Catherine West MP has written a letter to the Ham & High setting out why she wants to the see the community at the heart of any redevelopment. Here's the full text:
With Hornsey's proud tradition of the arts, going back to the days of Hornsey School of Art and the original Mountview Theatre Arts School, it is fantastic to see the vibrant arts scene that has developed out of Hornsey Town Hall. The Crouch End Festival is now the biggest community arts festival in the UK and Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre is a thriving hub of start-ups, creativity and culture. It's an asset, not just to Crouch End, but to the wider area and I know from the amount of people who have contacted me over recent months that there's real local enthusiasm for a long-term future for this unique site that safeguards the arts.
That's something I fully support and I believe it's vital that the local community are at the heart of any restoration. It would be wonderful to see a not-for-profit, such as a housing association, step forward to take on this much-loved site so that the wider community benefits including the arts, local use and public access are central to any development plans. If there is to be any housing on the site, then I'd want to see a minimum of 50 per cent genuinely affordable housing as that's what our community needs.
I supported the successful campaign to have Hornsey Town Hall listed as an asset of community value and met with campaigners recently who want to see it transferred into community ownership. To support the campaign, please visit the Hornsey Town Hall Appreciation Society at https://hthas.wordpress.com
Member of Parliament for Hornsey & Wood Green