General Meeting on Wednesday 26 April 2017
Present: 34 residents, including residents of adjacent streets and sky city. Apologies were sent by councillors Ahmed and Mann
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the PMRA letter dated March 2017 sent in response to the Wood Green Area Action Plan (WGAAP) consultation. This is available on the PMRA website.
In the course of the meeting each of the 14 points raised in our letter were addressed in turn and opened for discussion.
There was unanimous support for the concerns raised in our letter.
Residents shared their confusion about the relationship between the WGAAP and the Haringey Development Vehicle and worried about the complexity and speed of planned changes. Fears about the future of the market hall were voiced in view of rumoured closure. The market and the Mall are seen as, not ideal, but functioning well and suitable for the nature of Wood Green.
People understood that the WGAAP is a prospectus for property developers rather than a commitment to build homes in ways that value current and future residents. It was noted that a model of the imagined future Wood Green has already been displayed at the property developers fair in Cannes. Some people felt that the council was already committed to this model of development and that as residents we are unheard and helpless.
Residents appreciate that the council has a duty to raise revenue and provide more housing and this means changes. After considering the details of the plan our opposition can be summed up under two headings.
The meeting concluded with full endorsement of our letter of objection. We urge the council to withdraw the plan and think again.
£ 23.51 was collected towards our costs of which £15 was donated for use of the hall.
Next General Meeting on Wednesday 31 May 2017. This will be a Hustings ie a meeting to put our questions to the parliamentary candidates who seek our vote on election day on 8 June.
Life on Hornsey Park Road has been plagued with problems including noise, pollution and crumbling pavements, on top of this there appears to be a lack of strategic vision for the future. Council Leader Peray Ahmet and a few of her fellow councillors came to discuss the issues with our representatives.
Eight of us got out before the rain last Saturday. We cut back a lot of growth at the Lavender Garden ready for winter. Most of what we cleared has now gone down for composting. By John Miles
Our report on the first Wood Green Summit, organised on Zoom by the Wood Green Business Improvement District. After the grandiosity of the Heartlands developments might Haringey be discovering a sense of proportion?
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
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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