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The following was sent to the Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum. 

Please inform Members of the Forum that Marian Janes, who will have been known to many, has sadly died. She moved from Crescent Road in 2014 to a Care Home in Potters Bar, following a diagnosis of symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. A photograph is attached taken a couple of years ago in Potters Bar. In recent months, Marian became increasingly frail and died in the Care Home.

Marian had artistic parents: her father, Norman Janes was noted for his woodcuts and engravings featuring landscape and maritime subjects; her mother was the artist Barbara Greg, who illustrated several books with natural history or countryside themes, contributed illustrations to the magazine Country Life and also exhibited at the Royal Academy. Marian herself had a keen eye for detail and appreciation of quality in both built and landscape design, often campaigning for replacement of trees of the appropriate species in the Conservation Area, as well as prosecution of perpetrators who had felled or lopped such trees without the necessary consent.

Marian trained as a Legal Secretary and worked for a West End firm of Solicitors. She was Secretary of the Crouch End and Hornsey Conservation Area Advisory Committee and a Member of several Residents’ Associations and Amenity Societies, and a Member of the Unitarian Church in Hornsey for many years.

Marian was a diligent correspondent, and a feisty campaigner for the Conservation Area, opposing poor quality development and drawing attention to breaches of planning control, with persistent reminders. She delighted in the village atmosphere and neighbourliness of Crouch End, and believed that without residents’ constant vigilance and active participation, the quality of life in the locality would inevitably decline and worsen.

Philip Cunliffe-Jones
(Planning Lawyer at Haringey Council 1995-2009)

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