Are you ready for summer?
All roads lead to Haringey, part 3. The remit for Neighbourhood Forums calls for the representation not only of the interests of residents, but local businesses too, and we’re facing a difficult moment for a town centre heavily dependent on service businesses and the hospitality sector.
EDIT June 25th:
The Government have published a Business and Planning Bill to encourage pavement trading. See details at –
Businesses are informed that licencing applications will be fast tracked for the summer –
“Once the information is submitted to the local authority the authority has 10 working days from the day after the application is made (excluding public holidays) to consult on, and determine the application. This consists of 5 working days for public consultation, and then 5 working days to consider and determine the application after the consultation.”
We need Haringey to act in a joined-up fashion, to identify additional footway width precisely where businesses need it…
We’ve posted on topic on a few occasions already, but prompted by local traders we’re now putting forward a few worked-up ideas to Haringey for the kind of temporary summer-long measures we’d like to see. September is too long to wait for emergency street interventions: retail is open now and Crouch End’s cafés, pubs and hair salons may begin their return on July 4th – just two weeks away. The traffic has already returned and is getting worse and the window is closing for the Mayor of London’s “complete transformation of local town centres“.
We want to see changes that allow flexible, creative and novel solutions. We should be bold in our interventions, to close or filter roads if there’s a possible improvement to be made and to act now for opportunities for outdoor trading. Yes, work remains to be done, yes, there’s a need to consult, and yes, not all traders would want to start trading on the pavement – but remember, these are temporary measures. We call upon the council to respond.
For our ideas on cycle routes, see our earlier post.
The maps below pick out closures, barriers and retained parking. Significant footway extensions and new pedestrian-only road closures and trading areas are sited next to food and beverage units by design.
The Crouch Hill weekend market
This idea is supported by independent traders on Crouch Hill – an area of small shops, no outside space and the narrowest of pavements. Yes, it requires the Saturday and Sunday rerouting of buses, but the road is frequently closed by utility works and it seems to sort itself out. Other than that, it’s the cheapest option around, no parking is affected, and no stranded bus stop up the hill is more than 500m of an alternative.
Crouch Hill? (with a tad more social distancing of course)
Crouch Hill now, awaiting developments
The Weston-Elder Low Traffic Neighbourhood
LTNs are expressly identified in TfL guidance as interventions to enhance local environments and promote safer cycling. This measure would also produce a new trading area slap bang in the middle of the town centre (previously mentioned here), whilst retaining the same number of loading and visitor parking spaces.
At Elder Avenue the filter, simply planters, is sited outside the Earl Haig to preserve access at the Tottenham Lane end for loading areas for commercial use. It also creates a safer environment for nursery children.
Planters, quick solutions for road filtering
Tottenham Lane café quarter
The extended footways here are already signalled as part of Haringey’s plans – it needs action now, not in 3 month’s time. Always a challenging part of the town centre, the section of Tottenham Lane between the Queens and the cinemas needs the extra space, we see it potentially as a relative of Lordship Lane in East Dulwich with a line of outdoor pavement cafés (?).
Costs and funding
Funding may be a problem, but in addition to TfL’s thousands, there’s the Re-opening High Streets Safely Fund, or even the neighbourhood CIL pot – still unallocated and unspent, or why not drop the plan to review the local CPZ and spend that money on the emergency instead?
We contacted one of the leading providers of temporary street infrastructure, Meristem Design, who are already working with councils across London. The interventions described above, for example the closure of Crouch Hill, require planters which costs as little as £500-700 apiece, which taken together with the cost of Traffic Orders and administration mean each move could be delivered for a few £thousand. And there’s nothing to stop the box planters going in a a week or two’s time.