"Victorian gasworks become things of beauty" - so said the Evening Standard on 25th June, 2014, when Homes & Property confirmed what many around here have been thinking for some time - historic gas holders can be imaginatively designed into new schemes to regenerate long derelict areas of London. Hornsey no.1 has the potential to be one of London"s finest, with views to the west across Alexandra Palace toward Muswell Hill and Highgate and the hills of south Essex to the east.
We needn"t reprise the artistic and heritage value of Holder no.1 - it has been written many times over the years but it really would make a stunning and imaginative mixed use development with roof garden with far reaching views: a perfect home for the artistic, creative and performing industries, education, employment and residential just metres from town centre, park, established communities and transport links to central London and the rest of the country. Be brave, Haringey council - listen to the community.
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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