Following my earlier posts about the proposed Finsbury Park Neighbourhood Forum (linked via tag), a formal application has now been lodged to Islington, Haringey and Hackney councils.
Whilst Islington wil apparently be the lead council, Haringey are acting as a partner and will be running a local consultation.
Neighbourhood forums are set up by local residents but are given an official status and have a strong influenced over local planning and development. Given that part of the ward of Harringay is included in the boundaries of the area proposed by our neighbours, it is in our interest to consider the issues and get involved on the consultation.
Unfortunately, the email I got about this form the Council included a link to a page on their website which was supposed to include all documentation relating to the application, but didn't. It gave two phone numbers, the first of which is for an officer away on holiday and the second of which I've left a message on but have yet to hear back. My email to the officer who sent the email enquiring after the documents has received no reply. Not a great start Haringey.
Having said that, there is some documentation out there on the web:
Whilst the Haringey page doesn't yet include what it is supposed to, it does contain some useful general explanation about neighbourhood forums and links to other material.
I'm attaching what documentation I've been able to find by using a Google search of the Islington Council website (as you can see from their web page, they don't offer them as being available online, but only for viewing in person). Three are attached to this original post. A further three are attached to my comment that follows and one that is to big for either is available on my Amazon server at https://hgyol.in/2GgKuZU.
The consultation is running from 14th May to 25 June. I will ask the LCSP to cover this issue at their next meeting on 14th June.
Arcady, I am concerned when you say the the FoFP have insisted on the inclusion of the park as their “price” for cooperating with the NF. The park does not belong to them and it is not for them to decide on this approach. The park an asset for all those who live and work around it. Including it for no valid reason but the wishes of a friends group is wholly unacceptable.
Again, that's a rather extreme characterisation of what I said. Perhaps best to let them clarify their position.
But it sounds like a question that is as much for you as it is for them.
Precisely. The decision to include the Park was made by those wishing to set up an NF, not the FoFP. Including Metropolitan open space requires justification and the NF needs to explain why it is a good thing for all those in the area. The only justification I’ve seen is “As for the park itself - the reason for including it as a whole was because that was the express desire of the Friends of Finsbury Park“. And it does seem that the desire to include the FoFP was the deciding factor as Arcady says above “Members of the Friends of Finsbury Park, regardless of where they live, will have influence on FSPGNF as we expect them to be an affiliate member of the Forum. That would be less true of the park were excluded!”
Just a reminder here - the consultation closes on Monday 25 June so if you want to comment, you haven’t got much time left! Here’s the link: