Community Use Agreement

Hornsey Town Hall is currently used for a number of community uses. The broad definition allows for flexibility for the specialist operator so they can adapt the building as times/trends change to maintain community activity and the long term future of Hornsey Town Hall.
The specific internal areas that are currently allocated for community use include:
  • The Assembly Hall and Foyer access area
  • Supper Room
  • Committee Room
  • Council Chamber
  • Green Room
  • We are committed to maintaining the heritage of the Mayor’s Parlour. The agreement allows for the Members’ Room and the Mayor’s Parlour to be used for occasional community use such as community hire or for small celebrations on designated days.
    It’s been designed to ensure a minimum number of hours but to provide an adequate mix of community, arts and commercial use to make it financially sustainable. This is a similar model on which is currently run now by ANA Arts Projects.
    Our intention is to provide community use for more than 60% of the total hours. The remainder of the time, the specified areas could still be used/hired by the public for events such as weddings or yoga classes, but these activities would not fall within the definition of “community uses”. These specified areas will be managed by the arts centre operator.
    We will be looking to announce the appointment of the specialist operator later this year.
    The community use space will be required for community use for a minimum of 60% of the hours of operation over a period of six months. The hours of operation will be determined by the forthcoming planning application. The hours of community usage will be regularly reviewed by the Steering Group; it is a rolling period so that, at any time, the Steering Group can review the use and ensure that the minimum requirements are being met.
    The community use space will be required for community use for a minimum of 60% of the hours of operation over a period of six months. The hours of operation will be determined by the forthcoming planning application. Subsequently, the specialist operator will have to meet the objectives as laid out in the Community Use Agreement and the hours of community usage will be regularly reviewed by the Steering Group.
    The pricing schedule is yet to be determined as we don’t expect works to be completed until 2019/20. However, the pricing schedule will be subject to consultation with the Steering Group and the London Borough of Haringey. We are committed to a fair and variable pricing schedule and making Hornsey Town Hall as accessible as possible to the people of Crouch End and Haringey.
    The Steering Group will include local Crouch End representatives who will meet quarterly to discuss the operations of the Hornsey Town Hall.
    We want to make sure that the Steering Group is fully representive of Crouch End and the surrounding area. Although the composition of the group will be decided in conjunction with the London Borough of Haringey and Crouch End ward councillors, please get in touch with us if you're interested.
    In conjunction with the London Borough of Haringey and Crouch End ward councillors, we will set up the Steering Group and will choose the community groups that serve on the Steering Group. However, it will be the responsibility of the specialist operator to regularly review the membership of the Steering Group to ensure that it remains representative of the community and the borough.
    The size of the Steering Group has been designed to ensure good governance and decision-making. We are committed to ensuring the Steering Group fully represents the people of Crouch End and the Community Use Agreement specifies that group must include Crouch End ward councillor(s). The specialist operator will regularly review the membership of the Steering Group to ensure that it remains representative of the community and the borough.
    The Steering Group will be established six months prior to completion of the restoration works, which is expected to be in 2020. Groups are likely to be approached in 2019.
    Yes, the legal agreement requires us to maintain the Town Hall Square as publicly accessible open space and ensure free public access to the Town Hall Square subject to maintenance works. At our recent public consultation events we received feedback from the community on the designfor the new Town Hall Square. Further information on the new design can be found here: http://www.restoringhornseytownhall.com/resources
    The community use agreement is a legal agreement appended to the tenants obligations within the lease. Should the tenant not comply with the agreement then they could be considered to be in breach with their obligations and could as a result forfeit the lease.