February 2020 newsletter

by | Feb 23, 2020 | Development & Heritage, Forum, News | 0 comments

Dear neighbours

Welcome to this month’s newsletter highlighting some of what has been going on in and around Highgate. A few key topics are listed below or for a more in depth view, either click on one of the news articles or visit For Highgate.
We are always looking for new people to get involved.
If this interests you please contact 

First tranche of Haringey
CIL projects go forward

We’re pleased to tell you that the Haringey Planning Policy team will be recommending that the first three of our projects go into the first round of CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) spending in the Spring and two more should follow shortly. The BMX and active outdoor zone for older children (near Highgate tube station), the Play Trail on the Parkland Walk (near the Miltons) and the Street Trees Replacement projects all meet the Council’s criteria and should go ahead this year.  Hopefully, a scheme to provide Interpretation Boards for visitors to Highgate and another to provide a lift in Highgate Library (in Shepherds Hill) should also go ahead once officers are able to sort out delivery issues with the departments concerned. Further projects are in the pipeline for Round 2 spending later in the year.

And more projects in Camden
Meanwhile, on the Camden side of our area, CIL-funded projects are planned to provide new equipment and a youth safety project at the Holly Lodge Community Centre, and refurbishment of the Highgate Society’s 10A premises, as well as a youth arts project at Lauderdale House. Further bids for Camden CIL money are being worked on to fund a design competition for the refurbishment of Pond Square, Street Tree Replacement, the Visit Highgate project and a water fountain in Waterlow Park.

Watch this space for more on all these projects as they progress and
check out the CIL pages for more information.


The Forum is currently compiling a guide of the various activities for which Highgate’s voluntary organisations make use of volunteers.  If your organisation has not already done so please advise Richard Webber (richardwebber@originsinfo.eu) of any activities for which your organisation either uses or would like to use volunteers.  We plan to publicise opportunities later in the year

Have your say on Camden’s
future development

How can I submit my views on the Draft Plan?
The Draft Site Allocations Local Plan identifies land for over 10,000 new homes and other uses like offices, cultural and community facilities, retail space and hotels. The Plan sets out policies for six key areas and 88 development sites. Have your say by answering a set of questions at the bottom of each page here or by emailing planningpolicy@camden.gov.uk or come along to a drop-in event. For more details on the drop in events and draft plan click here.

The Harington Scheme

After extended  and difficult negotiations, the Harington scheme has now signed a long term lease with their landlords NHSPS, thus securing their future use of their site in the Highgate Bowl. Find out more here

Lauderdale House Heritage Weekend

22nd & 23rd FEBRUARY
Pop in to Highgate’s very special 16th century House on Saturday 22 February to find our more about the rich stories and history of Highgate – everything from Roman kilns, local schools and Samuel Taylor Coleridge! And while you’re here make the most of the chance to take a tour of Lauderdale with one of history experts, walk around the Park with Creative Ecologist Richard Layzell, hear Samuel Pepys describe his trip to Highgate and relax at 5pm for a short free song recital by our resident Opera ensemble Insieme of the works of local poets Liza Lehmann and Christina Rosetti.Sunday 23 February is especially for families with a raft of free activities – dress up as a Victorian, play giant snakes and ladders, make a Tudor brooch to wear or a scented pomander to ward off the pong of Dad’s stinky feet and colour in King Charles and Nell Gwynn.  And it’s just £5 for our hilarious kids history show Cheese and Fleas, the Great Plague and Fire Show!
Click here for full details

FoWP coach trip to two renowned winter gardens: Benington Lordship & Cambridge Botanic. Feb 22nd

The Friends of Waterlow Park are organising a coach trip on February 22nd to two highly regarded winter gardens: Benington Lordship for its snowdrop displays and Cambridge Botanic Gardens for its winter garden. Tickets £29 for adults, £20 for children 16 and under. Payment by BACs, cheque or online at Eventbrite (please note Eventbrite charges a booking fee). For further information email Patricia at patriciawalby@gmail.com or to buy tickets online go here

Save Haringey’s Parks
and Green Spaces!

There’s a petition to Save Haringey’s Parks and Green Spaces. Over 1,800 have so far signed. Can you help them reach the full target of 2,400 local people? Please spread the word by forwarding the link below to your friends, family and others.





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