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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 (, The Whittington Hospital, landowners and developers, and the New Economics Foundation (

  • Produced professional standard pedestrian counts for the area and with Space Syntax ( and London 21 (, and run professional masterplanning sessions for the community.

  • Organised a day-long Archway Symposium on planning issues, with speakers including Terry Farrell, architect (, Professor Bill Hillier (, Professor Richard Burdett ( TfL Design Champion David Ubaka and speakers from The Development Trust Association (, Places for People Housing Association (, the New Economics Foundation ( and Bio-Regional eco developers (

  • 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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