As the summer comes to a close, as it does with more haste every year, there are few things to look forward to.
One of the small things that almost seems to past unnoticed, as I take those cold and reluctant trips to the W.C. is that as the autumn leaves fall, slowly piece by piece, as if roy walker and mr chips were orchestrating life it self, the falling jigsaw slowly reveals through my toilet window, the beautiful piece of Victorian architecture and British icon of the Golden age of TV, Alexandra
ll in 1936
Built in 1873 as a peoples’ palace of education and recreation and literally did become the people’s palace in 1900 when through an act of parliament the building and all it’s parks were given to the people of London for all time, that is until now.
Plans by the current trustee, Haringey Council, have drawn up proposals to dispose of the whole property and management to commercial developers Firoka Ltd. This will rid all charitable and public uses of the property through it’s 125 year commercial lease aloowing it to be converted into a mixed leisure complex including a hotel, ice rink, bowling alley and casino.
The Sad fact is that most of our heritage and icons of our past are being sold off to make way for modern developments that have and will continue to homogenise all of the variety that comes from living in a country with such a long and interesting history. What’s even worse is that the public is very rarely aware of what is going on until after the fact and local campaigns can only reach so far in the short amount of time given to appose decisions that will inevitably effect our local community and the Uk at large.
The time is drawing near, the petition to save ally pally closes in two days all I can ask is that anyone near or far who recognises this building as a part of our history who doesn’t want it handed over to a cheap circus of commercial gain please follow the below link and sign the petition to keep Alexandra Palace as a Peoples’ palace.
For further information on the ‘Save Ally Pally Campaign’ please go to :-