Enfield Council makes £4million bid to save Broomfield House
By poppy_smith | Monday, October 08, 2012, 18:40
Enfield Council's Cabinet is due to approve the submission of a £4million bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund in an attempt to save historic Broomfield House.
For many years Enfield Council has been working to find a solution to restore Broomfield House, a Grade II* listed building, to its former glory. After suffering three fires, in 1983, 1993 and 1994 the house now lies derelict and is supported by scaffolding.
Previous solutions to restoring the house have included looking towards commercial uses, demolition or housing but unfortunately none have been successful for various reasons.
The house still remains of national and regional significance and encouraged by interest shown recently by the Heritage Lottery Fund the Council has decided to make a bid for funding to restore it.
The bid has been produced by Enfield Council and the Broomfield House Trust, Friends of Broomfield Park and other interested local residents. It will, if successful, see the restored Broomfield House being a heritage and learning centre, a place which schools can use to bring history alive, and a venue to display artworks and other collections. It will also be a focus for conferences and events and be fully accessible to local residents, visitors and tourists.
Cllr Del Goddard, Cabinet Member for Regeneration said: "A tremendous amount of effort has gone into producing this HLF bid, particularly from the Broomfield Trust and Friends, but it has been worth it because working together we have produced an exciting vision that we think can work in practice.
"Broomfield House really needs restoring as we do not know how much longer it will last without urgent investment. In the circumstances the Heritage Lottery Fund has a real opportunity to help save this much loved, but distressed treasure; without their support I fear that the house may be lost to us."
Roger Blows and Laki Marangos, representatives of the Broomfield House Trust and the Friends of Broomfield Park said "We are delighted to be working with Enfield Council on a proposal to restore Broomfield House for community use. The house has been derelict for too long.
"The current plans represent a real opportunity to save one of Palmers Green's few remaining heritage properties, and restore it as a much needed community asset for the enjoyment of future generations. Many people have already expressed a wish to become actively involved with the project, and the approach to the HLF is taking this into account.
If the HLF bid is successful and we are able to deliver the House restoration, then we would want to turn our attention to a Parks for People bid to improve the Park at some point in the future "