Monthly Archives: May 2021

North West London Social Action Hub

Sophia Acton from OneStoneGrove Community Trust in partnership with Our Yard at Clitterhouse Farm contacted us to introduce the North West London Social Action Hub which will be offering accredited Community Organising Training to local residents.

Thanks to generous funding, the training is being offered at a commitment fee of £10 for local residents (but that can be waived if necessary). The training will introduce residents to the skills they need to empower change within their communities, building upon what already exists and co-operating with others.

“Our mission is to build and support a resilient and sustainable community of active citizens who take action around their common concerns and overcome social injustice.”

Please see more details on the website, https://sct.london/north-west-london-social-action-hub/.

Antisocial Behaviour – We Can Stop It

Is antisocial behaviour causing you sleepless nights?

Please report any incident of antisocial behaviour or any other crime to the links below. This serious problem will only get the attention it deserves if we all report it.

Police:

Barnet Council:

If you have any issues or concerns please contact nhw@ggera.org.uk.

B&Q Site Development

Ben Tansley writes …

I have news about the B&Q site. Barnet Council have opened a new consultation on the planning application. They’ve done so without any publicity. They have not put notices on the street, or emailed or written to any of the thousand objectors to the plans. It’s running for just two weeks, 17 May to 31 May 2021. They say this is because they’ve received additional information, an “Urban Design Study” submitted by Montreaux that has new “photorealistic” images of the development and much praise for its elegance and generosity.

We’re concerned that the planning officers’ recommendation might claim that the thousand objections have largely been refuted by this Study. So NorthWestTwo is publicising the consultation on our website Cricklewood B&Q site – May 2021 consultation – NorthWestTWO and elsewhere.

You’ll find images and extracts from the study on that web page, plus links to that and to last month’s revised transport assessment, which is also seriously flawed.

Clitterhouse Farm Garden

Why not pay the Clitterhouse Farm garden a visit when you next have a free Saturday?

  • Plant Sale every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.
  • Hot food and cakes available until 2 pm.

If you would like more information about the Clitterhouse Farm project – or would like to volunteer – please see the website (https://www.clitterhouse.com/), send an email at info@clitterhouse.com or visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CHFProj/.

Green Spaces in The Vale

You will remember that early in 2020 GGERA volunteers planted a variety of spring bulbs in the green spaces on The Vale, thanks to the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association. The aim was to create a corridor of wild flowers which will look colourful and smell divine AND will entice butterflies and bees to come and make their home here too.

You may also remember that UK Power Networks dug up all our planting efforts a few months later.

We have some good news at last: Thanks to Maureen Byrne’s persistence one of the executives of the company has now promised compensation AND will himself assist with the replanting.

And while we’re on the subject …

Why not sow some wildflower seeds, which attract butterflies, bees and other pollinators, in your garden?

Pollination is important because it’s how plants reproduce and bear fruit. Over recent years, because of pesticides, our pollinators are dying and they desperately need the sustenance from wildflowers.

At the very least they are beautiful to look at.

Millennium Green

We have been contacted by Rabia Lingemann, who organises volunteers for the Millennium Green.

The green is NOT cared for by Barnet Council. They are desperate for people who will support them for monthly litter picks, gardening advice, fund raising, etc.

If you have spare time and would like to be involved with great community work please contact Rabia directly.

It’s an ideal place for your children’s school to use: Maybe they would like to get involved in the project to grow seeds etc. or would like to host plays there.

It’s a space for us all to use.

Litter Pick: Saturday 3rd July 2021

Now that the lockdown is easing we plan to spend a couple of hours picking up litter around the estate on Saturday, 3rd July.  Please make a note in your diary.

We will meet up at 10:15 am at 105 Cheviot Gardens, ready for a 10:30 start, and will aim to finish at around 12:30 pm.

Litter pickers, gloves, waste bags and our own Golders Green Estate hi-vis jackets will all be provided. Please wear sturdy shoes or boots.

Children are more than welcome to join in, if supervised.

It would help us to have an idea of numbers: please let us know if you intend to come.