Newsletter – a January blast

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Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum January blast

We’re welcoming in 2017 with steely determination, faces set against the wind, and Stakhanovite resolve, as the next CENF street stall takes place this Saturday, January 28th, on the Broadway. Fridge magnets will once again be available.

This month’s theme: the local environment. Come, meet, spleen.

How green is our valley?

If you’re moved to muse about issues environment, recycling, trees, or just see red about the local green spaces, let us know. The Environment working group has set out initial thoughts on the Forum’s website.




What price retail?

With the 2017 business rates revaluation and a new Sainsburys in Hornsey about to impact the Broadway, we thought we’d survey the retail centre of Crouch End. Will the future see more vacant shops? Or, will Middeys finally open, the ex-Bouga be reclaimed, and the myth-like Waterstones actually arrive?

And how many places can you grab a coffee in Crouch End? We answered the question burning your lips.    (Image Hugh Flouch, under creative commons license)

The Forum spent 2016 establishing itself as a voice for Crouch End, setting up working groups, dropping leaflets, running stalls, writing to the council, growing a mailing list, and prodding people to get involved…  this means you.

The 2017 AGM will be on Sunday March 5th – do put it in your diaries.

Hornsey Town Hall – all quiet on the western front?

After the fanfare as the Far East Consortium were announced as preferred bidder…  all has gone quiet. It may be that contracts are signed soon (if not already), a planning application for a hotel will appear in a few months, and, after decanting the present occupants, construction work will commence in a year’s time…  but if anyone knows what’s actually going on and is allowed to tell the local community, we’d love to find out.

Our New Year wish is that the Town Hall avoids the precedent of Middeys café and a fate as semi-abandoned eyesore, only with different owners. The Forum mapped out its response a while back.

Haringey’s £2 billion vehicle moves up a gear/hits hazard lights* (*delete as appropriate)

In a controversial and high-stakes move attracting much scrutiny and column inches, Haringey Council is proposing to transfer its property assets and council housing to a part-private joint entity known as the Haringey Development Vehicle. The initial objectives are a huge redevelopment of Wood Green (again) and the rebuilding of estates in Tottenham, so the effect upon Crouch End is not wholly clear, but all council tenants and any businesses leasing premises from Haringey should be aware of the proposals – it will undoubtedly affect you.

Clair Kober, Haringey council leader, set out the council’s purpose, and the opposing view found its way into the Guardian. We set out our initial thoughts on the Wood Green redevelopment last year. A developer for the £2b project should be named next month.

Further developments

The redevelopment of Tottenham Lane continues – the stretch surrounding the Arthouse cinema is a construction site already, and no. 163, the Kwik Fit garage, is next up. The developers have arranged a public exhibition:  5-830 pm Monday January 30th, Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre.

Elsewhere we also see the impending disappearance of another doctors’ surgery, sent comments about a development on Montenotte Road, and note that the listed Great Northern Railway Tavern is amidst a major overhaul, re-opening March.

The Forum are working toward a survey of Crouch End and the development of policies that can direct the way our community develops in the future – our Neighbourhood Plan

And don’t forget, new members are always welcome, no subscription necessary, and open to all. We have 100s of people, local organisations and businesses signed up. We have leaflets and posters too – if you’d like to display one, drop us a line

Keep an eye on our website for details of forthcoming meetings and events




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