Enthusiasm grows for street festival
01 April 2009
A STREET festival looks set to be given the green light as campaigners gear up for a fun-filled party to boast Harringay’s standing as a dynamic visitor destination.
Residents eager to transform Green Lanes into a buzzing platform for artists, musicians and world cuisines are hopeful their plans will be approved after a meeting with Haringey Council officials later this month.
Hugh Flouch, founder of community website Harringay Online, said: “Harringay is bursting with creative energy and I would love to showcase that. Green Lanes is known for certain things, good and bad, but we are much more than that.”
If plans go ahead, Green Lanes would be closed between 7am and 7pm – from the junction with Salisbury Road to the railway bridge near Umfreville Road – on a date provisionally set for September 20.
Haringey Council has agreed in principle to go ahead with the plans but Transport for London (TfL) has the final say on whether it supports the street closure.
A meeting with the Green Lanes Strategy Group will be held on Thursday, April 16, when more detailed plans will be decided.
“We are trying to drive some enthusiasm for the plans,” said Mr Flouch. “Everybody is very supportive, including TfL – and they are the key people.
“It seems everybody is making the right noises and it all should be possible but the meeting will tell us whether it is a goer or not.”
A survey carried out in January revealed residents were keen to show off the diverse food and history the area has to offer. A council spokeswoman said: “It’s a bit too early to say anything just yet because we have to get a few more things locked in.
“We will be having a meeting in mid April where we will discuss the plans in more depth.