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Controversially Tommy Trinder has lent a catchphrase to the #LiveableCrouchEnd what does the future hold for our High Street / Town Hall Debate

You lucky people.  A bulletin from the Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum
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Crouch End's 2020 vision: consultations, developments, spending, construction

(...but not necessarily in that order).

In the shadow of a hugely controversial road scheme trial a couple of months ago, people are finally registering some of the transformative developments we've been trying to flag up for years. Perhaps a wake up call was a good thing.

So, once again, do enjoy a bulletin about: the outlook for the local economy, the Liveable Crouch End project, neighbourhood CIL – approaching £half a million in the community chest, not forgetting Hornsey Town Hall.

In total, Crouch End town centre will receive a public and private investment of more than £40 million over the next two or three years.
 The Crouch End economy  under pressure?

Alas, we're not immune to high street stress – indeed, with online competition expanding across the restaurant sector (have you seen the numbers of delivery mopeds recently?), Crouch End even saw a fall in food and beverage businesses last year. The first time in years.

But fear not, a status quo of decline can be avoided – the Town Hall's coming, and the public realm's due for a refurb. Question being ... is the Liveable Neighbourhood the right solution at the right time? And if not, what?

The latest survey of Crouch End town centre trends is available here.

 Liveable Crouch End  all routes open

Speaking of which, we took a look at the current state of play at Liveable Neighbourhoods.

After the public reaction to the Middle Lane trial, Haringey re-opened the consultation and you have until Sunday to add your opinions (link here). The next stage will be a new presentation of designs (not least to TfL) covering the whole of Crouch End. We're looking forward to the result. Liveable Crouch End needs to pull off a neat trick – improving visitor numbers whilst stripping out through traffic. 

Read more.

 Hornsey Town Hall – under construction

With the build now under way, news reports have gone a tad quiet on the Town Hall and perhaps people have lost track of where things are at – so we thought a brief recap might be of use. The hotel and arts venue, and the blocks of flats, are still due to open end 2021. Read more.

Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy

Money raised via CIL is now coming to Crouch End. For previous blogs see here, and for Haringey's explanation here. The council have been collecting it from developers since the latter part of 2014 and the Crouch End neighbourhood amount has now reached £115,000, with many £hundreds of thousands due – not least from the Town Hall scheme.

A consultation will kick off soon so stay tuned – this is money for projects suggested by Crouch End.

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Meanwhile

News reaches us that the Crouch End Festival are taking a sabbatical in 2020. A deserved break, and we hope that somehow someplace somewhere will still offer room for community events on your return...

...whilst one of the better community spaces is fast transforming into the new Earl Haig nursery. Due to open in March. We are informed that some bookable community space will be provided on evenings and weekends within the building.

Hornsey Library, a £3.7m restoration project, is due to complete in June.

In planning news we continue to note the up and coming Tottenham Lane sites, the Evans Cycles building has disappeared behind hoardings for redevelopment, a possible redevelopment for the Crouch Hill Oddbins building finds its way into pre-planning discussion, and a council move to annex the YMCA's Harringay Club and build social housing has been mooted.

 ... and finally. Some new boundaries
As you may have already noticed, the Boundary Commission have completed the review of Haringey's council wards. It'll be in place come the 2022 local elections. See map above, and read more for details.
The Forum are a local group interested in planning and development, working toward a survey of Crouch End and the creation of policies that can direct the way our community develops in the future – a Neighbourhood Plan – new members are always welcome, no subscription necessary, and open to all. We have 1,000s of people, local organisations and businesses signed up. 
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