Cloudesley Association Update – August 2016

 

1. Dowrey Street Site

2. By-election result

3. Cycling scheme

4. The Church

5. Meeting – SAVE THE DATE

6. Next-door

7. Noise Patrol

8. Flyers/Junk Mail

9. Barnard Park

 

1. Dowrey Street Site

Steve Kemp, the current project manager will be leaving the project at the end of next week, so until advised otherwise our contact will be Paul Harris who is the site manager. Paul will be able to help us with most things until the new Project Manager is on board in the 3rd week of August. Paul's e mail address is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Steve has advised that he will be producing another monthly update before his departure so please watch out for this on your doorsteps. We will also attach to our next update.

2. By-election result:

The by-election was triggered following James Murray's appointment as Deputy Mayor for Housing by Sadiq Khan. Mr Murray served Barnsbury ward from 2006 until stepping down at the end of May this year. The turnout for the by election to replace James Murray was 25%.

Labour: 1192 (52% -4%)
Liberal Democrats: 409 (18% +7%)
Conservative: 367 (16% -3%)
Green: 302 (13% +1%)
Independent: 40 (2%, no candidate in 2014)

Labour HOLD with a majority of 783 (34%) on a swing of 5.5% from Lab to Lib Dem

Rowena Elizabeth Champion, Labour Party was duly elected as Councillor for the London Borough of Islington. Her statement following her election is as follows:

"Last Thursday I was very proud to be elected to represent Barnsbury which has been my home for twenty years. Replacing James Murray who has been such an outstanding ward councillor will not be easy, but I am determined to work with my fellow councillors, Jilani Chowdhury and Mouna Hamitouche, to address the issues that affect our community.
I also appreciate the responsibility I have undertaken to the people of Islington and look forward to working with my colleagues on the council and with our communities to tackle the many and wide ranging challenges that face us over the next few years. This includes providing secure affordable homes and supporting our residents into secure well-paid jobs, while continuing to provide council services to those who need them."


3. Cycling scheme

We have contacted Paul Taylor, Transport Engineering Manager to have an update on the cycling scheme and here was his response:
"The Feasibility Study is now complete and was considered by the Council Executive and then passed to TfL with a list of possible measures for consideration of funding. The Council has taken the decision not to include "modal filtering" (road closures) as was suggested by ICAG, in any part of the scheme. No funding has yet been provided to continue the scheme to preliminary design or consultation. If/when funding is forthcoming the designs could be developed further and it is then we would begin community engagement to develop a design to be taken to consultation. Please be assured that we are aware of resident's concerns and should the scheme go forward, we will engage at the earliest opportunity."

4. The Church

(a) We have been in touch with the Churches Conservation Trust who has recently been discussing the state of our local church with Diocese. They have offered to meet us in September and we will then report back to all but it is a good sign that the Diocese and the CCT are working together in ensuring the future of the Church. The CCT has an excellent track record in ensuring the preservation of historic churches and in finding new uses for redundant churches.

(b) Separately, the Celestial Church have reminded us that they have set up their own funding appeal: https://www.sponsorme.co.uk/stevenbrown/building-modernisation.aspx

5. Meeting – SAVE THE DATE

We were thinking it would be nice to have our next Cloudesley Association meeting fairly soon. For those of you who have not joined us before, 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: Monday 10 October 2015. We are hoping that we will be able to use the first floor function room in the Drapers Arms again but will confirm nearer the time. We have not prepared an agenda yet, but please do let us know if there is anything in particular you would like to add to it (or any "special guest" you would like us to invite).

6. Next-door

Next-door, the neighbour internet app that is now connecting 136 local residents in the Barnsbury area and being a very successful neighbourhood on their site, it has been allocated a grant of £450 by 'Next-door'. One popular suggestion is to plant trees. If you wish to join in the discussion as to what should be done with that grant, please join Next-door.

7. Noise Patrol

It's that time of year when it tends to get a little noisy!

Details including contact numbers can be found at http://www.islington.gov.uk/publicrecords/library/Environmental-protection/Information/Guidance/2011-2012/(2012-03-03)-Bothered-by-Noise-leaflet-2008.pdf

8. Flyers/Junk Mail

Some delivery companies are actively choosing to leave flyers sticking out of the letterboxes so they can check that they have been delivered by their delivery personnel and not simply dumped by the side of the road. Clearly, this is not only untidy, it is also unsafe, as burglars can tell whether someone is away if post is left sticking out of the letter box.

We understand that 'no junk mail' signs are being completely ignored. If this continues to occur, we would encourage you to look out for your neighbours (and their letterboxes) if you know they are away. Obviously another angle is to call/write to the offending distribution companies, which we could encourage.

9. Barnard Park

As many of you know, the planning committee met last week in relation to the plans for redevelopment of Barnard Park. We were not present at that meeting, but we have got the following update from the chair of the "Friends of Barnard Park", Dianne Browning:

"Unexpectedly, the planning committee deferred the proposal to the planning for further consideration of sports provision. There was a last minute intervention by Arsenal in an email to Councillors to lobby for a sports ground. Committee chair Martin Klute has asked the planners consider the balance of sports provision and park. We're waiting for the exact reasons for deferral to be spelt out in the Committee minutes.

We were stunned with the development along with Barnsbury Ward councillor and are pressing for clarification. There were many supporters at the meeting. The proposal will create a great, functional park for all user groups. So we continue to press for it. Watch this space. We will update our news blog shortly."

This is not great news – the plans to redevelop the park were lovely and it is astonishing that a football club can influence a decision to improve a residential area in this way. We will update you as this progresses and let you know if there is any way we can help to push this through. Further details of the issue can be found in the attached e mail.

 

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.

Amanda and Florence
On behalf of
The Cloudesley Association