The fate of Southgate Town Hall is now decided, according to reports from the local press this week.
The building is to be redeveloped by Hollybrook Homes in 2014-15 following a deal with Enfield Council which will also include the refurbishment of Palmers Green Library. Hollybrook will be extending the Town Hall main building to create between 30 and 40 one, two and three bedroom flats, to include a mix of private and affordable housing. The façade will remain, but the interior will be extensively remodelled.
Palmers Green Jewel in the North wrote to Enfield Mayor Choudhury Anwar MBE in July asking if Palmers Green residents could be given a chance to look around parts of the Town Hall one last time before developers move in, with a view to opening the building as part of this year’s Palmers Green Festival or Open House day.
Though the letter was circulated to other counsellors by Counsellor Ingrid Cranfield, and reforwarded to Mayor Anwar a few weeks ago, unfortunately as yet no reply has been received.
It seems that time is now running out if we are to see the fantastic council chamber one last time – before the Town Hall changes forever.
More about Southgate Town Hall:
Its use as a film set http://www.palmersgreenn13.com/2012/10/04/town-hall-of-many-disguises/
Betty Wright nee Walton’s account of her childhood growing up in the town hall where her father was a fireman and the Council’s mace bearer http://www.palmersgreenn13.com/2013/01/03/born-in-the-town-hall/
Enfield Council’s archive of documents related to the Town Hall redevelopment http://www.enfield.gov.uk/downloads/download/1352/southgate_town_hall_eqia