Finsbury Park: the ‘forgotten corner’ of Islington?
Volunteers aim to use neighbourhood plan to give residents a bigger say on area’s future
15 June, 2018 — By Samantha Booth
Members of the working group for the Finsbury Park and Stroud Green Neighbourhood Forum, from left: Dorothy Newton, Elizabeth Lowe, Geraldine Timlin, Sally Billot and Ben Myring
VOLUNTEERS have rallied together to propose a neighbourhood plan to stop Finsbury Park being on the “forgotten corner” of three boroughs.
The Finsbury Park and Stroud Green Neighbourhood Forum (FPSGNF) hope to plan a framework for the area to unify the borders of Islington, Hackney and Haringey.
The plans are set up under the 2011 Localism Act with an aim to give residents a stronger say in creating local planning policy.
Sally Billot, from the FPSGNF working group, said: “It’s about understanding it’s a planning tool and the neighbourhood plan is not going to deal with all of the problems in an area. But we are hoping to be a strong force for people to work together with.”
If their forum application succeeds this summer, they hope to kickstart a two-year project to create the neighbourhood plan by consulting local residents on what they want to see happen.
Dorothy Newton, from the working group, said: “It was very interesting for some of us who have been around longer how people’s perceptions of what is Finsbury Park has changed.
“For instance, Haringey’s Green Lanes used to be considered as Finsbury Park but now identify as Green Lanes. It’s really important what people see as the area.”
To share your views on the forum application, visit www.islington.gov.uk/consultations/finsbury-park-and-stroud-green-neighbourhood-area-and-forum-applications by June 25.