Cloudesley Association Update

1. Dowrey Street Site

2. Barnard Park

3. Fundraiser - Youthwork Project

4. Crime/Mopeds

5. Post Office Move

6. Association Meeting

1. Dowrey Street Site

The Council have said that they are still finalising contract terms with the contractor. They are still unable to provide a start date but have confirmed that they will ensure that residents will be given at least 2 weeks' notice prior to the early works starting and a full briefing before the main construction works begin.
Separately, we understand that the cost of the new build had gone up significantly - due to an increase in building costs and new Health & Safety legislation, for example, sprinklers now have to be installed in all rooms. The additional costs are going before Lord Nash (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools) for approval later this month. Penny Barratt (the head of the Bridge) has been speaking with the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and all seem pretty confident that the new costs will be approved. Once the building work commences it is expected it will take 60 weeks. The Bridge ILS are now expecting to accommodate the new building in April 2017.

2. Barnard Park

After an extensive consultation last year, the Council has released details of its new masterplan for Barnard Park. The proposals are online at www.islington.gov.uk/barnardpark. The Council will introduce a single plan for major park improvements, following public comment on four options. The Friends of Barnard Park wish to support Option B (which does indeed look very nice).

To view the proposals, the Friends of Barnard Park are hosting a forum on Thursday 15 October, 7:30 - 9pm at Church on the Corner, Barnsbury Road and Copenhagen Street, N1. The design team will be on hand to answer questions about the new plans on display.

There will be a four week period for comments on the masterplan, running from 5 October until 31 October. Comments can be made online or via paper forms available at both meetings.

Local input is needed to get it right so please do attend if you have time.

3. Fundraiser – Youthwork Project – SAVE THE DATE

The Church is hosting an Autumn fundraiser on Saturday 28th November 7-9.30pm at St Andrew's Church (Thornhill Square). Details of the event are still to be finalised but tickets will be £10 and all the proceeds are to fundraise for their Children and Youth Work Project. Tickets can be purchased at St Andrew's Church (020 7607 4552). This is open to everyone of all ages. It should be a great event.

4. Crime/Mopeds

Over the summer a number of residents noted (and indeed reported) incidents of mopeds speeding up and down Richmond Avenue and other neighbouring roads, as well as incidents of people on mopeds snatching phones off pedestrians (and in one alarming case, off a taxi driver who wound down his window to offer the moped driver directions).

The police have confirmed that there is a big issue in Islington with mobile phones being snatched by people on mopeds (I myself had this happen to me about a year ago on Theberton Street and there was an incident right outside our house only last week).

If you witness mopeds speeding in the area, or any form of crime, please report to the police with as many of the following details are possible:

1. Registration number
2. Colour/make of moped
3. Colour of helmet/top/trousers

The police would like to identify the kids doing this so any information would be incredibly helpful.

4. Post Office Move

Just a reminder that the Post Office Collection Office has (sadly) moved from its location in Almeida Street to a new location on the corner of Eagle Wharf Road and New North Road, N1 7ED. It is now significantly less convenient for the residents (the new location is a 25 min walk or 8-10 min car journey away, which turns this into quite a time consuming round trip). We would encourage you to take deliveries for neighbours who are not home (if possible).

5. Meeting – SAVE THE DATE

We were thinking it would be nice to have our next Cloudesley Association meeting before Christmas. This is usually a nice opportunity to meet neighbours over a drink and discuss the issues currently affecting the area and anything people would like to raise. Please save the date: Tuesday 24 November 2015. Venue to be agreed. Whilst we have not prepared an agenda yet, we would like to discuss organising a possible street party next year.

If you are aware of any event, consultation or news item that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please let us (or your street rep) know.

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this e mail on and/or ask them to provide me with their contact details so that they can be kept in the loop.