WHPARA

This is an archive of some of the news items and links that have appeared previously on the homepage, and which might still be considered useful. Bear in mind that because of their age external (and sometimes internal) links may be broken. They are arranged roughly in reverse chronological order.

Archway Park

Archway Park opening
Archway Park will reopen to the public on 30th September and to celebrate there will be an official opening by the Mayor of Islington. There will be fun activities for the children to enjoy like juggling, face painting and multi-sport ball games by Access to Sport. Saturday 30th September 2017, 1pm to 3pm. See flyer for details.
14/9/17

Archway Your Way

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Come and celebrate the completion of the new public space in Archway. The ‘Archway Your Way’ extravaganza will run from 1-5pm on Saturday 16 September 2017 and include live music, market stalls, arts and craft activities, an Arsenal penalty shootout, dance lessons and Dr Bike offering repairs. See flyer.
9/9/17

Hargrave Hall Learning Fair

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Hargrave Hall Learning Fair - 28 activities to explore for free. Meet the experts and watch the demonstrations. Saturday 9 September 2017, 11am – 4pm at Hargrave Hall, Hargrave Rd, London, N19 5SP. More details on the flyer and website.
5/8/16

Archway Bridge Potest

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Labour councillors, vicars, residents, staff from the Whittington Hospital and others staged a protest on Archway Bridge on 20th July 2017 to demand an end to TfL’s delays in installing suicide prevention barriers. See our Bridge page for more details.
21/7/17

Gyratory Q&A

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Islington Council has collated a comprehensive list of queries, grumbles, observations and suggestions from local residents and groups following the completion of the gyratory works. These have been presented to TfL and you can see their responses by downloading the spreadsheet (PDF).
19/4/17

Archway Campus

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PR company Newington Communications will be holding two public exhibition days in July to present the plans of Peabody’s proposed ‘regeneration’ of the Archway Campus site (the Victorian buildings between Archway Road and Highgate Hill). These will be take place from 4.00pm–8.00pm on Friday 7 July and 11.00am–3.00pm on Saturday 8 July 2017 in the Whittington Education Centre, Whittington Hospital, Magdala Avenue, London, N19 5NF.
26/6/17

History Walk

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You are invited to join David Seton as he reprises his very popular ‘History of our Streets’ walk, on which he’ll share his latest research on the developments, people and events that shaped our area. We’ll be meeting at St Andrew’s Church in Whitehall Park at 3pm on Saturday 24th June, and the walk will last approximately one hour. Afterwards there will be refreshments at the Church and an opportunity to talk to David and each other. There’s a review and pictures of David’s last venture on our Reviews Page.
10/6/17

AGM 2017

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Prior to the History Walk will be this year’s AGM, to which all are welcome. It will start at 2pm on 24th June (in the Church) and finish at 2.45pm sharp to give time to migrate to the History Walk.
10/6/17

Archway ZEN

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Islington Council has launched a zero emissions network (ZEN) in the Archway area, only the second in the capital, as part of its ongoing campaign to improve the borough’s environment. Read all about it on our Air Quality page.
19/4/17

Stay Well, Live Well

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The launch of a health and wellbeing project, 6-8pm, 25th May 2017 at Hornsey Lane Estate Community Association, Hazellville Road, N19 3YJ, Free creche and refreshments. More details.
19/4/17

Archway Park

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You may recall that work was delayed because the electric supply to the park shelter needed to be disconnected prior to its demolition. Islington now report that UK Power Network (UKPN) have given a disconnection date of 2nd March, and once this has been completed work will resume. LBI advise that due to the complexity of the work and the extent of the earthworks, the anticipated completion date will not be until the Summer. See the plans.
25/2/17

Despard Road

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Several consequences of the gyratory makeover have proved contentious, including the removal of the loading bay outside the Charlotte Despard pub in Archway Road. TfL are now proposing a replacement bay in Despard Road (the recently paved area where the underpass used to emerge) with egress onto Archway Road and loss of some parking spaces. There is a survey to elicit public response, but hurry if you want to comment as it closes on 10th March. Although TfL is conducting this consultation, Islington Council is the Highway Authority for Despard Road and will be responsible for final decisions affecting the proposals. Details are on the TfL website, and there is more information on our Gyratory page. And here is a direct link to the survey.
28/2/17

Ward Partnership Meeting

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Your local councillors invite you to a meeting of the Hillrise Ward Partnership, discussing Crime And Safety and National Park City. Wednesday 29th march 2017 at 7.00pm in Caxton House, 129 St John’s Way, N19. See flyer.
22/3/17

Recycling Change

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LBI doorstep recycling and refuse collection days are changing early next year to “provide a more local, neighbourhood-based service that is more reliable and more efficient.” More on LBI’s website.
8/12/16

Holloway Road Closures

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Holloway Road will be closed in both directions between Fairbridge Road and Wedmore Gardens from 24th December to January 16th. Details on TfL’s website.
20/12/16

Two-Way Archway

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Work on the gyratory is nearing completion and the two-way system is operational; let us know if you encounter any problems. Details of the new traffic flow here. For news and updates see our Gyratory Page.
2/12/16 | 19/12/16

Bus Consultation Meeting

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On December 1st TfL eventually published the results of the bus survey that took place back in January and, despite very substantial opposition, they have chosen to ignore the results and go ahead with their proposals. Implementation begins on December 6th, when the bus stands on Archway Road become operational. A meeting, jointly arranged by Better Archway Forum, Archway Early Years Parents, WHPARA and the Highgate Society, was held on Monday 12th December to discuss the way forward. Details are on our Gyratory Page. There is also an article in the Islington Gazette and Kate Calvert’s piece in the Tribune.
5/12/16 | 13/12/16

Free Parking!

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Free all-day, all-zone parking vouchers for 28th-30th December plus other seasonal info on Islington’s website.
20/12/16

Bus Consultation Results

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On December 1st TfL eventually published the results of the survey that took place back in January. Despite substantial opposition they have chosen to ignore the results and go ahead with their proposals, to be implemented on December 6th (details on our Gyratory Page).
1/12/16

Living Advent Calendar

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Once again Amy Pollard is orchestrating this popular event, which kicked off at 25 Cressida Road on 1st December. A new window will be revealed each night and stay illuminated until Twelfth Night on January 5th. You can download the flyer with dates and locations, and there’s a review of last year’s event on our Reviews page.
13/9/16 | 2/12/16

Gyratory Latest

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Work on the gyratory is nearing completion, with the two-way flow now operational. For news and updates see our Gyratory Page.
18/3/16 | 13/9/16

Holloway Road Closures

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TfL is about to move the utilities at Upper Holloway railway bridge, and there will be road closures between Fairbridge Road and Wedmore Gardens from 21st October. Council leader Richard Watts tweets “This is astonishing incompetence from TfL. Total lack of local consultation. Claudia Webbe and I [are] still seeing if anything can be done”. Details on TfL’s website, and articles in the Islington Gazette and Evening Standard.
11/10/16

Archway Park

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After some delay, the contract has now been signed and the improvement works on Archway Park should begin on October 31st 2016, with a planned construction period of 14 weeks. During the works the ball court and play area will be closed to the public. Before works begin appropriate posters and notices will be displayed at the park entrances. See the plans.
22/9/16 | 23/10/16

Parkland Walk Reprieve

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Haringey Council has announced that it will keep its historic covenants and not allow motorised vehicles to cross the nature trail in order to access a development in Parkland Walk. See story in Ham & High. Background on Archive Page.
15/7/16

Ward Partnership Meeting

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Hillrise Ward Partnership Meeting on fraudulent crime, Parkland Walk and Crouch Hill Park. Wednesday 12th October, 7pm, Cape APG, 85 Crouch Hill, N8 9EG (by Ashmount Primary School). See flyer.
27/9/16

Judicial Review Refused

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The Judicial Review request submitted by Brad Duncan and other residents has been refused by the High Court. Read more on the Gyratory Page and see the High Court Notification.
14/6/16

Parkland Walk Approval

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Despite immense opposition, the application to conduct construction work using Parkland Walk as access for earth moving equipment and other heavy vehicles has been approved. Read the letter, or visit the Haringey Council Planning Services Portal. However, the petition is still active, and you can sign it here.
29/3/16 | 27/5/16

WPS Building Update

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Because the demolition of the old school buildings has been held up by unexpected site conditions, plans for Whitehall Park School to hand over buildings in September is likely to be delayed. Consequently WPS have arranged a meeting where representatives from the School, BPET, EFA and ExtraSpace Solutions will be on hand to provide an update. Tuesday 21st June, 7pm at the School. More details in their recent Newsletter.
23/5/16

NUT Questions Bellevue Investment

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Bellevue Education have recently been mentioned in investigations concerning investment improprieties, with articles in the Sunday Times and the Sarawak Report. The NUT has since written a letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan asking for an enquiry. You can read it here and download the NUT dossier. Whitehall Park School is run and maintained by Bellevue Place Education Trust (BPET), which was established as a joint venture between Bellevue Education and the education consultancy Place Group. There is an informative article on the Schoolsweek website and a mention in The Guardian.
11/4/16 | 13/5/16

Hill House Consultation

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As you will know, work is underway at Hill House to convert the building into residential use, re-cladding it and adding an extra two storeys. The developers are staging a “consultation event” to provide an overview of their plans on Friday 17th June, 3.30 - 7.30pm and Saturday 18th June, 11am - 2pm, in the former Cheque Converters shop in Archway Mall. See their leaflet.
9/6/16

Bus Stands

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Brad Duncan and other residents have applied for a Judicial Review in respect of TfL’s siting of bus stands. Read more on the Gyratory Page. There are also articles in the Islington Tribune and Islington Gazette. Meanwhile, TfL say the results of the consultation will be published in July, and there are hints that they might consider rerouting some of the buses. Watch this space.
26/3/16 | 10/5/16

Parkland Walk Construction

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There is a new application to conduct construction work using Parkland Walk as access for earth moving equipment and other heavy vehicles. All those who value the tranquillity of Parkland Walk might want to read this and object to the planning application (preferably by April 5th). Objections can be submitted via the Haringey Council Planning Services Portal. Read Friends of Parkland Walk’s objection. There is also a petition against the application. Even Jeremy Corbyn has lent his name to the objections (see here).
29/3/16

Bee Action Day

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SATURDAY 14 MAY
Sunnyside Gardens are holding a Bee Action Day on Saturday 14th May, 11am– 2pm. Working with Gothic Valley Women’s Institute, this is in support of the their fantastic campaign to promote bee health and well-being. See the Sunnyside Gardens website.

Signs to Go?

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From 22nd April 2016 local councils will have the powers to remove redundant road signs that are an eyesore or distract drivers. See gov.uk website.
15/4/16

TfL Traffic Counts

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TfL has published the results of traffic counts, taken last December, in local roads. Thanks to Kiat Phua for obtaining them and sending them to us. You can download them here. More on the Gyratory page.
3/3/16

Collision Data

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Last week TfL launched its London Collision Map, showing road collision data of all types going back to 2005. Unfortunately the most recent data seem to be from 2014, but it might be interesting in the light of current road developments in our area.
9/3/16

Trees To Go

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To enable LBI to create the new play area in Archway Park, the Tree Team will be removing approximately 29 trees. The work will begin on Monday 14th March. See Plans, or you can email Jenifer Baker (Projects & Development Officer.
3/3/16

Hornsey Lane Bridge

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A redesigned anti-suicide panel was placed on the bridge for viewing on Friday19th February, attracting unanimous and vociferous condemnation from passersby. The panels require a further minor modification, and will be installed along the length of the bridge in the near future. Enjoy the bridge while you still can, its architectural finery will soon be obliterated. See Planning Application and Development pages.
6/2/16 | 22/2/16

“It’s Social Cleansing”

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A 500-strong Islington Assembly Hall audience was urged to ‘get your neighbours out’ on the march to protest the housing bill. The march on Sunday 13th will start at Lincoln’s Inn Fields in Holborn at noon before heading to Parliament. The Islington contingent meets at 11am at the old Clerkenwell fire station in Rosebery Avenue. See Islington Tribune.
11/3/16

Housing Meeting

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The Government is planning to pass new laws that could mean big changes for council tenants. Islington Council strongly opposes these changes and is holding a public meeting to raise awareness. Assembly Hall, Tuesday, 8 March 2016, 6.30pm-8pm. See Islington website.
17/2/16 | 22/2/16

Gyratory Latest

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Work on Archway Gyratory started in earnest at the beginning of March and TfL has circulated a timetable to nearby households and businesses, which you can download here. Roads in the area will be busier than usual, particularly during peak hours, and temporary lane closures, parking and turning restrictions will be in place. Archway Tube will remain open, but there may be changes to pedestrian crossings around its entrances. Buses may be delayed or stop short of their normal destination and some stops will be temporarily suspended. There is some more information on their website, and keep an eye on our Gyratory page for developments.
8/3/16

Bus Consultation Results

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The Bus Consultation is now closed; TfL say the result will be published after the Mayoral election, so sometime after 5th May. More details as we get them. Info, background and documentation on our Gyratory page.
17/2/16 | 22/2/16

Gyratory Latest

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Work on Archway Gyratory starts in earnest on Monday 29th February, to allow completion of the gas works at the Muswell Hill Road junction. TfL is circulating a timetable to nearby households and businesses, which you can download here. We expect roads in the area to be busier than usual, particularly during peak hours, and temporary lane closures, parking and turning restrictions will be in place. Archway Tube will remain open, but there may be changes to pedestrian crossings around its entrances. Buses may be delayed or stop short of their normal destination and some stops will be temporarily suspended. There is some more information on their website, and keep an eye on our Gyratory page for developments.
23/2/16

Bus Consultation Extended

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The TfL Bus Consultation has been extended until Monday 29th February, so hurry if you haven’t yet completed the survey. You can see the details of the consultation on the TfL website, which includes the survey (you can also access it directly here). Full details, background and documentation on our Gyratory page, and some useful advice on completing the survey from BAF.
17/2/16 | 22/2/16

Gas Works

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Until late February, temporary traffic signals and lane restrictions are in place on Archway Road, at the junction with Muswell Hill Road, due to gas main replacement works. Expect traffic congestion northbound on Archway Road and Highgate Hill, especially in rush hours.
3/2/16

Whittington Dismissal

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A senior director at the Whittington Hospital has been dismissed following an investigation into a multimillion-pound NHS contract. An insider believes that the nature of the investigation suggests misappropriation of funds. See Islington Tribune article.
1/2/16

Gyratory Work Begins

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Work on Archway Gyratory started on Monday 1st February, and will last approximately 18 months. TfL says that roads in and around Archway will be busier than usual, particularly during peak hours, and temporary lane closures, parking and turning restrictions will be in place. Access to Archway Tube will be retained, but there may be changes to pedestrian crossings around its entrances. Buses may be delayed or stop short of their normal destination and some stops will be temporarily suspended. There is some more information on their website. Keep an eye on our Gyratory page for developments.
29/1/16 | 1/2/16

Bus Protest

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A demo on Saturday 6th February brought a sizeable crowd to the Archway Gyratory to protest about TfL’s bus stands and rerouting plans. See Gyratory page.
7/2/16

Bus Consultation

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The TfL Bus Consultation opened on 11th January, with letters being sent out to N6 and N19 addresses. The extent of the leafletting is not known, so please let us know if you haven’t received notification. You can see the details of the consultation on the TfL website, which includes a survey (you can access it directly here). Full details, background and documentation on our Gyratory page, and some useful advice on completing the survey from BAF.
11/1/16

Ashmount Close Housing

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The planning application (P2015/2913/FUL) for a housing estate on the south portion of the former Ashmount site was submitted in August, when planning officers met with the applicant to discuss outstanding issues. Download the Planning Report and Supplementary Report. It was discussed at the Committee Meeting on 19th January, where the application was approved with conditions (see Planning Applications page). More on our Ashmount Close page.
11/1/16

Hill House Development

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Hill House, the larger of the blue and white office blocks in the middle of Archway, has already obtained planning permission to re-clad the block and create a second entrance from Archway Mall; they now want to add two more storeys on top. The scheme has been controversial because under government Permitted Development rules, and despite a High Court challenge by Islington Council, the development isn’t required to include socially rented or affordable flats. The application went before Islington’s planning committee on 19th January, where it was approved with conditions. See the Planning Applications page.
11/1/16

Bus Protest

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While changes to the gyratory are broadly welcomed, there are many local people who believe that some of the details, notably the bus stands, U-turns and no-right turn, could have a negative impact on the area. The group n19air have organised petitions and are staging an event on Saturday 6th Feb at 9:30am outside the Charlotte Despard pub (details here), where they hope to alert the public and press to their cause. Download their press release. Enquiries: archway.spillover@gmail.com, or visit their website. If you would like to sign their petitions, you can find them here.
3/2/16

Sunnyside Pedestrianisation

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Plans to pedestrianise the part of Sunnyside Road between Sunnyside Gardens and Elthorne Park will be discussed at the next Ward Partnership Meeting. Wednesday 27th January at Caxton House, St John’s Way, at 7pm. All welcome. Download flyer.
14/1/16

Islington Budget

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On January 12th Islington Council revealed its budget proposals for this year. Designed to mitigate continuing central government cuts, you can download it here.
12/1/16

Leader’s Question Time

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The next Leader’s Question Time is on Tuesday 1st December at Central Library, Fieldway Crescent, N5 1PF, 7-9pm. It will focus on the council’s budget and the tough choices that it must make as a result of government cuts. There are live updates on Twitter (@IslingtonBC or #LeadersQT).

School Plan Approved

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The planning application for the new building at Whitehall Park School went before the Planning Committee on 13th October and was approved with conditions. The reference is P2015/1089/FUL See Committee Minutes and Planning Committee Report.

There is a separate application for the housing development, P2015/2913/FUL.

Bridge Plan Approved

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A revised design aimed at deterring suicides on Archway Bridge went to the LBI Planning Committee on 8th October, and permission was granted. See minutes (item 147). For a background on the bridge visit our Development page, and you can download the planning committee report. Haringey Council gave the plans the go ahead on 29/10/15.

Gyratory - FoI Documents

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One of our members sent us some documents concerning the gyratory that he acquired through a freedom of information request. They should be of interest to anyone concerned about the gyratory plans, and can be found on our Gyratory Documents page.

Rat Run Petition

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Local campaigners are asking TfL for a 7-10 second traffic light phase to facilitate a right turn at Archway gyratory, in order to prevent traffic being diverted through the WHPARA area, creating a series of rat runs, centring on Cressida and Hazellville Roads. They ask you to sign and share the petition before the bulldozers roll in. Other gyratory news on the Gyratory page.

SuperHomes

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A ‘SuperHome’ is one that has been refurbished with a reduced carbon footprint of around 60%, and a local resident is offering tours of hers. They are on Saturday 31st October at 2pm and 3pm and Sunday 8th November at 11am and noon. They will last about an hour - if you’re interested email contact@betterarchway.org.uk saying which slot you’d like and how many you are. Find out more about SuperHomes events on their website.

CPZ ‘Victory’

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In the face of overwhelming opposition to the proposed CPZ Islington have abandoned most of the proposals. Whitehall Park (Zone Z) hours will remain the same, as will other areas like the Angel. The area around the Whittington will most likely change to a 24 hour CPZ. The official decision was not due until January but has been brought forward because of the public response.
Full details on our PARKING page.

Leader’s Question Time

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Islington residents are invited to join council leader Richard Watts and have their say at Leader’s Question Time. Chaired by Steve Clarke, vicar of St. Andrew’s, it’s on Thursday, 10 September 2015, 7pm - 9pm at Caxton House Community Centre,129 St John’s Way, N19. See flyer.
If you would like to send a question in advance of the meeting, email leadersquestions@islington.gov.uk.

In Your Back Yard

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With real estate at a premium and the relaxation of some planning regulations, developers are increasingly eager to build in back gardens and land behind existing properties. One such development, 30-32 Dresden Road, was recently refused permission, but another at 55 Whitehall Park is still to go before before the Planning Committee. Details on the Application News page.
NOTE: On 21st September the Planning Committee unanimously decided (with one abstention) to approve the application.

Plans to Demolish Methodist Hall

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Just when we thought the Methodist Hall might be developed as an arts centre and cinema, it seems that there are plans afoot for its demolition and conversion to flats. Read more from Better Archway Forum.

Hillrise Festival

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This year’s festival, held at Caxton House and Hillside Park, was a predictably fun event. All three of our councillors, the deputy mayor and our MP joined in the fun. Review and pictures on the Events page.

Bus Stands - Open Meeting

Thursday 2nd July, 7.30pm
St. Andrew’s Church, Whitehall Park, N19
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Most of you will know that TfL has announced a public consultation in the autumn on the bus stand proposals relating to the abolition of the gyratory, and several people in the area have contacted us, alarmed by the possible impact of the plan. To clarify the situation WHPARA has organised an open meeting on the subject to find out what the current proposals will mean in detail, and to continue to press for changes to the TfL plan. Speakers will include Adrian Betham and Kate Calvert, who are campaigning to change TfL’s mind about the plan, and we’ve invited representatives from LBI. This is an opportunity to get better informed and make our voices heard, so please pass it on to your neighbours and come along if you can - we’re hoping for a good turnout. And if you would like to put up an A4 poster, you can download one here.

See the Gyratory page for background and more details, and members’ comments on the proposed bus stands on the Gyratory Comments page.

Hazellville Stabbing

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Police were called to Hazellville Road shortly after 10pm on 28th July to reports of a disturbance. On arrival, officers found a 23-year-old male having suffered stab wounds to the chest. The injured man was taken to the Royal London by ambulance, where his condition was not thought to be life threatening or life changing.The incident is being investigated by officers from Islington police.

Archway Arts Centre

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Plans are now being finalised for an arts centre in the old Methodist Hall and Cinema. Your input on this would be really valuable - give your feedback at the Better Archway Forum AGM, Wednesday 10th June, Hargrave Hall, Hargrave Road N19 5SP, 7.30pm.

Ashmount Award

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The new Ashmount School and Bowlers Nursery have won a RIBA award. The Architects Journal says “This zero-carbon in-use, BREEAM Outstanding school and nursery draws inspiration from its site, with a scheme that carefully manipulates both its plan and cross-section to draw natural light inside, and constantly reveal views of the surrounding woodland. The combined heat and power plant is linked to neighbouring community housing and offsets the school’s carbon footprint.

At the lower level, a double-height multipurpose room opens on to the playground. Higher up, the pinwheel plan is composed of three wings of classrooms radiating out from a central circulation spine, which also contains the entrance, library and a top-lit, open-stepped auditorium. The building is clad in cedar and glass above a brick plinth, and is weathering elegantly on all facades. This is an exemplary primary school.”

The History Of Our Streets

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Our History Walkabout was a runaway success! David Seton led some 50 people around the area, delving into its history on the way. See his review and pictures on our Events page.

Corbyn Wins Place on Ballot

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A late surge saw Jeremy Corbyn reaching the required number of Westminster backers to join in the leadership contest. See the articles in the Guardian and the Islington Gazette.

2015 AGM

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This year’s WHPARA AGM is on Thursday 30th April, in St. Andrew’s Church. Doors open for refreshments at 7pm and the meeting will start at 7.30pm. After the business part of the meeting there will be a discussion about the future of WHPARA, so please come if you can. You can download the agenda and minutes to last year’s AGM here.

Ashmount Housing - Final Exhibiton Date

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Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association, the developers of the old Ashmount Site, are now consulting with the local community in a series of exhibitions. The events will be held in the cafeteria room at Caxton House Community Centre, 129 St John’s Way on Wednesday 1st April, Wednesday 8th April and Monday 13th April, each at 4.30pm–8pm. More details are on our Ashmount page, and their website is www.isha-ashmountclose.com.

2015 AGM

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This year’s WHPARA AGM was on Thursday 30th April in St. Andrew’s Church. About 20 members came along, and a fruitful discussion on the future direction of the Association ensued. More details in our Blog.

Gyratory Consultation Report

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TfL have processed the responses to the recent public consultation, and have produced a report, which you can download here. They have also sent out an email, which you will find on our Gyratory page.

Hornsey Lane Bridge

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A mock-up of the anti-suicide measures was recently displayed on the bridge (see Islington Gazette). Pictures on our Development page.

The date for comments on the suicide prevention measures proposed by Haringey has passed, but Islington’s application (P2014/5019/LBC) is open for comment until 26th February. It includes a building report and heritage assessment for TfL, which you can download here.

The proposal, involving large “prison fence” style structures projecting from both sides of the Grade II Listed edifice, has provoked much local debate (see Ham & High article). The issue, which has been debated for at least ten years now, has prompted the Highgate Society to propose an alternative design (see here). The Victorian Society has made a forceful objection to the proposals, which you can download here. See also the Development page.

If you would like to comment on Islington’s planning application, you will find it here.

Stakeholder Meeting Feedback

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The meeting held on 25/2/15 included information about the development of the old Ashmount site and the proposed gyratory changes. See the Ashmount Site and Gyratory pages for a summary.

Whitehall Park School Development

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Plans are now in place to demolish the former Ashmount Primary School and build a new two-form entry primary school for up to 420 pupils on the site. There was a second public consultation at Whitehall Park School on 28/1/15, where two of the architects were on hand to provide information about the displayed plans. See the WPS websitesite. There is up-to-date information on the future of the site from our local councillors on the School page.

Archway Campus Consultation

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Peabody is at an early stage of developing ideas for the campus and wants to hear what local people think; they held an introductory public consultation event on 6th and 7th February at the Whittington Hospital Education Centre. Peabody have said that they would consider incorporating a cinema in the site; the British Film Institute is looking for a community to host a small cinema, so this could be an option. If this is something you would like to see, you could mention it to Peabody by emailing them at archway@peabody.org.uk. (See also the Development page).

Gyratory Consultation

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TfL is to make major changes to the Archway gyratory as part of their Road Modernisation Plan. The work will also radically transform Archway town centre by creating a new public space. The Public Consultation ended 14th Dec 2014, but a locally organised petition remains open as it looks likely that there will be a second consultation about the proposed bus route changes and associated issues. Details of all this and the relevant links are on our dedicated Gyratory page, or you can link directly to the petition here.

Thos Bros Development Turned Down

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The unpopular plan to develop the former Thomas Brothers into a four-storey residential block with retail outlets on the ground floor (P2014/3815/FUL) was turned down by Islington Council on Tuesday, according to the Islington Gazette.

Hillrise Stakeholder Meeting

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This is an open meeting organised by your local councillors. The February meeting will feature Cllr. Jim Murray, who will give an update on developments at the old Ashmount site. All welcome. Hillrise Ward Stakeholder Partnership Meeting, Caxton House, Wednesday 25th February, 7.30pm.

Plan Archway Survey & Drop-In

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Plan Archway, which is working towards creating a Neighbourhood Plan for Archway, has released the results of its recent online survey. They are holding a central drop-in event to give everyone a chance to discuss the ideas. Thursday 12th March 4-8pm, Archway Methodist Hall. Details here.

Leader’s Question Time

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Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, will be hosting the second ‘Leader’s Question Time’ event at St Luke’s Community Centre, 90 Central Street, EC1V 8AJ on Tuesday 3rd March. The first Question Time, held last November in Highbury, had over 50 people joining the debate.
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ASAG Judicial Review

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ASAG sought permission for a Judicial Review to challenge the decision to divide the old Ashmount site and build houses on half of it. On 17th December a hearing in the Royal Courts of Justice denied that permission. Full details on the Ashmount Site page.

Local Pharmacies - Have Your Say

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Islington’s Health and Wellbeing Board is consulting on the draft 2015 Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA). The document sets out what services are currently offered, and assesses whether these meet Islington residents’ current and future needs. The consultation seeks to ensure the accuracy of the information presented and that the conclusions are appropriate. See their website or go to the survey.

Hill House Development

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The planning application for the development of Hill House was approved with conditions on 19th November. You can see the details of the planning application here.

ASAG Public Meeting

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ASAG are holding a public meeting to discuss the division of the Ashmount site now that WPS has opened. Wednesday 19 November, 7pm, Hornsey Lane Estate Community Centre. View info.

All Change at Waterlow Park?

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Central government cuts to council budgets mean money for parks is being cut drastically over the next few years. To protect Waterlow Park, Camden has been working with Park stakeholders to devise new management and funding arrangements. More on the Friends of Waterlow Park website.

Arthouse For Archway?

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Owners of the Arthouse Cinema in Crouch End have applied for permission to open a cinema in Archway. Read more...

WHPARA Charity Concert

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The Charity Concert on Friday 21st November was a great success, raising £570 for the Cold Weather Night Shelter. More on the Events page.

Whitehall Park School Site Public Consultation

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Whitehall Park School invites you to a Public Consultation Drop-In Session to learn more about proposals for the development of Whitehall Park School. It will take place on Thursday 13th November from 4-7pm at Whitehall Park School, Ashmount Road. More details on the School page or their website.

Leader’s Question Time

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On Tuesday 25th November Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, will be hosting the first ‘Leader’s Question Time’, an opportunity for local residents to ask the Council questions they want answered. Whether you have a question about the future of council services, housing plans, jobs or something else, go along and ask. If you can’t make the event, or have a question you’d like to submit now, you can email your question in advance to leadersquestions@islington.gov.uk.

Tuesday 25th November, 7.30pm, Birchmore Hall, Highbury Quadrant, N5 2UA.

Antisocial Behaviour

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A new tool called the Community Trigger, designed to protect victims of antisocial behaviour, launched on 20 October. It will enable them to request a review if they believe that no action has been taken in response to their reports. More details here.

The Rosse Caffe

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Run by Daniella on the site of the old Mum Made in Cressida Road, a new Italian café that’s certainly worth a visit. Please send feedback! See Places.

Thos Bros Demolition

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Plans are afoot to demolish the building that was, until recently, home to Thomas Brothers. The four storey structure that will replace it is to have retail outlets on the ground floor with residential on the remaining three floors. The planning application number is P2014/2101/FUL and you have until 17th July to comment or object.

Hillrise Ward Partnership Meeting

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Joe Caluori, the Councillor responsible for Education in Islington, will be making a presentation and answering questions about the former Ashmount School Site. There will also be a representative from Transport for London, as the Consultation Process on their plans for the Archway gyratory has finally got the go ahead (see below). Caxton House Community Centre, 7.00 pm, Wednesday 19th November.

Plan Archway Survey

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Plan Archway are running an online survey to ask people what they do and don’t like about Archway in order to gauge the most important issues. Please take a few minutes to complete it, and encourage your local contacts to do the same. They’ll be using the results to pick the key themes to discuss in focus groups. Go to survey. (If the survey page doesn’t load, clear the Survey Monkey cookies in your browser).

Boris Bans Budget Poster

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By 2016 national government will have halved Islington’s funding compared to 2010 levels, meaning much less money for essential services. A poster on the subject produced by the Labour Party was banned by Boris Johnson, but you can see it here. To find out more about the Council budget see the Islington website.

Pollution Petition

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It’s recently been revealed that Oxford Street has the highest levels of the toxic pollutant nitrogen dioxide in Europe, mostly produced by buses and taxis. Only 20% of diesel buses have been taken off the road so far, and a petition calling on Boris Johnson to clean up his act can be found here.

Does It Bode Well?

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A new company, Bode, created to develop Hill House and Archway Mall, is opening a new ‘community hub’ to mark the start of its work to bring the area “back to life”. It’s in the former FADS shop in the Mall and from July 8th it should be open for drop-ins. More details on their poster.

There is some information about the Hill House development here and a consultation document here.

WPS Update

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Planning permission has been approved for the establishment of Whitehall Park School’s temporary classrooms and the EFA has decided in favour of splitting the existing site, half to be developed by LBI for housing. The school will open in September and construction of temporary classrooms will begin soon. You can see the planning application here and the WPS press release and a message from our Councillors on the School page.

WPS Opening Ceremony

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Whitehall Park School is holding an Opening Ceremony Afternoon on Friday 5th September, from 1.30 until 3.30pm. It will have a "street party" feel, and all children and their families are welcome. If anyone would like to help with the preparations they should email Jen Wormald.

School Places

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As you probably know, Bellevue has been given the go-ahead to open Whitehall Park School in September 2014 and recently Islington allocated its own places. An explanation for any disappointed parents can be found on our Forum page.

Apparently the Council still intends to retain half of the site for housing - their proposals can be downloaded here and details are on the School page.The Lib Dems oppose the division of the site and have organised a petition to save it, which you can sign here.

Archway Tower Redevelopment

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The owners of Archway Tower are refusing to improve the wind blight at the side and the back of the building and Better Archway Forum are urging people to complain to the inspectorate. Final comments by 30th June. Click here for details.
From Better Archway Forum:

Urgent - Please Write to the Planning Inspector about Archway Tower

The owners of Archway Tower are refusing to improve the wind blight at the side and the back of the building. In fact their scheme to convert and re-clad only part of the building would make the wind worse at the back of the tower and as you cross Junction Road to the Lion pub.

Meanwhile the developer’s PR people are writing to Archway residents encouraging them to support the scheme – without telling them about this crucial problem.

Realising that Islington was likely to refuse their planning application, the developers have bypassed the planning committee and gone straight to a planning appeal, obviously hoping that the inspector can be more easily bamboozled than a local authority that understands the nature of the problems on the ground.

So that the inspector knows that the community really wants the wind blight dealt with – which does count in making their decision – please take a moment before June 30th to write to them.

WRITE TO THE INSPECTORATE HERE

Key points are:

  • Islington Planning Policy in the Archway SPD requires that work to the tower includes improvement to the station entrance and action on the wind blight. This should therefore be included in any change to the tower.
  • Reducing the wind blight only around the private front entrance is not good enough.
  • Despite the size of the project there is no other public benefit – no social housing, no community infrastructure levy payment. Given how much the wind blight is hated, it is only appropriate that it is addressed.
  • The freeholder, TfL Property, has said more than once, that if required that the policy be followed they would do so, and ensure that the station entrances are improved and wind blight dealt with.
  • The work is not expensive as a proportion of the project as a whole.

Islington in Bloom

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Islington in Bloom is our local horticultural competition and is now open for entries. There are categories for residents, schools, businesses and community groups to enter, with prizes sponsored by local organisations and businesses. The deadline for entries has been extended to midnight 1st June 2014. Details here.

Scam Awareness Month

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May is Scam Awareness Month and Islington Council is calling on people to be on the lookout for any website, letter, doorstep seller or phone call offering something that sounds too good to be true – because it might very well be. Visit their website to find out more.

Gyratory To Go

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For years local people have been campaigning for the gyratory to be scrapped and finally the Mayor has given the green light for its transformation. According to Islington Council around £7m will be available for the project. See the Islington Tribune for more.

Paving Success

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We finally managed to get the Council to move on a broken paving slab that had been that way for over two years, but there are still many more examples of inconvenient and dangerous paving in the area. See the Paving page.

Meet the Vicar

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New St. Andrew’s vicar Steve Clarke would like to invite everyone in the local area to a special service on Saturday 17th May at 2.30pm. More details here.

Save The Slide

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The campaign to save Islington’s longest slide, destined for the scrapyard when Archway Park gets its makeover, is gaining momentum. More details here, article in the Tribune or follow the campaign at #SaveTheSlide. Local Councillor and WHPARA member Greg Foxsmith has two sons (Adam and Daniel, aged 10 and 6), who are presenting a petition to Islington Council. They urge you to sign it!

2014 AGM

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We’re holding this year’s WHPARA AGM on Thursday 3rd April in St. Andrew’s Church. Doors open for drinks and nibbles at 7pm and the meeting will start at 7.30pm. All our members will already have received notification, but there is more about it from our Chair on the Blog Page. You can find minutes to last year’s AGM, the WHPARA constitution and other relevant stuff on the Downloads page.

Local Elections

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The combined poll for the full Local Council elections and the European Parliamentary elections will be held on 22 May 2014. All 48 Islington Council seats are up for election across the 16 wards in the borough. To see who’s standing for election in Hillrise Ward click here.

Archway Gyratory To Go

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For years local people have been campaigning for the gyratory to be scrapped and finally the Mayor has given the green light for its transformation. According to Islington Council around £7m will be available for the project. See the Islington Tribune for more.

Standing Room Only

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The public meeting on 6th March, organised by ASAG to discuss the LBI plans to divide the old Ashmount site, was a packed occasion. Find out what happened on the School page and the article in the Tribune.

“Frightening Future” for Whittington

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Dr Yi Mien Koh, who has been in charge since March 2011, says she will step down at the end of the month after taking Whittington Health, the trust that runs the hospital, “as far as she can”, according to an article in the Gazette.

Eating Out

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A new restaurant, Trattoria Terra, opened in January, replacing Milou’s. Our secretary Carl Quilliam tells us it is excellent. Details in Places.

Sunnyside Appeal

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Sunnyside Gardens are seeking new committee members, particularly a treasurer. Their AGM is on March 10th. More details on their flyer, or visit the website.

Python In Ashmount School

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‘Absolutely Anything’, a feature film written and directed by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame, is being filmed locally. The team have moved into the old Ashmount site, which they will be using both as production base and film location. Filming starts on March 24th and will include scenes outside Whitehall Wines. More details in their letter to residents and on IMDb.

LBI Playground Plans

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Islington Council now intends to retain half of the old Ashmount site for housing use once Whitehall Park School is established. The proposals can be downloaded here. Several of you have sent emails expressing concern at the news, some of which are on the Forum page. More details on the playground plans are on the School page.

LBI Loses Challenge

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Islington Council, who were leading the legal challenge to the General Permitted Development Order – the relaxation of planning laws that allows office space to be changed to residential without council approval – has lost the case. Read more in the Gazette.

School Site Squatted

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While the pro and anti free-school factions slug it out, squatters move into the old Ashmount School buildings. See the Ashmount page for the ongoing story, and visit the Whitehall Park School consultation questionnaire, such as it is, here (ends 28th October).

WHPARA Air Quality Day

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A group of volunteers met on September 7th in Mum Made to distribute air pollution diffusion tubes around the area and met there again to collect them there on 12th October. Watch this space for further info.

Theatre For Archway

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A former bomb factory is to be transformed into Archway’s first ever theatre.The proposed 350-seat multi-purpose theatre will be built by The Cogan Academy of Dramatic Arts in Elthorne Road. See article in the Tribune.

Plan Archway

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Progress is being made, funding has been received and PA will be applying for designation early this ear, preceded by a Launch Meeting on Tuesday 21st January. Details on their website.

Plan Archway

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You probably know that recent legislation gives people more power to influence the development of their local community by setting up Neighbourhood Forums. A group of people is currently setting up the Archway Neighbourhood Forum and need to involve as many local people as possible in its development. If you live or work in the Archway area this is your chance to make your views known and to make a real difference to your community. Sign up to the mailing list here or visit the website.

> Archway Flyover Shock - Posted April 1st, 2014.

ARCHWAY FLYOVER SHOCK

Conservationists were stunned as plans were revealed today for a Hammersmith-style flyover for Archway. The four-lane flyover will stretch between historic Whitehall Park and St. John’s Church in Holloway Road, taking pressure off the unpopular gyratory. A spokesperson for the scheme said “Locals have wanted to see the end of the gyratory for years and this is the most practical solution”.

Work is to start at the end of this year, to coincide with the strengthening of the bridge at Upper Holloway station. Detractors of the scheme say it would further blight the area and deter local business. Planners believe that with many businesses already leaving the Archway area it is an ideal time to get the scheme moving.

There was further fury when it was revealed that transport bosses are to outsource the contract to a German company, the notorious Witz Consortium. A local environmentalist spokesperson said “You would be a fool to think that this scheme could be a serious solution to the problem”.