Sunday, 28 January 2018

Mill Hill Focus #15 - A call to action for Mill Hill Residents and other local news

Welcome to the 15th edition of our weekly newsletter for the Mill Hill Community.  Published every Sunday, we bring all the latest news stories, events and other information for people living in and around Mill Hill.  If you like what you see

The photo here shows the 15 storey plus lower ground & ground floors proposed in the new application 17/8102/FUL for the Pentavia RETAIL park. The Mill Hill Neighbourood forum have written an open letter opposing the scheme (Click here to read the letter).

This letter outlines points you may wish to consider should you wish to object. The number of objections to proposals are a key factor for the authorities when considering applications. The council treat "cut and paste" responses as a single response, so make sure you word your own response.

The team at ABetterMillHill recommend that you email your comments to both  and at the Mayor of London's office, as both are responsible for approval of the scheme.

If you prefer a hard copy letter, send  to Carl Griffiths,Principal Planning Officer - Major Projects Team, Development Management and Building Control, London Borough of Barnet, Barnet House, 1255 High Road, London N20 0EJ with a copy to Sarah Considine, Planning, GLA, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA. Alternatively you can comment online on the Council's planning portal referencing the application number 17/8102/FUL. The deadline for comments is 6th February, so please make your views known asap.

You can also view the application and make objections via the Council website (CLICK HERE)

The bottom image is the latest proposed view from Mill Hill Park
We are disappointed to learn that our local MP Mr Matthew Offord does not seem to consider the Mayor of London as a valid participant in the planning process. He has recently written to a constituent stating that such matters are, in his opinion, purely matters for the planning department (now run by Capita)  and local planning committee. We believe that when large developments cause issues such as overcrowding on roads and rail networks operated by TFL and other operators, then it is only correct that they are viewed from a London wide perspective. We however believe that both The Mayor and The Local Authority should have a veto, so that developments satisfy the requirements of both.

If you want to see Mill Hill transformed into a concrete jungle, with pressure on schools, doctors surgeries, roads, rail and tube links, then you probably won't be to upset with this. If you care about Mill Hill, please make the effort to oppose this awful proposal.

Local News

We are sorry to report that we've seen yet more flytipping and littering in the lovely greenbelt Arrandene Open Space.

We are also disturbed to note that in Bunns Lane, the recent road resurfacing has left several manholes dangerously indented. This can damage car wheels travelling at the speed limit of 30mph and is a major hazard to bicycles and motorbikes.

We have notified the council about both of these issues.

The police also reported a serious assault on Mill Hill Broadway this week. This is the most recent of a series of disturbing incidents involving violence and knives. Whilst the Police report that the incidents are unrelated, it is highly disturbing to find that Mill Hill is becoming a crime hotspot. We need a serious community initiative to combat this.

On a happier note, we are pleased to report that Barnet Mencap had a great touch rugby tournament at the award winning, Barnet Community Sports club of the year

And why not join Mill Hill Jazz club for some quality Jazz this Wednesday

One of Mill Hill's best known sons (and contributor to this blog) has announced that he'd like to stand for Barnet Council. Click here to find out why he thinks he's the man for the job

And we finish off in style. A great little bit of Mill Hill History, from the Mill Hill Historical Society.

Have a great week!

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