I'd modestly start with wheely bins so that every Monday my street isn't strewn with litter. Last week it just stayed there all week, rubbish from the recycling boxes blowing down the street.
I would be very much in favour of grassing over the access road opposite Tescos and the other one.
I would ask all the freeholders for information on their requirements on painting/signage to ensure that the shops were sticking to their leashold rules. I'd get rid of all temporary signs.
Tollington Park is fast becoming a model for how it should be done.
Chang there are lots of photos of those shopfronts in the olden days in some of the pubs. Look in the back of the White Lion.
On the Haringey side the current recycling boxes are going to be replaced by recycling wheelie bins so that should help on some of the mess side of things.
I also believe that it is a conservation area on the Haringey side; it certainly is in the side streets.
I think the council does try to enforce the conservation area through planning applications. I think that if you think something dodgy is going on have a look at the council planning web site to check the planning application. If not is not there or the conditions are being broken make a complaint.
I have done that successfully several times with Haringey.
The Haringey site is http://www.haringey.gov.uk/index/housing_and_planning/planning-mainpage.htm This does cover regeneration as well.
If put your post code into <http://www.planningservices.haringey.gov.uk/portal/servlets/ApplicationSearchServlet > you will probably be surprised at the number of applications that you didn’t know about near to you.
It is not about stopping change but getting it done sympathetically and not at the cheapest cost etc
OK, I’m regarding the creation of a new thread and pleasing hollers of support as a call to arms. Give me a couple of days to come up with a brief plan of action and a draft charter that we can debate. I’m going to suggest that we speak to Hornsey Historical Society and ask them to do another presentation on the history of Stroud Green – perhaps in a large and appropriately antique location such as the Stapleton. This could be followed by an inaugural meeting and vote on any draft that we come up with here. We will need to decide how formal we want this to be. Perhaps something like Friends of Regents Canal, where they have four meetings a year and elect a chair for the year, but no formal constitution? I’m happy to throw a lot of time at helping to set this up, but I may have to self-disqualify myself from a long-term role as I may have to move out of the immediate area at the end of the year (maybe only as far as Drayton Park).
Another key decision would be whether we cover all of SG or just SGR. Just shops, or houses too? Thoughts?
Any other key decisions before I draft anything?
Some comments in response to some of the above:
The Stroud Green conservation areas are somewhat partial, and exclude large parts of SGR south of Tollington Park:
Also, they don’t apply to crap alterations made before they came into force. Any group we set up could be used to facilitate co-ordination between the conservation and planning officers on both sides of the boundary, as well as to apply pressure to enforce the rules.
In response to Chang’s question: at the last history talk that I went to (as did ADGS) we were told that the villas on Stroud Green that you mention did not originally have shop fronts, and that these were added later. I do wonder about that though, as (as Marko points out) the shop-fronts are very regular and mostly have regular plasterwork dividing them. Worth investigating.
Ali and Ian make good points.
I should also mention the Tollington Park conservation area: http://www.islington.gov.uk/DownloadableDocuments/Environment/Pdf/conservation_2010/conservation_area_design_guidelines/ca_25_tollington_park_map.pdf
Another before/after, this time in Bow courtesy of High Street 2012 funding:
I was hoping that someone would offer web skills. That's very kind harpistic.
Re a forum: Andy & David may have opinions on this, but it might be that a sticky thread here might be all we need at early on, and would bring wider exposure.
A subdivision might be an imposition, but a sticky thread, perhaps, if this doesn't fizzle out (I'm anticipating our hosts' objections here).
Yes, a pub meet. Let me draft that proposal and have a word with the good folks at Ye Olde Stapletone and at HHS. Won't be long.
edit - started a new thread re. park
sticky until you lot get bored.
Indeed. Chang, do a search for the corporation on this very forum and you will find a wealth of information. Krappyrubsnif is a local hero for his efforts on this matter.
@Mirandola: Interesting. Were you thinking for front gardens or as street furniture?
I like the bike-racks at the new DLR stations on the Stratford International extension: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgeezer/6100739024/in/set-72157627563085364
Is there not that enormous bike storage facility by the station for that very purpose?
When do we get Boris bikes?
Would be good to get Boris Bikes.
Dont think it would ever happen though - don't think the model would work for a big commuter station like FP.
All the bikes would disappear by 7am and there never be enough docking stations to accomodate the bikes in the evening commute home!
I suspect that lots of people would ride into central London and then get the tube back up the hill on the way home, leaving them with something of a redistribution problem.
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