Sunday, 29 April 2018

Mill Hill Focus #28 - All the latest local news

 
Welcome to the 28th 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?

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.

Local Planning Update

We'd like to apologise that we can't bring you the latest update on local planning applications in Mill Hill as the Barnet Council Website does not seem to be working properly at the moment. 

Volunteering

Do you have some spare time? Would you be interested in contributing to our great community? Why not consider volunteering. Click here for details of the local organisations where you can volunteer


50% Increase in local robberies

We are disturbed to read about a 50% increase in robberies across the Borough. Mill Hill Focus team member Richard is setting up meetings with local groups to discuss options.  It has been proposed that the community organise citizens patrols.Concerned local residents have suggested  that they could give up an hour a month to form a rota and perform an organised patrol of the area, wearing a high visibility jacket with wording such as "Mill Hill Security Patrol". It has also been suggested that a newsletter could be circulated giving details of local crime issues, scams, etc. Of course this would have to work in association with the local police and would not replace the services, just work as extra eyes and ears on the ground. If you are interested or have any ideas please get in touch.

Local Election coverage

Focus team member Roger writes:
This Thursday, there are elections for local Council. Local canvassing has shown that the race is neck and neck. In 1994 the Lib Dems beat the Tories by 3 votes out of 12,000 possible votes. There is every sign that it could be as close this time. Speaking to focus team member Roger yesterday, stalwart Conservative Councillor John Hart said that "I think it is the closest race since 2006 when the ward returned 2 Lib Dems and me!".

Conservative election leaflet from 2010
Locals will recall that Mill Hill was a Lib Dem ward between 1992 and 2010, having all or the majority of councillors for this period. In 2010, the local Conservatives won on the back of a leaflet claiming that the Lib Dems were planning a "giant 500 seat football stadium on the green belt at Copthall". It is quite ironic that within a few months of this leaflet, claiming that the 500 seat stadium would cause traffic mayhem, the Tories started working on the Allianz Park stadium for Saracens.

The Conservatives also claimed that they would "never allow development on the Green Belt". This position has been radically modified, with them actively promoting a 17 acre development on the green belt at Copthall. It is also interesting to see the list of candidates. As most Mill Hill residents will know, Sury Khatri was recently deselected by the Tories after serving eight years on the council. It seems that his vigorous scrutiny of the One Barnet Capita contract upset the deputy Leader of the Conservatives in Barnet.

Sury was out on the Broadway canvassing with the local Lib Dems over the last two weeks, explaining to local residents why he is backing them to win in Mill Hill.



If you are supporting the Lib Dems and need a lift to the polling station please email us ASAP.

If you can help with telling at a polling station, delivering or canvassing this week, please let us know.

It really will be tight so make sure your voice is heard.

Other Mill Hill News




Jamie O'Donnell Quartet - 2nd May - A Tribute to Phil Woods... This band features Rob Barron on keyboards, Matt Fishwick on drums and Dominic Howles on Bass. The quartet perform at many London venues, including London's 606 Club. Please RT.









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