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Gospel Oak – Barking Electrification WILL go ahead

Electrifying news on the Gospel Oak – Barking Overground line! Danny Alexander will concede today that the long-demanded and much-needed electrification will go ahead. The upgrade will reduce pollution and ease overcrowding on this popular route.

The improvement work had attracted widespread support, including a southtottenham.org petition to electrify the Gospel Oak Barking line (many thanks to everyone who signed!).

A TfL press release confirms: “A £90m commitment to carry out electrification of the Gospel Oak to Barking overground line, as a first step towards the extension of the line to Barking Riverside, unlocking thousands of homes”

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Wards Corner jumble sale

The campaign to save Wards Corner from redevelopment is holding a jumble sale today, from 11am:

“This is to raise funds for the legal challenge against the Grainger/LBHaringey plan to demolish Wards Corner. Our last sale, of just books and plants, was very successful but a bit damp, this time we have ordered sunshine so do come along and enjoy the day, and have a delicious coffee and snack at the Pueblito Paisa cafe.”

The sale runs 11am till 4pm at the Seven Sisters market.

The developers Grainger are currently applying to erect hoardings over the existing building. This application has caused further controversy and can be seen online (HGY/2013/0773) where it is also possible to submit comments,

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Support our rail upgrade: electrify Gospel Oak – Barking line

Passenger numbers have shot up again at South Tottenham, increasing by more than half year on year. Our petition calls for an upgrade to help cope.

The latest figures for 2012-13 show the station handling 657,598 entries or exits. That’s compared to 441,988 the year before and just 45,834 in 2004-05.

South Tottenham station is now busier than Wrexham, Rotherham Central or Stratford International.

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What use for Ermine Road green space

Campaigners have organised a walkabout of the green space by Ermine Road, just south of the South Tottenham railway bridge.

This site was recently refused planning permission for 158 dwellings, together with the other railway embankment off Plevna Crescent which is fenced off and not accessible. The Council deemed the land “Ecological Valuable ”.

Several local people and organisations such as Friends of the Earth want to see other possible uses of the site explored (eg allotments or a wildlife preserve). Meet 6.30pm to see the site and discuss what may be possible.

Meet  this Wednesday (17 April), 6.30pm, at the entrance opposite the Dutch House pub, through the little dead-end road next to the corner shop.

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South Tottenham station changes: what do you think?

Changes are planned at South Tottenham station, which has seen a large increase in passengers over recent years. It is now the busiest intermediate station after Blackhorse Road on the Gospel Oak – Barking Overground line.

Plans under the “Access for all” scheme would see the introduction of lifts to platform level and the installation of automatic ticket barriers. This is a welcome continuation of TfL’s provision of step-free access, such as the new lifts at Gospel Oak station and .

The Barking – Gospel Oak Line User Group (BGOLUG) has raised concerns about the specifics of the current plan, and would like to hear the views of users of South Tottenham station.

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Defend Whittington Hospital

Stop these hospital cuts

An important protest to defend our health services is taking place this Saturday, 16 March.

The Whittington hospital is under threat of reduced maternity services, ward closures, fewer beds for the elderly, hundreds of job cuts and the selling off of all onsite accommodation for nursing staff.

Cuts to the Whittington directly effect us in Tottenham, as Haringey has no major hospital within its borders. So the Whittington and the North Mid are our “local” hospitals and we should not let these cuts be imposed.
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Loving likeness of Tottenham

Fancy a chance to showcase your artistic photography AND dispel some Tottenham stereotypes? Advertising firm CBS outdoor are running a photography competition asking “What do you love about your city?”

They are asking for photos demonstrating what makes London special: “Is it the epic skyline, the magnificent architecture or the buzzing markets? Perhaps you prefer the less tangible things that make a city what it is: its people, its culture, its unexplored corners and endearing imperfections?”
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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.

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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!