Some Forum Achievements
The Better Archway Forum was founded in 2005. Since then we have achieved:
Lots of new trees.
Removal of recycling bins in the town centre.
Removal of the mass of fake estate agent signs.
Expansion of the conservation area to protect key central buildings and the 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.
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.
Persuaded the GLA to fund a feasibility study for the removal of the Archway gyratory.
Campaigned against the opening of a sex club in the Archway Tavern.
Recruited and managed two town centre managers before the existing LB Islington manager.
Facilitated the creation of the Archway Retail Community Interest Company, to promote key retail in the area.
Started and supported food growing groups.
Organised regular election hustings.
Lobbied to stop a sex club.
Supported renovation of shop fronts.
Partnered in the Archway Low Carbon Zone.
Liaised with local Safer Neighbourhood police on safety issues.