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A newsletter from the Haringey Living Streets group July 2019

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A warm welcome to all of our new members! Within this newsletter is an update on the latest progress of the Haringey Living Streets Group, and how you can get further involved. This includes:
  • Our Demands for Healthy Streets
  • Liveable Neighbourhoods Conference
  • Getting involved in Living Streets
  • Parklets
  • Consultations
Haringey Council AGREES to Our Demands for Healthy Streets

An enormous thank you to all members who joined us on the 30th June to demand healthier streets in Haringey at a time of Climate Emergency. We were joined by over 70 residents outside Downhills park.
Haringey Council declared a climate emergency in March 2019. With a quarter of carbon emissions in the borough originating from transport, immediate action is needed to reduce car dominance on our streets.  With alarming levels of air pollution across London as well as an inactivity crisis, the need to provide safe and attractive routes via foot and bike is all the more important. There are now 9,500 early deaths across London as a result of air pollution each year, and over a third of all Year 6 students in our own borough are overweight or obese. 
 
The list of five asks were co-written by members of Haringey Living Streets and the Haringey Cycling Campaign. They include the need for Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes, School Streets, a network of protected cycle routes, additional pedestrian crossings, enforcement of 20mph, and a net reduction in car parking spaces with the provision of additional cycle parking and urban greening. 
 
Leader of Haringey Council, Cllr Joe Ejiofor, and Cabinet Lead for Environment Cllr Kirsten Hearn, alongside a selection of Labour and Lib Dem Councillors met us to accept the demands and shared their commitment to create streets which promote healthier, safer, greener environments for residents in Haringey. 
 
We’d like to ask all members to continue to speak to your local councillors and let them know why tackling climate change, and creating healthy streets is important to them. The list of full asks is available here.
Liveable Neighbourhood Conference at Ally Pally

Haringey Council recently hosted a London wide event at Alexandra Palace on Liveable Neighbourhood Schemes with TFL. More information on the event, which we attended is available here. We were delighted to hear commitments from Haringey Council to tackle car dominance on our streets. Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner urged councillors to take the lead on transforming their streets. ‘You have real power. Tell your officers what you want to see, and don’t accept it if they say it’s too difficult.’
 
Following the event, Haringey Living Streets have now agreed to co-host an event in September with Haringey Council and the Haringey Cycling Campaign on Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in Haringey specifically. We want learning from that conference to be shared with residents in Haringey. We’ll be in touch shortly to confirm a date.
 
We are now aware of residents groups in St Anns Ward, Bruce Grove and Wood Green who are all exploring how low traffic neighbourhoods could be implemented in their communities. Here is an example of work being done in St Ann’s on this. If you are part of a resident’s association which would like to do the same – let us know!
How would you like to get involved in Haringey Living Streets?

Over the last month a smaller group of active members have been meeting on a monthly basis to coordinate meetings with the council, to agree campaign actions, and discuss consultations.

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 22nd August at 19.30pm. If you’d like to join us and be more actively involved in the group – please email us for further details.

Would you like to apply for a Haringey Parklet?

Following on from the huge success of Brenda Peuch’s first parklet in Hackney, we’re looking for residents to apply for parklets in Haringey. A parklet is a micro park in the space of a parked car.

In neighbouring Hackney it’s now possible to apply for a parklet in the same way one would apply for a parking permit. Brenda’s original parklet was removed, but Hackney Council soon saw the attraction of reclaiming road space from cars in a borough. More information on parklets can be accessed here.

Haringey Consultations

Listed below are various consultations coming up across Haringey where we need your input!
  • Turnpike Lane – Haringey Council are initiating discussions on how to improve Turnpike Lane – see here. if you would like to see parking replaced with wider pavements, bike lanes, or clear bus lanes please email – Woodgreenregeneration@haringey.gov.uk and let them know your thoughts!
  • Crouch End Liveable Neighbourhood Scheme – Do you live in Crouch End or travel through it regularly? Would you like to be part of the group giving feedback on the scheme as part of Haringey Living Streets? Email us if you’d like to find out more.
  • Finsbury Park Consultation – a consultation is now open for improvements to the park – see here. We will discuss our detailed response at our next meeting in August, however to summarise we would recommend a reduction in car parking across the park (ideally just for disabled users) and would support better lighting of footways. If you wish to respond individually, please do, the deadline for responses to the council  is 2nd September.
  • Air Quality Action Plan – Haringey Living Streets are calling for the council to ensure that active travel infrastructure is sufficiently championed  in this document. Please feel free to share your individual feedback with the council via this link.Deadline for feedback is 30th July.
Dates for the Diary
  • Sunday 22nd September - Car Free Day  - the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced major plans to help Londoners ‘reclaim’ the streets and get out and about enjoying hundreds of free events for London’s biggest Car Free Day celebrations on Sunday 22 September 2019. More information is available here.Please let Haringey Council know if there are roads you would like to see closed for Car Free Day
  • 13th August - Living Streets 90 years - Any birthday is worth celebrating but this year Living Streets will hit our momentous 90th year. Responsible for the first speed limit, the first pedestrian crossing and reducing the death rate dramatically on roads – in just our first ten years – we have 80 years of successes to celebrate too. As a group we plan to raise a toast to celebrate the day!
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