourdes was an absolute pleasure to campaign with, and as a tireless campaigner for women’s rights and social justice she will undoubtedly continue to work hard to build a stronger borough.

In addition to representing Crouch End, we have both been given positions of responsibility on Haringey Council. Jason has been made Cabinet Member for Resources and Culture, responsible for shaping the budget during an incredibly difficult time for local government. He will also look after customer service transformation, cultural projects and our libraries. Natan has been made a Cabinet Advisor for Carbon Reduction, leading thinking on how Haringey can achieve its ambition of a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.

Our pledges

Too often, local politicians are only seen when an election is on the horizon. We intend to be different. Over the next four years, we will be visible and active members of the community, listening to your ideas and concerns in order to ensure that Crouch End and Haringey continue to move forward.

During the election campaign, we pledged to:

1. Drive faster progress on the development of Hornsey Town Hall, ensuring that you consulted on how it can best serve our community

2. Work with the Council and Fusion to deliver improvements to Park Road Leisure Centre and do everything we can to keep the diving board in Crouch End

3. Actively support fantastic local community groups and events such as Crouch End Open Studios and the Crouch End Festival

4. Deliver improvements to roads and pavements across the ward to ensure that pedestrians and cyclists can travel safely

5. Work with Homes for Haringey to ensure that repairs happen faster

Although it is only three weeks after the election, we are busy getting to work to deliver these pledges. So far, we have met with Mountview Theatre Academy to discuss their plans on the development of Horney Town Hall. We have also met with Fusion and the Save the Diving Pool campaign in order to see what can be done to keep the diving facilities in Crouch End. The meeting was very constructive and Fusion have publicly committed to doing everything they can to find a long-term technical solution, as well as retaining the diving pool at Park Road for the remainder of the year.

We have more work to do, including addressing persistent fly-tipping in Haringey Park, ensuring drains get unblocked on Stanhope Road and preparing for how to best facilitate a positive way forward for the new Picturehouse cinema on Tottenham Lane.

Visible, active and available

We will be regularly going on street walks to identify and address local issues. We will also be holding stalls on Crouch End Broadway (including from 2-3pm on Saturday 21st June). In addition to this, our surgeries are now confirmed and these will take place on the following days/times:

  • Jason Arthur: The 2nd Saturday of every month at Hornsey Library
  • Natan Doron: The 4th Saturday of every month at Hornsey Library

If any observant Jewish constituents wish to meet us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to organise a Sunday or an evening meeting. To make any appointments to see us at our surgeries, please contact us at the following details:

We will regularly update this blog so that residents have a clear idea of how we are standing up for them on Haringey Council – ensuring that Crouch End continues to be the best place to live in North London.

Thank you once again Crouch End. We look forward to working with everyone over the next four years.

Jason and Natan