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Hadley Wood News February/March 2017

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Hadley Wood News February/March 2017

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Hadley Wood News February/March 2017

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  2. 2. 2 If this month’s maga- zine looks a little ama- teurish, it has been de- signed ‘in house’ in order to try and save the HWA some money. About a third of Hadley Wood’s population support the HWA and it’s village hall and grounds by be- coming members. Their annual contribution of £50 per household pays for the maintenance of the building (at the far end of the ten- nis courts) its kindergarten, ballet school, tennis and football clubs. Even more importantly their con- tributions help maintain the grounds. All 23 acres between the HWA and the primary school, the woods over the tunnel and the huge field at Bartrams lane. We rent all this from Enfield Council and have done so since the 50’s. Unless more of you join we may have difficulty renewing our lease. Then the area would revert to En- field Council and housing develop- ment would be hard to resist. So if you enjoy the green spaces, use the car park or belong to any of the HWA clubs and are not members PLEASE join. £1 a week is not much to ask. Telephone Louise on 0208449 7193. Leave a message and she will arrange a direct debit. Rod Armstrong Editor. Hadley Wood Neighbourhood Plan Work on our neighbourhood plan has been slow but steady. A draft outline was presented at the Had- ley Wood Association meeting in November. This included a list of policy areas covering things like house extensions, new build and tree planting. We need someone to write up our policy ideas in full and create a coherent draft Plan. Once we have this, we will need to gather opinions on the draft plan from as many people who live and work in the area as possible. Does anyone want to organise our consultations? We also need to pull together evidence to support our plan, to explain why our policies are sensible and how they project local feelings and as- pirations. We have survey results, commentaries and so on, but we need someone to take these, add to them, and make them into a proper document. Having a Neighbourhood Plan makes us eli- gible for a slice of the money peo- ple pay when they extend their homes or create new build- ings. This is called the Communi- ty Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Although CIL has only been in operation for about a year, and it is hard to know exactly how it will work, the Council kindly gave us an estimate of the type of amounts we could be looking at in the future. For example, if we had our Plan in place now, 25% of CIL could be put towards local pro- jects, set out in our Plan. Over 5 years this could amount to over a quarter of a million pounds. We need someone to keep an eye on this, talking to the Council about how to make the system work best, and organising how we de- cide on spending the money in the future. So all in all, we need help to finish our Neighbour- hood Plan. If anyone would like to take on the above tasks, or would like to see the draft material we have so far, please email hadleywood- plan@gmail.com ”The Original Garden Maintenance Company” Est in 1974, The ENGLISH GARDEN Company Ltd. has been caring for trees and gardens in North London and Home Counties for four decades; we were the first and remain the leaders. Calling on a regular set day and time, we never miss, no matter the weather; we have helped transform our client’s gardens into some of the finest in the UK. Our bespoke vehicles allow us to bring the garden centre to your door, providing our clients with all year round colour and the latest varieties in bedding, plants, and garden materials. Don’t just take our word for it; see what our customers have to say: “English Garden Company offers a highly professional, friendly, reliable and efficient service. They have maintained our garden for many years - visitors always comment on how lovely it looks and we take immense pleasure from it. EGC are always willing to help and nothing is too much trouble for them. I have no hesitation in highly recommending them. “Mrs. W – Hadley Wood office@englishgc.co.uk 01707 645069 www.englishgardencompany.co.uk
  3. 3. 3 Thymari 18 Crescent West Under New Management Paul and Christina Argyrou, are the new owners of Thymari. Respectively from Toronto (Canada) and Hadley Wood. After University both worked in the City as Traders (Foreign Exchange and Equi- ty) but their passion for great food and years of dining at many of London’s fin- est spots inspired them to jump ship from the finance industry to Hadley Wood’s only restaurant. Both have a Greek-Cypriot heritage and with great knowledge of the cuisine their aim is to offer high quality and authentic Greek food in a more modern light, as it has evolved in Greece and Cyprus but less so in the suburbs of London. The new Thymari offers a warm and inviting home from home setting, a versatile menu and aims to be the local hub where customers can enjoy both a celebratory gourmet meal or just drop in for a quick drink or a coffee (with no re- quirement to eat a meal). Hav- ing two young children them- selves, Paul and Christina wel- come families and offer a healthy and affordable chil- dren’s menu too. Currently, they are open from 5.30pm on weekdays (closed Monday) On Saturdays they open from 12:30pm till midnight and are open for lunch on Sunday. Weekend Breakfast is likely to be offered soon and if this is popular it may be something they’ll offer during the week . Tel. 0208 275 0268 WWW.THYMARI.CO.UK BOOKINGS@THYMARI.CO.UK
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  6. 6. 6 Station Cuttings – New Year, New Entrance, New Station Manager Let’s start with the good news: GTR expect the 8-week scheme to install our step-free entrance to the northbound platform to begin in early February. Enfield Council has already provided a new disa- bled parking bay in anticipation. The Rail User Group (RUG) met on 1st February to review the plans and also welcomed Martin Brown, who has just replaced Duncan Primrose as our Station Manager. We still await a response from GTR to the petition and dossier we presented to them on 7th December under the benign gaze of Sir Nigel Gresley (see photo) in response to their 2018 Timetable Consultation. The tremendous tally of 3,500 sig- natures reflects both the degree of concern about GTR’s proposals and the huge effort by RUG mem- bers in collecting them. We have also briefed our MPs, Enfield Council and London Assembly members as well as the Transport Minister, TfL, London Travel Watch and Transport Focus. Our case for a full Great Northern Metro service focusses on Hadley Wood’s unique combination of cir- cumstances: Isolation, Oysterand Accessibility. We are an isolated community within the Greater Lon- don Oyster zone where GTR is about to invest a significant sum in their first step-free entrance on this section of the line. GTR’s initial proposals were how- ever based on footfall. Latest offi- cial ORR footfall figures published in December show an encouraging- ly “large” increase of 12.3% to 405,660 for 2015/16. We believe that this is still an underestimate because of the unrecorded usage of season tickets and Freedom Pass- es here. Apparently GTR is now undertaking incognito surveys of usage here, especially of the off- peak trains, so please keep using them to support our case for a metropolitan service throughout the day, every day. Turning to the current service, if you should find yourself caught in disruption, do take the trouble to complain and claim. The RUG has launched its own app to collect data on the impact of dis- ruption, and you can get it by emailing “Bad Train Day” to hadleywoodplan@gmail.com. And GTR’s Delay Repay scheme now compensates fordelays of more than 15 minutes (except when delays are caused by planned engineering work). However, if the disruption is so bad that you need to take a cab between the station and the tube to complete your journey, then please use the special arrange- ments we’ve negotiated with GTR for complex claims be- cause of our isolation: email James.Ward@GTRailway.com or write to him at GTR HQ Cus- tomer Relations, 2nd Floor, Mon- ument Place, 24 Monument Street, London EC3R 8AJ with documentary evidence. Finally, the RUG’s commemora- tive plaque to iconic locomotive engineer and former resident Sir Nigel Gresley has been delivered and we look forward to planning two special events in the coming months: unveiling of the plaque on the station forecourt and inau- guration of our step-free en- trance. Please join the RUG to strengthen our voice with GTR while we negotiate with them over the timetable: it’s free and there are no obligations. Our next meeting will be on Tues- day 4th April at 8pm at St Paul’s Church. Francesca Caine Hadley Wood Rail User Group Presenting Hadley Woods Petition on the 2018 timetable proposals at Kings Cross. L to R. Robert Wilson ,Gillian Henley , Francesca Caine and Phil Hutchinson GTR’s head of strategic planning. Sir Nigel Gresley looks on.
  7. 7. 7 date on the archeological survey and a visit to Barnet’s ancient ‘Physic Well’ in the footsteps of the 17th century diarist, Samuel Pepys; and according to the local grapevine there is even the possibility of a new publication about Hadley Wood’s little known but fascinating history emerging in the months ahead… John Hall Letters to the Editor Sir, Following my usual daily walk from my home in Hadley Wood to Barnet and back I feel compelled to write to express my disgust at the state of our once beautiful neigh- bourhood. When I first came to live here almost twenty years ago the streets were litter free and there was very little disruption due to building work. Today everywhere is littered with empty beer cans, sandwich wrappers, crisp packaging, cigarette packets and drinks cartons. I appre- ciate that building work is part of the evolution of every suburb and I am deliberately not complaining about the road closures, traffic jams and unsightly building sites we have to live with. There is, however, no ex- cuse for building workers littering the streets or for that matter resi- dents putting out overflowing bins or black bags which the foxes and birds will scatter far and wide. Besides being against the law lit- tering is antisocial and a sign of very bad manners. What can we do to solve this ongoing problem before our beloved Hadley Wood turns into a slum. Michael N McCann. 36 Beech Hill Avenue. EN4 0LU. michaelnmccann@aol.com Local History Talks In September and Octo- ber two local history talks were given at St Paul’s Church. The first on the Battle of Barnet was dedicated to the memory of John Northam, a former Chairman of the Hadley Wood Association, Trustee of St Paul’s Church and keen ama- teur military historian. Local resident, John Hall, Sam Wil- son, battlefield archaeologist, and Mike Noronha from Barnet Museum spoke to a packed au- dience about the background of the Battle, what happened on the day according to contempo- rary sources, its importance in English history and the progress that is being made to survey the battlefield site in order to find its exact location. A paper on the Battle was also published in John Northam’s memory on the Hadley Wood Association and Barnet Museum websites. The battlefield survey was featured in December on BBC4’s ‘Digging for Britain’ and will be resumed later this year. The second talk was given by John Leatherdale on the history of Hadley Wood under the thought provoking title, “a De- velopment that Nearly Failed.” Again to a full house, John traced the history of the area from the Ice Age to the opening of the railways with a wonder- ful display of maps, photo- graphs and illustrations. In response to popular demand more local history events are planned for 2017 to explore our heritage, including more talks about the famous Battle, an up-
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