2. HARINGEY & LONDON RESPONSE UPDATE
2.1 Parking Enforcement set to resume imminently
Haringey Council have announced that parking enforcement is set to resume in a phased approach starting this week:
Therefore please ensure any expired permits are renewed before the 6th July, and visitor permits are used in line with the dates above.
From this week, residents can expect to receive a warning notification – on vehicles and via email – with information about when enforcement will commence, and the steps they need to take to ensure their parking permits are up to date.
Week 22 June: information posters about the restart will be placed in town centres and next to pay-by-phone bays. Warning notices about the restart will continue to be shared on cars. Information about the availability of a new one-day £15 parking charge will also be shared.
Week 29 June: The new one-day £15 parking charge comes into effect and most parking contraventions will be enforced. Enforcement of loading bays, temporary traffic orders and suspended bays will also begin.
Monday 6 July: Full enforcement will resume on the 6 July. This includes the restart of Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) enforcement of permit bays, shared-use and pay by phone bays and public car parks.
More info and details on how to renew here: https://www.haringey.gov.uk/news/parking-enforcement-resume
2.2 Haringey’s Discretionary Grant Fund
Haringey’s Discretionary Grant Fund is now open for applications until midnight on Sunday 28 June 2020.
The Discretionary Grant Fund is aimed at small and micro businesses who were not eligible for the Small Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund.
Business groups eligible to apply are:
- Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces which do not have their own rates assessment
- Regular market traders with fixed building costs such as rent, who do not have their own rates assessment
- Bed and Breakfast which pay Council Tax instead of business rates
- Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief
- Childcare nurseries with rateable value, annual rent or annual mortgage up to £51,000
Visit the Business Grants page for full information and to apply.
2.3 Safer Streets for walking and cycling, and supporting local businesses
We continue to push for safer streets, and new emergency infrastructure such as reduction in speed limits, pavement widening, temporary cycle lanes and filtering roads so cars can travel to, but not through, busy rat-runs. This is vital in aiding social distancing and creating safe spaces for travel, with public transport capacity severely reduced.
We are also calling on the councl to create additional outside space through pavement widening for our hospitality businesses such as cafes. This additional space could be used for more tables and chairs, as the restrictions imposed by the government on these types of businesses means the number of patrons they can cater for indoors is drastically reduced. We also want to see a reduction in the license fees that business would have to pay to the council for outside tables and chairs so that they don't have an additional cost imposed.
It is vital these sorts of measures are quickly introduced if our local business are going to survive, and hopefully bounce bank to previous levels. High Streets are the hearts of many of our communities in Haringey, and Haringey Council must do everything it can to support them.
To ensure that the right changes are introduced in the right places should Haringey agree to our calls, please do take the time to engage with the following community engagement map, by adding your recommendations here: https://haringeystreetspaces.commonplace.is/
If you are unable to operate the map successfully please submit your comments to us with the exact location and we will upload these comments for you.
2.4 Staying safe during Black Lives Matter protests
In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, residents have been taking part in kneels across Haringey. Whilst having the kneels at different locations would allow for people to social distance, we would like to remind protesters to ensure they keep 2 metres from other protesters, wear a mask, take some gloves and hand sanitizer.
For more information for other ways of supporting the protests and the Black Lives Matter movement, including where you can get support for mental health, click here.
2.5 Haringey Council's guide for safely reopening businesses
Many retail businesses are now allowed to reopen (from 15 June onwards) but shops cannot operate in the same way they did before. Every business must make sure they are COVID-19 secure and can maintain social distancing before they reopen.
This booklet will support your business to reopen safely.
2.6 Shop safely, shop locally
Thank you to everyone who has visited Haringey's high streets and shopped safely. It is vitally important that we continue to suport our local businesses during this incredibly difficult time.
Local retailers across Haringey are working hard to make sure they are COVID-19 secure. Many of these measures you will be already familiar with and include:
We all need to work together to make our high streets and local town centres places that the community feel safe and secure returning too. Retailers can’t do it alone. Please make sure that you follow social distancing rules, only touch what you are going to buy and try to shop alone.
- Reduced numbers of customers in the store
- Queuing systems outside the store
- Floor markings inside and outside of stores to support you to social distance
See the council's shop safely page or hints and tips.
2.7 Help keep our streets clean during COVID-19
Haringey Council enforcement officers are still working hard to keep our streets clean during the coronavirus pandemic and will take action against anyone who is caught fly-tipping.
But the council also needs the help of residents to identify individuals who continue to blight our streets in Haringey. CCTV cameras help the council pick out incidents across the borough and videos of these instances are posted on Haringey's Wall of Shame page.
In the latest video the council show fly-tipping that has taken place in Woodside Gardens, Etherley Road, Brook Street and Mafeking Road and they need your assistance to pick out the individuals who have been caught on camera. You can view it here: https://youtu.be/OdqeYNL8K9Q
If you recognise anyone please contact Harngey Council by emailing [email protected] and you can also help the council keep streets clean by reporting someone for dumping rubbish.
2.8 A new FREE Mental Health Crisis Helpline 0300 0200 500
Set up by Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust (BEHMHT), residents can call this number to get help or advice in a crisis from trained mental health advisors and clinicians, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
More information is also available on their website, at http://www.beh-mht.nhs.uk/patients-and-carers/support-in-a-crisis.htm
2.9 Celebrating Haringey’s unsung Heroes
Do you know someone making a difference in the community during the coronavirus pandemic?
The Mayor of Haringey, Sheila Peacock has announced a new ‘Haringey Heroes Awards’ to celebrate Haringey’s unsung heroes. To find out more or make your nomination, click here.
2.10 Local Food Banks still require urgent donations
Food banks continue to support residents across the borough and are seeing supplies running desperately low. If you are able to support them please consider doing so.
Muswell Hill Foodbank (The Trussell Trust)
If you need food
- The Muswell Hill Foodbank on Pembroke Road is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. You will need to get a voucher from one of the Referral Agencies (Citizens Advice, Social Services, Job Centres, some schools and doctors surgeries and other local charities) before going to the foodbank. Strict social distancing is in place to ensure the safety of clients and volunteers.
The foodbank urgently needs donations
The Holy Trinity Food Bank Stroud Green
If you would like to make a monetary donation please email: [email protected] and for more information visit: http://www.holytrinityfoodbank.org.uk/
- Open every Sunday from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.
- Please drop off donations at the food bank between 1.30pm - 3.30pm on Sundays. Alternatively there are dedicated collection bins at:
- Sainsbury’s, 175-179 Stroud Green Road, N4 3PZ
- Londis, 9-11 Ferme Park Road, N4 4DS
The Gospel Centre Food Bank corner of Raleigh Road / Wightman Road, N8 OLT
Enquiries to [email protected]
- Open Tuesday 6.30-8.30pm or Sunday 11.30-1pm.
- Requires donations of non perishable food
- Supporting those in need, especially from N8, N4 and N22 – no referral required
Other Local Foodbanks
2.11 Volunteering opportunities for local residents
Our voluntary organisations are working under huge pressure and looking for more help from the community:
2.12 Telephone befriending service
Staying at home can be lonely and it can be difficult to connect socially. As the lockdown continues this become ever more difficult for some of our residents.
Haringey Reach and Connect offer free calls to people in Haringey who would like to receive regular weekly calls from a friendly and supportive volunteer. The calls last approximately 30 minutes, and take place on the same day, at the same time, each week.
They match older people and volunteers carefully, to ensure they have some common interests and friendships are reviewed regularly, to ensure that both parties find them enjoyable.
If you would be interested in becoming or having a telephone befriender, please contact Reach and Connect who are running a special expanded service to respond to COVID-19, using this link: https://reachandconnect.net/get-support/telephone-friendship