On hold…


I’m afraid this blog will be on hold for the foreseeable future.

My life got far too busy and the lack of help doesn’t allow me to keep up with blog updates.

RSS feeds are always active so you can read the latest about Finsbury Park from some friend site.

All the best,

“A blog for Finsbury Park” admin

Yet Blackstock Road is still not that area where you can open such diverse type of shops.

Yet the crisis kicked in and attempts of creating a new high streets are vanishing.

So that’s the reason behind the owners of Colibri Fashion Boutique that decided that was time to move to greener pastures in the not too far 124 Upper Street in Islington.

A pity, but what can we do? That’s the only way you can survive unless you want to close as many others did along Blackstock Rd N4 & N5.

All the best in the new location, in the end it’s not that far from where we are and a short bus ride with number 4 or 19.

The rage factor

Rage Against The Machine reached the Christmas No. 1 spot thanks to those that bought the single and now the massive ‘Thank you’ gig that was promised is finally here!

On Sunday 6th June, Finsbury Park will host the victory party to end all victory parties! Doors will open at midday.

The victory marks a stunning upset against the heavily favoured X Factor single. Following the massive Facebook campaign to make the 1992 track top the Christmas charts, RATM will play a free concert in celebration of this incredible triumph.

You spread the word, you swayed the outcome, you made music history! Now let’s celebrate!

All tickets allocated

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Woodberry Down regeneration ‘breaks new ground’ with PDA agreement

Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing
Tuesday 23rd March 2010 – 2:20pm

One of the capital’s most high-profile regeneration projects continues to break new ground with the signing of a £1billion, 20-year Principal Development Agreement (PDA).

The PDA between Hackney Council, Berkeley Homes, and PCHA, part of Genesis Housing Group, is for the first phase of a wider regeneration plan which will ultimately deliver over two decades more than 4,500 new social rented, shared-ownership and private homes at Woodberry Down, Hackney.

The programme will also deliver a range of new facilities including a community centre, health centre, business centre, new Academy, extended primary school, as well as retail and commercial opportunities.

In January, Woodberry Down received £27million in Homes and Communities Agency funding to build 187 new homes for social rent and 60 for shared ownership built. Work set to begin in March 2010 and the new homes are expected to be completed by 2012/13.

The homes will be built across two sites, Woodberry Grove North, and the other on Green Lanes. The sites are part of Phase One of Woodberry Down’s regeneration programme.

In addition to the support for Woodberry Down, Hackney Council has received one of the highest totals nationally of HCA funding for Local Authority New Build. Earlier this month £6.26 million was approved for 87 homes, on top of nearly £10million announced in September to provide 114 homes, on estates across the borough.

Steve Douglas, Hackney Council Corporate Director for Neighbourhoods and Regeneration, said: “Hackney Council has pledged its commitment to residents to provide first-rate new housing fit for the 21st century.

“This is an important milestone for the regeneration of Woodberry Down, which is providing high quality affordable homes as well as key community facilities.”

Berkeley Homes were contracted to develop the Kick Start sites, and have been selected as developer for the remaining phases of the development.

Construction is well under way with the first 117 social rented homes being built, which are due for completion in 2011. Over 300 private and intermediate homes are also in the process of being built.

Genesis Housing Group has been confirmed as the Registered Social Landlord (RSL) – Genesis will own and manage the new affordable homes on Woodberry Down once they are built.

David Lunts, Regional Director for London at the HCA, said: “It’s very encouraging to see the progress being made to deliver this hugely important regeneration project. Our funding for Woodberry Down and across the borough as a whole means local people will benefit from a range of housing types to suit their needs.”

Justin Tibaldi, Managing Director of Berkeley Homes (Capital), said: “The signing of the Principal Development Agreement and securing of HCA Kickstart funding are key stages in the regeneration of Woodberry Down.

“We are making good progress on the first phase of development and look forward to helping the Council realise the shared vision for the area.”

Neil Hadden, Chief Executive of Genesis Housing Group, said: “This is great news for the development of new homes and a revitalised neighbourhood in Woodberry Down.

“Genesis is immensely pleased to have been selected as Registered Social Landlord partner by both the local people and by the council.

“We are committed to applying our considerable skills and resources as we work energetically with all the regeneration partners to deliver the much-needed high quality affordable homes in this part of Hackney.”

Transition Finsbury Park organises a workshop the 23rd of March 2010 called “Welcome to Finsbury Park”. During that workshop, local residents will be invited to draw a subjective map of the area and to exchange ideas about what truly constitutes the N4 neighbourhood.

To prepare the workshop, we are looking for videos of less than a minute welcoming viewers to the places that matter in the N4. The videos will be published online. A selection of them will be screened in introduction of the workshop and at an exhibition we are preparing for June.

Please visit our website if you would like to contribute and participate to the workshop. It will be the occasion for everyone to present the places that are important to them and to meet other people involved in the neighbourhood.

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Struggling traders set for emergency meeting in Finsbury Park with ‘fat-cat’ banks (Monday 8 March)

Published: 5 March 2010

BRITAIN’S “fat cat” banks stand accused of turning their backs on traders in Islington at a time when they desperately need financial help to dig their way out of the recession.

The situation is so serious – with cash-strapped businesses threatened with closure, resulting in redundancies – that senior officials from the banks are being summoned to an urgent meeting in Finsbury Park on Monday to explain their position.

The traders have the support of Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn, who has written to Business Secretary Lord Mandelson. Mr Corbyn said he had great sympathy for the traders and accused the banks of being “more concerned with self interest than the public good”.

Chief executive of Islington Chamber of Commerce, Ronke Lawal, said: “In Camden Passage, where traders are struggling with massive new rent and business rate increases, the banks won’t give them a loan.”

Monday’s meeting is being organised by Talal Karim, chief executive of business forum FinFuture, at their offices in Seven Sisters Road.

Mr Karim said: “The taxpayer has pumped a lot of money into these big banks and the government has told them to lend more money to small firms.

“What is worse is that so many of our firms have been loyal customers of the banks for decades, but when they really need financial help the banks are simply turning their backs on them.”

So far Lloyds TSB group, RBS/NatWest and the HSBC have all said they will be sending senior officials. Barclays have yet to confirm that they will be represented.

There will also be representatives from government enterprise schemes which can also provide loans.

The banks are accused of only being prepared to lend money to business that are doing well.

Mr Karim added that the current financial crisis is happening at a time when Finsbury Park is on the up as a result of a major regeneration.

“A lot of businesses are simply looking for a short-term loan,” said Mr Karim. “Otherwise they face closure and making people redundant.”

At Fonthill Road fashion centre, chairman of the traders association Selim Gozubuyukoglu said many businesses were walking a financial tightrope.

“With the banks refusing to lend us money, we are having to borrow on our credit cards,” he said. “As a result people are getting into terrible debt and now credit cards are being taken away.”

Mr Gozubuyukoglu said he had to close a clothing factory and make 15 staff redundant last year because of the recession.

He added: “I needed £100,000 to kickstart my business but the bank wouldn’t even let me have £25,000. I’ve been in business for 30 years and I’ve never known anything like it.

“When you ask the bank why they won’t lend us money they say come back when we have got our financial house in order.

“But we need money today when we are struggling to survive.”

• The traders meet the banks meeting will take place on Monday, March 8 at 6pm at FinFuture, 225-279, Seven Sisters Road, N4 (close to Finsbury Park Railway bridge). Call 020 7272 1465 or visit www.finfuture.co.uk.

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£4.5million worth of heroin seized from van

05 March 2010
ONE hundred kilos of heroin with an estimated street value of £4.5million has been seized by police in Finsbury Park.

The heroin was discovered in the back of a Renault van, stopped by officers in Upper Tollington Park, at 3.30pm on Thursday.

The stop, which was part of a planned operation, was carried out by Operation Trident officers with the assistance of armed officers from C019.

A 45-year-old man was arrested in the van. Another man, also aged 45, and a 38-year-old woman were arrested a short time later in Seven Sisters Road, Holloway.

All are currently in custody at east London police stations and enquiries continue.

Detective Inspector Malcolm Davies, from Operation Trident, which deals with black on black gun crime, said: “This is a major seizure and will severely disrupt the organised criminal networks in north east London. The offence of drug trafficking is a pernicious crime that directly impacts on the public of London. This seizure and arrests demonstrates SCD8’s commitment to disrupting and dismantling major organised crime networks in London.


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