Alexandra Palace: Nigel Scott launches plan for the future

Liberal Democrat campaigner and by-election candidate Nigel Scott has thrown down the gauntlet to Haringey Council by launching his plan for the future of Haringey’s historical icon Alexandra Palace.

The plan follows a tumultuous year for Ally Pally, which has recently seen the deal with property tycoon Firoz Kassam collapse and Labour-run Haringey Council mired in scandal over its handling of the negotiations.

Nigel Scott believes that his plan will work towards a restored Alexandra Palace which gives Haringey and London a resource that combines recreational and educational facilities with commercial activities in ways that will respect the charitable purposes of the historical building.

Along with local Liberal Democrat councillors Susan Oatway and David Beacham, Nigel Scott is campaigning to:

·Establish a new board with independent, expert trustees representative of local and national interests, with an independent Chair.

·Ensure proper consultation with residents about the Palace’s future.

·Refurbish the ice rink, make the Victorian theatre fully usable and multi-purpose, make the historic TV studios an educational visitor attraction and support the organ society’s restoration work.

·Protect the CUFOS community centre and its valued activities.

·Make getting to the site via public transport easier (such as Oyster at Alexandra Palace rail station).

·Provide the trading company with the room and encouragement to thrive, so that expanded charitable activities can be fully-funded.

·Actively seek funding sources appropriate to the charitable status of the Trust.

·Clarify the financial contribution of Haringey Council by an annual grant to the charity to cover the costs of maintaining the public road and park.

·Retain ultimate public control in the interests of public benefit.

·Fully recognise the increasingly unique value – as London gets ever denser – of Alexandra Palace and Park to local people and Londoners.

Nigel Scott comments:

“Alexandra Palace is a community treasure.Labour’s shady and incompetent dealings with the Palace’s have been fully exposed this week. This must now stop.

“We need a plan that will really engage with the people of Haringey, a plan that will provide independence from Labour’s incompetent meddling with strong independent leadership. We need a restored building that cherishes the Palace’s historic uniqueness and protects the good work carried out by CUFOS.”

Lynne Featherstone MP adds:

“Alexandra Palace is a cultural and historical icon that needs to be raised above the quagmire of Haringey Labour’s financial and political bungling.”