Perhaps they could let the Alexandra Palace Television Group back in. They will do the project for nothing, on a voluntary basis.
Had the Council given even a fraction of the cash they splashed on Ally Pally (£8m wasn't it, topped up by Lottery money?) to Hornsey Town Hall, that place would also have been an asset to the profit of the community.
It would have allowed HTH to continue to pay it's way and offer more public facilities, rather than become a $2bn overseas property developer's property thing.
It's not just that a studio to mark the onset of the BBC, it reminds us all that just because something can be sold off, it doesn't mean it ought to be sold off. Our heritage enriches us.
I thought it was only the right wing who knew the price of everything and the value of nothing?
Our Council is right-wing, Chris. Surely that's fairly plain by now.
Stanton Doublespeak, Alan - wanting people not to vote Labour because you don't like our left-wing Council has made no difference at all to their majority.
Councils all over the country make some good and some bad decisions and succeed and fail all the time, almost approaching the rate of the private sector. Yet you blame them as if they were markedly different from other councils.
What else can you do to further your aims?
There seems to be some inconsistency here – these posts imply that something has gone wrong and the Ally Pally project has failed. The press release issued by Alexandra Palace two days ago tells a different story, with the implication that it is a success! See copy pasted out below. Who should we believe?
05 April, 2017
Future of Alexandra Palace secured as new cultural destination takes shape
“No longer a relic of another time but a testament to our own.”
The once-in-a-lifetime project to restore Alexandra Palace to its rightful place as a major cultural and heritage asset has started in earnest as the main construction phase of East Wing restoration is now underway.
This comes after the board of Alexandra Park and Palace approved the award of the main construction contract to Wilmott Dixon Construction.
Already one of London’s biggest independent event venues and one of its most beautiful parks, with spectacular views across the city, by the end of next year the £26.7m restoration project will allow Alexandra Palace to fulfil its true potential and original mission to be a place of public resort, recreation, arts and culture.
The creation of a brand new public space in the East Court with a stunning glazed roof and a flexible learning and participation space at its core will welcome visitors and tell the Palace’s story through exhibitions from its own and partner archives. It will grant visitors access to a treasure trove of historical artefacts for the first time, including photographs and early film, which were thought lost or destroyed. The year-round learning and participation programme will also help visitors of all ages understand and enjoy the Palace’s rich history.
Meanwhile, the hidden Victorian theatre dating back to 1875 is being sensitively restored by heritage specialists arresting decades of decay. From late next year it will host a full programme with theatrical performances, cinema screenings, live comedy, music and corporate entertainment among the ideas backed by leading arts figures. The theatre will accommodate audiences of up to 1,300 but has been designed to suit smaller and more intimate performances too.
Continued work within the historic Television Studios has been taken out of the current project to ensure the overall project is delivered on time and within budget. The re-scoping of the project has received support from the main project funders Heritage Lottery Fund and Haringey Council. The Alexandra Park and Palace restoration project team are now working with the BBC and other partners to finalise the new scope for the television studios project. It will be an interactive celebration of the proud history of broadcasting and the BBC at Alexandra Palace as well an exploration of cutting edge broadcasting and technology.
Alongside the funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and Haringey Council, Alexandra Palace is building partnerships with world class organisations and inviting supporters to help realise the full potential of this project. From in kind support to naming rights and partnering with the learning and participation programme, there is a huge range of opportunities to get involved. Individuals can name a seat in theatre, and every donation over £25 will be credited on the donor board in the restored East Court – visit www.support.alexandrapalace.com
Louise Stewart, Chief Executive of Alexandra Park & Palace Charitable Trust, said:
“The public have waited so long to see this spectacular place, set high on the hill above North London, brought back to its original splendour and glory. It’s unbelievably exciting to know that by next year we will have made such a big step forward.
“The Palace has always been bold and even radical in its activities. In 1898 it hosted a replica of the Pyramids of Cairo and a recreation of the last days of Pompeii in the form of a firework spectacular. It was intended as a place where people could relax away from the rush of the city and still enjoy world-class culture and entertainment.”
I quote the sections from the press release above. It backs up the claim that they're not going to deliver:
>>The original BBC television studios will be re-envisioned as a dynamic media platform, telling a technology story past, present and future.
>>Continued work within the historic Television Studios has been taken out of the current project to ensure the overall project is delivered on time and within budget.
Birthplace of TV ? .. guffaw
The con is in the name.
Most people who think they know have been persuaded it's Ally Pally, Stephen. We have such an effective mass-media-based propaganda system that the 'truths' they manufacture are seemingly accepted almost automatically. People don't seem to want to know that other places have valid claims, probably because those other places are not 'British'.
Our leaders have drummed into us that 'otherness' belongs to 'them'. That makes it hard for us to credit others. Best broadcaster in the world? No, but nearly a century of the BBC might telling us that (and a lot of government-approved other stuff too, arguably born out of General Strike and 2nd World War demands) has warped our context.
Now we are more eclectic and fake news has been revealed to lurk everywhere, what to do?
The description “Birthplace of TV” has not been used here until you have. The actual words used in Ally Pally’s claim are: “The World’s First Regular High Definition Television Service was inaugurated here by the BBC on 2 November 1936”.
While you can split hairs over the precise meaning of “high definition”, what is not in dispute is that the world’s first broadcast television service of regular programmes directly to viewers in their homes was from Ally Pally. The significance being that it was a regular service for home viewing – unlike in Germany where early television programmes were beamed to cinemas and other public viewing places, which is not television as we know it.
Yeah, open it up again for the Spanish POWs soon. LMAO
FPR, it's 75 years ago now.. have you got nothing else better to report.? Wonderful 'feel good about yourself' story that keeps the 'we won the war' brigade happy.. Sadly, the U.K. didn't win the peace and that's been going on for much, much longer.