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Neighbourhood Planners London

We are fortunate in Highgate to be surrounded by other Neighbourhood Forums – in Crouch End, Dartmouth Park, Kentish Town and Hampstead – all working to make positive change in their local area and working together around issues such as getting better...

Highgate Tree Group

Climate change and pollution have certainly changed things in Highgate and not always for the worse. Did you know that with less soot and more nitrogen in the air, we now have far more lichens and mosses on our trees and that the warmer winters...

Get involved in bringing Playtime to Highgate

The good news is that Haringey Council has given us the go-ahead to develop two of our priority CIL projects – improvements to the BMX track next to Highgate Library and the creation of a nature-inspired play area at the Highgate end of the...

Robert the Bruce – the Highgate connection

Not many people know this but just over 700 years ago, in 1305, Robert the Bruce was a temporary resident of Highgate! He was staying in the hunting lodge which belonged at that time to the Earl of Gloucester, situated on what is now the 12th green of...

CIL spending in Highgate

Now we have a Neighbourhood Plan, 25% of funds raised from the Community Infrastructure Levy comes direct to the community to spend – hooray! Unfortunately – and perhaps unsurprisingly - it’s not quite as simple as that. So here’s a quick...

November 2018 newsletter – your help needed

Hello everyone - there's lots going on this month, so please read on! Camden CIL consultation As many of you will know, now we have a Neighbourhood Plan in Highgate, 25% of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) monies collected from...

What’s the point of single yellow lines?

Single yellow lines make little sense to us given the pressure on parking in Highgate. Either the spaces should be for parking or not? If they are for parking, they should be round the clock – and the community should decide whether they are...

Tell us how new bus routes would help you

We listened to what you had to say about new bus routes to connect Highgate to its neighbours to the east and west and have come up with a new route (see map above). Do let us know what you think about it in the comment box below. We would also like to hear your ideas...

CLEAN UP HIGHGATE

“Highgate's quite nice apart from the rubbish isn't it?” Comment from an overseas tourist “I walked through Basildon the other day and Oh My God, I couldn't believe it, it was cleaner than Highgate!” Comment from a resident “I'm visually impaired and it...

Public forum on Jacksons Lane refurbishment

Having received Stage 1 Arts Council funding to develop their plans for refurbishment and improving their facilities, Jacksons Lane is holding a public forum on 1 November 2018 between 11am and 8pm. All are welcome to attend the drop-in session and talk to...

Waterlow Park Trust Advisory Group AGM

HNF Chair Alicia Pivaro is the guest speaker at the Waterlow Park Trust's AGM on 11 October. Alicia will be speaking on 'the power of parks. Refreshments will be served. Highgate needs YOU The Forum is made up of people like you who care about making...

October 2018 newsletter

October news and events in Highgate Hello everyone CIL money to enhance Holly Lodge Community Centre Holly Lodge CC has been granted £6,850 Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) monies by Camden Council. This will provide improved facilities for the Centre, including...

CIL money for Holly Lodge Community Centre

Holly Lodge Community Centre has been granted the following from the Community Investment Levy with the full support of local councillors: Hearing loop kit -                                                                                  £264 inc VAT Hearing loop...

Crime prevention event

A crime prevention event is being held on Saturday 13 October (10am - 4pm) at Hornsey Library (Haringey Park, Crouch End). You can meet and speak with local Police officers from Highgate and Crouch End Safer Neighbourhood Team and meet various providers of services to...

September 2018 HNF newsletter

  New website, new blogs and new groups for you to join Hello everyone We have a new website, thanks to a Ward Grant from Haringey Council, awarded by our local Councillors. We hope it will make it easier for you to see what we are doing, join in or propose your own...

TfL consultation – 271 night buses

TfL has launched a consultation about reducing various bus services. The bit that affects Highgate is the proposal to withdraw the 271 night service on all nights. The Forum would like to hear your views and would encourage anyone with strong views to respond...

Accident black spots

Reducing speeding and improving road safety are high priorities for the Forum. This is a request to all residents of Highgate to help us identify the danger spots. Please respond with your comments below and in particular let us know of any damage that is...

HGV weight limits – an update

A persisting concern of Highgate residents is the large number of heavy lorries (HGVs) passing through the area, particularly along Highgate Hill and North Hill. One of the Forum’s members (Richard Webber) has produced a paper on this topic. The paper has...

No Planet B

An evening of sustainability talks and discussion were held at Omved Gardens on 7 July. Each speaker was given five minutes to present their work around issues including bees, pesticides, seed collection and food security. The event was organised by OmVed...

Re-imagining Highgate

The Re-imagining Highgate Community Drawing Workshop was one of the many events that took place during the Highgate Festival. The HNF hosted a workshop where we gathered ideas and drawings from pupils at St Michael's and Highgate Primary schools. With help...

Neighbourhood Forum Spring

Spring has finally sprung and the Highgate Neighbourhood Forum has been busy. We have successfully been redesignated by both councils ensuring our community benefits from the opportunities offered by the Localism Act and has access to the powers and funds...

Highgate Coffee and Computers

Need advice about using a computer, tablet or smartphone? Whether it’s emails, the Internet, storing family photos, it’s never too late to learn. Come to one of our sessions, which are informal and relaxed and offer one to one help. Sessions are held most...

What should Highgate do with its kerb side?

When Camden announced that it was going to review the provision of CPZ spaces in the CA-U zone (see the Forum blog and the map below), The Forum and Highgate Society decided to do some research to find out more about the availability of kerb space in that...

Bike hangars – a good thing?

We have two - only two! - bike hangars in the Forum area. Are they a good thing? One hangar (on Hillcrest) is reportedly well-used while the other (on Winchester Road) is not. The lack of hangars is odd as, as the map shows, there are hundreds east of...

Parking – the Camden CA-U review

Camden has announced that it is reviewing the hours of operation of the CPZ that covers Highgate. We expect the consultation document to hit doorsteps shortly. It is expected that the consultation and the implementation of any changes will take place in...

Applying for redesignation

The Highgate Neighbourhood Forum is now five years old. This means that under the terms of the Localism Act it has to apply for redesignation. The official consultation is being carried out by Haringey and Camden councils.The Forum has already...

The Forum’s transport research

Camden has said that it will soon consult on extending CPZ hours in the CA-U zone. The Forum will stay "neutral" on the issue but is keen to see that the consultation is a fair one and that any changes that result suit the streets affected and are sensible...

Highgate’s pollution

Two major transport themes in the Forum's work in 2018 will be buses and parking. A core on these issues is pollution: Highgate High Street, Highgate Hill and Archway Road have above legal levels of air pollution. This blog sets out the background and...

Moving ahead post-referendum

Apologies for the hiatus in news, but after a post-referendum summer break we have been busy developing the future work of the Neighbourhood Forum. We are committed to ensure that Highgate benefits from the opportunities offered by the Localism...

Big majority in Highgate Referendum

The Highgate Neighbourhood Forum is celebrating the big Yes vote in the Highgate Neighbourhood Referendum on Thursday July 6. The Plan was backed by 88% of the 2,361 people who voted. Turnout was 18.2% – the equivalent of a council by-election...

What’s in the Neighbourhood Plan? A summary

The Highgate Neighbourhood Plan is a long and complicated document, which has to be written in "planning speak" as it will – if passed at Referendum – become the the planning regulations for Highgate. What follows is, hopefully, a clear summary of its...

Final Plan published

We have now published the final version of the Highgate Neighbourhood Plan, which will be put to the voters of Highgate at a Referendum in July. You can read it here. Highgate needs YOU The Forum is made up of people like you who care about making Highgate...

Join or help our Coffee and Computers sessions

Free drop-in sessions Need advice about using a computer, tablet or smartphone? Whether it’s emails, the Internet, storing family photos, it’s never too late to learn. Come to one of our sessions, which are informal and relaxed and offer one to one help....

New Hoppa bus routes for discussion

We are talking to neighbouring communities and the Councils about two new Hoppa Bus routes to link Highgate to local shopping centres, hospitals and schools. Tell us what you think about the proposed routes and get in touch if you would like to help with...

Air Quality Update

The Highgate community crowd-funded a second air quality survey and this blog presents the results. The main conclusions: 1. Highgate’s main thoroughfares still have illegal levels of (NO2) air pollution. 2. Overall air quality has not changed in the last...

CIL spending list

We have published the results of the poll on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) spending list we undertook during the Consultation on our Draft Neighbourhood Plan from 14 December 2015 until 7 February 2016. The ideas you voted on arose out of the...

Neighbourhood Plan passed at referendum on July 6

Highgate gave the Neighbourhood Plan a resounding 88% Yes vote on July 6. It is already being used by the Councils for planning applications. Thanks to all those who campaigned for the vote and, of course, to all those who worked on the Plan....

Vote for the Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan is being put to a public referendum on Thursday 6 July. Everyone on the Electoral Roll in the Highgate Neighbourhood Forum Area will receive a polling card in the usual way. We hope you will support the plan prepared over the last...

Help us Beat the Bounds of Highgate

Join us as local historians Michael Hammerson and Peter Barber guide us round Highgate's green boundary. Meet at 1.30 pm on Sunday 11 June at the Merton Lane entrance to Hampstead Heath. Walk either clockwise or anticlockwise round the Highgate...

Nominations for Forum Committee 2017/18

The list of nominees, the AGM agenda and Treasurer's Report can be found here. The Chair's Report will be posted shortly. Highgate needs YOU The Forum is made up of people like you who care about making Highgate a better place to live and work. Come join...

AGM and launch of Plan on May 8

We will be holding our 2017 AGM on Monday 8 May at 7.30pm at Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill. Catherine West MP and our local Councillors will fittingly be there to help us launch the first cross-Borough Neighbourhood Plan. Please join us to hear more...

Air quality testing – second round

Thanks to the generosity of Highgate residents we were able to collect enough money to have a second round of air quality testing. We have spent the last few days putting up sensors. We will have the results in about six weeks.  The results of last year's...

Plan Referendum will be on July 6

Camden and Haringey Councils will hold a referendum on the Highgate Neighbourhood Plan on July 6, 2017. All those on the electoral roll and living in the Forum area will be eligible to vote. We hope everyone will make an effort to do so as the higher the...

Plan Examiner’s Report published

We are pleased to say that the Independent Examiner of our Neighbourhood Plan (Jill Kingaby of Intelligent Plans) has now submitted her Report. It is highly supportive of our efforts and her approach is neatly summed up in her final paragraph: "I...

Neighbourhood Plan under examination

Camden and Haringey Councils formally consulted on the Highgate Neighbourhood Plan in November 2016 and the responses they received can be viewed here. You can also read correspondence from the Independent Examiner and the Forum's response to the comments...

Haringey plans for “The Bank”

The Forum wishes to make it clear that this piece represents the personal view of Simon Briscoe and does not represent the view of the Forum as a whole. The more observant residents of the area around Highgate Hill will have noticed signs on lamp posts...

Highgate’s air quality at illegal levels

Highgate’s main roads have illegal and health-damaging levels of air pollution according to the first set of results from the community’s survey. The readings are summarised in the map which allocates each result to one of five categories: purple pins show...

Maximum traffic weight in Highgate

Some will have seen or heard that Haringey consulted in July about setting common weight limits for traffic over a part of Highgate. The Forum has written to Haringey to say that the proposal should be rejected. Currently the weight limit signs (applying...

Community Energy Project in Highgate

Following receipt of planning approval Power Up North London (PUNL) are finalising details of a 19KWp solar panel installation for St Anne’s Church in Highgate West Hill. PUNL is a community energy company formed in 2014 by three local Transition Town...

Clean air in N6 – AGM review

Highgate's air is polluted but the community can be hopeful that plans will be in place to make it cleaner, was the message that attendees took away from the speakers at the Forum's AGM on Wednesday. The Forum will also be repeating some of the readings...

Highgate Hill crash spot

The early hours of this morning saw yet another car crashing into the Highgate Hill traffic lights. When will the authorities do something to make this road - and other Highgate accident hot spots - safer? This is the scene that greeted us this morning: I...

Heavy lorries damaging The Bank

Structural engineers have for some time been recommending that there needs to be weight restrictions on The Bank on Highgate Hill and Haringey Council have agreed they should be imposed. Yet this has still not happened and these two trucks have been...

Meeting to hear results of air quality tests

On Tuesday 26 April there is a public meeting 6.30–9pm at St Stephens Rosslyn Hill (details here). Come and hear the facts from experts and discuss what could and should be done to make London’s air safe to breathe. The meeting should be lively and aims to...

Update on Highgate’s air quality test

The air quality sensors have been collected and sent to the lab. Read Marjolaine Briscoe's account of the project. Highgate needs YOU The Forum is made up of people like you who care about making Highgate a better place to live and work. Come join us!...

New Winchester Tavern planning application

The developer has submitted a new planning application under HGY/2016/0789 As with the previous application, which was rejected, this will only serve to reduce the pub trading space to an inoperable level, dooming it to fail and ensuring the developers get...

Haringey’s response on CIL spending

Subject: Community Infrastructure Levy - Panel Report On behalf of Cllr Eugene Akwasi-Ayisi Dear David and Rachel Apologies for the delay in responding, but thank you for your emails regarding the Community Infrastructure Levy report of the Housing &...

Road safety and speeds in Highgate

Road safety is important. There is a need to make street life safer and feel safer. If our streets are more appealing places to be more people will use them as pedestrians and cyclists, encouraging a greener and healthier lifestyle. Making progress on this...

Forum response to 271 consultation

The Forum offers its strong support for moving the 271 terminus to North Road as set out in the proposed a scheme - https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/route-271 Our aims have been to: • Improve bus interconnections, and facilitate east-west...

Putting bins away

Do your bins get put back in the garden after the refuse collector has emptied them? Not everywhere they don't! According to the Haringey website the expected practice is clear enough. "The evening before collection day, please: Put your wheelie bin as...

271 terminus chaos – in pictures

Another forum blog explains the logic behind the TfL proposal to change the 271 terminus location, which is being consulted on until 13 March. Here we just wanted to share some images that demonstrate the problems that can arise near the turnaround and...

Changes to the 271 route in Highgate Village

Representatives of the Highgate Forum and Highgate Society have been in discussions with TfL and the boroughs for some years over possible changes to the 271 bus route. TfL has now launched a consultation on a proposal. We strongly support this. Over the...

HNF Community Energy Group: ideas and progress

The Community Energy Group was active from July 2015 and full of ideas to deliver community energy schemes. These schemes have been popular around the UK and essentially offer local people the chance to invest in solar (or wind or other types). They...

Save the Winchester pub

The Miltons Residents Association has launched a petition to save the historic and beautiful Winchester pub in the Archway Road from damaging further development. The Winchester Tavern was built in 1881 as part of a very distinctive parade of shops with...

Pond Square toilets threatened

Camden council are proposing to close the toilets in Pond Square. Once closed it is highly unlikely they will ever be reopened as toilets but sold off to the private sector for conversion to another purpose. These well known and popular toilets receive...

Improving the W5 “hail and ride”

Living just off Archway Road, and with a bus-obsessed three-year-old, I see a lot of the 43, 134 and 263. But there’s another bus that runs close to me – the W5. How close? Hard to say. It’s passed me, but I’ve rarely managed to catch it. The W5 is one of...

Highgate’s air

You can be in Highgate or on the Heath looking down at the City and west end and see what looks like a layer of smog. There are widely-reported health warnings, with a major one in April this year, and a quick online search for London smog...

Highgate’s company-owned homes

Do your neighbours own their home or are they living in something belonging to an off-shore company based in a tax haven? Now there's a map that answers the question! Readers of Private Eye will know that it has recently been revealing the extent of...

Funding for community-led housing project

We have learnt that Locality – the organisation appointed by DCLG to support Neighbourhood Planning groups – has got funding available to community groups interested in progressing a community-led housing project. Have you got an idea? Up to £50,000 is on...

Phone box advertising

Camden has received an application to turn one of Highgate's iconic phone boxes into an advertising stand containing three LCD screens with flashing ads. The Forum has objected. Please read about the background, and the response to the council here:...

Community Action Groups

Community Action Plan working groups Please contact maggy.meadeking@btinternet.com if you'd like to get involved with any of these groups, or if you have suggestions and would like to lead on others. Community participation/volunteering Local business...

Hampstead Heath Dam News

Works on the Hampstead Heath Ponds have started in earnest. Although most amenity groups were against the works, the City of London pressed ahead with their plans, won a judicial review and got planning permission from Camden. So we must now grin and bear...

London family wanted for Back in Time TV show

We've been contacted by Wall to Wall TV which recently made the BBC Two series Back In Time For Dinner, in which a family ate their way through typical meals of the 1950s through to the 1990s. "We are looking for a family who, just like the Robshaws, will...

Check out our videos on the Plan

Why did we start the Forum? Who's involved and why do we like Highgate so much? What's in the Neighbourhood Plan? Find out in our videos at http://goo.gl/62AzAi Highgate needs YOU The Forum is made up of people like you who care about making...

Highgate Neighbourhood Plan launched

The Highgate Neighbourhood Plan, the result of two years of work by the Highgate Neighbourhood Forum was launched this week with an appeal to Highgate residents to ‘tell us what you think’. Read the full press release. Highgate needs YOU The Forum is made...

Highgate’s green space

It was very clear from the survey work that we have done in preparation of the draft plan that "green" was Highgate's colour - people love the open spaces, parks and trees. The sense of green is supported by the facts. The forum area is about 27% garden....

Mapping Highgate’s public toilets

Simon Briscoe on a local initiative that’s part of a global campaign So it’s World Toilet Day on Wednesday 19th November. Here’s the proof: http://worldtoilet.org/ It’s a UN-sponsored initiative to improve sanitation for the many millions who do not have...

Jacksons Lane’s local projects

An interview with Stuart Cox, Participation Manager at Jacksons Lane Stuart, Jacksons Lane offers such a broad range of events – can you give us a bit of an overview? Yes indeed, we define ourselves as ‘North London’s Creative Space’. We produce and host...

Join us and have your say on Highgate’s future!

An interview with Maggy Meade-King, Chair of the Highgate Neighbourhood Forum Maggy, we hear you already have quite a few people on your mailing list, but probably there are still a lot of people in Highgate who don’t know the Neighbourhood Forum well...

The Great North Road

David Porter is enthusiastic about the diversity of the Archway Road There are about twenty thousand of us living in Highgate and I think each one of us has our own version of the place: 20,000 personalised mini-Highgates. One of the most...

Community Planning workshops

We held two lively Community Planning workshops – the first at Channing School on the 16th January 2013 and the second in the Murugan Temple on January 28th. Both halls were packed with local residents and businesses 'voting' on the ideas that have come in...

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