sharing news and views from Crouch End and Hornsey
I am still of the view that the streets of Haringey have been turned into an annex of the rubbish and recycling centres. The view from my front room in a conservation area contains too many bins for my taste.
However, the correspondence I started with Veolia some weeks has been resolved to my satisfaction. I now have two small bins which just about fit into the space previously allotted to one. So far they have proved adequate for my recycling needs.
I am reminded of this by a courteous note from Mr McNicholas Manager of the Neighbourhood Action Team, asking if my questions have been resolved. I have thanked him and stated that they are.
At one of the recent forums I ask the Veolia representative would be removing surplus bins, and the answer was that because residents like having their own (strange as that might seem - after all they're not works of art), they weren't able to take them away just like that, though they would investigate if requested. This then, I believe, is the problem - and, as your pictures illustrates, is at its worst where there are flats.
It would great, in the spirit of efficient recycling, if flat owners would come to a consensus of how many bins are really needed, and start sharing. Failing that, Veolia should do regular pre-bin-collection surveys to assess the situation and remove unneeded bins.
I could also sing that old song - "Where have all the gardens gone?"
A few years ago, I did have a go at the council for its inaction over residents paving over their front gardens and creating (sometime their own, illegal) crossovers which clearly contravened the council's own planning rules - and Fairfield Road has a number of these - but got nowhere. Your photos not only illustrate the bin-proliferation problem, but how their unsightliness is highlighted because there are no longer front gardens, walls, privets, fences, and gates. Come down to our end of the street, to see what you're all missing :-).
Now we have CPZs the protection of these crossovers simply reduces overall parking spaces. For this reason, I would advocate the council reviewing all crossovers, revoking and removing everyone that doesn't meet it's minimum criteria, and extending the CPZ bays whereever possible. I'd also be quite happy for the council to repay any application costs incurred by the residents. Radical, but I think many streets would look a lot prettier if the majority of the off-street parking were banished.
If you want to start a new thread with these comments, please ask, and I'll repost.
Yes, please repost and then I will climb out onto the bay window to take a picture of just how ugly crossovers have become at this end of the road (though I confess to having inherited and to using a non compliant crossover myself - which I won't need if I can get rid of my car)
there has to be a radical re-think about wheelie bins which have become omnipresent to a point way beyond their function
maybe they need communal bins like the re-cycling bins on the corners of streets only, having them in sunken trenches to hide them, getting the bin men to *actually walk* around the side of buildings - making the bins themselves smaller and more aesthetically pleasing
I also find it hard to believe people have a problem sharing bins
are they thinking other people will see their rubbish! - they place it in the bin and go back indoors - where is there a need for one each. A more likely explaination is that they have never been asked because the councils have never had the energy to address the issue
I think the councils have been lazy throughout London and some lateral thinking is needed