Finishing touches made in £1.4million improvement project in North Finchley

Times Series: Darren Shea chair of the town team with Alice Cicolini outside the units in the Grand Arcade. Darren Shea chair of the town team with Alice Cicolini outside the units in the Grand Arcade.

The finishing touches to a £1.4million improvement project will be made in North Finchley this month.

The town centre received almost £1.1 million from the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund, to which £380,000 was added by Barnet Borough Council to make the area look nicer as well as boost economic vitality.

A group of volunteers was put together to form a North Finchley Town Team to help decide what improvements should be made.

These have included planting 20 new trees with lighting around Tally Ho corner and the high street, new benches and a new set of historic plaques on the railings of the Tally Ho pub.

A Saturday food market was also piloted in Lodge Lane car park and a memorial bench and plaque is due to be installed outside Sainsbury’s in honour of much-loved Finchley character, Horace White who died in September 2012.

The town team has also been busy revitalising three empty units in the Grand Arcade to create a gallery, workshop spaces and hot desks for everyone in the area to use.

Speaking to the Times Series, town team chairman Darren Shea said: “There was a real lack of community space in the town centre and we wanted to tackle that.

“We’ve created assets for the community and a reason for people to come to the area. Hopefully when people come to the Grand Arcade they will then explore the rest of the town, benefitting other local businesses.”

The revamped units should be ready to open in May.

Council leader Councillor Richard Cornelius said: “It has been important to support our local economies during these difficult times and this scheme helped give North Finchley town centre a boost.

“I hope the local traders and residents will now keep the ball rolling and continue to do their bit to support their high street.”

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8:01pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Rog T says...

1.4 Million for a few trees and park benches, but they can't afford £45,000 for Mapledown Special school where young disabled people need special services. This is madness. How on earth can you spend £1.4 mill on what they've mentioned here. How much were the "consultants" paid? This is just a crass pre-election attempt to look as if they are doing something and to let a few councillors get their picture taken planting a paltry 20 trees
1.4 Million for a few trees and park benches, but they can't afford £45,000 for Mapledown Special school where young disabled people need special services. This is madness. How on earth can you spend £1.4 mill on what they've mentioned here. How much were the "consultants" paid? This is just a crass pre-election attempt to look as if they are doing something and to let a few councillors get their picture taken planting a paltry 20 trees Rog T
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8:20pm Thu 10 Apr 14

nnewmarch says...

Can we also see the streets clean in North Finchley. All round the bus garage and Tally Ho corner is disgusting. The pavements are dirty.
Can we also see the streets clean in North Finchley. All round the bus garage and Tally Ho corner is disgusting. The pavements are dirty. nnewmarch
  • Score: 3

4:57pm Fri 11 Apr 14

murphy575 says...

Weird. I live in North Finch and am on the high street basically every day, I've not noticed any difference.

I would think if I got £1.4million my friends & family would notice the difference. Clearly someone got ripped-off (again).

If you want a few trees planting, I'll do it for a tenner(!). Weird...
Weird. I live in North Finch and am on the high street basically every day, I've not noticed any difference. I would think if I got £1.4million my friends & family would notice the difference. Clearly someone got ripped-off (again). If you want a few trees planting, I'll do it for a tenner(!). Weird... murphy575
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12:29pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Earpoo says...

I also am on the high street every day. apart from some newly painted lamp posts and some badly installed bike racks here and there i see no difference.

And having two slow painters taking an age to finish the inside of the grand arcade isn't helping peoples perceptions.
I also am on the high street every day. apart from some newly painted lamp posts and some badly installed bike racks here and there i see no difference. And having two slow painters taking an age to finish the inside of the grand arcade isn't helping peoples perceptions. Earpoo
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12:04am Sun 13 Apr 14

Neville Longbottom says...

What a waste.
What a waste. Neville Longbottom
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12:25pm Wed 30 Apr 14

N11_PW says...

Rubbish, no way has £1.4 million been spent in improving North Finchley's look it's still the same as before!!! There were trees their previously. This is just a lie to hide the money which was hidden in other ways by the council!!!

Fix the crap road surfaces
Fix the A46 traffic congestion again!!! which took 5+ years to do in the first place!
Rubbish, no way has £1.4 million been spent in improving North Finchley's look it's still the same as before!!! There were trees their previously. This is just a lie to hide the money which was hidden in other ways by the council!!! Fix the crap road surfaces Fix the A46 traffic congestion again!!! which took 5+ years to do in the first place! N11_PW
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