What Can You Do?
Join the Better Archway Forum
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are close to 1,000 members and there is strength in numbers. We send up-date emails about what’s going on around the area.
Help with a Project You Care About
As a voluntary organisation, the Forum’s activities are the ones that people want to devote their spare time to. They include food growing, greening, decluttering, saving our community facilities, objecting to inappropriate licensing applications, helping shape policy and more.
If there is something you would like to see happening - more evening classes, more youth activities, carbon reduction, better preservation of the traditional street fabric - tell us and we’ll support you with that.
Any cash you care to offer will be spent with great care. As a voluntary group we rely on an awful lot of goodwill - without it we wouldn’t still be here. When we do get money - for example for our web sites - instead of getting in expensive experts we’ve just rolled up our sleeves and learnt how to build a site ourselves (any errors do let us know).
Write a Letter
One MP reported that just 600 letters to Parliament raises an issue to the level of national concern. Just 60 will do the same thing on local issues.
Although the council officers carry out the work and even come up with plans for everything from planning to refuse collection, ultimately the elected councillors are responsible for what happens. It’s not always an easy job and it’s always best to find win-win solutions. The fact that they only keep their jobs if people like what they do is a powerful incentive for them to keep listening.
You can contact them by email:
The Local Papers
Writing a letter to the local paper, especially the Islington Tribune, is a great way to raise issues for public debate.
The Editor, Islington Tribune, 40 Camden Road, London NW1 9DR email@example.com
The Editor, Camden New Journal, 40 Camden Road, London NW1 9DR
The Editor Islington Gazette, 161 Tottenham Lane, London N8 9BU
Contact the London Borough of Islington
There is a high turnover of junior officers in many council departments, so even with the best of intentions officers sometimes don’t know the policy as well as those with a local interest.
At the same time as contacting councillors, it is worth writing to the head of the relevant department - planning, regeneration, and conservation are key - to explain the position as an email to the generic address won’t reach them. You will need to ring 020 7527 2000 for details of individual names.
For Archway matters the best email is his constituency assistant Ruth Clarke CLARKERM@parliament.uk