I think this is as close as we've ever come to serious engaged debate on this sort of issue. We don't really have the concentration span for it.
Bullet points: Paintball, laser quest, some chocolate, a toy and a surprise.
Hello Cllr Richard,
I'd say the first thing to encourage me to spend money on SGR would be a cash point that didn't charge me £2 to take money out.
I will try not to get into a rant about the parking rules round here but there is something wrong with a policy where I am being fined over £100 and my car towed for forgetting for half an hour to renew a parking ticket on my car that is parked outside my front door (in an otherwise completely empty bay/street) yet cars parked on single and double yellow lines blocking traffic on SGR and making buses late seem to get no action taken against them at all! Will cease there, or will ruin my day.
I feel safe on Stroud Green Road on the Porchetta end but not quite as safe round by the station.
A tapas place would be good, but that's my personal preference!
and, note to Pete: You mock me but look! Eat your words, little wotsit!
Although, the recent renovation of the station with cameras and being well lit has really improved the safety factor, but I suppose the overall effects take time.
I'm not sure I could actually spend more on SGR, I buy all food locally, drink in the pubs and eat in the restaurants but a change of a restaurant or shop would just redirect what I spend currently, not increase it.
Agree with Lucy on the money machine, but I suppose that needs a Bank of some kind to turn up, no? The station has three I think but there's nothing up the other end other than the pay to use ones.
Get the array of butchers to tidy up a bit on the lower SGR too. I'm a meat-eater but still find the carcasses laying around a bit too 'raw'.
But the two biggies for me, a cinema (but a bit wishful as there's one not too far on Holloway) or more importantly a swimming pool, closest one is at the bottom of Caledonian Road I believe.
Park Road Pools isn't too far away.
Also, aren't market forces doing a pretty good job of tidying up the area already?
There's always lots of rubbish around the butchers in the south part of the road though.
Park Road is better, still not really local though. A local pool would be ace. A bit like the cinema really, London being what it is, you could argue we have everything we need "not too far away" but having it on SGR would be better.
oh nearly forgot. There's a shocking lack of Haberdashery. We're not talking material shops here, Petra needs haberdashery.
I need a musical instrument shop. Not a plectrum in site on SGR.
I really like SGR as it is. Lots of great independents (and some crap ones too but that's just how it is...). On the shops front, I would like a decent bakery, bookshop and off licence (as someone who doesn't do Tescos, it's pretty hard to buy a decent bottle of wine on SGR).
I agree with the cinema comments - and am with Lucy on her earlier entry asking for an Electric/Everyman type cinema, rather than an Odeon multiplex.
The one major gripe I've got is the rubbish situation at the weekend. During the week, it's pretty good, but by Sunday morning it is everywhere, especially around the station. And that goes double for match days. Just looks really scummy, and makes the Monday morning walk to the station pretty grim.
P.S. Have you been to look at http://www.stroudgreen.org/directory/, Cllr Watts? That will give you an idea of what we like too.
Also, any contributions to the great Stroud Green debate would be very welcome!
My serious comment is that the patch of land at the junction at Tollington and SGR is a real waste. You could block car access to it, plant a tree or two and open up the space. At the moment it's a semi-derelict car park that means no-one crosses the road to the shops on the other side.
with andy on the patch of land at the tollington junction. It would be nice to have patches of green or seating. Then perhaps cafes would open up on the other side and we could sit outside. Cafe culture on SGR - what with global warming being what it is they might be viable!
Rubbish also a problem. Agree with David on the pool front too - Park Road is a bit of a bus ride.
Did I mention the parking regulations?
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That Italian place in Crouch End used to be on Hornsey Road, near the junction with Tollington Park - I imagine business might be slightly more healthy in their current location...
So to start, a campaign for the pedestrianisation (and greening?) of Chater Court and permission for the shops there to extend out a bit with seating.
I suppose there's also an opportunity at Albert Mews further up too, but no shops there. And that's without any pavement widening or parking measures affected.
Then I suppose its fingers crossed on a bit of Kevin Costner-like "Build it and they'll come" ?
"Pave it and they will gentrify" doesn't have quite the same ring
Are you there, Cllr Watts? Lots of feedback but no sign of you...
Thanks for the comments. Is this all feeding into a particular thing that's going to be published?
And to tie the two threads together - any chance of a farmer's market?
ooh, yes, a farmer's market! That must help the local economy. where would you put it though? Apart from the park I guess.
How about Turle Wray open space? That would be handy.
Yeah - lots of retail footfall there Liz.
How much posh cheese and honey do you think you can to the kids who hang around there?
You could sell some to me though. And to the people who live in that really posh house with CCTV by the park.
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