Details of Development within Finsbury Park

Clive Carter made this Freedom of Information request to Haringey Borough Council

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Dear Haringey Borough Council,

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“Development within the park”
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At one point in the Cabinet Papers for Tuesday 11 September, there is a reference to "development within the park" (meaning Finsbury Park).

This clause appears at 4.3 on page three of the document, “Designation of Finsbury Park and Stroud Green Neighbourhood Area and Forum” and this document forms part of Agenda Item 12:

https://www.minutes.haringey.gov.uk/ieLi...

My questions relate to how far advanced are the development plans. Please answer each question separately:

1. Does the Council have any current plans for any development within Finsbury Park?
2. If so, please provide as much information as possible.
3. Has the Council consulted with residents in any Haringey Ward about development within Finsbury Park?
4. Has Haringey Council participated in meetings with either Hackney or Islington Councils, about development within Finsbury Park?
5. Please supply copies of any letters or emails the Council has exchanged with the two neighbouring Councils, about development within the park.

Thank you,

Yours faithfully,

Clive Carter
Resident, Stroud Green Ward

Haringey Borough Council

Dear Mr Carter

 

Freedom of Information / Environmental Information Regulations Request:
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I acknowledge your request for information received on 06 September 2018.

 

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Dear Mr Carter,

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request ref: LBH/7838518

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 06 September 2018,
in which you ask about the reference to ‘development within the park’
within the Cabinet report for the designation of the Finsbury Park and
Stroud Green neighbourhood forum and area.

 

Paragraph 4.6 of the Cabinet report states:

 

“The representations received highlight Finsbury Park is wholly within the
Haringey administrative area, and thus there was significant concern that
the proposed Forum would have undue influence over the future management
and development within the park, for which the majority of membership is
not within Haringey under whose administrative responsibility lies.”

 

In this context ‘development’ means future improvements associated with
the management and use of Finsbury Park in accordance with the current
Finsbury Park Management Plan 2013, which set out the considerable recent
improvements works to the park in the introductory section and, at page
98, those planned.  The specific planned development is included in the
table at pages 99-101 and includes: signage; drainage; access
improvements; the installation of recycling bins; and improvements to
lighting.  

 

The Finsbury Park Management Plan was prepared in consultation with park
user groups and the local community, including neighbouring boroughs.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Matthew Paterson

Head of Strategic Planning, Transport & Infrastructure

6th Floor, River Park House

225 High Road Wood Green

London N22 8HQ

Tel: 0208 489 5562

 

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Matthew Patterson
Head of Strategic Planning, Transport & Infrastructure
6th Floor, River Park House
225 High Road Wood Green
London N22 8HQ
Tel: 0208 489 5562

Dear Mr Patterson,

Thanks for the prompt response, however it is little more than a re-statement of my inquiry. None of my questions have been answered separately as requested, nor answered at all.

The lead question, which is …

"Does the Council have any current plans for any development within Finsbury Park"

… is a *general* question.

By "Council" I do not mean solely the Parks Department, I mean any part of the Council including for example, strategic planning and infrastructure. If it is helpful, I can spell out what kind of development I have in mind; for example:

1A—does any part of the Council have any plans to build on Finsbury Park?
1B—does the Council have any plans for building housing within Finsbury Park?

(I am aware that the Council has previously had plans to build housing within Down Lane Park and to build housing within the Lordship Recreation Ground, both schemes since abandoned.)

Questions 2 to 5 also stand.

I would be grateful if you could answer each one separately. I'd expect you are well-placed to answer all of them directly.

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Clive Carter

Alan Stanton left an annotation ()

Let's hope, Clive Carter, that your further helpful clarification will prompt Haringey Council senior officers into actually trying to be helpful themselves in clarifying the the wording of their public report.
It seems to me that this would be a positive way to help build public confidence in the Council.
And also perhaps to allay public concerns about the risks to our parks and their function as a social benefit and havens for wildlife.

Patterson Matthew, Haringey Borough Council

Dear Mr Cater,

Thank-you for clarifying your query.

In respect of your additional questions, my response is as follows:

1A—does any part of the Council have any plans to build on Finsbury Park?
No
1B—does the Council have any plans for building housing within Finsbury Park?
No

For absolute clarity, and as set out in my original response, the only 'development' will be that undertaken by the Parks Department in delivering the actions of the Finsbury Park Management Plan.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Paterson
Head of Strategic Planning, Transport & Infrastructure
6th Floor, River Park House
225 High Road Wood Green
London N22 8HQ
Tel: 0208 489 5562

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