Save New Road Park (N22)
Save New Road Park (N22)
The residents that live on and around New Road Park and the Friends of New Road Park are strongly opposed to the proposed development of flats/houses on this small green area. This little gem situated amongst our homes offers a place where children can play, people can meet up for a chat or walk their dogs.
In these uncertain times, New Road Park offers a place where neighbours can socialise at a safe distance or just generally get out of the house for a break - especially those working from home; for both their physical and mental wellbeing.
We want Haringey Council and Homes For Haringey to reconsider their proposals to build on this land which will seriously impact the local community. Instead, we urge them help us regenerate the park to make it more usable for all - young and old. The Friends of New Road park has submitted a proposal for this regeneration in collaboration with GrowN22.
Lordship Lane Primary School, a total of almost 770 pupils and staff, uses the park for evacuation in the event of an emergency. This is the only safe place and within close proximity area them to reach. The school also lacks outside space and suffers from high pollution levels. That was televised in 2019 at Channel 4’s program Dispatches. There are plans for the school to use the park for educational outdoor activities.
Lack of transparency- Despite liaising with Homes for Haringey and the council about these proposals over many months, with very little positive encouragement, neither the Friends of the New Road Park nor local residents were informed about proposals to consider building on the park. This goes against the council’s professed commitment that ‘engagement and consultation with community is a fundamental part of the council’s housing design and delivery.’, found on this document here. There has been no engagement or consultation and a complete lack of transparency.
The Haringey Climate Change Action Plan highlights the importance of protecting and enhancing the borough’s biodiversity and habitats. Agreed actions include increasing the overall area of green spaces in the borough, increasing biodiversity and habitat types, increasing opportunities for local food growing through community led groups and schools and increasing the biodiversity of Homes for Haringey open spaces. Building on New Road Park would run counter to all these aims and make such a strategy meaningless.
Plans to build on the green space would also be counter to the strategic objectives of Haringey’s open space strategy. In particular, these include developing the educational role of open space and developing closer relationships with schools – things which are at the heart of future plans for the park. The report can be read here.
Please see the Friends of the New road Park activities on this page: