Street talking

Behind the scenes there’s quite a lot going on in our bit of N8. We’re still pressing the politicians to take maximum advantage of the opportunity to green and narrow the roadway opposite the lime trees on Hornsey Park Road where the zebra crossing is to be installed. This is in line with the proposals originally agreed by all parties at the planning stage several years ago. And we’re in the late stages of a detailed negotiation with Haringey about narrowing the bend in the road on Mayes Corner. A common theme in relation to both developments has been to ask why we can’t have the same status as Wightman Road and benefit from the weight restrictions that apply there.

Mayes Corner rainbeds
Mayes Corner rainbeds

When the work is completed at Mayes Corner there’ll be a new rain-bed on the south side outside Umoja House. If properly installed, this should take much more water from the road and reduce the amount of contaminated run-off making its way through the sewers into the Lea.  As the vegetation comes back by the benches you get an idea of what a verdant corner this will be in a year or two’s time. Such progress comes at a cost of course: the Hornsey Park Community Gardening programme is desperate for new volunteers to put in a regular hour or two and build up our team. 

Hornsey Park Road in bloom (looking south)
Hornsey Park Road in bloom (looking south)

At the southern end we’ve started a gradual replanting of our wonderful lavender garden. We’re relishing the growth of the hedging outside the doctors where we’ve recently installed several hazel saplings – we’re asking Haringey to recognise our work on this patch better than they have in the past. And we’ve started to regularly litter-pick the area between the West Indian Cultural Centre and the 41 bus-stop. The Council’s focus on the regeneration of Turnpike Lane has made it easier to get bagged-up litter removed. 

Conversations between the Council and the Turnpike Lane Traders Association have stepped up in recent months. Crime and fly-tipping are judged to have been significantly reduced but it’s still a real headache trying to balance the needs of cash-and-carry businesses with those of walking shoppers and cyclists.

Hornsey Pk Rd pavements are still in dire need of repair.
Hornsey Pk Rd pavements are still in dire need of repair.

Plans have been put forward to narrow sections of the road, install trees and to create small enclaves of extended pavement around the north-side road entrances, including the reduction of Alexandra Road to one lane in its final stages. We’ve asked for an assessment of the risks of this displacing traffic on to Hornsey Park Road and pointed out that if rain-beds are installed here to mitigate flooding there will need to be proper plans for maintenance. Meanwhile substantial sums of money will be available to improve selected shop-fronts. 

It just remains to remind our newly re-elected councillors (congratulations, guys!) that someone needs to find a substantial amount of money to refurbish Hornsey Park Road’s utterly disgraceful pavements. 

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