In the coming months our area is going to change. St William will open a new publicly-accessible park behind the lime-trees on Hornsey Park Road. There will be a playground and new green space – although, sadly, the Moselle Brook will stay in its culvert for now.
The park will lead through to Western Road and the Penstock Tunnel. It will form part of a new east-west route for pedestrians and cyclists linking Turnpike Lane and the High Road with Alexandra Park.
A down-side to bringing up children in Hornsey Park has been the lack of play-space. So the new facility is an exciting development. But most residents in our neighbourhood live on the wrong side of Hornsey Park Road – the dangerous, over-used and polluting B138. What better reason to install a new crossing by the lime-trees?
But the current plans don’t envisage that. So we need to act quickly to get Haringey and St William to look again. PMRA is preparing a petition to full council in November about Hornsey Park Road. And following a successful walkabout on September 12th our MP Catherine West has declared her support for our proposals and will host an online meeting with the main parties in advance of the council meeting.
But right now we need a proper hearing for our proposals for a new crossing and better traffic-calming measures.
Please write to our Noel Park ward councillors, Khaled Moyeed, Peray Ahmet and Emine Ibrahim to get them back our plans. Tell them why safe access to the new park will be important to you and your family.
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.
Photo: The gardening team – John. Ben, Polly and John – out on a Saturday morning
"When the wheels finally came off the wagon it was from an unexpected angle. Why, it was asked, was there so much space for cycle parking and no segregated cycle route?"
Sometime in the next week or so the work on Mayes Road will near completion. It will be a new benchmark for the look and feel of our neighbourhood and enhance its biodiversity. (photo: Luke 'Duke' Newcombe)
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