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25th July 2015

Lake, Finsbury Park

The Boating Lake, Finsbury Park

Finsbury Park

Finsbury Park

Corbyn Street, Finsbury Park

A Taste of Things to Come, Comrades?

Finsbury Park Radish

Finsbury Park Radishes

Get Happy, Get Active

Get Happy, Get Active

The Friends of Finsbury park

I recently signed up to join the Friends of Finsbury Park. According to their website ( they are:

'…a charity that was formed in 1986 by people who care about Finsbury Park…a small but growing group of ordinary people who live or work in the local area.'

Meeting them for a walk around the park was an opportunity to meet with park staff and fellow Finsbury park Freinds, including Haringey councillors, and to contribute any views.

We were shown new basketball courts under construction, however people were most concerned about the damage caused by the recent Wireless festival.

Shockingly there was still glass in the grass where children play, and one huge area of grass had been totally ruined.

The organisers should be ashamed, and Haringey Council should be putting pressure on them.

Surgery with Cllr Watts

Another bit of local action, I visited my councillor Richard Watts at his surgery at the Laundry, Sparsholt Road, N4 (

Islington Council is the freeholder of my flat. They have well-documented problems with their contractors, who caused unecessary chaos and distress to my life and the lives of others, while taking money from Islington taxpayers for shoddy work.

At a time when Islington are closing facilities for financial reasons, it has sadly left me a bit cynical.

Mr Watts seemed concerned, so I am hoping for a positive outcome…

A nice Boiler Man

It's not all grumbling, a big thanks to N4 Gas, who installed my boiler a couple of years ago.

The service was excellent, and when I had no hot water on Saturday morning, they patiently explained over the phone how to alter the pressure.

Good to know that there are local tradesmen who take pride in doing a good job..unlike Partners for Improvement (ha-ha!) in Islington...grrr..

Finsbury Park Roof Radishes

Black-fly blitzed my spinach (I have since been told to spray with diluted detergent, or plant marigolds), but I have got some lovely Finsbury Park radishes grown on my roof terrace, and my carrots look promising.

Cllr Richard Watts surgery: Second Saturday of the month from 11.00am to 12noon. The Laundry, Sparsholt Road, N19 4EL (Richard Watts on Islington Council website)

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