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:: Stop any sale of a long leasehold interest of the Palace that's not for charitable purposes. The 1900 Alexandra Park and Palace Act provided that both Palace and park be held on trust "for the free use and recreation of the public for ever"

:: Safeguard the studios and the mast which pioneered the world's first high-definition television broadcasts and preserve the outline of the original studios A and B. Preserve and maintain the Palace's Victorian theatre and famous Willis organ. Protect public access to all of these and promote them as visitor attractions.

:: Reconstitute AP's trustees back to representatives of the whole of London and of the nation, capable of and interested in maintaining the Palace and Park for public use under its trusts (e.g. north London boroughs, The GLA, English Heritage, BBC, The Arts Council; individuals who have experience in community, heritage and educational areas.

The Palace is a unique national public asset and should be cherished as such.

 

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2,393 signed petition to the PM to prevent any sale of AP

The Save Ally Pally online petition attracted 2,393 signatures by its closing date on February 27. Although the High Court blocked a proposed sale to a developer, Firoka Ltd., the overall trustee, the London Borough of Haringey, has still not publicly or finally abandoned its policy of flogging Ally Pally entire. SAP thanks all those who signed. We now await a response from the Prime Minister's office...

The petition wording:
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to instruct Haringey Council not to sell Alexandra Palace to a property developer. Save Ally Pally!

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Transcript of the judgment | Last updated 31.10.07
Transcript of the judgment of the judicial review held before the high court on the 5th of October 2007, is available from here.
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The High Court has blocked the disposal of Alexandra Palace on a 125-year lease to a developer | 5.10.07

The reason for the challenge

The Court agreed with Claimant Jacob O’Callaghan on behalf of SaveAllyPally.com campaign, represented by David Wolfe of Matrix, that the decision by the Commission to authorize the sale by Haringey was unfair. The Palace is governed by a Parliamentary statute, and a Minister had promised MPs that prior to the decision objectors would be fully consulted. This "consultation" was "fatally flawed" because the Commission never published the proposed lease and project agreement referred to with their draft Order, or any details, so that no-one could make a meaningful response about exactly what was proposed.

What parts of the park and palace would be leased and what parts maintained as an public space available for the free use and recreation of the public? How would the maintenance of the park be financed, once the trust lost the asset of the palace, that has financed the park maintenance so far? What assurances if any were given to preserve the heritage and historic elements of the Palace, such as the first TV studios and broadcasting mast?

The hearing

The proceedings were an application to the administrative court for a “judicial review” of the Charity commission decision/Order.

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Senior AP Trustees write to the Charity Commissioners

1 June 2007
David Unwin
Senior Legal Commissioner
Charity Commission

Dear Mr Unwin
VERY URGENT AND IMPORTANT – ALEXANDRA PALACE

As you may be aware, all councillors, as charity trustees of Alexandra Park and Palace, have received letters alleging deficiencies in the proposed 125 year lease to Firoka of Alexandra Palace, and in the processes which have, over the years, led to it.

We write to express our concern that these issues should be resolved prior to the completion of the sale, and in particular seek clarity over:

1. the disproportionate area of the Palace given over to commercial activity by the proposed lease;

2. the nature of the activities that may be permitted;

3. the financial statements to the charity commission on the trustees' behalf made to justify the lease.

In view of the uncertainty and the length of the proposed contract, we request that the Charity Commission undertake an urgent investigation to ensure that the above and other serious concerns which have been expressed about the nature of the proposed contract are properly examined before any irrevocable action is taken.

Yours sincerely

Signed by Neil Williams for and on behalf of

Cllr Neil Williams
(LB Haringey), Trustee

Cllr Richard Wilson
(LB Haringey), Trustee

Cllr Wayne Hoban
(LB Haringey), Trustee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

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