This map has some natural boundaries and some more difficult to define.
We started off by having a guess at where the lines might be drawn. Existing boundaries with the Highgate and Crouch Hill Forums, and with Islington gave a good start. Then we started refining. We asked, on-line and at our Couch End Festival stall, where people think that they live and plotted this by post code. A postgraduate researcher used data from the internet to help us. Residents and users of some important landmarks have told us yes or no – the residents of Chettle Court say they are in Crouch End, as do the governors of Hornsey School for Girls, but the Friends of Priory Park have done a lot of work with the residents and councillors of Hornsey and want to remain outside Crouch End. A number of walkaboutsasking “Is this Crouch End?” added to our data, and the blue line on the map is our current view of the boundary.
No matter how long we continue this process we will always find questions over exactly where the border will be – luckily this can be addressed in the future – for example just because Priory Park is not in our Area does not mean we cannot argue on its behalf should the need arise. If you find yourself outside the Area, but use Crouch End as your local shopping/cultural centre/work place, you and your opinion are still welcome at our meetings. Drawing the line satisfies a legal requirement, it does not create a barrier.
If you are a member of a local community or religious group or can represent a local business, do get in touch with us about joining the Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum as an affiliate organisation. We’re really happy to come and talk to your group about what we’re doing, how we can support you and how to get involved.
We’re on the look out for people who love Crouch End to lend a hand with the CENF. If you’re interested, get in touch with us at [email protected].
Please do pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested, and we look forward to hearing from you!
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All the best,
Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum