Boundary Walk Report – Area 2 Barrington Rd/Park Avenue S

CROUCH END NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM

REPORT ON WALKABOUT IN AREA NO 2

Introduction

The walkabout took place on Sunday 24th May, and covered principally the area bounded by Park Rd, Middle Lane, the boundary between Barrington Rd/Park Avenue S and the edge of Priory Park (see map). This was the primary area covered, with the intention of establishing whether or not this area is commonly accepted as being within Crouch End. A second ‘outside the boundary’ area was also covered, with the intention of establishing that this was probably not within Crouch End. It was defined by Priory Park to the SE, Priory Rd to the N, Park Rd to the W and the Barrington Rd/Park Avenue S boundary to the SW (see map).

3 people took part: Norman Beddington, Charlotte Thompson and Rob Jackson of GMTRA.

Process

The whole area was walked, taking about 1hr 45 mins. People were approached in the street in a variety of situations – on their doorsteps, getting into or out of their cars, or walking down the street – and asked to answer a short questionnaire of 7 questions (attached). This covered whether they lived or worked in Crouch End, whether their area is/is not part of Crouch End, where they shopped and used other services and their likes/dislikes about Crouch End. Finally they were asked to give their name and e-mail address.

Definition of Area

A total of 12 persons were interviewed, 7 persons within the primary area, and 5 in the ‘outside the boundary’ area.

In the primary area respondents 6 gave the answer ‘yes’ to question no 2 about the area being within Crouch End, and one maintained that it was Hornsey (despite living about 80 ms from the clocktower). In the secondary area people were interviewed in Ashford Avenue (off Priory Rd) and Park Avenue South. Of these four responded that the area was part of Hornsey, one Hornsey/Crouch End, and one (interviewed in Park Avenue S) Crouch End.

The conclusion is that the original ‘red line’ boundary of the primary area is correct, and this area should be included in the neighbourhood area, but the secondary area should not be included within the neighbourhood.

Use of Services & Likes/Dislikes

Respondents interviewed within the secondary area were more likely to use shopping centres other than Crouch End, such as Hornsey High St and Muswell Hill, reflecting ease of access and transport links. Those from the primary area largely mentioned Crouch End only. People particularly liked the ‘villagey’ feel and communal life within Crouch End, and they also liked the range of shops and restaurants and Priory Park.

Dislikes included the CPZ, the frequency of the W7 bus service, and the amount of dog poo, but the feeling was generally positive. One respondent, from the council estate at The Grove, thought that the shops were too expensive.

E-mail Addresses

Nearly all respondents were prepared to give their names, and most their e-mail addresses.

Norman Beddington
27.05.15

Questionnaire

Q. 1
Do you (please tick all that apply)
Live in Crouch End
Work in Crouch End
Shop in Crouch End

Q.2
Do you think this area is part of Crouch End ? ……………………………

Q.3
Where do you shop, and which library and post office do you use ?

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Q.4
What do you like about Crouch End? …………………………………………………………

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Q.5
What do you dislike about Crouch End? ……………………………………………………

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Q.6
What would you change? ……………………………………………………………………….

Q.7
Please tell us your email address so that we can contact you in future ………………………..

We would like to stay in touch with you and keep you updated with progress. Please can you tell us your name?

First Name …………. Last Name…………………….

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