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Some Forum Achievements

The Better Archway Forum was founded in 2005. Since then we have achieved:


  • Lots of new trees.

  • Removal of big recycling bins from the town centre pavement.

  • Removal of fake estate agent signs.

  • Expansion of the conservation area to protect key central buildings and traditional layout.

  • Allocation of £2m funding from LIP (Local Implementation Plan) and GAF (Growth Area Funding) for improvements to the public realm with wider pavements and better crossings.

  • Conducted community research and informed the council and GLA of our findings.

  • Met with masterplanners, TfL buses, TfL roads, TfL underground, GLA officers, The Association of Town Centre Managers (www.atcm.org), The Whittington Hospital, landowners and developers, and the New Economics Foundation (www.neweconomics.org).

  • Produced professional standard pedestrian counts for the area and with Space Syntax (www.spacesyntax.com) and London 21 (www.london21.org), and run professional masterplanning sessions for the community.

  • Organised a day-long Archway Symposium on planning issues, with speakers including Terry Farrell, architect (www.terryfarrell.co.uk), Professor Bill Hillier (www.spacesyntax.org), Professor Richard Burdett (www.lse.ac.uk). TfL Design Champion David Ubaka and speakers from The Development Trust Association (www.dta.org.uk), Places for People Housing Association (www.placesforpeople.co.uk), the New Economics Foundation (www.neweconomics.org) and Bio-Regional eco developers (www.bioregional.com).

  • Successfully presented the case against a big, high-rise redevelopment with a superstore.

  • Lobbied to broaden the existing conservation area in order to protect the traditional High Street and town centre layout.

  • In 2011 organised for hundreds to walk around the roundabout and demand the return of the road to traditional two-way flow, reducing accidents for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.

  • Successfully campaigned against the opening of a lap dancing club in the Archway Tavern.

  • Recruited and managed two town centre managers before the existing LB Islington manager.

  • Started and supported food growing groups.

  • Organised regular local election hustings.

  • Supported renovation of shop fronts.

  • Partnered in the Archway Low Carbon Zone.

  • Liaised with local Safer Neighbourhood police on safety issues.

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