And REST!!!….


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Our campaign against demolition of Crouch End Victorian Villas has reached a point of stasis. We were to be heard at the Planning Sub Committee next week. News from the planning office is that the developers want to resubmit plans. I see two things; a) no matter what they plan they can’t get round the conservation arguments and b) at last a chance to down tools and go see some autumn leaves, a country walk, a river walk, our appreciation of nature.
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Walking the land it strikes me that here we are on someone else’s property and that its protected. Acres of woodland, National Trust properties, an enormous hotel glamourised by the Profumo Scandal and the prettiness of Christine Keeler.
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Meanwhile, back in Crouch End, the Town Hall Square is under a planned and temporary occupation. Our green, our iconic tree, is under threat. We call it ours. The old Hornsey town hall already has a preferred bidder and a boutique hotel is proposed, which raises doubts over the businesses currently housed there as well as an arts centre that seems to become more culturally important by the day.
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It seems there is no escape from politics and campaigning even on an autumn day as glorious as this.  And so it is we send our love.
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