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Mill Hill Broadway Report - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Roger Tichborne Reports
In Mill Hill, we are lucky to have a great community spirit. This year we've seen several examples of this. Today we were out and about in Mill Hill and we were pleased to report yet another great example of this. The Sacred Heart Church on Mill Hill Broadway holds a monthly collection for the Colindale Foodbank. This is normally on the first Sunday of the month. This month this was postponed for a week as it clashed with Easter Sunday. We nipped into the Church to see how it was going. Here's what we saw.
1/3 Mill Hill Broadway - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - first the good, donations this morning for @ColindaleFB at Sacred Heart pic.twitter.com/OWwwdhk4jp— A Better Mill Hill (@ABetterMillHill) April 8, 2018
Then there is the bad side of the Broadway. There is an ongoing problem with vandalism and trip hazards. My elderly aunt had a terrible fall outside Iceland, breaking her nose and having to be taken to Barnet General in an ambulance. As you can see the pavement is still dangerous. There are other trip hazards. We really should have a safe pedestrian walkway on the Broadway. It is high time that the vandalised telephone box is removed. It is a complete eyesore. Such sights put off potential businesses. It is telling that the Dirty Burger Company decided against opening in the old HSBC building, despite putting an application in for an alcohol license. The building is right by the vandalised phonebox.
2/3 Mill Hill Broadway, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - 2, The bad. Vandalism, neglect and dangerous pavements pic.twitter.com/amCc6rd41Q— A Better Mill Hill (@ABetterMillHill) April 8, 2018
Then we have the issue of commercial waste in the Broadway. Sadly it seems that this is becoming an ever more permanent feature of the Broadway.
As we were taking the pictures for these tweets, several local residents approached us and asked what we were doing. When we explained that we were taking pictures for the "A Better Mill Hill" newsletter, they asked what we could do about the ugly shopfronts that have started to spring up in the Broadway. We explained that so long as shopkeepers have conformed with planning regulations and obtained the relevant permissions, there is nothing that can be done currently.3/3 Mill Hill Broadway, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. 3, the Ugly. The Broadway this morning overrun with bins. A disgusting sight pic.twitter.com/EWWhMdynbm— A Better Mill Hill (@ABetterMillHill) April 8, 2018As
The team here are keen supporters of the development of a design brief, to be written into planning rules for Mill Hill shopfronts. We want to see an end to the uglification of our the Broadway and a transformation into a welcoming and attractive environment. Other areas have done it, but it needs a strong and committed team at the local council to see it through. On average shop fronts in the Broadway are remodelled every six years, so if we bring in strong design rules now, by 2022, two thirds of the traders will have updated their frontage, making a far more pleasant Broadway for all.
We fully support the work of the Neighbourhood Forum to try and improve Mill Hill. What they need is a strong, committed and hardworking team at the council to back them up and support them.
The National Institute for Medical Research.
Today team member Donna Pickup went to bid farewell to the famous green roofed building at the National Institute for Medical research. This landmark building was famously used as the location for the Arkham Asylum in Batman films. We sincerely hope that Barrats Homes rebuild the building with the beloved green copper roof.
Really sad to see the NIMR building coming down. Will Barretts rebuild it? @lady_djp pic.twitter.com/oG04jg9Q2R— A Better Mill Hill (@ABetterMillHill) April 8, 2018
National Institute for Medical Research #MillHill. Designed by the architect of Wembley Stadium. Built in 1937. Opened by King George VI & Queen Elizabeth. Proud scientific history. Featured as Arkham Asylum in Batman Begins. Such an iconic building, heartbreaking to see it go pic.twitter.com/Py5xWDuG2P— Donna Pickup #FBPE (@Lady_DJP) April 8, 2018
Although Mill Hill has been spared the worst ravages of knife crime, anyone who is a parent is concerned about the problem. Team member Roger Tichborne spoke to Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio London this week about the issue. Roger was involved in initiatives run by the local police between 2005 and 2011 to steer young people away from gangs, knifes and guns. These schemes were set up following the tragic stabbing of Kiyam Prince at Edgware School. Sadly due to budget cuts, there is not the funding for such outreach work. Roger spoke of why funding for such schemes should be restored.
Knife Crime epidemic in London - Roger Tichborne speaks on BBC Radio London todayhttps://t.co/KF1HzmGqYY— Roger Tichborne/RogT #CTID (@Barneteye) April 6, 2018
Mill Hill Litter Pickers
The Mill Hill Litter pickers were out in force on Saturday. Team members Richard and Roger joined the team on Saturday morning clearing Mill Hill Park. Special thanks to Chris Thornton, who brought the bubbly to celebrate his 70th Birthday! Happy Birthday Chris.
Huge thanks to everyone who came to the Mill Hill litter pick, and absolute respect to gentleman who came on his 70th birthday - and brought prosecco! 🥂🚮 pic.twitter.com/SbSfbeD1Bn— Rachel Megan Barker (@rachellybee) April 7, 2018
Mill Hill Rugby Club
News from Mill Hill Rugby Club
Victory for Mill Hill! Best wishes to Hemmels injured lad, a quick mend we hope! pic.twitter.com/1Az6mtXS9q— Mill Hill Rugby Club (@MillHillRFC) April 7, 2018
Mill Hill Village Cricket Club
https://t.co/5bgj7sbrqB— Mill Hill Village CC (@MHVCricketClub) April 1, 2018
Book your 5 to 8 year old onto our fantastic introduction to Cricket programme. #BigMoments #UpTheVillage@MiddlesexCB pic.twitter.com/QroPVQKtri
Mill Hill Jazz Club
The Marco Marconi Trio - 11th April - Marco has established a reputation as one of the finest Jazz pianists in the country. His trio features equally talented Andrea Di Biase (double bass) & Enzo Zirilli (drums). They enthral, captivate and charm every audience. Please RT.— Mill Hill Jazz Club (@millhilljazz) April 6, 2018
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