Turnpike Lane Joint Strategy Group
I chaired the Turnpike Lane Joint Strategy Group on Monday 13 January at 6pm at Shine Café. The meeting was very well attended with residents, businesses, police officers and other local stakeholders. Thanks to officers who have worked very hard over the past 18 months, we announced a series of projects to improve Turnpike Lane tackling crime and grime and transforming it into a ‘destination of choice’. In total, we have announced investments of around £1.5million.
There was very positive feedback from businesses that Turnpike Lane was finally getting attention after years of neglect and decline. Businesses reported that they continued to have problems in relation to parking. I have arranged a meeting for businesses on 11 February 2020 to raise those concerns with officers from the Council’s parking department.
The next meeting of the Turnpike Lane Joint Strategy Group will be on Monday 30 March at 6pm where we will report on progress on projects that are in the pipeline.
Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony
On 26 January 2020, I attended a very moving Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony in Haringey’s Civic Centre marking the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust. There were powerful stories by Sir Erich Reich who had arrived in the UK on the Kindertransport and Anita Peleg who talked about the life and work of her mother, Naomi Blake, a sculptress an an Auschwitz survivor. The ceremony ended with a multi-faith prayer from representatives of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths.
The Mayor of Haringey, Cllr Sheila Peacock coordinated the whole event and will now spearhead preparations for a fitting way to celebrate the Victory in Europe (VE) day in May.
Regeneration in Wood Green
On Tuesday 28 January, I attended a meeting with Council’s regeneration officers who presented a range of projects that are being formulated to improve our priorities around people, place and the economy in Noel Park. Some of the most pertinent initiatives are follows:
(i) Successful first round bid to the GLA’s Good Growth Fund to improve air quality and establish a youth hub where Matalan is: will provide more information in coming months.
(ii) Noel Park Children’s Centre is now available for hire in the evenings and weekends for local organisations.
(iii) A series of drop-in events have concluded to consult on the Wood Green and Turnpike Lane Design Manual to form a project bidding list for public realm improvements.
(iv) A planning application was submitted in December 2019 for the re-design of the existing Café Roj in Ducketts Common providing an improved café which will operate over longer hours throughout the year.
I reported last month that Haringey had refused a planning application by the Ability Group to convert Alex House on Station Road into ‘shoebox’ size poor quality housing. The developer has now submitted a revised application to create 171 residential units under reference HGY/2020/0225. You have until 20 February 2020 to comment on the planning application at the following website:
Proposed new developments in Noel Park
I attended a meeting on 29 January 2020 with the Council’s housing development team. The following sites have been identified for potential developments of council houses:
(i) Barbara Hucklesbury Close: existing bungalows to be demolished and six family houses to be built
(ii) 71 Bury Road (garages): a large family house to be built on the site of these garages that are not used and have become derelict
(iii) West Indian Cultural Centre: proposals are at a very preliminary stage to look at a development including the West Indian Cultural Centre and the neighbouring Jessica Buttons factory.
I will provide more information in the coming months when there is any progress on these proposed developments.
Engagement with residents’ groups
I have had and continue to have significant engagement with several residents’ groups helping them to address issues in their neighbourhood. Some of these examples are listed below:
(i) Wallis Mews residents: I have met them on site twice in the last two months and raised a number of pieces of casework to address issues of anti-social behaviour, flytipping and motorbikes using the Mews as a short cut.
(ii) Page High Residents’ Association: I met with Dr Adrian Chapman outside Page High and raised issues of lack of cleanliness outside Matalan, removal of the ‘Artizan’ sign from the building and CCTV. While I have been advised that no enforcement action can be taken against Matalan at this stage, I have asked officers to consider cleaning the outside and charging it back to Matalan.
(iii) Alexandra Road: I have raised a substantial amount of casework in the recent past to address issues around flytipping and antisocial behaviour on Alexandra Road.
Residents’ groups may want to attend the next Ward Panel Meeting with Noel Park’s Safer Neighbourhood Team on Thursday 20 February 2020 at 7pm at the Green Rooms, Station Road, N22. Please email Noelpark.SNT@met.police.uk if you are intending to attend the meeting.
I am pleased to inform you that following a bid to Transport for London, Haringey council have been successful in securing funding to install 300 additional secure cycle parking spaces (50 Bikehangars) to residents. There is now a consultation with residents until 19 February 2020. We plan to install the Bikehangars in March/April 2020.
The following locations have been earmarked in Noel Park to have a bikehangar: (i) Farrant Ave, flank wall of 37 Darwin Rd, (ii) Outside 84 Hewitt Avenue and (iii) Ravenstone Road, flank wall of 39 Alexandra Road.
If you have any comments or suggestions on the proposal, please email at Frontline.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put ‘Bikehangar’ and your road name in the title line of the email.
Noel Park Primary School Parent and Community Advisory Board
I was invited by the school to join its Parent and Community Advisory Board and attended its meeting on Wednesday 29 January 2020. The school is looking to improve its links with the community and working to produce a magazine that will inform the wider community of the school’s successes and its offering.