DIY Streets Post Project Survey & Discussion Group

I just wanted to draw your attention to the post-project survey that we are currently collecting. Some of you may have met Ellen who has been going door-to-door collecting surveys over the past couple of weeks. The survey is now also available online – we would really appreciate it if you would take the time to fill it out. The monitoring of the project is integral to ensuring that we have delivered on our objectives and it can influence future decisions and provide residents with a voice. If you would like a paper copy of the survey please get in touch with me.

We are also looking for residents to volunteer some time to come together as a small group and discuss the project (both positives and negatives) with an independent organisation who are assisting us with monitoring. This same company can also hold telephone conversations with residents. If you are interested in taking part please get in touch with me (ben.addy@sustrans.org.uk or 0208-940-1980).

We continue to wrap up loose ends, including the art in the community project, installation of planters at the raised table junctions, tree pit planting, yellow line marking at Langham Parade, the removal of street clutter, some final tree planting, resident cycle parking…amoungst other elements.

 To access the survey please click on the link HERE 

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Neighbourhood Planning

With the Localism Act there are new potential powers for communities to influence neighbourhood planning. This is worth keeping in mind for future developments in the Turnpike Lane neighbourhood. A website has been developed to help with the process of negotiating the various steps – here.

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Planter & Art in the Community Update

Just to let you know that there has been a slight delay on getting planters in the neighbourhood – we are now expecting those to arrive in mid summer. We have also just heard that there was a complication during the firing of the tiles for the Art in the Community project – as a result, there will be a four week delay on getting them to the framers. However, they will be worth the wait. In the meantime, all the little snags (including line marking ie/ Langham Parade) will continue to be picked up around the neighbourhood over the coming couple of weeks.

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Electric Vehicle Charging Point

The electric vehicle charging point has been installed on Waldeck Road

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Cycle Training and Maintenance Workshop

On Saturday morning, we held a resident cycle training session in the neighbourhood. We had three residents take part (including one 5 year old!) – the residents were able to practice their journey to local shops, the park, and school under the guidance of qualified cycle instructors. Despite the relatively low turnout, the session was a great success and will hopefully lead to a summer of fun cycling!

In the afternoon we held a cycle maintenance workshop on the green space by the allotments near Langham Place. We had eight or nine residents come along with their bikes to learn the basics of fixing a puncture, adjusting brakes, and maintaining gears. It was a really fun afternoon and we attracted a fair amount of interest from passing residents. Reclaiming the space as an area for the community was an important step forward in giving the vicinity a new identity.

We also met Floyd who used to live in the corner house in Langham Place – he owned the shop that used to be there and still maintains an allotment. He had just won a Homes for Haringey award for Volunteer Neighbour of 2012 – a fantastic character with a wealth of local knowledge.

Finally, after the cycle workshop I noticed a bit of a parking problem at Langham Parade!

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Latest Resident Email Update

For those who are not signed up to our mailing list, below is the latest email update:

Good Evening,
 
Just a quick reminder that we are offering a cycle training course on saturday morning (19th May) for adults and kids who wish to get out on their bikes and learn to negotiate local roads in a safe manner. We are then offering a cycle maintenance class on saturday afternoon from 1-3pm. I know a number of you have already put your names down for the maintenance course, but if there are others who would like to come along please get in touch and I will add you to the list. Both courses are free of charge. Please mention it to any of your neighbours who might be interested (as long as they live in the neighbourhood!)
 
A number of you have also expressed interest in taking us up on the discounted cycle parking – just to let you know I am still working on that and should have more information shortly.
 
In the meantime, Langham Parade has opened back up and the trees (with guards and grills) will be getting installed next week. We are also working with the contractor next week to pick up all the various little things that need doing to ensure nothing is forgotten or left unfinished. These various issues will then be sorted out over the coming couple of weeks. The tiles for the ‘art in the community’ project should be complete by the end of the month. The tiles will then get framed and installed – hopefully – by the end of June. I will keep you informed as to progress.
 
The planters for the corners at the raised junctions are being ordered shortly and I will get in touch with those residents who have volunteered to help maintain them. Plants (vincas – evergreen with flowers) are in the process of being ordered for the treebeds at the junction of Waldeck and Stanmore Roads – with the exception of the two beds that have been adopted by residents. We are ordering another round planter for that junction, and slightly adjusting the location of the two currently in place, to ensure they are most effective.
 
We are planning to install extra signage to ask drivers to be careful driving through Langham Place and we will also be installing a safety mirror on the corner to help with visibility.
 
During the last meeting, residents suggested a community-led street party for September – get involved on the Facebook group or blog if you want to help and get involved. Also if you keep an eye on the blog (here) or the community Facebook Group (here) there is information on some residents who are working to put into place more art projects in the neighbourhood.
 
Please get in touch if you have any questions – there is still much to do, but we are working hard to get it all done.
 
Enjoy the sunshine (while it lasts!)
 
Thanks,
 
Ben
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Art in the Community

UPDATE – The tiles will be ready for the end of May. They will be shipped to the framers and then hopefully installed by the end of June.

Just to confirm that work to create the tiles for the ‘Art in the Community’ project is currently underway. Please see below for the final design.

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Street Party Planning Advice

Here is a link to some Sustrans advice on planning a street party:

http://www.sustrans.org.uk/assets/files/free%20range%20kids/families/frk_party.pdf

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Cycle Maintenance Clinic & Cycle confidence training

I just wanted to follow up on the bicycle maintenance clinic we are offering to residents of the neighbourhood. We have confirmed that the date will be 19th May from 1-3pm. James and Owen – who both work on our Bike It programme with schools – have kindly offered to donate their time to run the clinic. Please respond to this email to confirm that you are interested in attending.

The clinic will take place on the green space close to the allotments, which sits between Langham Place and Mannock/Downhills Road (please see attached map). If you arrive a little before 1pm, we can get started promptly and cover the basics. Please bring along your bike and any bicycle tools that you have (don’t worry if you don’t have any!!).

On the morning of the 19th, we are also running a bicyle training session – details of this are to be confirmed but please let me know if you would be interested. It is also free of charge and we will have expert cycle trainers on hand to help adults and kids safely neogotiate the local area on a bicycle. I will send out more information as soon as it is confirmed, but please send me an email to register your potential interest.

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Final Celebration – We need your help!!

UPDATE: We have had a number of residents come forward with an idea to hold the celebration to coincide with the jubilee celebrations at the beginning of June. The added benefit in choosing this day is that there is no charge for street closures over the jubilee.

As the project moves into the final stretch – and while there is still a fair bit to do – we need to give thought to a celebration to cap off all the hard work put in by the community over the past two years. Does anyone have an suggestions? A possible date could be Saturday 26th May. It would be great to hand the responsibility of a final event over to residents – with logistical and financial support from us.

If you want to hold a final street party/event on the street then you will need to make a decision on this asap. Other options could include holding an event on the green space at Graham Road or the newly transformed area near the allotments. If residents would like a street closure then the paperwork would need to be set in motion quickly. This event is about residents celebrating their neighbourhood, the changes, and future collaboration. It is a fantastic opportunity to make use of our logistical/financial resources (ie w/ road closures, permissions, food contributions etc).

At the ‘Wrap Up’ event on Saturday 28th April (2-4pm – Church Hall on Waldeck Rd) we will have further information and a sign up sheet for those interested in volunteering their time into make a community party happen.

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