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Minutes of Tower Gardens Residents Group meeting: 15 May 2018

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Meeting of the Tower Gardens Residents Group

on Tuesday 15 May Larkspur Close Meeting Room

Present:

Mary (Chair), Matthew (Sec), Friedrich (Vice Chair), Fiona, Tom, Claudia, Thea, Dick Tomlinson, Zoe, Ruth. Apologies: Councillors, Chiara, Karen.

Meeting of the Tower Gardens Residents Group on Tuesday 15 May Larkspur Close Meeting Room

Present:

Mary (Chair), Matthew (Sec), Friedrich (Vice Chair), Fiona, Tom, Claudia, Thea, Dick Tomlinson, Zoe, Ruth. Apologies: Councillors, Chiara, Karen.

Crime and Antisocial behaviour

Drug dealing with white Audi car parked near the gates of Risley Ave allotments
Caravan parked on Risley Ave near jct with Waltheof Ave, apparently being used for dwelling.
Homeless men sleeping near Turnpike Lane and Wood Green stations – does the Council have staff who are able to help them?

Littering and fly tipping

The whole estate is covered in fly tipping and since the introduction of the charge for green waste bin this has also increased. Fewer than one in ten properties have the new bin.
There is also a lot of dumping at bins, e.g. Gospatrick Road, including food waste, on a daily basis.

Conservation Area Issues

Nairita, the Council’s conservation officer, is leaving to go to a new job. We are waiting for the publication of new Conservation Area Appraisal for Tower Gardens from the Council. Date unconfirmed at present. It is hoped this will reduce the home ‘improvements’ that contravene the guidelines.

Unsafe driving

There is much evidence of unsafe driving including many collisions on the Roundway, Westbury Ave and other local roads. We need more traffic calming measures including cameras and speed traps.

Elections

Cllr Ejiofor is the new leader, replacing Clare Kober.
Councillors asked to provide more information at the next meeting. The meeting congratulated our councillors on their re-election.

Tree Planting

The Council has planted six new trees that we requested on the western branch of the Roundway. Further funding is now available from the Greener City Fund with deadline of 18 June and Matthew has the paperwork.

Tower Gardens Park

This is quite overgrown and not well used and there is a fear of antisocial behaviour including drug dealing. There was a discussion about a need for a strategic review of the park. Dick Tomlinson said that the council was seeking funding to prune the large plane trees. Zoe presented the idea of a friends of the park group.

Upcoming Events

Matthew is opening his garden for the National Garden Scheme on Saturday 7 July.
Ruth is organising the Tower Gardens self guided tour as part of the London Open City/Open House weekend on 23 September.
Please keep an eye on the Tower Gardens Facebook page for updates.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 3 July at 7 pm

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Tower Gardens N17

Feed wild foxes?
Foxes are wild animals and should remain so. They are extremely adaptable, so that today they can live in close proximity to the people and get along well in the settlement area. Foxes are omnivores. In addition to mice, birds and earthworms, they also eat fruit, berries and waste. B. of compost heaps. The food supply in the settlement area is therefore plentiful even in winter and should not be artificially increased.

Too much closeness can be dangerous
When foxes are fed, they get used to humans even more and lose their natural awe. Tame foxes, however, always cause problems and therefore often have to be shot. Because not all people enjoy foxes, the trustingly walk into the house or participate in the barbecue in the garden. Transmission of parasites and diseases is more likely to be possible in such close contact with a wild animal (read more).

Do not feed foxes!
For an unproblematic coexistence of foxes and humans in the settlement area it must be prevented, that foxes become tame.
Do not feed foxes.
Shoo foxes that show signs of tameness out of your garden.
Wild animals like foxes do not belong in human homes!

Further questions
Why do foxes live in the settlement area?
Do foxes attack humans?
How can I watch foxes?
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COMING UP NEXT WEEK at Bruce Castle ...

EVENING TALK
Wednesday 5 June, 7.30pm

BLACK BRITONS IN ART, 1780 - 1840

by Dr Jan Marsh, writer, curator, and 19th century portraiture specialist

In the long decades of the Abolitionist campaigns against British and American slavery during the late 1700s and 1800s, citizens of African ancestry were a very visible presence in London, and were depicted by white artists in a variety of visual images from oil paintings to illustrations. This talk by Jan Marsh, the curator of the Black Victorians exhibition, brings their images into view.

The talk accompanies the current exhibition at Bruce Castle Museum, 'Black Georgian Londoners: Portraits, People and Perceptions', which brings together a rare collection of black portraiture and shows the depth of the black presence and communities in this country.

Dr Jan Marsh was the curator and author of 'Black Victorians: black people in British Art 1800-1900' (published by Manchester Art Gallery and Lund Humphries, 2005). She works at the National Portrait Gallery and lives in Haringey.

Doors open 7pm.

Refreshments available.

Kindly supported by the Fellowship of St John and the Friends of Bruce Castle

Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, Tottenham, N17 8NU
020 8808 8772
museum.services@haringey.gov.uk
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