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The Festival, The Town Hall, High Street Crisis, Housing shortages, same old, same old

June in Crouch End, see you at the Festival.
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Spring 2019, developments

These things take time, but the major Crouch End developments appear finally about to heave into view. Hornsey Town Hall will close for restoration and construction in July, and the roads project, Liveable Crouch End, is likely to see trial road closures in the summer. We expect a few more of us to sit up and notice.

Meanwhile, the Forum will be at the Crouch End Festival and should be popping up at theStationers Park and HVCC summer weekend bash on Saturday 8th (this Saturday). Maybe see you there – we'll be talking about housing priorities for Crouch End.

 Hornsey Town Hall – Contractors on site July

A milestone we think as developers FEC announce the contractors for the project, Ardmore, and a timeline for the build. To read the developer's project newsletter click below.

The current small business tenants will vacate by the end of the month and the Town Hall will disappear behind hoardings in July. No doubt when the tower crane arrives Crouch End will realise something significant is happening. In the interim, the Forum monitors developments. Project completion, Q3 2021.  (image, structural work, courtesy Heyne Tillett Steel)

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 Liveable Crouch End  all aboard?

More news from the TfL funded streets and public realm project, and we anticipate significant announcements from Haringey in the next few weeks, including: –  an initial look at the possible new road map (will there be a new Clock Tower piazza?); a formal consultation exercise; and actual trials (incl. road closures) starting this summer to assess the impact of the project. Meanwhile a report is now available on the initial stakeholder consultation. Very much worth engaging with, stay tuned.

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 The future of the Earl Haig, in planning

In response to community interest, the Forum have successfully applied for 'Asset of Community Value' status and have lodged an objection to the proposed change of use. We appreciate the importance of community assets and would hate to lose the Earl Haig after ninety years, though at least the current proposal to convert it to a nursery retains the building... In the meantime it lies closed, read more.

 Haringey ward boundaries proposal

Further work at the Boundary Commission as a joined-up proposal reaches us for a new Haringey ward map. It'll be in place for the next local elections. See map above, and read more for details.

 Planning policy for the High Street?

The difficult times for the high street continue, with the local churn rate 3 times that of last year. Amid the anxiety about retail trends what can be done through planning policy? We're having a look, ... read more.

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Forum activity

We're currently looking at housing and are shortly to launch a questionnaire surveying local opinion, do look out for the next newsletter. Meanwhile, we're continuing to gather information about theneighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy – in the next few years Crouch Enders will be able to bid for hundreds of thousands of £ for local projects. This means you.

PS. Look out for the imminent redevelopment of the Kwik Fit building, the site is due for demolition.

The Forum are working toward a survey of Crouch End and the development of policies that can direct the way our community develops in the future – our 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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