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Residents are ignored over High Street plans

Despite Highgate residents being overwhelmingly against the new development being pushed through for 69 High Street, the planning inspectorate has weighed in to overrule Camden Council’s decision to refuse consent. Planning permission has been granted for developers to demolish the existing structure and replace it with a brutal modernist four-storey building. Camden Council, Highgate Society and local residents’ concerns have all been ignored by the planning inspectorate.Conservative council candidate Antony Denyer, who lives locally, says: “This development will significantly alter the character and ‘village’ feel of Highgate. It sets a dangerous precedent for other inappropriate developments in the area.”Camden Council has buckled to pressure and decided not challenge the decision, leaving the floodgates open for further redevelopment in Highgate to be bulldozed through without respect for the area’s history and conservation status. Meanwhile, uncertainty still hangs over the future of Highgate Bowl and the Magistrates Court on Bishops Road. There needs to be joined-up thinking between Camden and Haringey over planning in the heart of the village — otherwise planning approvals on one side of the High Street will set a precedent for the other. Further information can be found at:http://goo.gl/YGcNOS (Highgate Society)http://goo.gl/Zwrz86 (Planning Application

Celia Surtees: Highgate Conservative candidate

Highgate’s sense of community and peacefulness is unmatched across London. Celia is standing for Haringey council because she wants to champion Highgate and thinks it is very unfair that the council seems never to consider the needs of Highgate residents, who frequently feel ignored.Celia says: “Highgate is a beautiful part of London with a unique character and I am passionate about protecting and championing this.

Meet Kay Carter

Kay has lived in Haringey for 10 years and is passionate about serving her community, particularly its most vulnerable members. She is part of the team that runs a local charity for people with learning disabilities, which serves this part of the borough by offering a mixed-ability youth club and drop-in for parents of children with additional needs.

Best boroughs are lowering council tax – why not ours?

With the current spell of bad weather pushing up the cost of fuel bills, we know that lots of people are feeling the pressure financially. That is why Conservative councils are working hard to reduce the tax burden for households in their areas. Last month Hammersmith and Fulham’s Conservative council proposed yet another 3 percent cut to the council-tax bills of its residents. Once approved, it will be the seventh reduction in eight years saving residents £850 a year when compared with the average council-tax increase during that period.

Badly placed signs cause traffic hazard

Highgate Conservatives are calling on Transport for London to resite badly placed signage on North Hill, outside the Esso petrol station. Esso has reconfigured its forecourt entrances and exits so that cars using the petrol station now enter from the north and exit from the south.

Hope on the horizon for Tudor Close residents

Highgate Conservatives have received assurances on behalf of residents in Tudor Close that steps will be taken to improve their homes, which have been seriously neglected by Homes for Haringey (HfH). At a meeting with a senior director of HfH, we called for action to raise standards, and to address poor external maintenance, replacement of rotting window frames and doors, and the very poor state of kitchens. A full inspection will take place in early 2014 and upgrade plans drawn up. We urged that this work be prioritised to take place as soon as possible in 2014.

Victory for road safety as Transport for London u-turns

Following our campaign to see pedestrian safety railings reinstated at the deadly junction by Highgate Tube station, Transport for London has reversed its decision and agreed to put the barriers back — in a style in keeping with the area.

Give us back our safety railings

During the summer, Transport for London (TfL) has removed all the railings around the killer junction between the A1, Southwood Lane and Muswell Hill Road. However, a number of local residents are concerned because the previous barriers directed pedestrians to the few safe crossing points at this dangerous junction.

Haringey fails yet more local residents

Just a few weeks after Highgate Conservatives highlighted the plight of tenants on the Gaskell Road and Hillcrest council estates, another instance of serious neglect has come to light. Local authority tenants in Highgate’s Tudor Close estate are living in flats in a state of disrepair because Homes for Haringey is failing in its responsibility to maintain their properties.