The Memories group is now having virtual meetings using Zoom every Wednesday 3.30-4.30 pm.
If you’d like to share your news and memories over an informal cup of tea please email email@example.com.
If you know of any neighbour that might be interested but has no online access, please ask them to ring 020 8987 8096 before the meeting so we can arrange to contact them while the meeting takes place.
Do you have an hour to spare tomorrow, Saturday between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm to help beautify our neighbourhood?
We have received a generous and kind donation of bulbsfrom the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association (narcissi, snowdrops and hyacinths). Maureen and Rita have already planted some in The Vale. We need to plant the remainder as soon as possible.
Pamela, a local resident and professional gardener, has kindly offered to lead a group of us in planting them on the roundabout in Pennine Drive. We hope that you’ll be able to join her, Lisa and Luisa in this fantastic endeavour.
If you have any gardening gloves, bulb planters or spades, please bring them along.
We urge you to join ourprotest on Friday 22 March and stand up for clean air, environmental justice and the protection of our most vulnerable. The time has come for Donoghue to move on.
As you well know,
residents and businesses have suffered for more than a decade from Donoghue’s
dust and chemical pollution, noise, work out-of-hours, speeding HGVs,
transport of uncovered waste and illegal parking.
For the past two
years, Barnet councillors, the most affected residents’ representatives,
the Environment Agency and Council officers have been meeting quarterly at
the Council to find the best way forward.
Thanks to people
Donoghue is now a high public interest site for both the Environment Agency and Barnet Council.
Alarming findings from an independent monitoring report highlighted:
Donoghue breaches its daily tonnage limit.
Site samples included traces of unauthorised toxic substances, including asbestos.
Donoghue’s methodology for handling and recording waste needed to be improved.
Barnet Council conducted a deep cleaning of The Vale and Claremont Road.
The Environment Agency placed an air quality monitoringstation next to the site – although to our surprise it was prematurely removed on Friday 22 February.
This has put pressure
on Donoghue to comply with regulations and resulted in more cleaning and dust
suppression mechanisms on site.
On the other hand,
very little has been achieved to improve the life quality of directly affected
residents and businesses. More worryingly, there has been no news of any
Under these circumstances, our frustration has been growing. To make matters worse, residents feel angry and betrayed because of Barnet’s Mayor’s decision to include Donoghue in Barnet’s New Year’s Day parade and the recent consultation on the introduction of width restrictions in Somerton Road.