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Over the years the HFA has been involved in many successful campaigns.
It took four years of patient negotiation to secure the installation of an APT (Automatic Public Toilet) by the Oasis café. A long wait - but it was worth it.
The list of HFA successes is impressively long. Here is a short list – of just
a few of them.
Church Path Lighting
On the Fields:
Church Path Lighting – three new lamp standards;
club – original licence negotiated with peppercorn rent;
Resistance to ultra-large events (eg. Waterboys concert) – effected policy change;
Monitoring damage to Fields by events (eg. Chinese Circus) – new compensation arrangements;
Oasis Café – on panel to select new proprietor;
Successful lobbying for resurfacing and relaunch of tennis courts;
Ran annual tennis tournament for fifteen years;
Campaign to protect the avenues of trees (see trees);
Campaign to prevent commercialisation;
On the Steering Committee of the Vision for Highbury Fields (see The Vision);
Football pitches – threat to deny public access defeated;
Children’s playground – influenced design and overcame initial local opposition.
New Victorian lighting;
Highbury Pool and Gym extension – approval of plans;
and now…. a new APT sited, at HFA’s insistence, by the swimming pool.
Around the Fields:
20mph traffic calming zone – endorsed “twenty’s plenty” campaign;
Furlong Homes – lengthy negotiations with developers resulting in reduced height and S106 funding for signage, pavement and new lighting;
Robin’s Gardens – long process of meetings, original plans withdrawn and improved;
Highbury Terrace – ex Civil servants block, campaign to prevent demolition, leading to refurbishment;
Successful campaign to enforce the restoration of wall to No 1 Highbury Place;
Supported establishment and launch of City Car Club;
Former toilet block on
Former Highbury Crescent Toilet Block
Formerly Sarah Tankell House
In the neighbourhood:
Arsenal Scheme – member of ISCA, to reduce impact of stadium and ancilliary development – engaged Space Syntax to assess pedestrian routes;
Represented on the Planning User Panel;
Represented on the Design Panel;
Member of Highbury Corner Stakeholders Group – on selection panel for architects;
Circle 33 Headquarters – successfully limited height.
The Barn – public meeting to improve traffic flow and parking problems;
Channel Tunnel Rail Link – lengthy involvement and organisation of public meeting;
Sarah Tankell House – successful campaign to improve design and reduce building height.
In the community:
Held hustings meetings for local elections
Regular liaison with community police;
Involved since foundation in the London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies;
Affiliated to Living Streets;
Involved in setting up
Support for the Highbury Roundhouse Youth and Community Centre.
Individual committee members on Roundhouse Board of Trustees;
Participation in local events – Love Your Parks Day, Love Your Trees Day etc.
Love Your Parks Day 2008