CROUCH END NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM 2023 AGM
SATURDAY 17th JUNE 3.00 – 4.20 PM
UNION CHURCH & COMMUNITY CENTRE downstairs hall, Weston Park N8 9PX
Do come to our Annual General Meeting. Now is a good time to get involved – we still need more committee members, is this you?
In addition to reporting on key issues and developments in Crouch End we’ll be electing a new Executive Committee (details below), and looking at —
- How Crouch End should spend £600,000 of Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy funds – can we upgrade the town centre’s inadequate pavements, improve transport, or plant a few more trees and secure better stewardship of heritage assets?
- Answering questions on long awaited Hornsey Town Hall’s struggle to be born – will it herald the Crouch End cultural quarter?
- Looking toward playing a key role in the development of Haringey’s Local Plan
- And discussing ideas for the Crouch End Neighbourhood Plan, including design guidance, setting objectives and policies for the town centre, the local environment, local heritage, and local housing priorities
(Image: a future Crouch End? Credit: WestonWilliamson architects)
*To help us manage numbers please register for a free ticket through Eventbrite (but you can still fetch up on the day). All are welcome at the AGM, hope to see you there.
3 PM WELCOME
3.05 Chair’s report
3.20 Hornsey Town Hall report and FAQs
3.30 AGM business – including nominations for the Committee (see below)
3.40 Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy – £600,000 spend – including call for project ideas
3.50 Neighbourhood Plan – presentations of objectives, ideas, and policies for housing, local economy, environment, heritage, and design
4.10 Q&A, discussion
Nominations for 2023 Executive Committee
All Crouch Enders can contribute whether they live here, work here, carry out business here, are in education here, or own property in the area. Members of local societies and associations are welcome.
Name: Charles Sharp
Address: Elmfield Avenue
Statement: I wish to stand again for the CENF Executive Committee. I am currently Secretary of the group and will offer to continue in that position if requested. CENF has an important role in both disseminating knowledge about developments in Crouch End and attracting enhanced investment into the area through a Neighbourhood Plan. As a resident of the area for 40 years I will try to contribute what I can to see its improvement. Previously I was a councillor for Crouch End for 8 Years, and a former deputy chair of Haringey Planning Committee.
Charles Sharp is currently Secretary of the Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum.
Name: Robert Jackson
Address: Glasslyn Road
Statement: I have been a resident of Glasslyn Road, Crouch End, for over 20 years, and before that lived just over the hill near Archway. I am now retired, having previously worked in the computer industry for nearly 40 years. I have been the Treasurer of the Neighbourhood Forum for the past seven years, and I have coordinated the Forum’s Environment working group and related surveys. I am also secretary of my local Resident’s Association, and I am a committee member of CREOS (Crouch End Open Space), a local charity whose purpose is to conserve the Crouch End playing fields, so I have a particular interest in protecting the green spaces in the neighbourhood.
Rob Jackson is currently Treasurer of the Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum.
Name: Mark Afford
Address: Elder Avenue
Statement: Resident in Crouch End for 30 years, with a teenage son schooled at Coleridge and Highgate Woods, my interest in CENF stems from a passion for the local area and a belief in local civic engagement. An active member in establishing the Neighbourhood Forum, I hope to continue a pragmatic advocacy of all things Crouch End. My interests are in planning and the built environment, and I possess an MSc in Historic Conservation. I have no political affiliation and have been a Committee and steering group member of CENF since its inception, representing the group on a number of Haringey council committees.
Mark Afford is currently Chair of Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum.
Name: Janet Sutherland
Address: Elmfield Avenue
Statement: I would like to continue on the Forum, doing what we can to help engage Crouch Enders in planning the future for our wonderful neighbourhood. I have lived in the area since 1980, with a career in housing, with a great interest in neighbourhood planning, neighbourhood renewal, effective community engagement, urbanism and housing for older people. My first job was as co-ordinator for the Covent Garden Forum of Representatives, which was the neighbourhood voice in planning Covent Garden’s future in the mid 1970’s. I’m vice Chair of Peabody Trust’s Care and Support Committee, a Trustee of ILC UK (International Longevity Centre), a Non Exec Director of Groundwork South, and involved with The Academy of Urbanism, passionate about improving placemaking. I chair the national u3a Future Lives Group.
Name: Will Chan
Address: Haringey Park
Statement: I have been a Crouch End resident for 10 years. We moved to the area because we love the community spirit, green spaces, the independent shops and restaurants on the high street. Over the years, we have made many friends in the area and have also convinced many others to move to Crouch End. Many local businesses have suffered immensely due to Covid – I think the Forum has a huge part to play to encourage Crouch End residents to shop locally so our town centre continues to thrive in the future. I am also an Architect by training and am keen to bring my knowledge in town planning to help ensure the historic character of Crouch End is respected so Crouch End continues to be an attractive and desirable place to live, work and visit.
Name: Sue Cooper
Address: Crouch Hall Road
I have no relevant professional qualifications but with both parents being architects I think an awareness of my built environment is in my DNA. I moved into Crouch End a few years ago and have loved discovering its architectural history, its creativity and its combined urban and green sense of place. I am a resident representative on the Hornsey Town Hall construction steering group and have been a member of the CENF committee for the last year. I would like to continue to be involved in the development of this wonderful area for its local residents and independent businesses. I practised as a barrister for 30 years before being appointed a district judge. I retired in 2020 but continue to work part-time.
Name: Peter Purdie
Statement: I have lived in Crouch End for 25 years and am committed to making it a great and healthy area to live and work in for all members of the community. I have set up a web based residents group for our road to address local issues and promote a spirit of neighbourliness and inclusion, and can use my skills to contribute to the development of the Forum. I have worked in Local Authority housing for over 40 years, the majority in a senior role in Haringey. As such I have a vast knowledge and huge interest in local housing issues, including improvement programmes, greening initiatives, resident engagement, project and budget management. I am a real team player and believe I can make a huge contribution to the Crouch End neighbourhood through the work of the Forum.
Name: Marcus Adams
Statement: I have been a Crouch End resident for 25 years. I am an architect, urban designer and masterplanner and also specialise in community engagement. I am Managing Partner of JTP and I have led/been involved in successful town centre regeneration and visioning schemes across the UK and internationally including include Hebden Bridge, Winchester, Maidenhead, and Scarborough, and internationally in across Europe. I believe that any initiatives should be grounded by genuine engagement by all stakeholders and residents including the young, and I can bring an extensive experience of different processes. I am also a believer that investment in public realm drives confidence in a place and attracts investment. The centre of Crouch End is dominated by traffic with negative impacts on quality and air quality. Stewardship and curation also has an important role to play.
Address: Crouch End Hill
Statement: I have been a Crouch End resident for 4 years. I grew up in a small village in Ireland and was attracted to Crouch End when looking for a London home as it has a nice familiar welcoming villagey feel, with lot’s of nice local parks, cafes and amenities. Having grown up in a family highly involved in our local committee of the country-wide Tidy Town’s project in Ireland I’ve learnt to appreciate the impact that local guidance can have on means to maintain and improve local communities and their surroundings. I have an interest therefore in getting involved in local projects or committees to help maintain the character & economic sustainability of the area I live in; I’ve been attending many CENF meetings over the past year and would be interested in becoming an executive committee member.
Name: David Winskill
Address: Uplands Road
Statement: I was born in Weston Park where my family had a grocery shop. I attended local schools and my first job was with Haringey council as a gardener. I served as a Crouch End Ward councillor for twelve years until I stood down in 2014. During that time I was involved in many planning campaigns and helped set up the HTH Community Partnership Board which evolved into the HTH Creative Trust. I continue to have an active interest in local affairs, planning, transport and health and local history. At CENF’s inception in October 2014 I was elected chair – a post I held for three years. I look forward to further involvement as we continue the work of consulting on and writing the Neighbourhood Plan and responding to the challenges that Haringey and developers continue to toss in our direction. I am an Associate of the Men’s Health Forum, a patient Voice rep for specialised commissioning, on various local ICS groups and a member of the HHS Publications Committee.
Ex-Officio Positions on Executive Committee
All Councillors representing the Crouch End Ward, and one each (nominated as a representative Councillor) for Hornsey and Stroud Green wards (they comprise about 30% of the Neighbourhood Area), are non-voting members of the Committee.
A late addition to the EC –
Name: Nick Hobbs
Address: Coleridge Road
Statement: I wish to stand for the CENF executive committee. I have recently moved to Crouch End and am keen to get involved in the community. For me, civic engagement in the local area, like with the role which the Forum plays between residents, businesses and the council, is really important. Helping positive new ideas flourish while preserving the things which drew people to the area in the first place are all part of that. I would bring to the Forum legal experience, both from the public and private sectors, and of working for or with central and local government.