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Balabam, South Tottenham

Balabam South Tottenham!

Balabam! Just like that South Tottenham has gained a fab new music venue / community pub / hangout.

Both Stamford Hill and South Tottenham have an important and fascinating musical history (on which, more another time). So it is doubly fantastic for our area to play host to a venue that clearly puts the love of music so full-square at the centre of what it does. Not least after London has lost so many brilliant venues in recent years to “development”.

Last weekend saw Balabam open, described by one Gladesmore resident as “absolutly brilliant!”. The line up looks to be forming day-by-day but it seems fair to expect more quality live music from around the world. This weekend alone features a pirate takeover, Mediterranean funk from Al-Maranca )“multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, producer, video artist, cultural activist”), and the sounds of West Africa from Koroleko – Moussa Dembele.

We’re expecting great things from this place… Keep an eye on Balabam’s FaceBook for the latest news.

Travel to Balabam in South Tottenham

For those of you coming from outside the area to visit Balabam…

Nearest tube: Seven Sisters

Nearest Overground: South Tottenham* (on Gospel Oak – Barking Line), Stamford Hill (from Liverpool St)

Buses: 67, 76, 149, 243, 318, 349, 476

Night / 24hr buses: N73, 76, 149, 243

Balabam, 58-60 High Road, South Tottenham, London N15 6JU

* be warned, South Tottenham station is closed for much of the rest of 2017 for a line upgrade


Gospel Oak – Barking trains suspended AGAIN

South Tottenham station will be closed again for over a month from this Sunday.

There will be no service on the entire length of the Gospel Oak and Barking Line (GOBLIN) from Sunday 17 September to Sunday 22 October 2017. The closure is to continue electrification of the line that was originally slated to be complete last February. The work has been beset by problems and looks like it may take a while to finish. According to the latest newsletter from the ever-informative Barking – Gospel Oak Rail User Group:

“There is still plenty of work that has to be done however. A number of support masts for the overhead wires are still needed east of South Tottenham, and as yet very few masts have the fittings from which the overhead wires are suspended. Then there is around 70 miles of various cables to be hung from the mast fittings.

“Once the cables are energised and tested, electric trains will be able to start using the line.

“Network Rail predict the new passenger trains could enter service around Easter.”

More closures ahead … but new, clean and bigger trains should be running by next Spring

Replacement buses will run, but once again these will only cover sections of the line. One bus will run Gospel Oak –  Seven Sisters (for South Tottenham) while another will cover Walthamstow Central – Barking. Those wishing to travel between South Tottenham and Walthamstow will need to rely on the Victoria Line. TfL promise “regular users” of the line will be automatically refunded the extra cost of zone 1 travel made by Tube or rail

The electrification of our line is long overdue and this blog joined to campaign to make GOBLIN electrification happen. Once complete, it will double the current passenger capacity on the line and improve near-by air quality.

Another weekday full closure of the line (but hopefully the last!)  is expected between Saturday 25 November 2017 and Sunday 14 January 2018, although these dates are still subject to confirmation


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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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.


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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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

Tottenham Seven Sisters Station Local store details

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.”

New bin collections for South Tottenham

Haringey and their refuse contractors Veolia are rolling out new collection arrangements in South Tottenham.

The changes will improve recycling, with large dedicated wheelie bins collected weekly. However, non recycled waste will only be collected fortnightly. Garden and kitchen waste collections will be unchanged.

There is also an expanded bulky waste collection service, with many items collected free.
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