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In which we mystify people by sending a mailshot in deepest August while everyone's away. Perhaps something important is happening at the Town Hall?
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Lazy days... but an east wind is coming.
Evenin' all

This month brings news of another slap in the chops for the civic realm as the closure of Hornsey Police Station is announced. A 'strategy paper' from the Mayor sees the closure of both Police Station and the Safer Neighbourhood facility on Crouch Hall Road (Hornsey Police Station will be sold and redeveloped). Good job there's no crime around here you might say. Dedicated "Ward Officers" and online contact are proposed as replacement, perhaps it'll improve things?

The consultation is here, you have until October 6th.

Hornsey Town Hall Development dept.
Planning submitted for Town Hall

Walt Disney have moved in! But not for long, so Mickey will have to hop it as the curtain goes up for the main feature...

A seriously large planning application has landed with the development that will dominate the town centre for the next few years. We announced it here and you can see it here.

Bringing you a full scale restoration of a listed thirties classic (we hope), 7 storey blocks of flats – 146 units (luxury, mais bien sûr), a world class arts centre (or village hall, I can’t tell), more pavement cafés than Boulevard Saint-Germain, and a 4 star boutique hotel – no wait, apart-hotel, – no wait, well, a hotel of some kind…   it’s like Christmas.

How do you comment on a planning application?

And then we realised some people do not spend all their time thinking about planning.
Quick guide, please read

Town Hall goodwill falters

No sooner than the behemoth hove into view,disquiet spread. No affordable units were proposed, no announcement made about the arts operator (soon please FEC if you're reading this) or business plan visible. Even the restoration was questioned. 

Then someone leaked the figures in the viability report, and grown men trembled when the local councillors got the jitters.

As we go to press neighbouring residents are beginning to declare opposition, particularly to the sheer size of the new blocks of flats. What can be done? What should be done?

Crouch End Post Office franchised

What was that about an east wind? The Police Station is going, the Town Hall transforming, and Highgate Library could be disappearing. Crouch End's resemblance to Trumpton is clearly on the way out.

But at least we can rely on the Post Office. Well possibly. The PO announced the new franchisee for Topsfield Parade, and it's the same bloke as what 'as East Finchley. All change in the new year – it'll probably be fine.

Drink! Eat!

Fear not, there's good news for the wastrels and idlers among us. Local hostelriesHarringay Arms and Henry Reader (now to be 'Small Beer') are shortly to re-open as gin crazed craft beer boutiques.

And elsewhere there are reports of a new Italian ('Paesan', rescuing the old Greek place), and Here Crouch End appear to be almost nearly quite there.

Middey's? – Nah.

Free First Aid Courses – 9th September – Hornsey Town Hall

The organisers of Crouch End Festival are working with the Red Cross and local resident Sally Mustoe to offer a session to equip people with the confidence and the basic techniques to be able to do something useful in an emergency.
The event is open to all with a suggested minimum £5 donation for The UK Solidarity Fund (http://www.redcross.org.uk/).
To book a place, please email Sally on sally.mustoe@btinternet.com

The Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum are local people interested in the planning and development of the area. If you have views on any local development feel free to let us know, particularly at a time when Tottenham Lane is being transformed with large blocks of flats, and new residential developments are being squeezed in everywhere – for instance two new flats in the spaces tucked behind Topsfield Parade.

...and a last word, a happy retirement to one of Crouch End's longest serving popular figures, Chris Freeman of Dunns (article: Ham & High).

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

And don’t forget, new members are always welcome, no subscription necessary, and open to all. We have 100s of people, local organisations and businesses signed up. We have leaflets and posters too – if you'd like to display one, drop us a line

Keep an eye on our website for details of forthcoming meetings and events

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