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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Just wondered if there is a case for a bit of a historic land grab?

The land in question is alongside the New River, west of Wightman road and south of Hornsey High Street. (There is another stretch North of that.)   Currently, it is a bit like a several hundred yard long dog toilet and it could be improved. I assume there other sections north and south ot the area too.

I believe the land is owned by Thames Water. Because of its proximity to the Railway Line and New River, there would be restrictions like no stonking great trees which might bust the bank of the river and flood the area or land on the rail way line.    

Islington has an elegant New River Walk, so why can't we have one too?  Done in Harringay style of course.  It could be used for people to show case their garden design and hard skills as well.

Anyone up for setting up a campaign to get Thames Water to do the right thing for Harringay?

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Do you mean the section of the New River Path between the gate on Wightman Rd opposite Allison Rd and Hornsey Station? If so, while I think it could be better maintained by Thames water, I would be extremely sceptical of any plan that did anything to threaten (a) the diversity of wildlife there or (b) the feeling of having a stretch of countryside in the middle of our urban landscape.

You also need to remember that the stretch in Islington, while part of the original course of the river, is no longer actually part of it - the river has been truncated at the old pumping station (Castle Climbing Centre) in Stoke Newington. North of there, including the section in Harringay, is still a working water source supplying London, and its use as a leisure facility is secondary to that.

There is also no public right of way on the New River Path where it goes right next to the river - you are correct that it's private land owned by Thames Water, and the risk of suggesting that they "do the right thing" (which, in my view, would not be the right thing at all) is that they move the permission for the public to use the path altogether.

Hi Bethany

Yes, that is where I mean. Pleased to see you at least agree on the point that the land should be better managed.    I know its part of the water suppy with unhygenic dog faeces draining into it.

Evidently things have not moved on since the New Flats sewage pipe drained into the water works.   ( That left the water works so contaminated, a new one was built a few years ago. All concerned kept quiet about it. LB Haringey apparently lost their pipe maps and the New Flats sewage pipe was inadvertently connected to the waterworks fresh water supply pipe I believe. Thats a secret part of Haringey History ...)

The piece of land cannot be left unmanaged and it has to be maintained.  For example, if a tree grew near the New River, the roots could breach the bank, flood Wightman Road and disrupt the water supply. That is probably why there are no big trees very near the New River. 

Have you ever wondered why there is no water weed in it?  TW probably treat it with something to prevent it growing but I have heard pike attack ducks by the New flats. 

That piece of land has unrealised community potential. Closing it off would prevent it being realised.

With my 10% of Nordic / Viking DNA, I support a land grab to bring it into community use.

I hope you can be persuaded to change your view. ;o)

You may also want to educate yourself on the history and extent of the New River and, of course, the New River Path. This is a reasonable starting point: http://www.luphen.org.uk/walks/new_river/newriver.pdf but there are plenty of other resources available.

I have explored quite bit of the Lea Network on bike. Running North up Broxbourne and Dobbs Weir. Running south on the Lee Navigation to Limehouse Basin, Dickens Inn and down the canal to Paddington via Camden.

That's nice. It's not the New River, though.

True but is part of an interesting three lane water network which started with the river Lea then the navigation and new river were added. 18/19th century engineers added a water delivery system and water source for London, the navigation and the new river.

The investors then built two very posh houses in Enfield, Middleton house and Forties hall I  think.

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