11.00am – 14. 00pm on Sunday, 22nd September 2019

Park Ridings and Malvern Road will be closed to through traffic. A special event to bring the Hornsey Park community together!

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Food and drinks – Please bring sweet or savoury food to share. Alcoholic drinks allowed (free coffee & teas and soft drinks). Please bring a chair.

Games for all ages – Face painting, balloon modelling, table tennis, badminton, karam board, duck fishing and much more.

Pets – There’ll be a competition for the pet with the biggest smile, shiniestnose, best tail, etc.

Harvest festival table –To share or swap produce, seeds & cuttings and chat. A space to bring unwanted toys, kids clothes, books and exchange them with your neighbours.

Can you help? We need help setting up and clearing away and marshalling barriers. Please call Marcus on 07720 886 177 or email playstreet@pmra.co.uk

Please call Marcus on 07720 886 177 or email playstreet@pmra.co.uk

Why not join us on WhatsApp group! 

Can we help? Tell us if you need our help.

We are hoping to make Malvern Road truly ‘car free’ by asking residents to park their cars in neighbouring streets, local car parks or with permission a neighbour’s forecourt.

Please also see our post on previous Playstreet events in Hornsey Park.

aerial view 

aerial view

The developers of Heartlands, part of Wood Green’s new western flank and future home to 3500 households, some of the borough’s tallest buildings and a whole new business district, have submitted bold plans establishing the feasibility of bringing the river back to the surface as the centre piece to their 10 year plan to transform the area’s fortunes. This is no reconstruction of the river’s arcadian past: it’s a spirited interpretation of river and urban renewal, with space for nature and our industrial past as well as for leisure; there is room for the environmentalists and romantics as well as the pragmatists and creatives.

 

The opportunity is unlikely to present itself again. Under pressure from Haringey, the area’s industrial heritage has been scandalously squandered and its nature tossed aside in preference to pretentious aspirations to create a new ‘capital’ for the borough.

Section Left (West Side of Plan/towards Railway Embankment)

Section Left (West Side of Plan/towards Railway Embankment)

The gains from restoring the river have long been ignored by Haringey along with policy and advice of Government and the Environment Agency. Instead, they feigned ignorance, avoided their responsibilities, propagated misinformation and even been its greatest polluter.

The good news is that there are signs of a change of heart and even a willingness to work with others to bring back the river and raise Heartlands from the bland to the remarkable; from just the next clone estate to a place that people will talk about and want to visit as well as live and work.

 

 

So back to the question, ‘what’s stopping it?’ There are, as you might guess practical issues and political issues: all are solvable:

 Section Right (East Side Of Plan / Towards Golder Base And Hornsey Park Road)

Section Right (East Side Of Plan / Towards Golder Base And Hornsey Park Road)

But there is still one thing missing: political leadership and support from the top. Haringey Council takes the moral high ground on a great many issues but on celebrating, protecting and restoring the Moselle, it has a shockingly poor record. All this can change if this administration takes charge and works with officers and St.William in creating a new greener, healthier and more equal community at the heart of the borough. The river can and must be restored now.

St. William's plans to restore the Moselle through Heartlands will be discussed at PMRA's next General Meeting at 8pm on 26th September 2018 but in the meantime, check out the planning application, ref: HGY/2018/2487

Please also write to and tweet your ward councillors, the Leader and Cabinet and insist it takes charge and restores the river.

The Moselle under the railway embankment

Daylight and nature for the first time - the Moselle emerges from under the railway embankment

It would be so easy to restore Hornsey's only river as its wends its way through the eastern most reaches of N8 into Wood Green. Its course is recorded in the layout of our streets and their names. It's been the policy of the Environment Agency, the Mayor for London and Haringey Council itself for years and yet, at the very moment that the opportunity presents itself and there is the money and expertise to do it, Haringey Council is joining with developers to scupper the plan.

Read our alternative Feasibility Report on how to recover the Moselle Brook

The facts:
* The Moselle Brook is a main river and part of the Thames river basin, flowing into the River Lea and on to the Thames
* As it reaches Wood Green, the river is in a culvert just below the surface - probably only 25cm either side of Mary Neuner Road
* The river has good flow and quality as it sees daylight for the first time next to the railway embankment
* With a little contouring and imagination, the Moselle Brook could easily be opened through Heartlands and Iceland sites
* West of the proposed 'pocket park' (off Hornsey Park Road), the river is at its closest to the 'surface' after demolition and soil removal undertaken as part of the decontamination: here, the 'surface' is close to that of the original fields through which the river flowed
* The concepts of 'surface' and 'depth' are a bit of a misnomer: the former changes across the Heartlands site and is determined by man (or woman): for example, to bridge across the culvert in 2008, Haringey raised the 'surface' of the new 'Mary Neuner Road' by one metre to avoid its foundations breaking into the culvert. Other areas of the site have been raised in the past to create artificially raised 'surface'
* The Moselle Brook is not a drain: Haringey has the legal duty to deal with the few illegal 'misconnections' and has been making excellent progress on addressing them with its partners in Thames Water
* The culvert is over 100 years old and in poor condition: it would be better to spend the money needed to repair or rebuild it on restoring it to be a natural water course that the community can manage
* A river healthy river can tolerate and heal itself of some level of pollution: at the last count there were 61 'misconnections' upstream of Heartlands: some are from washing machines and sinks - a few are worse. extraordinarily, some may be from Haringey's own properties.

What we know:
* All policy is for restoration of the river through Heartlands
* The river is healthy enough now to restore now but in less than two years should be free of all misconnections, including those from Haringey's property
* The developers have asked that Haringey allow some of the £30m Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to be applied to restoring the river: this seems reasonable when it will be a borough wide resource to have a clean and healthy river and a new Riverside Quarter to Wood Green as well as a new 'natural' open space of borough wide importance
* Alexandra Palace Trustees (a close relative of Haringey) have made it clear that they expect some CIL to be given to them for Alexandra Park: it would be better to use this money on a new park where it is needed - in Wood Green
* The river needs space - no more than the mandatory 8m 'no build' zone each side required by the Environment Agency to manage the river (regardless of whether it is open). This space belongs to the river and its natural ecology: Haringey should safeguard it for the river and its ecology and then plan open space for the occupiers of the thousands of new homes they want built in the area
* The borough needs an 'east-west link': the area of intensification needs nature and its occupants need open space and nature for their physical and mental well-being: the borough needs a clean and healthy Moselle Brook because for so long as its remains hidden, it will be at risk of neglect and illegal misconnections.

Haringey must not deny its responsibility to champion the restoration of the Moselle Brook at the first real opportunity and worse, to actively develop plans to make it impossible. This would be a serious neglect of duty and trust.

The Ice Wall Detail

The Ice Wall


Well, we are - the residents and community of Hornsey Park Road. This monstrous and ill conceived development far exceeds and drives a coach and horses through current planning policy. Its nine storeys will overlook and dominate two storey Victorian houses and back gardens. Its lack of garden and amenity space will see its occupiers having no outdoor space in an area of intensification already an 'area of open space deficiency'. Developers have sought to please Haringey with a bizarre raised 'podium' deck overlooking our homes to give occupiers somewhere. This greedy development offers none of the promised high quality public realm, instead taking away the valuable open space on the corner of Brook Road. Inexplicably, the developer and land owner think it acceptable to ignore policies on protecting and enhancing London's Blue Ribbons, the network of linear open space above our rivers: in fact the policy in Haringey and the Mayor for London is to open up our rivers, reintroducing nature and giving to the community access to perhaps our most valuable asset - the Moselle Brook.

So who is really behind the Icewall and why does development intended to kick start the regeneration of Wood Green have to look like this?
Well, the answer may surprise you. Haringey Council is the landowner. Haringey planning and regeneration officers appear to have encouraged the developer to build higher and more densely than planning policy permits. Haringey cronies, in the form of a 'design panel' of so called 'experts' have opined that this development is 'good' yet they never bothered to consider its impact on the homes and gardens it would overlook or the importance of protecting and opening up the 'Blue Ribbon' in an area of open space deficiency. Some effort has been made by Haringey to say development at this price is a priority because it will now contain a health centre, when there is already planning permission for a new health centre in the Heartlands. In this, they are acting both on behalf of the CCG, with whom they share offices, but also themselves, but it seems that the CCG, who have gone strangely quiet on the need for facilities now in this location and at this cost, may not actually have the support of their NHS bosses. It could all be a fiction - time will tell.

Meanwhile, the loss of the Iceland store will be a loss in local employment. The new shops will create unnecessary competition with those in the High Road and shopping centre, putting further stress, if any were needed on Wood Green's retail heart.

The planning application for the redevelopment of Iceland has been lodged and the public have, ungenerously been given the minimum period of 21 days, ending 10th November, 2017 to make their voice heard.

STOP THE ICEWALL - PMRA will be using this website to detail our community's objections and publish a template letter which residents can use to submit individual objections. In our view, it is a premature, contentious development where Haringey holds conflicting interests: Haringey is the landowner, strategic planning authority endeavoring to push ahead with its AAP plans in advance of due process and authority in charge of Development Control. It hosts the CCG and been the applicant to NHS England for funding on the basis that it already had a home for a health centre (when clearly it did not). It would almost certainly like the CCG out of its building in Station Road so it can redevelop that site as part of its plans for the HDV. It will see the development value of the Iceland site jump in consideration of the lease paid for by NHS money as well as added value form the pharmacy that will almost certainly follow, were planning permission to be granted. It seems be to asking the public rather a lot to trust the councillors involved in planning matters to represent the interests of the whole community and maintain an open mind when considering this planning application when Haringey is so deeply involved in the development and so committed to seeing it go forwards.

The Heartlands Resident and Business Liaison Group (RBLG)

The Heartlands Resident and Business Liaison Group (RBLG)

This month’s meeting of the Heartlands Resident and Business Liaison Group (RBLG) was courteous and informative. The Group enables local residents to hear about progress on the site and gives us a voice in discussing with the developers their plans and proposals. Generally three PMRA representatives attend and this month there were five. We started with a productive conversation about the recent experience of vibration from the works affecting residents at the southern end of the site on Hornsey Park Road. The National Grid engineer, Phil Harrison, who works for Atkins, had brought their measurement data for the year. 10mm/second is the British Standard where ‘cosmetic damage’ to property is an issue. The records showed this to have been breached on only one day with workings close to the railway line. But our neighbours closest to the site reported a level of nuisance during mid-summer which the data could not account for. It was recognised first that the monitoring devices are not particularly close to the relevant back gardens and then that the disturbance might reflect the impact of breaking out unexpected obstacles underground (like old iron gas mains) in the course of preparing the way for the new gas supply. The site managers agreed that better communication - including residents reporting promptly - will be important in future.

We also heard a convincing account of the thorough precautions taken while removing the asbestos abandoned on site over forty years ago when detritus from the dismantling and demolishing at that time was dumped in the pit of former gasholder no 2. The meeting was then given advance notice that, during the autumn, Mary Neuner Way will again have to be closed selectively - important for Electoral Reform Services to plan in advance of next year’s local elections - to permit excavations to go forward safely when National Grid’s contractors install the new gas main underneath the Moselle Brook culvert. As ever, this is when tensions arise in the discussion: it has become obvious for some time that Haringey has known since they built Mary Neuner Way in 2009 that the Moselle is quite close to the surface. It is therefore not too deep to open up as they, National Grid and the developers have insisted. Had plans to deculvert Hornsey’s only river been required as part of the planning consent in 2012 we would not now be fighting a rearguard action against Haringey and St William to get these obligations recognised and implemented.

Moselle culvert exposed by Haringey just below the surface

Moselle culvert exposed by Haringey just below the surface

The second part of the RBLG meeting, which is chaired by PMRA and supported by St William (while National Grid remain in attendance), has a more informal and less structured agenda. It was confirmed by St William that in the spring construction work will start on C7, the first block of housing next to the railway by the bend in Mary Neuner Way. Ashley Spearing explained that St William will be unlikely now to submit the planning application on which they have just consulted before Christmas. While PMRA supported their last application - for the C7 block - it is difficult to see how we can support the next. We appreciate the effort and inventiveness St William have put into redesigning the Heartlands, proposing improved open space and through routes and reducing the intrusiveness of the blocks closest to Hornsey Park Road. But much of this will be cancelled out by the pressure from Haringey to help speed up delivery of other parts of the Wood Green Area Action Plan and achieve the greater densification of housing which requires unacceptable building heights near the Penstock Path. St William also updated us on plans for the temporary use of the premises they now own on the Olympia Trading Estate. Some of these plans are imaginative, some are less so, but again their usefulness is undermined by the loss to Haringey of Turnaround Publisher Services, a good neighbour and well-regarded employer who are having to vacate and move to Hertfordshire.

A good feature of these recent meetings - apart from the opportunity in June to make our feelings known to Austringer Capital about their horrendous proposals for the Iceland site - has been the opportunity for direct dialogue with Andrew Haughey, the representative of Capital and Regional who own the shopping mall which is threatened with demolition under the Wood Green AAP and whose plan to establish Aldi on the corner of Mayes Road and Caxton Road the Council has rejected. Here we took part in informative discussions about investment plans, criticise the priority allocated to car-parks, and consider their quite radical proposals for the existing fabric of the Shopping City. Contrary to the Council’s claims to be acting in line with our views these conversations seem much closer to the spirit of what people who live locally want to see: that is, real plans for change in the area as it actually exists. PMRA would welcome the Council’s re-engagement with the Heartlands Resident and Business Liaison Group - a real achievement of National Grid’s and St Williams’s engagement in the area over the last three years. If you live locally now is the time to swell the numbers of our association and build its voice - look out for details of the forthcoming AGM.

Make sure you know about fire safety, wherever you live

Make sure you know about fire safety, wherever you live.

Everyone will be concerned following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower on the 14 June 2017. While there are no longer any tower blocks in our area (Dylan Thomas House on Turnpike Lane was demolished nearly 20 years ago), many will have concerns about fire safety or have family or friends living in buildings that could be a concern. Everyone has the right to feel safe in their home.

To this end, Homes for Haringey has asked that we share the following letter and link to FAQs. They have also shared the following documents that address fire safety and arranged Fire Safety drop-in sessions for those living in high-rise tower blocks. It will take time to establish what caused the disaster at Grenfell Tower and such loss of life but the immediate priority must be to be informed, stay safe, give reassurance and make sure we all stay involved.

Photo credit: Nico Hogg/Flickr

 

Computer generated image of the proposed development

Computer generated image of the proposed development

Residents will be receiving an update from St. William inviting them to an exhibition to learn about their ideas for a new Masterplan for Haringey Heartlands and, more formally to join the discussion through a Development Management Forum arranged by Haringey Council.

 

The exhibition will be visiting our area on Tuesday, 27 June between 4pm and 8pm at Grace Baptist Church, 48 - 50 park Ridings, N8 0LD (in the hall where we have our association meetings). We are grateful to St. William for taking the trouble to visit us first. Please do try and visit and let us know what you think.

The exhibition will then visit Green room Hotel, 13 - 27 Station Road, Wood Green on Wednesday, 28th June, between 4pm and 8pm and The Community Hub (formerly the Asian Centre) at 8 Caxton Road, N22 on Thursday, 29th June between 4pm and 6pm.

Dates/Locations for public exhibitions

Dates/Locations for public exhibitions

The Development Management Forum follows at 7pm on Thursday, 29th June at heartland High School, N22 7ST.

 

Further details are on the Newsletter from St. William being delivered to around 8,000 addresses in the area and attached below.

COMMENT:
Why is there discussion of a new Masterplan? PMRA understands this to be in response to:

* St. Williams's belief that they can do better than the first architects who masterplanned the existing planning permission, in the process responding to criticisms by the council's planning committee on the current consent.
Haringey Council has published a draft Area Action plan which proposes the density of development should be increased by a minimum of 50% and, for some uses substantially more. PMRA has responded to say this is not feasible and will both compromise good development and be harmful to the surrounding community. The new Masterplan will be an early interpretation of Haringey Council's draft proposals.

* St. William have received advice from Haringey Council by way of a Scoping Opinion for an Environmental Impact Assessment - in essence details matters that will need to be taken into consideration in developing a new Masterplan: the early ideas will be a response to this. PMRA will be looking for evidence that, in responding to Haringey Council's insistence that the density of development should be increased, there is a commensurate increase in open space, including restoration of the Moselle Brook and the first parts of a Blue Ribbon Walk following the course of the river through Wood Green.

* Haringey Council owns an adjacent site which is critical to the successful overall planning of the area. The existing masterplan and planning permission ignores this: we hope the new Masterplan will respond to the need to coordinate the planning of both sites.

* Haringey Council is working with developers for the Iceland store site which will see comprehensive redevelopment of land from Mayes Road (back of the Shopping City) to Clarendon Road (near Turnpike Lane): to date, Haringey Heartlands and the Iceland sites have not been planned to respect and coordinate with each other: the new Masterplan will hopefully address this serious deficiency in planning and see the introduction of the Blue Ribbon 'riverside' Walk.

Is this a good thing:
Yes, if it moderates and informs Haringey Council's recklessly high AAP densities
Yes if the site becomes better planned and more integrated into the wider neighbourhood
Yes, if it respects and improves upon the massing, heights and overlooking present in the current planning permission
Yes, if it delivers more open space, including the full potential of the Pocket Park, the restoration of the Moselle Brook and creation of a Blue Ribbon 'riverside' Walk for Heartlands and Wood Green, and space to memorialise the gas holders
Yes, if it ensures that traffic in shared fairly between Mary Neuner Road and Hornsey Park Road and that overall, traffic levels in Hornsey Park Road will decrease in delivering the AAP vision

Concerns:
Yes, many. Key ones are unrealistic density, building heights, overlooking, open space and connectivity, the proposed district energy power station, additional traffic, the council not considering the impact of development and needs of the established community. We are also concerned about the delay in developing the site and the continuing uncertainty.

And after this:
Nothing can change without a new planning application.

Download the Haringey Heartlands Exhibition invitation as a PDF

The hidden river is now exposed

The hidden river is now exposed

PMRA has always been interested in opening up the Moselle in Wood Green, co-chair Marcus Ballard told Monday night’s meeting at the Big Green Bookshop. But, he added ‘we now know it’s viable - we know it can be done’. Marcus explained how, as a result of the drastic work required to remediate the former gas-works on the Haringey Heartlands, the hidden river is now exposed. A bank has been left to protect it within its culvert - ‘if you removed that bank, you would see the culvert; if you removed the culvert, you would see the river’. He argued that there was no flood-risk and that there was sufficient space – as never before, there was both the opportunity and the knowledge required to open up the river.

Earlier John Bryden from Thames 21 gave a brilliant account of how urban rivers can be restored. Creating a healthy river means three things: creating the habitat, having the right amount of water and dealing with water quality.

There are already extended sections where the developers must commit to respecting the course of the river culvert

There are already extended sections where the developers must commit to respecting the course of the river culvert

The Moselle, which rises in Queens Wood before joining the Lea, is small but it has a healthy flow. Between the railway and Mayes Road there are already extended sections where the developers must commit to respecting the course of the river culvert. The main issue, it seems - the one which particularly worries Haringey Council, is keeping the river clean after its water quality is returned to being ‘Good’ in 2019. We heard that there are, apparently two systems of drainage in our area – one for foul water (domestic waste water and sewage) and another for surface water (rainwater from roof, patios, pavements and streets). Surface water is clean enough to go into rivers. Preventing domestic waste water - and even sewage – entering the surface water drainage system from misconnected homes and businesses - is therefore the challenge. But this problem is not caused by opening up rivers but by failing to prevent future or deal with existing misconnections.

'Misconnections' was the subject of Joyce Rosser’s account of Sustainable Haringey’s work with residents associations and the programme implemented by Thames Water and Haringey Council now in progress to remedy the misconnections from domestic properties. Systems called SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems) had been introduced at four points along Priory Road to help clean up surface water. And, spectacularly, the Moselle has been opened up in Lordship Recreation Ground. The result is popular - as Caroline Jepson explained, even residents affected by the periodic spells when the stream there is smelly do not want to turn back the clock and lose the open river.

Our presentation on the Moselle at the Big Green Bookshop

Our presentation on the Moselle at the Big Green Bookshop

Regrettably, the problem of misconnections seems set to continue or be repeated unless the council and community work together. Rachael Macdonald gave a graphic account of how she had had to challenge builders and plumbers in her neighbourhood. There is an important issue for planning, building control and inspection but, as Rachael demonstrated, we, as the community, are key to prevention but helping to make sure our builders and neighbours understand that that there are separate systems of drainage and reporting any concerns to the Council.

Disappointingly, as we learned from Marcus following his intervention at a past planning committee, the Council appears to regard the Lordship Rec scheme as a failure, when the only failure is the failure to deal with a decreasing number of misconnections upstream. But the public increasingly want to live in an environmentally-friendly and sensitive fashion. Contact with nature is good for mental health and many of Haringey’s own strategies and plans support a more progressive policy. And failing to deal with pollution comes at a cost further downstream. Thames 21’s data shows that it is not prohibitively expensive to open a river: examples from elsewhere (including Enfield and Lewisham) suggest a figure as low as £500 a metre. And developers themselves are exploiting the benefits of waterway restoration schemes. The Berkeley Group’s development at Woodberry Down was once promoted for its closeness to the City is now marketed as having the Woodberry Wetlands Nature reserve on its doorstep. Community groups agreed overwhelmingly to continue working together. Encouragingly, plans are already in place with the Council and the Environment Agency to establish a new Waterways forum in Haringey.

The meeting concluded that restoring the Moselle through Heartlands should be an environmental objective in itself but it is also an essential part of managing and preventing future misconnections upstream and ensuring its course downstream through Lordship Rec is never again polluted.

As our first speaker Albert Pinching explained records of the Moselle go back to the seventeenth century. Local residents who want to bring this history back to life in Wood Green can press St William to open up the river at a Development Forum at the Heartlands School at 7pm on June 29th.

You can find out more at the River Restoration Centre http://www.therrc.co.uk/, at Thames 21 http://www.thames21.org.uk/, at Sustainable Haringey http://sustainable-haringey.wikispaces.com/ and Tottenham Ploughmans https://www.tottenhamploughman.com/

Finally, we'd like to extend our thanks to Simon and Tim for allowing Sustainable Haringey, PMRA and Thames21 to hold the meeting at the Big green Bookshop and for their hospitality on the evening.

JM: 20/06/2017

Ryan King with Catharine West ( Labour), Dawn Barnes (Lib Dem), Emma Lane (conservative)

Ryan King with Catharine West ( Labour), Dawn Barnes (Lib Dem), Emma Lane (conservative)

As we prepare to go to the polls, we'd like to thank the candidates of the three main parties for coming to our hustings and giving us the opportunity to meet them. We thank them for this, their commitment to the democratic process and for the respectful and considerate way they addressed local concerns, their audience and each other. The holding of election hustings is probably the most important thing PMRA can do - bringing before the community those who seek to represent us in parliament and help make our laws, and helping us to exercise our right to choose. And the candidates had a message for us: if, as some of the questions seemed to suggest, there is something of a democratic deficit between local government and the community in Wood Green, democracy provides the means to hold those responsible to account. (Photo credit: Roslyn Byfield)

Hustings Report 2017 as PDF

Community gardening - improving the area one plant at a time

Community gardening - improving the area one plant at a time

With a general meeting coming up on February 8th it might be useful to look back twelve months to the one we held a year ago on January 27th 2016. Charlotte Levey came from Haringey’s Neighbourhood Action Team to talk about the plans for the council to link up with local residents groups through Team Noel Park. We drew up TEN points from that discussion. Here’s an up-date from John Miles who has attended all the Team Noel Park meetings on behalf of PMRA.

First, we said we wanted a community clean-up - this took place on Saturday, October 15th and it has had an impact. There is less rubbish dumped in front yards and gardens. Our poster campaign with the council looked good - most of the placards are still in place giving vital information on reporting nuisance and disposing of bulky items.

Traffic on Hornsey Park Road remains a concern

Traffic on Hornsey Park Road remains a concern

Second, we wanted improved street-lighting in Alexandra Road - that hasn’t happened although we contributed to the pressure to get the lights repaired in the alley beside the library.

Third, we called for better security in Martin’s Walk. The police and the Council’s Safer Neighbourhoods Team came and discussed this with us at Team Noel Park. There’s some progress - the aggressive drinkers have been moved on, the alley is kept rather cleaner, and we’ve upgraded our garden fence and repainted parts of the mural. Discussions with the council continue. Our community gardening remains a key part of making the area safe.

Fourth, we wanted improved street-cleaning. On the plus side there is less fly-tipping, people report dumps quicker, and nine times out of ten Veolia pick stuff up immediately. In the autumn we challenged the council on the actual sweeping of the streets, and of the alleys and Hornsey Park Road in particular. Although Veolia disputed our evidence their service improved considerably in the weeks before Christmas, even in the often neglected Arnold Bennett Way.

The position on pavement repair - our fifth concern - has been very disappointing. Various holes in Hornsey Park Road were marked up in the summer but nothing has been done: parts of the street are in a dreadful and increasingly dangerous state. Residents could help here by making individual reports and complaints - very few are received. Encouragingly, we heard before Christmas that repairs are imminent. Let’s see - and respond strongly if it doesn’t happen.

Trucks and buses on Hornsey Park Road - noisy and dangerous

Trucks and buses on Hornsey Park Road - noisy and dangerous

Our sixth point a year ago - something we’ve had on the agenda for years - was action on Hornsey Park Road, the road layout and traffic management. The misuse of the street by off-duty buses has regressed a little following the disruption of the Wightman Road closure. What’s on offer through the Community Streets programme is limited but worthwhile - a good turnout for the discussion with Gary Smith next Wednesday will help.

We've made no progress on our seventh point - for better signage in the area. We should try to make progress with a second notice-board, down outside the doctor’s at the southern end of Hornsey Park Road, close to our proposed 'gateway' to the neighbourhood.

Our eighth point was to pursue the Hornsey Pocket Park as part of the Heartlands. Representatives of St William (the developers) came to our open morning under the lime-trees in May. Although the dialogue has developed more slowly than we hoped we are now confident that by the time it’s finished the Heartlands will bring much needed open space to the neighbourhood. Moreover, St William have shown real concern that their plans and designs should reflect the area’s industrial heritage, and enhance its biodiversity (but without unfortunately going so far as to promise to deculvert the Moselle!) They have been prepared to accept criticism and to consider alternative suggestions - and have persuaded National Grid to harmonise the remaining gas service feature on the site (a Pressure Reduction Station) within their overall design.

Community gardening - making a difference

Community gardening - making a difference

Our ninth point was to pursue investment for our community gardening. Here we’ve been helped with funds from Haringey through the Noel Park Ward budget, a gift from Electoral Reform Services, and by consistent support from the Mall, who offer us storage space, funds for materials and projects, and constant encouragement. This relationship is topical because the recently published Wood Green Action Plan (AAP) envisages the future destruction of both the ‘shopping city’ and the social housing integrated within it. We think most Hornsey Park residents would rather see The Mall refurbished to encourage new investment by retailers (with the current housing retained and improved) as part of a modest, localised approach to regeneration. If so, now would be a good time to tell Haringey what we think.

And the tenth point? That was to be about caring for and supporting each other. Ryan King attends Neighbourhood Watch. Sometime this year, following a good discussion last year at Team Noel Park with Haringey’s private sector housing team, we hope to make a new start with a meeting for private tenants and people living in multi-occupation. It’s time to get more involved!

The Team Noel Park community conference has been rescheduled. It will probably take place on Saturday, March 11th 2017, at a venue yet to be decided. Look out for the newsletter.

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