Welcome to the Better Archway Forum Web Site

Archway is a lively London village.
We have independent shops and cafes, a swimming pool, library, hospital, internationally acclaimed art school. There are also fantastic transport links with tube and overground stations, plus 14 different bus routes, not to mention the spot where Dick Whittington and his cat turned again to become Lord Mayor of London.

Archway’s boundaries are Dartmouth Park Hill to the west, Hornsey Lane to the north, Hazelville Road to the east, and Fairbridge Road and the Upper Holloway railway line to the south.

The Forum is a community organisation and emerging development trust which works for everyone with an interest in Archway, whether they live, work or run a company here.

Our aim is to make Archway an even better place to live, work and play.

We start and support projects that improve the quality of life in the area, and empower the community in sustainable and environmentally friendly ways to help make it a place where people can live, work and relax safely and successfully.

We work with local organisations and Islington council on a wide range of projects from greening to protecting historic buildings, improving air quality, and reducing carbon our footprint.


Arts Centre Proposal

After time spent finding organisations to back it and producing the worked up plans, there is now a planning application to turn the old Methodist Hall/Cinema into a community arts centre.

The idea is to make use of the building's original purpose, which was to be a welcoming place for everyone, with a wide range of activities in a layout including a performance space, projection rooms, cafe/restaurant, rehearsal areas and more.

The proposals include reducing the carbon footprint of the building by 70%, while keeping its original appearance and as much as possible of the internal and external detailing.


Consultation on this scheme will be shortly - there is no planning application number as yet - but no harm in writing to the local councillors to give it your support. The proposal is in keeping with the new Islington Local Plan which proposes Archway to be one of the cultural hubs of the borough.

There is also an application, reference P2018/4068/FUL to demolish the hall and construct a six storey replacement for offices. 

If you would prefer the arts centre please write to planning@islington.gov.uk with your comments on the demolition option, again copying the councillors.


Proposal to Convert Archway Post Office to a Franchise

There is currently a consultation about closing the current Crown Post Office and moving the service to the old Nisa shop on Junction Road.


Better Archway has written to the Post Office asking the following questions. As yet we have had no response:


1)   Archway is an area of significant deprivation with the The Index of Multiple Deprivation 2007 / Economic Deprivation Index of 2008 showing parts of Archway falling into the lowest 10% in the country. Those in the population who fall into this category have considerable difficulty changing their homes so can therefore be assumed to be still present.

This type of resident has greater than average need of the services of the Post Office and requires more help in accessing those services. This means that they need experienced staff in the Post Office. Can you confirm what proportion of staff in the new premises would be long-term and experienced Post Office employees rather than the new, minimum wage employees?

2)   Under the proposals the Post Office services are due to be installed alongside retail convenience ranges. The retail offer risks reducing ease of access for everyone, but most of all those who are visually impaired and those who have difficulties walking, particularly customers in wheelchairs. Can you please provide a scale plan of the layout proposed, together with indicated turning circles for wheelchairs?

3)   The outline of proposals do not mention either a dedicated parcels counter, which is much used in the existing Post Office, nor any replacement post box. Can you confirm that both of those would be provided and where?

4)   Can you also please confirm which if any of the existing services would be discontinued in the franchised premises?


You can write directly to the Post Office at comments@postoffice.co.uk. There is some background information at Post Office Views which also includes a short questionnaire.

The Road Layout
The number one problem in Archway, according to community consultations for more than a decade has been the road layout and the impact of traffic. TfL’s scheme, rejected by 75% of respondents in consultation, shows significant problems when assessed against the main objectives:

  1. Motor traffic to keep to the roads hierarchy with most vehicles on the main roads. But traffic including HGVs is now displaced to side roads

  2. Improving southbound bus interchange to equal that northbound. Now northbound interchange is as bad as southbound so potential visitors, including shoppers, actively avoid the area

  3. Shortening pedestrian transit times across the centre. Even TfL calculations show longer transit times, particularly to reach bus stops.

  4. Separating cyclists from pedestrian and motor traffic, especially the HGVs that make up only 4% of motor traffic but are involved in 50% of cyclist deaths But cyclists are taken close to the sharp turns of the A1 and have frequently to give way to other traffic, motor and pedestrian.  

Still lacking is:

  1. Public transport serving points of demand ie terminating routes running to the Hospital  northbound and Archway Market and Upper Holloway station southbound.

  2. All buses travelling to the same destination (Archway Road or Highgate for example) leaving from the same stop.


For more information about Archway’s shops, services, history, children’s activities and more visit www.livinginarchway.org.uk.

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