I have just returned from a week’s holiday in France. The kids and I visited swimming pools and municipal buildings that are well looked after, beautifully designed and clean. clearly cherished by the inhabitants of those towns. There was no litter, no graffiti and a real sense that people felt proud and take ownership of these buildings.
It made me think of the wonderful community buildings that we have here in the borough, and I ask if we are capable of the same sense of pride, ownership and care of the buildings that surround us.
One such building is the magnificent Alexandra Palace. The fortunes of our Alexandra Palace are right now on the verge of turning a corner. This landmark building is to receive a huge regeneration investment. Alongside the ice rink, massive exhibitions and concerts; Ally Pally also offers Ballet classes, Gymnastics Classes, soft play for youngsters and pitch and put.
The Palace, as part of its regeneration programme is due to gain a hotel, have the listed old theatre and BBC studios refurbished plus a series of bars and restaurants created overlooking the park. It can again become a real local centre of international stature to be proud of: for us all, if we can take ownership of it and cherish its place once again in our hearts.
Jessica Shenton is the founder of London Academy of Gymnastics and Dance (LAGAD). Gymnastics Classes start at Alexandra Palace this September.
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