It ain't over till the fat lady sings. Members will recall that in October 2021 a private school, North Bridge House, submitted a planning application for the use of English National Opera's building on Broadhurst Gardens (Lilian Baylis House) as a school for 300 pupils. A less-suitable site for a school - in the humble opinion of CRASH - could hardly be imagined, the building being next door to a pub, with other bars, cafes etc as neighbours. CRASH, together with other amenity groups voiced concern, and a formal objection was submitted to the Council. At the time, English National Opera denied that the building was being put up for sale, claiming that the site wasn't "formally on the market" and that any planning application was "entirely speculative". It is now reported that Lilian Baylis House is being marketed with a price tag of £11 million. Is this the end of opera in CRASH-land? We await the final aria from the fat lady.