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Minutes of Tower Gardens Residents Group meeting: 24 July 2018

Minutes

Tower Gardens Residents Group

Meeting 24 July 2018 at Larkspur Close Meeting Room.

Present: Mary (Chair) Friedrich (vice chair) Matthew (sec), Fiona, Larbi, Collette, Dick, John Brown, Stuart, Thea, Grace, Karen, Ruth, Claudette.
Police: Lucy, Hassan, Simon, Pauline
Cllr Gideon Bull

Summary of Matters Discussed: 

Condition of estate – concerns raised about overhanging trees, and other areas of neglect. Dick said that tree works were coming soon.

Crime – five known burglars are operating in the area and police are monitoring their activities. Action is also being taken against drug dealers on the estate. Dealers are known to police.
There are also problems with bikes being raced down Risley Avenue.
The unmarked caravan parked on Risley Ave has recently moved but there are concerns it is a centre for antisocial behaviour of various kinds.
If anyone would like to find out more about the ‘Smartwater’ please contact Pauline.

Waltheof Gardens – there are no plans to build houses or flats here. There is not enough space. There may be proposals to build new higher quality social/health facilities to replace the existing 4 buildings.

Notice boards on the estate – these have been vandalised beyond repair and the meeting believes they should be replaced.

Conservation issues – the breezeblock extension on Risley Ave jct with Siward Road is awful. The Council has refused retrospective consent as the building does not meet any standards.

2A Risley Avenue – this is an eyesore and cars are parked in the front garden.

Littering and fly tipping continues to be a problem, and there are persistent problems regarding the bins on Lordship Lane that have never been resolved. Re: Homes for Haringey properties.

Tower Gardens Park – Zoe has been instrumental in getting a new friends group together. A friends group is really useful as it can bid for funds. There is now a Facebook page. 

Trees – Matthew has received a street tree pack to help us celebrate the trees on the estate.
Dick has been working with youth centres to help raise tree seeds for future plantings. Important to help increase ecological and amenity value.

Website – Larbi Ernst is liaising with Karen about updating the site.

Open House – this will take place on Sunday 23 September

Date of Next Meeting – Tuesday 11 September

Minutes of Tower Gardens Residents Group 2016 AGM

Minutes

Wednesday 22nd June 2016 at 7 pm
Meeting Room: Larkspur Close off Fryatt Road.

Present:

  • Mark Kalemkerian, Philippa Snoaden, Matthew Bradby, Friedrich Ernst, Gladys Nichols, Kathleen Nichols, Claudia Neil, Ava, Chaira Contrino, Colette Kirkbride, Philippa Snoaden, Sebastiao Schoning
  • Cllrs Anne Stennett, Charles Adje, Gideon Bull
  • Chris Bell from Homes for Haringey
  • Pauline Syddell – Met Police and PC James Fulton

Apologies – Ruth Crowley, Jennifer Kirk, Fiona.

Introductions

Last years’ minutes
These were circulated and agreed.
Accounts
These were circulated and agreed. It was noted that we had been successful in getting a £2000 grant from Haringey Council ward budgets – £1500 of this is for trees. Other money for website and also for community clean up.
Matthew will contact the Council about tree planting this autumn.
Matthew will contact Sarah Hayes from Cleanup UK to arrange a date for further clean up of the estate.
Elections
The following were elected as full committee members:
Mary Kalemkerian (Chair) Matthew Bradby (Sec) Karen Loasby (Treasurer) Friedrich Ernst (Vice Chair); other members Chaira Contrino, Claudia Neil, Philippa Snoaden, Colette Kirkbride.
Policing and antisocial behaviour
PC Fulton and Pauline Syddell gave an update on local news and also about Neighbourhood Watch.
Matthew reported that anti social behaviour at Turnpike Lane station had got worse recently; Pauline indicated that there would be new cameras and that police were aware.
Rubbish and collections
It was noted that Veolia had missed a lot of collections recently in Gospatrick Road; other areas have been alright. When collections are missed this leads to an increase in street dumping.
We recognised there were two issues – dumping by residents on the street, and fly tipping that may be by traders/landlords/construction jobs.
Everyone is encouraged to report missed collections, dumping and fly tipping.
Controlled parking and traffic
Some residents were experiencing problems parking outside their house – e.g. in Risley Avenue and Gospatrick Road. The process for extending a CPZ was discussed.
Residents are very concerned about traffic, particularly speeding on the Roundway and Lordship Lane, and the junction between them opposite Sainsburys. The Council has asked TFL to look at this but there is no funding for an additional crossing here. There is currently no safe crossing between north and south side of Lordship Lane anywhere near the junction.
Resolution: that this meeting is very concerned by traffic conditions, particularly speeding, on the Roundway and Lordship Lane junction and asks for traffic calming measures to be taken by relevant authorities.
AOB
We discussed having another clean up and celebratory event during the summer holidays.
This would focus on Waltheof Avenue and Waltheof Gardens.
Dates to be discussed. E.g. Morning of 23 July

The meeting concluded and Chris Bell gave Matthew relevant paperwork to complete for registration with the Council for the forthcoming year.

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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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