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Crouch End, Hornsey and Stroud Green Area Forum and Committee

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Crouch End, Hornsey and Stroud Green Area Forum and Committee

Time: September 26, 2011 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Hornsey Library
Street: Haringey Park,
Website or Map: http://www.haringey.gov.uk//i…
Phone: 020-8489 2923
Event Type: forum, committee
Organized By: Richard Burbidge
Latest Activity: Aug 31, 2011

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Event Description

Increasing community involvement and encouraging people to help shape their local areas

From June, the old Area Assemblies system was replaced with Area Committees – working with local people to improve the neighbourhood for the benefit of all residents, by:

  • Developing an Area Committee plan to set out neighbourhood priorities
  • Allocating Making the Difference community fund grants to local groups
  • Ward councillors working together and discussing with residents over important local issues.

All Area Committee meetings will be public, with dates, times, agendas and reports published on the council website.

Minutes of the meeting on 27th June are here.

Comment Wall

Comment by Adrian Essex on June 28, 2011 at 7:29

I attended this meeting last night (27/6/11). The congregation was made up in roughly equal parts by number of, on the one hand the public, and on the other officers and councillors. Being the first ever such meeting the agenda and proceedings were made up in very unequal parts of officers of the council (80%) , councillors (15%) and the public (which I will leave as a test in mental arithmetic%). This had the benefit of avoiding any awkward silences, and the balance of all those things should improve as the agenda is developed by the public.

I spouted a 2 minute soapbox item which was quite well received (a plant in the audience started a round of applause) and which is reproduced below. The topic was then transferred from the forum portion of the meeting and added to the agenda of the committee part of the meeting (this is how it works). The councillors rounded out what I had said very nicely and raised an action point against Anne Lippitt, the recently appointed interim Director of Urban Environment, to make clear exactly how the Area Committee could influence the future uses of the Town Hall and Square. Anne is interim until Lyn Garner takes her position as Director of Place and Sustainability. This action point will be followed up at the next meeting.

Thank you Lyn for giving me time on the soapbox. I understand that this topic will then be summarised for the committee to discuss and a response and/or action will be required, bearing in mind that what I am saying is already highly summarised to fit the 5 minute soapbox.

Hornsey Town Hall and Environs.There are two important initiatives taking place in respect of Hornsey Town Hall. Initiatives of which I approve and wish to support. They are:

1. the negotiation of a lease with Mountview Theatre School for the main part of the building

2. a call for suggestions for uses for the paved and grassed areas in front of the building (the Town Hall Square)

The Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust, which I had thought of as the guardian of the local public's interest in the building, is not actively involved in either of these initiatives (according to emails from Cllr Strang) and yet both relate to an important and iconic building in this area. I would therefore like to propose that, as part of the Area Plan which it is the duty of the area committee to develop, the oversight of these two important tasks pass immediately to this committee, away from the officers and councillors at the civic centre, and thereby to all of us attending here at this forum. Much more truly local control over local facilities.
I would also like to propose that, if the HTHCT plays no active part in either of these crucial activities, its purpose is so severely limited that it should be dissolved immediately.
I'd also like to suggest that if anything you have heard this evening strikes a chord with any of you, this discussion can be continued on OpinioN8 at opinion8.ning.com on the internet.
Thank you.


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