Winchmore Hill Residents

Winchmore Hill Residents

Help us to shape the future of Winchmore Hill

We are here to make sure that the voices of the residents of Winchmore Hill are heard and to fight on your behalf to maintain and enhance this special place to live and work.
We liaise with councillors and the council officers to get the best outcome for this area across these issues:

Planning                  Crime                                                                Transport                 Environment                                                 Events

We are currently focusing on the future of The Green. The Green is at the heart of the area and deserves to be preserved and improved in the right way.

The closure of the one-way slip road to allow people to dine outdoors and enjoy the restaurants and cafés has been a great success with local residents. However, the results of our recent survey responded to by around 500 local residents, indicates that they agree with us that there are changes that must be made to this scheme to protect The Green in the longer-term. It is important that the scheme benefits all the local residents and not just the local businesses.

As you can see from the photos below, there are several issues with this scheme specifically; parking, rubbish from businesses, and the excessive number and behaviour of the moped drivers picking up food for delivery that need to be urgently addressed.

We have submitted a report to the council and councillors asking for these issues to be addressed and to work with us to adapt this scheme to benefit all local residents, businesses and reduce the impact this is having on what is the historic and beautiful heart of our community.

If you care about The Green and want the best for Winchmore Hill then please join us:

www.whresidents.org/signup

 

Wedding Celebrant

What a difficult time it has been for couples waiting to get married.

But it’s time for celebration as we see that things are beginning to open up. Wouldn’t it be great to book your wedding date now and choose a personal, vibrant ceremony that you will always remember?

It’s time to think about new starts and what better way than with a wedding? You can tell your story, choose your own vows and plan a ceremony that reflects you as a couple.

Marriage is a challenge, that’s for sure, but your wedding day is when you commit to embarking on that exciting challenge together.

“True love stands by each other’s side on good days and stands closer on bad days.” – Unknown

For more information about the Wedding Celebrant, Sue Picano, please visit:

Professionalcelebrants.org.uk/user/suepicano and also susanpicano.com

You can contact Sue on 07817 234 682 or email her susanpicano48@gmail.com

Muswell Hill & Fortis Green Association Update – news from your local residents’ association

Muswell Hill & Fortis Green Association Update – news from your local residents’ association

Doubling up on our Annual Guided Walk

Each year the Association organises an Annual Guided Walk around the area, or somewhere nearby. Unfortunately, in 2020 we had to cancel, but this year we were delighted to be back. One of our longstanding members, Sally Stevens, who is a well-known local guide, agreed to take some lucky Association members on a tour called ‘Music, Murder and Madness in Muesli Hill’. The tickets were snapped up so quickly that we had to ask Sally to run the same walk again the following week! The Association covered the cost of these walks including a donation to the Muswell Hill Foodbank, Sally’s nominated charity. In order to participate in our future events, we recommend joining the Association. Membership is just £10 for the whole household, and we are one of the largest and most active residents’ associations in London.

Highgate Wood Roman Kiln

Regular readers will be aware that the Association continues to support the Friends of Highgate Roman Kiln in their efforts to return the kiln to Highgate Wood, where it was discovered. They are currently fundraising for a major project, which alongside returning the kiln, would fund workshops, exhibitions, wellbeing activities, volunteering opportunities, the creation of learning resources for schools and colleges, and the possibility to help young people onto the employment ladder with placements. A worthy cause indeed, and you can find out more at: www.highgateromankiln.org.uk

Protecting Trees on the Rookfield Estate

In May it came to the Association’s attention that there was a mature tree at risk of being removed on the Rookfield Estate, as part of a related housing development proposal. The tree was subject to a Tree Preservation Order but had been earmarked for removal nevertheless. The Association publicised this information and subsequently the application attracted a large number of comments from local residents. We are hopeful that the Council will take these views into account.

Muswell Hill Road Paint Spillage

Our sincere thanks go to Haringey Council and their contractors Veolia for clearing up an enormous paint spillage on Muswell Hill Road professionally and efficiently. It really was a mammoth task; but Veolia arrived well before 8am the next day to deal with it!

 

MHFGA is your local residents’ association (since 1948!) We produce six bi-monthly Newsletters per year, which are distributed to over 770 members. Membership for households is just £10 per year and gives you the chance to attend our special events, such as our guided tour of Lauderdale House last year. We have hosted the popular ‘Odd One Out’ competition three times, and our Christmas Charity Tombola has raised almost £800 for local causes. To join MHFGA and be kept up to date on local issues and our planned activities, visit www.mhfga.org/membership or email our Membership Secretary on membership@mhfga.org

Help to save Enfield’s green belt

Help to save Enfield’s green belt

HELP TO SAVE ENFIELD’S GREEN BELT

One of the most important Council consultations ever is going on right now.  The Council is asking for our ideas about their Draft Local Plan, which will shape the future of Enfield not just for the 15 years of the Plan but forever.  However, more than three weeks into the consultation we are still finding that most people know nothing about the plan, the consultation or the proposals to build on large areas of the Green Belt. You would think that the Council would want people to know about this wide-ranging and powerful plan – but no – they would prefer it to pass through the process uncriticised by the residents that they were elected and are paid to serve.

For those who do know about the consultation, navigating through the thousands of pages in multiple documents is a challenge most people will prefer to ignore.  Green Belt campaign group Enfield RoadWatch in collaboration with several other local organisations has simplified the process to make it possible for everyone to have their say.  Visit www.Enfield RoadWatch.co.uk to find out how.  Virtually anyone with an interest in Enfield of any age is eligible to take part.  

So, why are we making this effort?  Just look at this list of the key Green Belt sites under threat and you’ll know why.

  • Crews Hill Garden centres, golf course and open land – gone.
  • The fields on either side of Enfield Road, including all of Vicarage Farm up to Hadley Road and the equestrian centre – gone.
  • Green areas in Hadley Wood – gone.
  • Half of Whitewebbs Park – gone.
  • Holly Hill Farm – gone
  • Essentially a big chunk of Enfield’s historic Enfield Chase with its heritage landscape – gone.
  • And the sites aren’t only in the west of the borough. Rammey Marsh – gone.

The Council’s so-called preferred option, which includes all the above, is NOT the only option to meet housing and other needs. There are alternatives that would bring regeneration to deprived areas, improving public services like transport, medical facilities and more. And don’t believe the threat of skyscrapers.  There are alternatives to those too. 

Please visit our website to learn how to tell the Council a resounding NO!

If you think you can offer any support towards our campaign, no matter how small, please do get in touch at info@enfieldroadwatch.co.uk we would love to hear from you. Together we are Stronger!

 

 

 

Memorial information in Haringey

Memorial information in Haringey

 

Memorial Bench 

Last year Haringey Council granted us permission to have a memorial tree to acknowledge baby loss on Parkland Walk. Since then, the tree has provided a space for many bereaved families to visit; where they can reflect and remember their baby. It also helps us break the silence around baby loss; which can be a difficult subject; the tree represents the fact that we do want to talk about our baby.

With so many families visiting the tree, I approached Haringey Council to see if we could install a memorial bench for bereaved families and others to sit. After fundraising within the community, the bench was installed in March.

The tree and the bench creates a permanent place for bereaved families to go, and can assist with breaking the silence and open the conversation about baby loss. 

 

As a bereaved mum I know how important it is to speak about my son Hamish; to have him acknowledged and to ensure that his short life is not forgotten. It seemed like a natural step to personalise the area for families and we have now engraved names of much missed babies on wooden plaques for the tree. If you walk by the baby loss tree, please do take time and acknowledge the names. Each baby has a family who grieves, a family who wants to keep the memory of their baby alive, a family who will never forget their names. Each baby mattered and should not be forgotten. Hilary xxx 

(North and East London Volunteer and Baby Loss Awareness Campaigner) 

14 babies die each day in the UK; before, during and shortly after birth. 

If you or anyone you know has been affected by the loss of a baby North and East London Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death) is the local group who can offer support. 

 

Email: NorthEastLondon@sands.org.uk

Website: www.nelondonsands.org

Facebook: North & East London Sands

Instagram: nelondonsands

 

Muswell Hill and Fortis Green Association

Muswell Hill & Fortis Green Association Update – news from your local residents’ association

 O.R. Tambo

Those of you who follow our Facebook page will have seen an item about the renaming of the Albert Road Recreation Ground to ‘O. R. Tambo Recreation Ground’. This is in memory of Oliver Reginald Tambo (known to his friends as ‘O. R.’), the late South African activist and long-time president of the African National Congress. He was close friends with Nelson Mandela and lived in Haringey in exile for over two decades, settling with his family in Muswell Hill, and frequently visiting the Rec with his family. His former home on Alexandra Park Road also bears a plaque.

 

The role O. R. played as the ANC’s figurehead in Europe was vital in publicising the plight of black South Africans and canvassing international support for the fight against the apartheid government. The renaming is part of Haringey Council’s work to ensure that the names of our monuments, buildings, places and streets reflect the values and diversity of the borough.

Queens Avenue Update

For many years Queens Avenue has been a local hotspot for inappropriate waste disposal. Abandoned white goods and sofas are a common sight, building waste is often left in front gardens, and overflowing rubbish bins are the norm for many properties. With the help of our members living on Queens Avenue, the Association has for some time now been working with Haringey Council to tackle these issues with mixed success. I am pleased to report that the Council have apologised for being unable to resolve the problem thus far and have come up with a new plan of action. The Enforcement department has promised to identify all the problematic addresses and reach out to them, determine whether they require alternative or extra facilities, and take action against repeat offenders. We will be keeping a very close eye to ensure that these promises are upheld.

AGM

In normal times, the Association holds an AGM in May where all members are invited to get together and discuss what the committee has achieved over the last 12 months. Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, we have not been able to do this. However, your committee has been as active as ever. We have held our full complement of six meetings, all via Zoom. Each committee member’s report is available to view on our website, at www.mhfga.org/agm-2021 – and a summary has been sent via email to all of our members.

MHFGA is your local residents’ association (since 1948!) We produce six bi-monthly Newsletters per year, which are distributed to over 770 members. Membership for households is just £10 per year and gives you the chance to attend our special events, such as our guided tour of Lauderdale House last year. We have hosted the popular ‘Odd One Out’ competition three times, and our Christmas Charity Tombola has raised almost £800 for local causes. To join MHFGA and be kept up to date on local issues and our planned activities, visit www.mhfga.org/membership or email our Membership Secretary on membership@mhfga.org