Plans for a £1.5million revamp in North Finchley go on display at artsdepot

Plans to carry out a £1.5million revamp in North Finchley will be unveiled today.

The majority of the money has been allocated from the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund with £400,000 added to the pot by Barnet Borough Council, and will used to renovate the area as well as introduce apprenticeships for young people.

Improvements will be made to High Street with proposals including a cultural 'hub' for creative workshops such as dance and art, as well as a public events space at Tally Ho Corner and renovation of the Grand Arcade.

The remaining cash will be used to provide apprenticeships for young people and help new and existing businesses.

People are being encouraged to have their say on the plans which will be exhibited from 2pm at artsdepot before Councillor David Longstaff discusses the proposals at 6pm.

Cllr Longstaff said: “We’d love to set up a North Finchley Town Team of people with a vested interest in making the best of their local high street.

“We will be showing people some of the ideas and thoughts for the project so far in the hope of starting a dialogue with local people about what they want to see improved – we want to encourage more people to use the area.”

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2:07pm Thu 28 Feb 13

rony says...

Can we park there, please?
Can we park there, please? rony
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3:26pm Thu 28 Feb 13

BarnetTrader says...

If they want to make a real difference to the economic viability of the area they should spend the money on parking meters!

High Barnet is sinking lower and lower despite what they spent on it from the Boris fund. If shoppers can't pay they don't come. It's that simple.

Councillors pretend that they are ordering new meters but the officer responsible for doing so says he he hasn't been instructed! Just more lies to stall further dissent Traders and their customers are not so stupid!
If they want to make a real difference to the economic viability of the area they should spend the money on parking meters! High Barnet is sinking lower and lower despite what they spent on it from the Boris fund. If shoppers can't pay they don't come. It's that simple. Councillors pretend that they are ordering new meters but the officer responsible for doing so says he he hasn't been instructed! Just more lies to stall further dissent Traders and their customers are not so stupid! BarnetTrader
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12:48am Fri 1 Mar 13

Cadwallader says...

Why not spend the money reinstating the old pay-and-display meters?

Until people can park without having to spend longer than they were going to stop negotiating with the current system, everything else will simply be a matter of deck-chair-rearrange
ment, while the band plays Abide With Me and those of us in Steerage rattle the locked gates to the upper decks.
Why not spend the money reinstating the old pay-and-display meters? Until people can park without having to spend longer than they were going to stop negotiating with the current system, everything else will simply be a matter of deck-chair-rearrange ment, while the band plays Abide With Me and those of us in Steerage rattle the locked gates to the upper decks. Cadwallader
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11:16am Fri 1 Mar 13

Caro1000 says...

Why not offer an hour or two free parking for shoppers. Too expensive and complicated to park at any shopping centres in Barnet, cannot carry all our shopping without the car now we are old so now choose to shop elsewhere. It makes life a little easier.
Why not offer an hour or two free parking for shoppers. Too expensive and complicated to park at any shopping centres in Barnet, cannot carry all our shopping without the car now we are old so now choose to shop elsewhere. It makes life a little easier. Caro1000
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7:06pm Fri 1 Mar 13

BarnetTrader says...

The day Sally and her rival colleagues at Vision On got to work in High Barnet they took the meters out! November 8th 2011.Black Tuesday. It was carnage on the street that day, with a frenzy of parking tickets being issued. Even a mum had a ticket whilst her kids were in the back of the car!

Since then it been down hill. The prominent cafe on the edge of the Church garden was given a facelift, new awning etc. as part of the 'regeneration' project. Money down the drain! It couldn't survive and is now an eyesore.

There is no point tarting up a town if no one can park! Use the money wisely and put the meters back.
The day Sally and her rival colleagues at Vision On got to work in High Barnet they took the meters out! November 8th 2011.Black Tuesday. It was carnage on the street that day, with a frenzy of parking tickets being issued. Even a mum had a ticket whilst her kids were in the back of the car! Since then it been down hill. The prominent cafe on the edge of the Church garden was given a facelift, new awning etc. as part of the 'regeneration' project. Money down the drain! It couldn't survive and is now an eyesore. There is no point tarting up a town if no one can park! Use the money wisely and put the meters back. BarnetTrader
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7:36am Wed 6 Mar 13

BarnetBird says...

I totally agree with the comments above, it's pointless spending any money on an area unless free parking is made available. When I go shopping I drive further to know I can find a free parking space near the shops. I never shop in High Barnet, its full of charity shop and food outlets! As for more dance and art - please! Was that not the point of the arts depot ? What they need is for the people who live locally to say whats needed and then the suit behind the desk (that probably lives out of the borough) can actual direct the money to something useful!
I totally agree with the comments above, it's pointless spending any money on an area unless free parking is made available. When I go shopping I drive further to know I can find a free parking space near the shops. I never shop in High Barnet, its full of charity shop and food outlets! As for more dance and art - please! Was that not the point of the arts depot ? What they need is for the people who live locally to say whats needed and then the suit behind the desk (that probably lives out of the borough) can actual direct the money to something useful! BarnetBird
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