Monthly Archives: November 2019

GGERA Annual Meeting

You are warmly invited to join us on Monday 25th November for our AGM, business meeting and Christmas celebration.

7:15 for a 7.30 pm start – finishing at 9:00 pm in the Carey Hall on Claremont Road.

Come along and bring your neighbours!

  • Celebrate our achievements.
  • Share your views and help plan our future actions, particularly about:
    • Relocate Donoghue Campaign.
    • Controlled Parking Zones for our neighbourhood. Should GGERA support this or not? Have your say.
  • Meet other neighbours and be part of a stronger community.

This is a free event. Nibbles, drinks and music will be kindly provided by the grant given to the Memories Group from the Brent Cross South Community Fund.

If you would like to contribute to a local food bank, please bring along non-perishable items to this meeting. The GGERA committee will collect them from you at the door.

Donoghue and the NLWP

Our efforts to relocate Donoghue continue.

GGERA represented the community at the NLWP Examination Hearings on Wednesday 20th November and Thursday 21st November.

As explained on the NLWP web site, the North London Waste Plan (NLWP) sets out the planning framework for waste management in the North London Boroughs for the next 15 years. It will identify sites for waste management use and set out policies for determining waste planning applications. It has the potential to affect us all in this area if – as planned – Donoghue’s site is included as a safeguarded waste site.

We made representations to the NLWP draft consultation that took place earlier this year. An inspector was appointed to conduct the examination to determine if the plan is sound. We believe it is not because:

  • No one who is directly affected by Donoghue’s was engaged in the process or was consulted during the consultation.
  • Donoghue’s site is considered an existing protected waste site; however, it is in the wrong location because it is surrounded by residential, community and educational facilities. Additionally Donoghue’s business operations have outgrown its site.
  • Handley Grove and the youth homeless shelter residents that immediately neighbour Donoghue have been living in agony for years and their health and well-being have been affected. They and other many people affected by Donoghue cannot wait until 2026 or later for its relocation!
  • The site is not operated sustainably, generating too many unnecessary lorry journeys and polluting the air we breathe.
  • Our local council has spent too much taxpayer’s money to bring this business into compliance and to repair the damage caused by its heavy fleet on our roads, while our children’s schools and public services are suffering drastic cuts.
  • We would like to have the site’s safeguarded status removed and Barnet to commit to its relocation in collaboration with the North London Waste Authority as an urgent matter.

Memories Local History Group

We’d like to remind you that the Memories Local History Group is up and running again: 3:30–5:00 pm every Wednesday as part of the “Open Space” at Carey Hall, 58 Claremont Road.

We warmly invite you to share your memories and together discover our local history over tea, biscuits and music.

Everyone is welcome. To find out more, to ask a question or to arrange transport, please email or call 020 8987 8096.

Safer Neighbourhood Information

Follow these links to find out more about crime prevention in your area:

Beware: Yet Another Scam

Royal Mail and Trading Standards are currently cascading awareness of a scam. A card is posted through your door purporting to be from Parcel Delivery Service stating that a delivery has been attempted, and asks you to ring 0906 6611911 to obtain the package. This is a premium rate number and people have been charged over £300. This phone number may change but if any such leaflet or document is delivered to your door please report it to the Royal Mail central number on 0207 339 6655.