We would like to hear from local residents and park users to know which measures for improving safety in the Park they would support. We would be grateful, therefore if you could help us by reading this summary and filling in the brief 2-minute survey.
There was a General Meeting of the Friends of Finsbury Park on March 27th 2018 to discuss the issue of park security and the safety of park users. There was a good attendance – more than 30 people, including representatives of local Police and other relevant professionals.
There was a long discussion, with helpful contributions from Police and workers with homeless people. The following concerns were expressed, often vigorously, and with many anecdotes as illustration.
Drug dealing - This was of great concern. Members gave examples of time and place, indicating that dealing is rife at all times, with a perceived increase in activity at big events and festivals. Police involvement has some effect but gives only brief respite. Dealers have the upper hand.
Personal safety - There seems to be minimal presence now of park staff and Police. Members expressed anxiety about using the park, especially late in the day. The general state of the park indicates a lower than necessary employment of gardeners.
Lighting and locking the park - There was a widespread view that lighting is inadequate when the park is in use after dark, especially now that it is no longer locked at night. At the same time, there were concerns about the adverse effects of artificial light on wild life.
Rough sleepers - There is gang violence against rough sleepers in the park.
Vehicular traffic in the park is increasingly dangerous - Speed limits are often not observed. It would be helpful to have clearly marked cycle lanes.
In relation to the forthcoming Police audit, one of the Police officers present commented on the recommendations that would shortly be presented to Haringey Council, giving the following indications of probable content:
- The park should be fully closed at night.
- The boundary fencing should be improved.
- The Manor Lodge area should be cleared and improved.
- The shelter by Seven Sisters road should be removed.
- The benches near Seven Sisters road should be relocated.
- Bins should be redesigned to prevent drugs and weapons storage.
- There should be better lighting – though this could encourage anti-social behaviour.
- Wild life should be protected
We would like to hear from local residents and park users to know which measures for improving safety in the Park they would support. We would be grateful, therefore if you could help us by filling in the brief 2-minute survey below.