Do we have a say in what happens in the Town Hall square?

The Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum has published a blog on the future of the Town Hall Square. We know what the big picture is – Haringey has sold the square to a private developer. Whatever we may think of that decision we are where we do seem to be.

The CENF blog raises a lot of questions – for instance, how long will we be without a Twon Hall Square while the landscapers, JCBs and pile drivers have access?

But I think the thing that most gets me riled up is the proposed retention of the BT urinals, which now serve no communications purpose , and exist only for drunken calls of nature, BT advertising revenue and the recitation of poetry once a year at the festival

The forum has called for the full involvement of the public in discussions as to how the square should develop.

“The Forum believes that this is Crouch End’s civic space, and as a matter of principle public consultation on design, function and management of the square is required.

An artist's impression of the Town Hall Square
An artist’s impression of the Town Hall Square

3 Replies to “Do we have a say in what happens in the Town Hall square?”

  1. Hello HTHAS,

    Here at Crouch End Festival HQ, we’ve been meeting with the landscape architects to talk about the design of the square and the green on a fairly regular basis.

    We’ve had these meetings because we’re intensely aware of the value of the public space in central Crouch End and the uses to which people put it. We know we steal Crouch End’s front garden a few times a year and – like any good thieves – we know what that’s worth. And, crucially, we know that we’re not the only potential users of the space but recognise that it needs to be friendly and familiar always.

    Most of the suggestions we have put to the architects have been taken on board and many amendments to the scheme have been incorporated into the evolving design. And, to their credit, when our requests have not been possible, they’ve clearly gone away and asked the questions (for instance, “Can we have benches at the top of the green?”….”Sorry, there’s a root protection order in place and we’ve asked the engineers and that means we can’t sink the foundation for benches more than X which is not safe enough….”).

    The big point we’ve come to realise is that we trust the landscape architects. They are pretty great in our experience and in our opinion won’t be doing anything ugly/unsusable/unsustainable/unloveable.

    For what it’s worth, Crouch End Festival are not worried.

  2. I don’t understand why the green space is being reduced; If indeed another metre – we don’t need more – is required behind the bus stand, if it is moved back, why are the corners of the square being stolen? The flower beds carefully maintained on a voluntary basis will disappear for a few uneccessary sq yards /meters of lifeless paving.

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