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Hidden Muswell Hill: calling all photographers

Muswell Hill & Fortis Green Association

Muswell Hill & Fortis Green AssociationThe Muswell Hill and Fortis Green Association photo competition was announced by John Hajdu, chair of the Association. He says: It is entitled “Hidden Muswell Hill” and is aimed at members of the Association who are local residents. The purpose is to make everybody look closely at the area they live in and to try and discover the many hidden gems we pass by every day without a second look. I have no doubt that these photos will be a surprise to many. First prize is £30, second prize is £20, third prize is £10 and there is an additional prize in the junior category of £15. The deadline for entries is 31st March and there is no entry fee.

Send your entries in a jpg format to: [email protected]

This competition is open to members of the Muswell Hill & Fortis Green Association. Joining the association is very easy and offers lots of benefits. For further details on membership please visit: http://mhfga.org

W7 Bus Stop a Success!

The Association’s Transport Officer, Chris Barker, writes that the new W7 bus stop on the Muswell Hill roundabout has now been made permanent. “It is a great boon to people who find the walk downthe steep hill to the old stop impossible to manage” says Chris. The intention was to stop the 144 there as well on a trial basis but sadly this will not now take place, at least not in the near future. London Buses say they may reconsider it when they have more experience of the effect on traffic in the present arrangement. “We will continue to press for the 144 to be added to the stop” Chris added.

Planning Update

Muswell Hill is on the developers’ radar. A relatively large number of applications for significant residential projects are in the pipeline which will have an impact on the community if they go ahead. Below is an update of some of the current applications:

Muswell Hill Road (the Odeon shops and flats)

Conditional consent was granted on 18 November 2013. It is anticipated that work will commence in March.

St Luke’s Hospital

A new application was submitted on 15 November 2013 by Hanover Housing Developments Ltd – it has already attracted over 60 comments, the majority objecting to the scheme. The developer has reduced the total number of units and parking spaces, and increased the number of Social Rented homes.

30 Muswell Hill

The application for 12 residential units and 10 car parking spaces has received little comment and the Planning Committee Report of 9 December 2013 recommends that conditional consent is granted.

The Green Man and LCCCP School (56 Muswell Hill)

The proposal has been the subject of some debate. The reality is, however, that the existing school is no longer fit for purpose and the developer has agreed to provide a new building at little or no cost to LCCCP and, to be able to do this, needs to generate revenue from the sale of the residential elements of the scheme.

77 Muswell Hill

A recent application for change of use of the ground and basement levels of this red brick building at the top of Muswell Hill to residential use. Making use of this building which has never been fully utilised should in my view be welcomed.

If you are not already a member, you can join the Association and take part, the membership fee is only £8. For further details on membership, please look at our website: http://mhfga.org

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