Sadly, we have heard that our application has failed. We received the following message from the GLA, which makes it clear they do not want to hear from us again.
We received a large number of applications for the first round of the Pocket Parks Fund. Consequently, it was a very competitive process.
Due to the large number of applications, we are not able to provide detailed feedback on all the unsuccessful applications. However, I can provide the following feedback: your application was a good project that survived the initial cut when scored against the key criteria; it was then scrutinised by the panel along with c.40 other applications. The plus points of your application were:
The negative points were:
Consequently, the panel had concerns about the cost and function of the space, which outweighed the positive aspects of the application.
Some of these concerns may have been alleviated by further discussion with yourself and other partners, but as you will appreciate, we were unable to enter into negotiations and discussions with applicants because of the high number of applications .
There will be a second round of the Pocket Parks programme opening in mid-May. We are expecting an even larger number of applications. Furthermore, two projects in Haringey were successful in the first round. We will be favouring projects in those Boroughs which had no successful applications in round one or did not submit applications in round one.
I hope the work you have done to date will help secure other sources of funding to deliver this project.
Urban Greening Team Leader
Development & Environment
Greater London Authority
We are grateful for the help and support given by members of PMRA, Cllrs Alan Strickland and Nilgun Canver and the council's Cheif Executive. Regretably, Haringey Frontline officers failed to provide either support or assistance, a failure that was surely noted by the evaluation panel! However, we have learned much from the bid, knowledge that we hope to use in other ways around our area. Meanwhile, the Wood Green Major Scheme will see not one penny spent on Alexandra Road (other than by the perenial urinators).
At our General Meeting in November, there was agreement that the association should make an application to the Mayor for funding to create a pocket park at the High Road end of Alexandra Road and Martins Walk alleyway. After a lot of hard work by an inspired group of neighbours, an application has been made. The scheme is our response to the council's Major Scheme proposals, which seem to offer nothing for our area, except perhaps more problems. A decision will be made by the Mayor on which projects to fund at the end of February - so very soon.
The loss of trees is becoming an issue locally. The wonderful false acacia at the junction of Mayes Road and Coburg Road was removed because it ‘had a fungus’ - just in time for the planning application to build on the petrol station site beside it.
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