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Today a good number of local residents turned up to clean Fairland Park. Many thanks to Darrell Osbawn for organising this via HOL.
Steve Hall, our area parks manager has been emailed to let the Parks Hygiene team know that there are an extra 10 bags of litter picked rubbish that needs picking up. As well as emptying the overflowing bins. The volunteers pictured below also swept the whole area.
Open to the public
Fairland Park opened up to the public this week after months of being closed for the re-development works. I’m pleased to say it has been packed out all week. Feedback has been very positive.
We also had an inspection of the park by Green Flag judges. They were very impressed with what they saw and believe the criteria for a Green Flag award have been met. These awards will be officially announced in July.
Update July: as expected Fairland Park has indeed won a Green Flag, which now sits upon a flag pole within the park. Well done to all who contributed in this effort and there are many of you!
How the park re-development was funded.
The cost of the re-development was approx £270,000. Of this the Friends Group raised £85,000 ( from Community Spaces and London Marathon Charitable Trust) ; the council contributed £150,000 and Groundwork London raised £35,000.
Summer Party/Opening Event
We have our annual Summer Party on July 18th, 12pm-4:30pm. Here we will also celebrate our new park with an Opening Event at 3pm where two local children will cut the ribbon. We look forward to seeing you all. We will be funding various activities for the party. More details will follow shortly.
A little history
For those of you not familiar with the significant changes to this park I think the following images sum this up well!
This was taken in 2007. The building was known as the Log Cabins and was used by Hornsey Ridge Playgroup and Hornsey Ridge After School Club. When the building was condemned a consultation was held by the council to find out what should be done with the building. Eventually it was decided to demolish it.
As part of the above consultation a Working Group was set up by the council, consisting of various stakeholders within the community. When the decision to demolish the Log Cabins had been made the Friends Group asked that the Working Group not be disbanded and instead focus on re-developing the open space, as it was then known.
Many meetings later, a detailed consultation process and a plan for the site on the table and with successful funding bids, the work was finally able to begin February 2010. The results speak for themselves. We now have a wonderful little green space for our community here in Harringay.
A number of items to update on;
1. We have had success with a funding bid for £5000 from East London Community Foundation. We put in for various activities & items including for more activities at this year’s Summer Fair. Monies are also there for a noticeboard, gazebos and a badgemaker. We are aiming to involve more community groups as well. The Friends committee will meet shortly to finalise the spending details.
2. Fairland Park Summer Party is booked for Sunday July 12th, 12-4pm.
3. Re-development update: Groundwork have been appointed project managers by the council and have now gone away to arrange tendering and deal with a mountain of regulation & paperwork. Groundwork aim to have a chosen developer onsite by October.
4. This website has just hit 3000 views or hits since inception. The main interest is in this post. Locally, interest is of course more with our events and funding.
5. Will announce a date for a Friends Group meeting soon which will concentrate largely on organising this years Summer Fair in the park.
The Friends of Falkland Fairfax Open Space (FFFOS) is having it’s AGM this coming Tuesday June 17th. It starts at 7:30pm and will be held downstairs at the Falkland Centre, North Harringay Primary. The Falkland Centre is accessible from a gate on Frobisher Rd, by Harringay Passage.
1. Elect positions of Chair, Secretary, Treasurer
If you are interested in any of above positions please email me and I’ll put your name down for the meeting. I’ll need to know by Monday June 16th.
3. Funding update for Groundwork plans
4. Events including the Summer Party Sunday 13th July
I hope you can attend. The meeting should wrap up by 9pm.
Social drink afterwards …. possibly!
The following letter has been sent to councillor for the environment, Brian Haley (by email & hard copy – which has been signed). This action was agreed at the recent FFFOS meeting (minutes to be posted).
Dear Brian Haley,
We wish to urgently communicate that we do not want the council to take away the internal fence of the Falkland/Fairfax open space, at the east edge of the space, going from the ball court to Fairfax Rd.
There are three main reasons for this:
• There would be a significant health and safety issue with young children wandering directly from the open space area onto the street. A good example of this would be down by the play roundabout, which is only a few metres from the road.
• It would increase the already antisocial problem of dog owners letting their dogs foul the area. Currently the play area is separated from another area of the open space to which most dog owners use.
There has been a lack of consultation on this decision, which we think is unacceptable. As a specific issue this was not spoken about in the consultation day at the end of 2006.
We would like an urgent response to the above points.
Whilst writing, we also want to draw your attention to the fact that one of the workmen who was installing new lights to the open space this week, took upon himself to tell a resident that the open space is earmarked for housing development. We assume this is misinformation as you have yourself publicly denied this possibility, but we ask that you put this in writing to ourselves that housing development is not allowed upon this open space land.
Chair of the Friends of Falkland/Fairfax Open Space (FFFOS) &
Member of the Falkland/Fairfax Open Space Working Group
Member of Fairfax Residents Association &
Member of the Falkland/Fairfax Open Space Working Group &
Committee member of FFFOS
Chair of Falkland Rd Neighbourhood Watch &
Member of the Falkland/Fairfax Open Space Working Group
cc Also emailed to;
Carolyn Baker, Dasos Maliotis, Gina Adamou, Karen Alexander, Paul Formosa.