Build flats on George Robey pub site
06 April, 2018
• AS Finsbury Park ward councillors we have for years been raising our concerns about the negative impacts the closure of the Wells Terrace entrance to Finsbury Park underground station would have on residents and businesses, (My blocked theatre route, March 30).
We support the call for consultation on arrangements to assist disabled people to use the underground until, and then after, the new Wells Terrace entrance is opened at the end of 2019.
And we have also, with the support of MP Jeremy Corbyn, been working with traders to get them extra support with their business rates, advertising and street signage to try to alleviate falling footfall of customers in the area due to disruptive construction work at City North.
The City North development is a missed opportunity to address the severe shortage of genuinely affordable housing in the borough. There are around 20,000 people on the Islington Council housing waiting list.
Of 355 homes being built at City North, only 47 are deemed to be “affordable”, but in practice would not be affordable for most people in need of social housing.
The council’s policy is for at least 50 per cent affordable homes in new developments. If we are to address the severe housing shortage, private developers must do much more to help.
There is a shortage of land to build on in Islington, and the Tory government prevents the council from building as much council housing as we would like by not allowing us access to the finance required to do so.
By the Finsbury Park railway bridges in Seven Sisters Road there is a vacant site that used to be the George Robey pub. A private developer wants to build a 10-storey hotel there.
We say this site presents an opportunity to address the dire need for more genuinely affordable homes for people in our ward and for the provision of affordable workspaces for small businesses.
CLLRS GARY HEATHER,
ASIMA SHAIKH AND
Labour, Finsbury Park ward