Sunday, 8 July 2018

Mill Hill Focus #35 - Planning Update and other local news

Welcome to the 35th 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. Do you want to see A Better Mill Hill? Do you want to contribute to making our area nicer, cleaner, greener, more friendly, with a better sense of local community?

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"The Balloon Seller at Mill Hill" by John Robert Reid RBA in 1898.

The Focus team of Donna Pickup, Richard Logue and Roger Tichborne are all local residents, involved with the community and local schools. If you want to stay in touch with us and know what we are doing. 

We hope you didn't miss us too much last week. We were all rather tied up in organising the festivities in Mill Hill Broadway (More of that later) and the World cup to put together a newsletter.  Today we have a bumper issue to make up for it.

Planning Update

We keep an eye on all new planning applications submitted to Barnet Council. Here are details of a few that have generated local interest submitted since 1st June. 

    The team would like to see feedback as to whether resident think that a cafe is an appropriate
     addition to a cemetery site.

    This plan seems to suggest that a living space is constructed in the rear garden of
     no 1B Millway. The building has toilet facilities.

  This plan is for an extension to Goodwyn School. There have been a significant 
   number of comments of support, although interestingly most are from people who
   don't live near the development.  We would suggest that all local residents be aware
   of the proposal

Great local Dog walks

Finchley Vets have put together a list of great places for a dog walk in the locality. They are also great places to go for a walk without a dog! We are pleased to see Arrendene Open Space in Mill Hill featured. Here's what they say!

"Now this area is a hidden gem... Across the road from Mill Hill Park you will find Arrandene Open Space. We admit, not the catchiest name around, but what a beautiful walk. Your dog will love the open spaces with tall grass and the woodlands either side of the many paths. You will also enjoy the views when you reach the peaks. There are so many different routes to take around this area, so you may need a few visits to find them all. Keep an eye out for trees with Jumpers, we’re not sure who is responsible for this act of kindness but several of the trees have jumpers knitted around them, we have found four so far. How many will you find?" Click here for the whole article

Burnt Oak Listed as Londons worst High Street by the FT

As good neighbours, we were disturbed to see the Financial Times naming and shaming Burnt Oak as the worst High St in London. 

Long term residents will remember when Burnt Oak had a department store, a cinema, a thriving market and a great Chinese restaurant. It is a sad indictment on Barnet Council and the local councillors that such a thriving high street has been allowed to rot. We must not let the same happen to Mill Hill. This means keeping up pressure on the council and our local councillor to work for our community.

Litter Update

Scratchwoods park is starting to resemble a council dump. This video we took earlier shows the extent of the mess.

MillHill Summer Festival

An amazing weekend – The Mill Hill Summer Music Festival

There was an amazing summer festival in Mill Hill last weekend. Put together by Mill Hill Music Complex, Vibe Market and The Mill Hill Neighbourhood forum and supported by a stack of great local musicians. The sun shone gloriously and the crowds were out in force. A truly inspiring event! We hope you enjoyed it. Here is our pick of the Highlights.

Other News.

Saracens Fixtures

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