Turn up to protect Pinkham Way: waste plant back on the cards

Comfrey patch in Pinkham Way, our Site of Importance for Nature Conservation BGDRA
Comfrey patch in Pinkham Way, our Site of Importance for Nature Conservation

What: Local plan inspector considers Pinkham Way
When: 1.30pm on Wednesday 31 August
Where: Haringey Civic Centre, N22 8ZW

The Pinkham Way Alliance (PWA) wants us to show we don’t want a waste site on Pinkham Way by turning up at an important session of the local plan inspector next week.

Inspector Christine Thorby started her examination of the Haringey Local Plan this week.

In a bid to convince her to retain the ‘employment designation’ for Pinkham Way, the North West London Waste Authority (NWLA) (http://www.nlwa.gov.uk/) has ressurected plans to develop a residual waste plant on the site.

  • We need as many people as possible to attend the session that really matters to the PWA, starting at 1.30pm on Wednesday 31 August.
  • We need to show the inspector, Haringey Council and the NWLA that Pinkham Way is totally unsuitable for development, other than small scale local community uses.
  • Any waste use is wholly unacceptable on what is a high value Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC). It is the only SINC in Greater London that is also has an employment designation. The employment designation must be dropped.

David Diggle of Turley’s will speak on behalf of the PWA, supported by Stephen Brice and Evelyn Ryan of the alliance.

Please try to come, if only for part of the session.

We must remember that, though these are public proceedings, no participation such as shouting, barracking, or clapping is allowed. Let’s show our strength of feeling by turning up in strong numbers!


In July, inspector Thorby asked participants to respond to certain issues. The NWLA has argued that it would still need Pinkham Way for residual waste treatment if its plans for Edmonton fail.

Read the PWA responses here: Part 1 and Part 2

Read the NWLA response here

Thanks! Hope to see some of you there.


Pinkham Way puzzle | Crossrail 2 roadshows | Meet policing team | Grab a bargain bike

Pinkham Way: where is campaign’s contribution on council website?

PW A5 new threat artwork FINALHas an inch-thick submission opposing plans for a waste site on local green space at Pinkham Way been sucked into a black hole at Haringey Council?

That’s how it feels to the BGDRA, which was one of the 1,154 signatories to the detailed submission by community campaign group the Pinkham Way Alliance. This detailed response to the council’s site allocations consultation was misrepresented as a ‘petition’ at a recent council meeting and it’s like a game of Where’s Wally? to find it on the Haringey website.

Bounds Green councillor and cabinet member for planning Ali Demirci assured the BGDRA that the submission would form part of a consultation and planning process. But it isn’t clear what this process is.

A search for ‘Pinkham Way’ on haringey.gov.uk yields a jumble of results — if the PWA response is there, it’s extremely hard to find. The Pinkham Way page is unclear and out of date in places and there’s no timeline to show what happens next. All residents deserve clear and accessible information about an issue of huge importance to very many. It’s not a game.

Ask your Bounds Green ward councillors where you can find the response:

See the Pinkham Way Alliance website

Comment below to tell us what you think


Crossrail 2: don’t miss consultation roadshows

Crossrail_2_logo.svg-1Intrigued by the engineering, or concerned about how close the tunnel boring machines might come to you? Get more information at Crossrail 2 consultation roadshows, including:
Alexandra Palace Station on

  • Monday 7 December
  • Thursday 17 December

New Southgate, Friern Bridge Retail Park, Pegasus Way

  • Tuesday 8 December
  • Friday 11 December.
    All open from 12pm to 8pm.

The consultation closes on Friday 8 January 2016. The proposed New Southgate branch would open in 2030, with work expected to start in 2020.

Download the Crossrail 2 factsheet: New Southgate station and for full details go to Crossrail2.co.uk


Meet your Safer Neighbourhoods team at Bounds Green tube

Meet your Met police Safer Neighbourhoods team at a street briefing outside Bounds Green tube on 7 December, between 12pm and 1pm.


Grab a bargain bike at charity auction on 27 November, 7pm-9pm

Charity and social enterprise Bikes for Good Causes is auctioning reconditioned and serviced second-hand bicycles to raise cash for their chosen charity Action for Kids10951161_1063248547023712_7984050151734797888_o

  • Bicycle security marking by Metropolitan Police Safer Transport officers
  • Cakes and soft drinks.

The venue is the Cypriot Community Centre, Earlham Grove, Wood Green, N22 5HJ


Council mobile app lets you report rubbish

The Our Haringey app lets you report problems, from dumped rubbish to graffiti, on your smartphone. You can take a photo of the problem and send it to the correct council team. It is one of Haringey Council’s mobile new apps. Have you used them and have they worked?

We’ve also heard about rubbish collections being missed in some streets recently. Use comments to tell us if you’ve had a problem.


Your nearest Remembrance Sunday memorial service


Remembrance poppies
Remembrance poppies

A Remembrance Sunday service is being held at the war memorial at St Saviour’s Court on Alexandra Park Road at 3pm tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon.
Services were revived at the memorial last year and all local residents are welcome to attend.
The Revd Tony Pybus, of nearby St Andrews Church, will give the service of remembrance, and Haringey mayor Cllr Jennifer Mann will be among the attendees.

Remembrance Sunday is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

Find out about Remembrance Sunday



A chance to be on TV!

bgdra have been approached to see whether residents in our area might be interested in being part of a tv series.  I copy the email below so you can express an interest directly with the production company:

My name is Talitha and I’m writing from Wall to Wall Television (www.walltowall.co.uk) – one of the country’s leading independent television production companies. The company’s output includes Who Do You Think You Are? The Voice and The Gift for BBC One and Long Lost Family for ITV.

We are looking for a London-based family to take part in another Back In Time social history experiment for BBC Two, summer 2015. Would it be possible to circulate some information to your residents’ association members through an email, newsletter and/or via social media?

We recently made a very popular BBC Two series called Back In Time For Dinner, in which a family ate their way through typical meals of the 1950s through to the 1990s. Following its huge success, we are looking for a family who, just like the Robshaws, will immerse themselves this time in the leisure and entertainment habits of decades past. We are looking for families with a minimum of two children aged 10+ who are available to film over the summer holidays of July and August 2015.  The family should have thoroughly modern leisure habits – turn to modern technology for entertainment and leisure time and enjoy weekend shopping and cinema trips. In the previous series we filmed at the family home and local businesses and amenities so it may be of interest to those who live in Bounds Green.

Back in Time For Dinner mum Rochelle said “it was a fantastically positive experience for the whole family”. Dad Brandon added: “Our eldest daughter said she had never laughed as much as she did that summer of filming. It was also a highly educative experience. We look back on it with a lot of pleasure.” He also wrote for The Independent on the family’s experience: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/new-bbc-series-savours-half-a-century-of-food-in-britain-from-vesta-curries-to-nouvelle-cuisine-10071775.html

As a hugely educational immersive adventure for the whole family I am hoping you would approve circulating this information in order to reach members of the local community.

Any interested families should simply email leisure@walltowall.co.uk to express an interest.  There is no commitment to take part at the initial enquiry stage, but we are encouraging applications ASAP.

If you are interested in being part of a series like this then what have you got to lose?  Good luck!

Please mark our bgdra AGM 2014 in your diaries now! VENUE CONFIRMED

Our annual get together has come around again.  This is a great opportunity to meet other residents and to raise concerns you may have with our committee members and local Councillors.

In addition there will be a presentation by staff from Alexandra Palace about their Heritage Lottery Fund project.  There will also be an update on the recent Pinkham Way developments as Barnet Council attempt to apply for a waste facility to be placed there.

The meeting details are:

Thursday 23rd October, 8pm, Alexandra Park School, Main hall, please enter via Bidwell Gardens gate (there will be someone there to direct you)

Hope to see you there!

URGENT – Response required to Pinkham Way consultation

You may have seen via the PWA that a new consultation process has started on what’s called a “Site Allocations – Development Plan Document”.  Basically there are 54 sites discussed in the document across the borough and one of them is Pinkham Way.  The outcome of this consultation could make it much easier for NLWA to develop the site in an industrial manner that all residents will be unhappy about.

Therefore your help is needed to provide a response and the quickest and easiest way to do that is to add your name to the PWA response.  I’ve done it and it only takes 2 minutes!

You are equally allowed to provide your own response and the PWA site gives guidance on how to do that.

The deadline for responding is Thurs 6th March, so why not do it now while it’s fresh in your mind.

Pinkham Way – the current threat and how we fight it

Our friends in the Pinkham Way Alliance have made a request that we think should be shared with you.  If you haven’t already received the email here it is:

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has paid £12 million for the Pinkham Way site. We calculate it’ll do all it can to build a huge waste facility there.

Similarly, site co-owners Barnet Council show no sign of stepping back from their plans to relocate their entire fleet of waste vehicles there, despite its proximity to one of the most congested and polluted roads in London.

Haringey Council will soon decide how Pinkham Way should be treated. We must press them to ensure they understand that it’s inappropriate for waste usage.

Our position on this is clear: it is greenfield land, and not, as currently designated, brownfield. As a rare and valuable conservation asset, it shouldn’t even be marked as suitable for employment.

PWA experts have spent months preparing the planning case for this, and now need help from the consultant who worked with us so effectively to beat Haringey’s audacious attempt to designate Pinkham Way as ‘industrial’ early last year.

We’ve all benefited enormously from the tireless work of a few talented volunteers who have put in an astonishing amount of time and effort. At professional rates, our bill for the work they’ve done without pay would have sailed past half-a-million pounds a long time ago.

To continue the fight to defend our open space, please help out however you can, and ask your neighbours to do the same.

You could set up a monthly donation by standing order, or give something via Paypal, bank transfer or cheque. Full details on how to make a donation can be found on the donations page of our website.

Interested in Bounds Green crime statistics?

You might not be aware of this but there is a website called ukcrimestats.com which presents a surprising amount of detail on what has been happening in each ward across the UK.

Here is a link to the page for the ward that covers Bounds Green.

We can be slightly reassured that our map doesn’t merit a high crime hotspot, only medium or low.

This is updated regularly but will always be a few months behind as it takes time to analyse and process the numbers.