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A little rant about Harringay Green Lanes
6 years ago, my then 9 year old son was knocked over outside his school. He was crossing behind a poorly parked van and had to push his self outside in the road to get hit by cars speeding past North Harringay School. He only broke his arm. The campaign to slow traffic on the ladder gained more momentum after my son's accident. All the streets were made one way and humps put in. Not sure why. Some streets were wide enough not to have to be one way. Some streets were too steep to really justify humps. Alas the non listening council went ahead with their plans. They interpreted so called consultation in a way that everyone was dissatisfied. The icing on the cake was renaming the Ladder to the Ladders. Do I care about traffic, hell yes! What I don't want is more of the crap that sees the Gardens having peace and quiet and the rest of us having hell past our homes day and night.
Let’s face it, no one wants traffic on their roads but I would like to see something more sensible and more even and balanced. Why should the Gardens be super peaceful while my child remains at risk from serious traffic down these roads? Green Lanes is the only main artery through this side of the borough. There are railways and parks that keep us in our place and remind us that we're not in Tottenham and definitely not in Crouch End or Kansas. That also means that this area doesn't have the “Featherstone effect”. No member of parliament routing for us. We don't have the perceived unemployed-gun-knife-Crime-Street- hanging teens as in Tottenham; so the perception is, we get nothing from government and council. We don’t have the “Lammy” hanging out with the folk from the Gardens and the Ladders either. He has to deal with the Tottenham perception, allegedly. We don't get regeneration money to make the place look and feel better. There are no well heeled actors putting their face to campaigns this side of the track to make life a little better for the children of Harringay who don’t have the dosh to buy in Crouch End or Muswell Hill and Highgate. Let’s face it the traffic maybe high on people’s agenda but in reality there is so much around us to stress about when you live in Green Lanes.
I hate having to walk past large groups of men just hanging out on corners blocking the pavement. I hate the fact that Lammy seems to have more important things to do than to look around him and see the crap that Green Lanes is descending into. It’s always been odd having more late night mini marts than anywhere else on the planet. Now we are to have more betting shops than anywhere else, more internet cafés and money sending shops. How comes the parking is welcomed enforced not even in rush hour? That may help to keep traffic moving. Sometimes I hear my neighbours say that “it is what it is”. This means there’ nothing we can do about it. I don’t happen to agree but let’s not nimbyfy this issue. Traffic does have to go somewhere and yes I agree we can’t have humps and traffic. Let’s look again at the Gardens being cut off. I still have to pay council tax the same as everyone else despite the great chance of increased risk to me and my family.
Feeling better now..........