|Dates for your diary
- Local Elections: May 5
- HNF AGM: May 26
- Eco Day (led by Lux) May (date tbc)
- Fair in the Square: June 11
- Highgate Festival June 11-19
Lauderdale House Heritage Weekend is back
Take a step back in time and find out more about the history of Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park and Highgate on 19 and 20 Febuary. The Heritage Fair with stalls from local organisations, as well as walks and talks, will run all Saturday afternoon. Sunday is a Heritage Family Fun Day. Find out more.
New Archway bus stops proposed
HNF joined with the Highgate Society and the Better Archway Forum, as well as local Islington Councillors and GLA members to propose to TfL that – if the 271 is to be axed and the 143 and 263 routes to be swopped over (see previous post) – then it was all the more important to have one bus stop for all buses going up the hill to Highgate Village and another for all buses going up the Archway Road. We proposed the former to stand outside the Whittington Stone pub (stand A on map above) and the latter at the beginning of the Archway Road (stand X above). TfL will announce the results of their consultation and their final decision on these matters in early March.
Spring Bio-diversity survey in Waterlow Park
The Friends of Waterlow Park, in association with Camden Council and the Waterlow Park Trustee Action Group, are planning a new Biodiversity Strategy to further improve the diversity of wildlife, trees and plants throughout the Park. To that end, the Friends are organising a Biodiversity Survey to map exactly what is there now.. Find out more and volunteer to help with the survey here. HNF is also keen to increase bio diversity across our area and work with our neighbours on North London networks – do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be involved.
Update on CIL spending projects
- Survey of replacement street trees is taking place w/b 7 February
- Pedestrian signage in Camden will be delivered w/b 7 March
- Tourist information boards approved by Camden Ward Councillors
- Progress is slow on multi use active outdoor space on Shepherds Hill + natural play area in Parkland Walk
Help bring Roman Kiln back to Highgate Wood
Back in 1968, archaeologists found a rare Roman pottery kiln in the substantial pottery manufacturing site in Highgate Wood. The kiln is currently being stored in the cellars of Bruce Castle Museum and the Friends of Highgate Roman Kiln have been established to bring it back to the Wood where it was made. They are hoping to exhibit it in a secure setting as the focus of an exciting learning programme in crafts and heritage. Check out their Just Giving page to help them reach their fundraising goal. And find out more about the kiln and the Ancient Forest it was found in here.
Townhouses on Highgate Hill refused planning
Islington Council has refused planning permission for six townhouses on Highgate Hill in the car park next to the Brendan the Navigator pub. This offers some respite to the pub landlords as the scheme would have entailed the removal of their terrace garden. Lovers of Irish traditional music might like to know that they now have live music on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
In other good news for pub enthusiasts, The Winchester in Archway Road has been granted a new premises licence. The Gatehouse has applied to take over the restaurant premises next door at 1 Hampstead Lane and we await news of a revised scheme for a pub in the former Pain Quotidian premises.
Launch of OWL Crime Alerting System
Residents of Haringey and other North London boroughs can now be alerted to nearby crime and other issues directly by their local policing team via OWL. Alerts can be received by email or by as push notifications by downloading the OWL app. Find out more here.
Chair, Highgate Neighbourhood Forum