Zoe Sellers writes:
Wood Green is the heart of Haringey, drawing in people from across the borough and beyond to shop, work and have fun. Everyone with a connection to Wood Green is rightly proud of its history as a thriving town centre, and excited about its future as one of the capital’s best places to live, work and visit.
We’re already spending £4.2million to improve Wood Green’s public spaces. We now need to secure the future of the town centre, while unlocking Wood Green’s potential for major new housing growth – including on land owned by the council itself.
It is important that we plan properly for the future, which is why Haringey Council is considering creating an Investment Framework – a comprehensive plan for the area. This will form an important part of an overall Wood Green Regeneration Programme, that sets out how we’ll bring a better town centre, modern housing, and improved connections between the town centre and the cultural quarter as well as between Alexandra Palace & Park and neighbouring areas. Haringey Council has appointed a team of experts to develop the Investment Framework which is due to complete by the end of 2015. The team consists of Fluid experts in urban planning and Soundings leaders in community engagement and consultation to deliver an independent, robust and creative process.
We want to ensure that local people’s aspirations for the area feed into the plans and that their opinions are reflected in the final submission.
As a first step we will be holding a number of pop up events in areas of large footfall around Wood Green to understand people’s priorities for the area.
We would also like you and other resident representatives to join us and the masterplan team on a Walk & Talk around the area on Thursday 9th July from 6.30 to 8pm. This will give the new team the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the area from your local perspective and insights, including the areas assets you are particularly fond of, or perhaps things you feel need attention or improvement.
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
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