Monthly Archives: February 2013

South Tottenham House Extensions

Some local residents may not be aware the council is conducting a consultation until this Thursday on the special rules that allow roof extensions in the Gladesmore area of South Tottenham.

A letter was supposedly sent out by the council but many (yours truly for instance) did not receive it.

You can read the latest plans online, or offer your views on whether the current rules are having a positive or detrimental effect on the character of local streets.

The documentation and are short questionnaire are available on the council’s website under south tottenham house extensions.

Be quick though: all responses need to be received by 5pm on Thursday 28 February.


The mysterious case of the mural in the nighttime

Update 2: BBC: “Mural by Banksy taken from wall in north London withdrawn from sale in US, auction house confirms” Good news! This art should be a common treasury for all.

Update: BBC reports a new artwork has appeared. As they say, “it is not known if it is by Banksy”.

The Banksy mysteriously cut out of a wall near Turnpike Lane tube has turned up on sale in Miami. There’s a prominent write up in today’s Guardian about Haringey’s “stolen Bansky”.

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The mural appeared around the time of the Queen’s Jubilee, showing a young boy hunched over a sewing machine making Union Jack bunting. “Slave Labour (Bunting Boy)” disappeared one night earlier this month from the side of the Poundland store.

A stencil rat, asking simply “Why?” , has now appeared near the site of the original work.

The leader of Turnpike Art Group, James Straffon, is quoted in the Haringey Independent, “Public art can really galvanise a community and make people proud of their area. A lot of people are angry about this being taken and it’s something the whole community shared. When it went up it really gave something to Turnpike Lane. It was an asset for the community and added to the culture and soul of the area.”

Meanwhile council leader Claire Kober, has written to Miami’s mayor asking him to halt the sale and have the Banksy returned to London. Haringey Labour have launched a petition, Hands off our Banksy!


Is it the collections that are rubbish?

Some people saw the move towards increased recycling but fortnight “black bin” refuse collections as a reduction in service. As I argued at the time it was introduced, anything that supports recycling is to be encouraged. I like my new recycling bin, although anecdotally take-up still needs enhanced education and information to residents – including doorstep visits and information in translation.

However, disenchantment could easily set in if when a fortnightly collection is not fortnightly, and weekly recycling is not weekly.
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Tottenham Hale Gyratory: one way on way out

Users of Seven Sisters station and local cycle and foot paths will have noticed works on the new road layout have been well under way for a few months. But what’s the plan?

Transport for London is working on removing the “one way” – that’s the entire Tottenham Hale Gyratory – and restoring all the roads to two way traffic. As TfL points out, “The current one-way system has high volumes of traffic but limited crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists. This is a barrier for many residents living in the area.”
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Building backing on Plevna Crescent & Ermine Road?

UPDATE: Haringey Council have refused this plan as the land is “Ecological Valuable ” and the development would be “out of character”. Well done to those who monitored this so closely, and thanks again to SoTo blog for sharing the news! Now the space has been saved, it begs the question could it be put to better use as wild green space for the community?

A potentially worrying development plan has been pointed out by our fellow South Tottenham bloggers over on SoTo: Big development planned for N15 railway embankments.

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Tottenham World Film Club launch

Tonight sees a screening of the award-winning film My Brother the Devil, followed by a Q & A with its director, Sally El Hosaini. The film centres around the relationship between two brothers, played by previously unknown actors. Although one of the film’s other principles, Saïd Taghmaoui, has had a long career including the recent Conan remake and the French “urban” classic La Haine. Here’s the film’s official trailer:

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Sainsburys Seven Sisters

South Tottenham has a new “local” supermarket with the opening of a Sainsbury on West Green Road, near Seven Sisters station.

A bakery counter and ATM feature at the shop which is open from 7am until 11pm every day of the week. The address is 3-7 West Green Road, N15 5BX

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The new store follows on from last year’s Tesco Local opening near South Tottenham Station. With the “big” Tescos at Seven Sisters and the Sainsbury in Stamford Hill, it seems you’re never far from one or the other. Although with the departure of “Fair Deal”, maybe some will be hoping on the bus to Stoke Newington’s Whole Foods Market?

The shop was opened last week by local MP, David Lammy. He said: “I am pleased to see Sainsbury committing once again to our community. Their stores provide jobs and are vital to regenerating our High Road.”