New information coming in is that the situation is indeed serious with threatened closure at end of this month when the building and grounds could be closed to the public.
I have contacted the Barnet Council Press Office, and also Avenue House but have been met with a wall of silence. We will keep you informed if they contact us about the situation.
David Smith of The Finchley Society says; “This is quite alarming news as all our archives are at Avenue house. Then there is the Stephens Ink museum on the premises. And, Spike Milligan statue committee will not be able to put his statue in the grounds if they are closed to the public.”
There is a rumour, and we stress it is just a rumour, that there is a possibility that a school is interested in acquiring the premises and land.