As people will know the Community Infrastructure Levy is a charge local authorities place upon developers, raising funds to support infrastructure needs arising from new developments.
Whilst 85% of the amount is redirected to Haringey centrally (and inevitably goes toward large projects in Wood Green and Tottenham), some 15% becomes ‘Neighbourhood CIL’, a pot reserved for projects in the area where the development takes place – spent according to the wishes of local people.
So, after a pandemic related delay, the next round of consultation is due this summer and Haringey have asked us to start putting out feelers, searching for suitable local projects. With significant sums are already apportioned across the borough, the NCIL for Crouch End is now pushing toward £600,000. NB. Successful schemes will go through a council applied process, assessed against objective criteria and costed, incl. project management costs, contingencies and long-term maintenance provision. Haringey’s CIL pages are here.
Crouch End’s pot is £600,000 – do you have a local project which will benefit the community?
NCIL eligible neighbourhood projects could include: road and footpath improvements; tree planting; new or improved play spaces and facilities; community safety measures; new or improved cycling facilities; traffic calming measures; and the improvement of local facilities such as libraries, community centres or sports halls. Such projects could be funded in whole or part through NCIL receipts, some are necessarily small, others much larger (for example Hampstead’s pedestrianisation of South End Green was heavily NCIL funded).
Crouch End ideas
A few runners have emerged over the last few years. For example during the pandemic various pavement widening schemes were popular such as the paving over of the top of Weston Park to form a pocket park with seating for local cafés (and events). A similar idea has been floated for Tottenham Lane itself where the pavements are too narrow and cafés are desperate for alfresco fun (the loss of a few parking spots being a good thing – when parked up they just obstruct traffic). What such projects happily include are an element of economic uplift, which chimes with the priorities mentioned to the Forum.
Environmental improvements are frequently cited. This includes pocket parks, but also various community greenery such as the planter at Middle Lane junction or the patches of planting across the Library concourse. There’s room for more such spots perhaps (and Haringey are thinking about these spaces). In any case few would object to extending programmes of tree planting – tree-lined avenues are a popular benefit.
Of course there’s opportunity for parks improvements (Stationers Park is in our area), or infrastructure that aids public safety and combats ASB, or simply locates new seating. Projects could be small or large, maybe simply proposing new signage, better bins, bus stops, secure cycle parking, and so on.
And the grandiose vision? Well, a few far-seeing locals said hurrah, let’s push for a grand re-opening of the Northern Heights railway and Crouch End station… Meanwhile others, inspired by the Weston Park sink hole, saw an opportunity to begin construction of the Crouch End Canal. Alas, we reckon we’d be a few bob short.
In the interim, a few ideas are worth floating —
Street infrastructure, transport
- Widened pavements to improve Topsfield & Broadway Parades
- Improved pedestrian crossings around clock tower
- Pedestrian/visitor priority over through traffic in town centre
- New public space at Weston Park
- Reduce street clutter, e.g. signs and utility boxes
- Redesign for street clutter at Hornsey TH Square
- Improved street furniture
- More town centre seating
- Planted median strip along Crouch End Hill
- Separated cycleways
- Secure cycle parking
- Planting for Library square and concourse
- Urban greening and bio-diversity
- Supporting Stationers Park
- Improved accessible entrances to Parkland Walk
- Trees in town centre
- Trees along Ferme Park Road
- Pocket gardening
Community, heritage & culture
- Grants for traditional shopfronts
- Public sculpture
- Support for Hornsey Vale Community Centre
- Repairs for clock tower
- Creation of cultural quarter
- Co-ordination and support for local microbusinesses
- Identifying & supporting community buildings
- Remove/improve public toilets
Image top: credit Weston Williamson architects