Fiona and Beatrix

Fiona and Beatrix

Time for a break

Time for a break

Francois Wasselin

Hoe, Hoe, Hoe Francois Wasselin




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Update on Canonbury of People Friendly Streets

Dear Member,

Many of you have been concerned at the way these proposals have been introduced, the timing and the implementation, without a proper consultation. This is despite vociferous opposition to the scheme and the positioning of the filters. We were disappointed not to have been able to sway the traffic planners prior to implementation. We are conscious that many of our members are not against the principle of establishing people-friendly streets but there is widely-held incredulity that the initiative has been rushed through with insufficient planning and with woeful disregard for the needs of the infirm and disabled and other disadvantaged groups. The effect on our local shops has been immediate and profound.  

The lack of consultation under current legislation seems to be lawful. We have received repeated reassurances that this is a trial scheme only and that a proper and full consultation will take place post-implementation. Accordingly, in the first 6 months to March/April 2021), the council is inviting residents to voice their concerns and identify problems relating to the scheme which might be resolved by adjustments being made at an early stage. A formal consultation by the Council will be held in October/November 2021 after which a decision will be taken as to whether the scheme should be made permanent when the experimental order ends in 18 months’ time, or modified, or cancelled.

It is vital that we monitor the effect of traffic in our area – not just in our ward but the knock-on effect on other roads and access points, and we continue to need your help whether you support the scheme, or aspects of it, or whether you oppose.

We are asking you and other Canonbury residents to complete a questionnaire sent out yesterday. A series of traffic counts on selected roads are already underway. We would also like information about your specific observations and concerns. Short contemporaneous notes on conditions, recording dates, time and location, with selected photographs of notable incidents, would be very helpful. Reporting what you are told by others, for instance cab and bus drivers, pedestrians and shopkeepers, is also valuable so long as it is recorded at the time and dated and put into context.

From this feed-back we will compile a report with suggestions and recommendations to the council. We will continue to liaise closely with our Ward Councillors Nick Wayne, John Woolf and Clare Jeapes.

Please email us at info@canonburysociety.org.uk

Thank you in advance.

Kind regards

Philip Walker

Kind regards

Philip Walker



The Friends of Canonbury Square,  have launched their website:   http://www.friendsofcanonburysquare.org.uk and Facebook page
(search@friendsofcanonburysquare). We are working together to put the sparkle back into our community square. Please like and share the Facebook page and feel free to send ideas and updates for the website. info@friendsofcanonburysquare.org.uk

Report anything that looks suspicious!

Islington's Greenspace team have provided contact numbers to ring if you see anything in the Canonbury Square parks that worries you, call Parks Patrol on 07970 893588. This is a two-person team with dogs that work during day-light hours and after-dark. They work closely with the police.You can also call the Anti-social Behaviour team on 0207 527 7272. This team works with Parks Patrol and typically deals with threatening and drunken behaviour.


The Canonbury Society is monitoring developments at the Highbury Corner roundabout. You are encouraged to share your views and experiences with Canonbury Ward Councillors:

Councillor Clare Jeapes clare.jeapes@islington.gov.uk

Councillor John Woolf John.Woolf@islington.gov.uk

Councillor Nick Wayne nick.wayne@islington.gov.uk


Our annual newsletter is coming out at a most unusual time. You will not be receiving a printed copy through your front door but you can download it. Some hard copies have been printed and can be delivered if you would prefer this. To request the latter, please contact info@canonburysociety.org.uk. Also. please let us know if you know of someone who does not have access to the internet that would like a hard copy,

You can also download past newsletters:












Canonbury heritage under siege by stone thieves

Read the tribute to Diane Brace in The Islington Tribune ISLINGTON LOCAL PLAN
You can also read the Guardian's obituary -

Islington Council has recently undertaken a consultation on its Local Plan Review. The Local Plan is the basis for all of Islington’s planning policies and decisions and usually covers a five year period.
Following the consultation, the council will submit in January 2018 an amended draft Local Plan and supporting documents for independent examination which takes place in May 2018. The Inspector’s report is received in October/November 2018 and it is anticipated that the Local Plan will be adopted by the full council within a couple of months from then.

The Society thanks Petra Laidlaw for her photos of the birds on the New River.

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