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Why only today I was looking at a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI), published by the planning department, which contains the words:
1.2.1 From shops, services, transport infrastructure and parks we use, to the businesses where we work and the homes we live in, are all the result of planning policies and decisions.
which is very nearly a sentence, and almost makes sense, (though, of course it isn't true - shops result from shopkeepers, homes result from speculative builders, in very large part). I mention it because the list contains transport infrastructure, which includes roads, no? So the SCI is relevant to the Wightman Road shortlisted options.
The SCI also says, under the heading "Ensure consultation is Transparent –":
"By ensuring the aims, purpose and scope of the consultation, and the issues involved, are clearly expressed."
BUT the consultation paper is headed "These are conceptual options only and would require more detailed development prior to potential implementation; they also remain subject to council decision-making processes, funding availability and consultation." which is about as thorough a list of caveats as its possible to devise. Add to that the further proviso "many of these options have been developed based on suggestions made by stakeholders, and do not necessarily reflect Haringey Council policy at this stage." Does this give us any clue at all to the aims, purpose and scope of the survey? Perhaps we can infer that the reason we have not been consulted is because they don't need to distract us with some pie in the sky nonsense about traffic movements just now.
The distraction certainly seems to have worked for Harringay. HoL probably has many discussions on the topic, but the one I looked at runs to 7 pages of carefully thought out arguments written, presumably at some length, by people who might otherwise be questioning the other perfidies being visited upon by Haringey.
The Existing conditions report is simply a mass of data - it has no summary, nor conclusions. I guess you can't disagree with that, there are existing conditions.
Indeed, two rounds of consultation without any consequences. Any worse and it would move into the realms of neighbourhood planning.
The more I look at it the more it seems like a sop/distraction/displacement tactic to take Harringay minds off the hell that will result when the Wood Green Mall/library/Victorian terraces are demolished, the High Road closed and the hundreds of construction vehicles / concrete lorries make their way up and down Green Lanes/Wightman Road/Turnpike Lane . And LBH plan to steal the Ducketts Common Crossrail station for their own , which might have been a boon to ladder residents.
Now they can say "don't worry chaps, you'll be a pedestrian precinct one day, just be patient"