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Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum Annual General Meeting
2pm Sunday March 4th, Hornsey Town Hall
Do come to our third Annual General Meeting.
We’ll be electing a new Executive Committee (details below), reporting on the development of the Crouch End Neighbourhood Plan… and looking at key issues and projects for Crouch End including significant changes to the road layout of the town centre (affecting all road users – including pedestrians), the Hornsey Town Hall development, and plans to reconfigure Hornsey Library …
*To help us manage numbers please register for a free ticket through Eventbrite (but you can still fetch up on the day). All are welcome at the AGM, hope to see you there.
Crouch End relaunched? Grand Projets for 2018
We’ve invited Haringey officers to the AGM to outline major new transport projects including the ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods Initiative’ (the bid was announced in December).
Although at an early stage of development, this ambitious project seeks major modal shifts to walking and cycling, and big ideas for Crouch End’s townscape. With new cycle routes, better road crossings, redirected main roads, and even a new public square in the centre of town (see opposite). Read more.
We’re also featuring news of a Haringey programme to improve local Air Quality by engaging with local businesses, ‘No2 NO2’.
If the impending re-design of Crouch End’s main roads doesn’t whet your appetite for the AGM, perhaps an update on the grandiose re-development of Hornsey Town Hall will. 2017 was the year Haringey signed the deal with the Far East Consortium, Make Architects drew up the plans, the scheme was unveiled in public exhibitions, Time + Space were announced as operators, and the whole thing went to Planning (there was a bit of a to-do too).
As we speak the section 106 (planning conditions) agreement is about to be signed, and when the Planning Decision Notice is issued it’s full steam ahead for the £140m project, with a £20m restoration, a £multi-million hotel and arts/community/workspace centre, a brand new Town Hall Square, new restaurants and bars, …not to mention 146 new flats.
The Forum are keen to see the long-awaited restoration as promised, and we’ll carry on playing the critical friend taking a watchful interest in the ‘place-making’ potential of the scheme (it’s a big deal for Crouch End). Read more.
The initial sketch for plans to refurbish Hornsey Library appeared on display in December. Promising a refurb and a re-design for the main spaces, Haringey are now assessing feedback and procuring a design company to produce final plans. Will it be an improvement? Will it be a library for all users? Will it future proof the service? Does it all go far enough? Let’s hope for the best. Haringey deserve applause for hanging on to libraries (and finding some funding) when so many other boroughs have abandoned them. Read more.
Executive Committee, nominations
Want to get involved? There are 15 places on the Executive Committee, who meet to work on consultation and writing the Neighbourhood Plan.
Nominations are open for the 2018/19 Committee, to be elected at the AGM. All members of the Forum, including all who have signed up for the newsletter, business members, and representatives of affiliated organisations are eligible to stand. It would be helpful if anyone wishing to put themselves forward informed us of their intention by February 20th. Self-nominations are sufficient.
If interested please send a brief paragraph or two to introduce yourself and indicate why you’d like to get involved – feel free to message us for any clarification. The list of nominations will be circulated in advance.
Of course a seat on the Committee is not the only way to be involved. Please do tell us if you have a particular interest in any of Crouch End’s planning and development issues – or simply have some time to help us with our media, our consultations, or discussions. We welcome all contributions from those in our local area.
Keep up with planning and development news…
The Forum is a link between Crouch End, Crouch Enders, and the labyrinth of London’s planning and development – be it responding to the new draft London Plan, Haringey’s consultations on Wood Green expansion, gathering evidence on the local economy (did you see ‘Pizzas, Pooches and Pedicures, a retail survey’?), or simply noticing what’s coming up in local infrastructure (‘Brighton next stop, a new Thameslink line from Finsbury Park’). Ultimately our aim is to write our own distinctively Crouch End planning policies – a Neighbourhood Plan.
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