Emails to Councillors and council officers 27th Jan 2015 – re HTH, railings and 161 Tottenham Lane

The Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum is flexing its muscles in the public arena. It has sent emails to two councillors and a council officer in an attempt to clarify what is happening in three local cases. It remains to be seen if these bring a response.  The text of all three is included below. The emails are dated 27th January.
Dear Tracie Evans
We represent the Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum Steering Group and we write to you in your capacity as Chief Operating Officer of Haringey with responsibility for street scene and roads. We are currently in formal negotiations with the London Borough of Haringey to devise a Neighbourhood Plan, which will enable local residents to inform and influence decisions relating to Crouch End, with special reference to planning and conservation. It is one of our basic tenets that everything we do should be clearly visible to all.
 
Safety railings have been removed from the Clock Tower island in Crouch End. A statement from LBH/TfL as to which body has carried out this removal, and the impact on the future safety of pedestrians of all ages and abilities would help address public concerns about this apparently unannounced change.
We look forward to hearing from you with these details.
Many Thanks
from
Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum Steering Group
Adrian Essex, Miriam Levin, David Winskill, Sally Mustoe, Norman Beddington, Mark Afford , Chris Mason

Dear Councillor Ahmet

We represent the Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum Steering Group and we write to you in your capacity as Chair of the Planning sub-committee. We are currently in formal negotiations with the London Borough of Haringey to devise a Neighbourhood Plan, which will enable local residents to inform and influence decisions relating to Crouch End, with special reference to planning and conservation. It is one of our basic tenets that everything we do should be clearly visible to all.
 
We note that there is considerable anxiety amongst residents about the proposed development at 161 Tottenham Lane . In the light of such anxiety it is our view it would well become LBH to hold a Development Management Forum, and to ensure that the proposal is decided not by delegation to an officer, but by a meeting of the Planning Committee. 
We look forward to hearing from you, that these arrangements have been put in hand.
Many Thanks
.
from
Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum Steering Group
Adrian Essex, Miriam Levin, David Winskill, Sally Mustoe, Norman Beddington, Mark Afford  , Chris Mason

Dear Councillor Strickland

We represent the Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum Steering Group. This group is currently in formal negotiations with the London Borough of Haringey to devise a Neighbourhood Plan, which will enable local residents to inform and influence decisions relating to Crouch End, with special reference to planning and conservation. It is one of our basic tenets that everything we do should be clearly visible to all.
At the end of 2014 the arrangements concerning the future of HTH were dramatically changed, with very little notice and with little in the way of assurances and transparency as to what exactly the new arrangements are. In January 2015 Mountview has withdrawn from its commitment to refurbish the building. Given the importance of Hornsey Town Hall to Crouch End, to Haringey and to English Heritage, and in the light of the cancelled Mountview project, this group urges that LBH provide the details of the ANA contract which have been widely and repeatedly requested by local residents, for example in the words of David Winskill in his, personal, recent Opinion piece in the Ham and High.
We urge total transparency and openness in every detail of the arrangements, in order that further embarrassment and disappointment be avoided.
Recent rumours suggest that there may now be 50 sub-tenants using the Town Hall. In addition to David Winskill’s questions, the community needs assurance that these tenancies are being properly managed with due regard to the fabric and fittings of the building.
As a group we look forward to your detailed response on this question.
Adrian Essex, Miriam Levin, David Winskill, Sally Mustoe, Norman Beddington, Mark Afford  , Chris Mason

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