1. HARINGEY RESPONSE UPDATE
1.1 Pedestrian infrastructure to be improved following Lib Dem campaign
Last week we provided an update on our request to Haringey Council for more space in Haringey to be allocated to pedestrians and cyclists to aid social distancing. Following the Council's response that they would look into how this could be carried out, we are pleased to confirm that three streets in the borough now have temporary measures in place to widen footways in high footfall areas – Green Lanes, Hornsey High Street and West Green Road.
And we have received a further update that the same measures are looking to be rolled out further in coming days and weeks on Crouch End Broadway, Muswell Hill Broadway, Fortis Green, Highgate High Street Lordship Lane and Turnpike Lane.
We will continue to press the council for more pavement widening at pinch points and, where appropriate, for these measures to be made semi-permanent so they can remain in place for the coming months. We continue to push for temporary cycle lanes and for making some residential streets pedestrian and cycle prioritised to aid the transition as we come out of lockdown and ease the pressure on what will likely be a severely reduced public transport system. Recent modelling has predicted a sizeable increase in private vehicle use once we come out of lockdown which would dramatically increase air pollution in Haringey, so we must do all we can quickly to avoid this.
We have submitted a number of requests to Haringey Council from our residents for measures in their local area – and we will keep you updated on this matter.
1.2 London Mayor announces rapid rollout of cycling and walking initiative
The Mayor of London this week published a new Streetscape plan to overhaul London’s Streets in line with our requests to Haringey above, which will look to rapidly transform streets London-wide to accommodate an expected ten-fold increase in cycling and five-fold increase in walking.
Pre-lockdown, 50% of London's 4.6million daily car trips were under 1.7miles, and this scheme aims to help transition a large number of these to walking and cycling. Initial focus appears to be on TfL operated roads, but we hope the initiative will extend to Haringey controlled roads and support the temporary works that have now commenced in the borough.
More info here: https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/mayors-bold-plan-will-overhaul-capitals-streets
1.3 Re-opening of Reuse and Recycling Centres (RRCs)
In line with updated Government guidance North London Waste Authority (NLWA), who operate Reuse and Recycling Centres (RRCs) across North London is planning to reopen some of its RRC sites from Wednesday 13 May. This will be a restricted service for those at risk of harm from waste stored in their home. Anyone who needs to visit an RRC must book beforehand. Information about how to book and the restrictions in place will be available here from Monday 11 May.
Restrictions will be in place at the following sites:
Regis Road RRC in Camden will remain closed for the foreseeable future.
- Summers Lane, Barnet
- Western Road, Haringey
- Hornsey Street, Islington
- King’s Road, Waltham Forest
- South Access Road, Waltham Forest
- Gateway Road, Waltham Forest
All RRC sites were closed at the beginning of the Government-ordered lockdown. The sites will be operating a restricted service to allow people to dispose of any household or garden waste items that are putting them at risk of harm in their home. Restrictions will be in place to ensure social distancing guidelines can be adhered to and to make sure that residents at risk of harm are able to dispose of their waste safely.
More information and further updates will be available here on Monday 11 May. In the meantime, NLWA is encouraging residents to:
- make the most of their household waste and recycling collections;
- use any bulky waste and hazardous waste collections offered by their local borough;
- store other items safely at home; and
- try and reduce the amount of waste they produce.
1.4 Libraries Update
We have had a number of enquiries regarding when libraries may reopen, and can confirm that at present the Council has no plans to reopen libraries in the immediate future. Government guidance is expected in the coming days regarding returning to work for all industries, and this will help inform the strategy for how the council can reopen libraries safely for both staff and users. As soon as there is a further update we will let you know.
1.5 Park use this Bank Holiday weekend
Despite an expected announcement on Sunday from the Prime Minister regarding a change in the lockdown restrictions, for the time being the Government guidance remains the same: Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives.
Residents should only be leaving their homes if they are shopping for basic necessities, to perform one form of exercise a day, for medical need (including helping another vulnerable person), or for traveling to work (but only when absolutely necessary).
Enforcement of the above will continue to be carried out by Haringey Council and the Police throughout the weekend right across the borough, including at all of our parks. We would like to remind residents not to use parks for social gatherings, bbqs/picnics, sunbathing or other leisure activities.
1.6 Wireless Festival and The 1975 concert
The Wireless Festival (July 3 – 5 ) and The 1975 Concert (July 11) both in Finsbury Park, have been cancelled.
There is a provisional plan to host the Wireless Festival from July 2-4 next year. All tickets bought for this summer will remain valid in 2021, while refunds are also available. To find out more, including refund information click here.
The 1975 are also looking into plans to reschedule their concert for 2021. More info here.
1.7 Haringey Works for you
Haringey Works provides free employment and skills support exclusively for Haringey residents. If you have recently become unemployed due to COVID-19 then Haringey Works can help.
Experienced advisors put your needs first, with no limits to the number of hours you can spend with an advisor. There are also no set ‘criteria’ for accessing and using their service other than being a Haringey resident, looking for work. There is no limit to the number of hours you can spend with one of our advisors and there are no set ‘criteria’ to access and use our service other than; being a Haringey resident, looking for work.
There are jobs available in the Health and Social Care sector, NHS, supermarkets, Metropolitan Police, some local councils, logistics companies and cleaning companies.
If you would like to register, call 020 8489 2969 and speak to an advisor or complete our online expression of interest form.
1.8 UCL COVID-19 study
University College London is running a study into the psychological and social effects of COVID-19 in the UK. The results are being used to understand the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on mental health and loneliness in the UK and to inform government advice and decisions.
The university is looking for adults in the UK who are happy to take part. Participation involves completing a 10-minute online survey now and then answering a shorter follow-up questionnaire once a week whilst social isolation measures are in place.
All information provided is analysed anonymously. If you’re willing to take part, please visit the COVID-19 study sign-up website. Your help is much appreciated.
1.9 Local Food Banks are in urgent need of supplies & monetary 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
1.10 Volunteering opportunities for local residents
Our voluntary organisations are working under huge pressure and looking for more help from the community:
1.11 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