Campaigners express concern over Alexandra Palace management

Despite saying it would adopt a more independent governance model, the Alexandra Park and Palace Trust has appointed a committee of council employees

Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace

Local campaigners have warned that the management of Alexandra Palace has taken a backward step after it appointed a committee of council employees to review the future direction of the trust.

The council committee that governs Alexandra Park and Palace Trust on behalf of the London Borough of Haringey, the sole trustee, had previously announced it would move towards a more independent governance model for the trust. It pledged to appoint independent, non-voting advisors to the council committee governing the trust, but has not yet done so.

The authority has created a Regeneration Working Group, which is made up of council and trust employees, to plan the trust's future.

Local campaigners said the direction of the trust should not be determined by a committee working in private without independent members.

"It's impossible for this group to make decisions without being tainted by the municipal mindset," said Colin Marr, a local resident who has campaigned for more community representation on the trust board.

"It's an unsatisfactory arrangement. We think any group responsible for planning the future of the trust should have independent members."

Pat Egan, chair of the trust's board, said: "The primary focus of the working group at present is to identify key work streams and resources in order to start the regeneration planning process.

"In addition, the working group is devising a communications strategy that will outline how a broad cross section of stakeholders will be engaged in this process."

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