The PGRA is currently involved with these campaigns:
Street Survey - June / July 2019
There has been a lot of discussion recently at national and local levels over how residential streets can be improved for the benefit of those that live in them. This is very pertinent for our neighbourhood as London continues to grow and our streets become busier.
As a result, a group of local families, in conjunction with the local Residents’ Association, wish to investigate how we can make our streets more hospitable for all and an enjoyable place to live, work, shop and play.
At this early stage, we are trying to discover how far residents would be interested in having neighbourhood improvements. If there is a groundswell of interest, we can then develop initiatives to take to borough and London government (i.e. London Assembly and Transport for London) for future funding and implementation. This Exploratory Study is the first part of the process and we hope you will be able to spend a few minutes answering the questions below.
Just to say, this is not a Haringey Council consultation ‘questionnaire’ (or indeed that of any political party) but an opportunity to take a bigger, wider look, at what is achievable if local residents have a say in their future.
Initially, this study will focus on the relatively self contained streets shown in the map below.
The link to the questionnaire is here.
Crescent Mews Development, May 2019
Some of you may / may not be aware of the Major Development that is planned for Crescent Mews, N22
Plans have been submitted for a series of 3 & 4-storey blocks behind Sweet Tree Bakery comprising of 30 residential units
This is a high density, over development in an area that is already stretched regarding parking provision, accessibility and general well being of the local community. Furthermore, with such a large development it would appear the consultation process has not been carried out in a balanced and appropriate manner. Many residents are completely in the dark that this could be happening on their doorstep
We have also learned that the proposed properties are already being touted on property websites such as Zoopla – see below
If you wish to pass comment on the development then please click on the link to the Haringey Planning Portal and submit your thoughts and concerns by clicking on the ‘Comment on Application’ button
The deadline for comments and objections is JUNE12th
November 2018 - Better Streets
The Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy aims to reduce the number of car journeys, particularly those through residential streets, and to make streets more Healthy and Liveable. Funds are available through the Liveable Neighbourhood Scheme to secure benefits for local communities.
The PGRA has been active in the last year in trying to improve the situation in our area. We have participated in several Community Roadwatch sessions, to assist in enforcement of the 20mph speed limit. We have also attended the regular meetings of the Alexandra Ward Safer Neighbourhood Team and the Haringey Transport Forum.
In Spring 2018 we met with Haringey Traffic Officers to express our concerns about traffic speeds and volumes.
However, this has not resulted in any great progress. It has become clear that a different approach is required to try to gain traction in order to improve our neighbourhood in the area of traffic, speeding and overall ‘Better Streets’ - Better Streets is an ongoing initiative to improve our neighbourhood and mitigate against excessive traffic speed, anti-social driving, road safety and pollution.
As a consequence, a small group of PGRA members have been working to design a questionnaire to gather local support and behavioural data to take to Haringey Council as evidence that ‘change’ is both welcome and necessary. The questionnaire will be administered by residents and is designed to understand the concerns of as many local resident stakeholders as possible: it will not be designed to evaluate preferences for any particular scheme or solution.
In the recent AGM, Alessandra Rossetti, one of our new local Councillors, emphasised the importance of the questionnaire being led by local residents. The more people speak up the more likelihood that we will be listened to
October 2018 - Pinkham Way
Following intensive campaigning by the Pinkham Way Alliance (PWA), local councillors and residents a few years ago the plans by the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) to develop a Mechanical and Biological Waste Plant ( MBT) at Pinkham Way on the North Circular Road near to our area were abandoned.
Meanwhile the site has been designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC).
However, only a few weeks ago the NLWA submitted a new draft North London Waste Plan (NLWP) to Haringey, again including Pinkham Way as a site for potential development.
This draft plan was presented to Haringey’s Regulatory Committee for approval in October and happily the Committee voted in favour of removing Pinkham Way from the draft NLWP.
The next step is that the draft NLWP goes before Haringey’s full Cabinet on November 13th with the recommendation from the Regulatory Committee that the site is removed from the draft NLWP.
There will be pressure on Haringey’s Cabinet to ignore this recommendation.
The PWA are intending to organise a petition amongst local residents to insist that the Haringey Cabinet follows the advice to remove Pinkham Way from the draft NLWP.
Please go to www.pinkhamwayalliance.org for further on information how you can get involved.
The Pinkham Way Alliance are incredibly lucky to have talented experts in the community willing to put huge amounts of unpaid work into the campaign to save the site
But there are times when professional support is critical and all money raised goes toward professional planning advice to save the site for future generations
Donations can be made via PayPal at www.pinkhamwayalliance.org/donate
Or direct into PWA bank:
HSBC - Sort Code - 40-04-37
Account - 81689320