Views sought on second stage of Parkland Walk proposals


[from Haringey Council]

Views sought on second stage of Parkland Walk proposals

Wednesday 27 February 2008

Residents are being invited to give their views on the second part of Haringey Council’s proposals to improve the longest nature reserve in London.

The council has launched a public consultation on the plans for the northern stretch of Parkland Walk, which runs from Muswell Hill Road to Muswell Hill, N10.

The proposals, drawn up following discussions with the Friends of Parkland Walk, ward councillors, walking and cycling representatives and other local groups, are aimed at encouraging more people to visit the nature reserve.

Improvement work on the southern stretch of Parkland Walk, from Finsbury Park to Highgate, began in January 2008 following an extended consultation with Parkland Walk users and local residents.

Both schemes are being funded through Transport for London’s “Greenways” programme, aimed at promoting walking and cycling as an alternative to motorised transport.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Conservation, Cllr Brian Haley, said:

“Parkland Walk is one of Haringey’s best natural assets and we want as many residents as possible to go out and enjoy it.

“I’m very pleased that improvement work has now started on the southern park of the Walk, and we believe these new plans would bring the northern stretch up to a similar standard. At the same time, we want to retain the Walk’s natural feel and character.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in Parkland Walk to have a look at these proposals and let us know your views, so that we can strike the right balance.”

The proposals for the northern stretch include:

  • Tidying up the Muswell Hill entrance with new signs, minor repairs and path modifications
  • Improving the existing path from the Summerland Gardens car park with signs, lighting, and a level surface, between the car park and path
  • Renewing steps at St James’s Lane and repairing fences
  • Introducing clear signs at the Cranley Gardens entrance, including a Parkland Walk logo inset in the footway
  • Retaining vegetation that has encroached on the path and routing the path around it, to enhance the Walk’s natural feel
  • Reinstating benches and fixing them firmly in place
  • Introducing improved signs giving “pedestrian priority” at the main entrances, and installing direction signs on roads leading to the Walk
  • Carrying out a range of environmental improvements, including cutting the grass shorter to the path edge and keeping the grass taller to the back, and maintaining different foliage arrangements, cutting the foliage back in stages in a four year cycle

Leaflets explaining the proposals are being sent to local residents and traders. You can also find details at www.haringey.gov.uk/pwconsultation.

Anyone with queries about the proposals can call Planning and Transportation Officer Maurice Richards on 020 8489 5575.

You can give your views by emailing streetscene.consultation@haringey.gov.uk.

Alternatively write to:

Haringey Council Transport Planning Group,
River Park House, 1st Floor South,
225 High Road,
Wood Green,
London N22 8HQ

The closing date for comments is Thursday 27 March.

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