Archived Articles January to December 2013

Saving the Red Cross building: Mission nearly accomplished!

Former Red Cross building
Restoring and putting to good use Barnet’s rich heritage of historic buildings has become an increasingly…

Barnet Football Club’s departure going ahead as planned

Jan 31, 2013 Barnet Football Club
Barnet Football Club
Barnet Football Club’s match against Wycombe Wanderers in the npower League 2 on Saturday 20 April will be…

Barnet Football Club

Jan 31, 2013 Barnet Football Club
Barnet Football Club
Barnet Football Club’s departure going ahead as planned. Barnet Football Club’s match against Wycombe…

New owner for the Spires Shopping Centre

Apr 09, 2013 High Street The Spires
The Spires
A fresh start for retailing in Chipping Barnet: the Spires shopping centre has been purchased by the William…

'Rambles Round Barnet' a best seller!

Apr 17, 2013 Rambles
Rambles Round Barnet
Barnet Society publication ‘Rambles Round Barnet’ is the no 1 local best-seller at Waterstones Barnet!

North London Waste Plan

Apr 30, 2013 Services
Barnet Recycling
North London’s much-troubled plan for handling municipal rubbish and waste is out for consultations once…

Go ahead for Barnet environment centre rebuild 2

Apr 30, 2013 Planning
Former school buildings beside the Byng Road entrance
A donation of £750,000 will enable work to start this summer on the construction of a new eco-friendly…

Barnet’s derelict NHS buildings: Same tired excuses 3

The abandoned Marie Foster Home in Wood Street
In the two years since the Barnet Society began protesting about derelict NHS buildings nothing has changed.…

Barnet and Southgate College: 'Our doors are open'

Jun 26, 2013 General News
College doors open for community
High Barnet residents have been invited to come up with ideas to use the facilities at the Wood Street campus…

Barnet market: now it’s up to Spires’ new owners to deliver

Jun 26, 2013 Barnet Market
Barnet Market
Resurfacing the site of Barnet market and installing basic facilities for the stallholders is the first test…

The Spires shopping centre: will the twin spires have to go? 17

Jul 05, 2013 High Street The Spires
The Spires
The Spires' new owner wants to create a more 'enticing' entrance from the High Street that would attract more…

Barnet Market improvements ready by September 1

Jul 05, 2013 Barnet Market
Barnet Market site to be improved
Barnet Market’s improved site should be open for business by September, ready to attract new stall holders.

Rambles Round Barnet Update

Jul 15, 2013 Rambles
Update regarding Rambles Round Barnet
Footpath closure affecting 'Rambles Round Barnet' Part 1. Update to infomation.

Know any famous people born in Barnet's maternity hospital? 52

Jul 16, 2013 General News
The old Victoria Hopsital now appartments on Wood Street
For well over 60 years the Victoria Maternity Hospital served the people of the Barnets, but today there is…

Sad café: Old Court House park in need of refreshment 1

Eating mess: café has lain idle for years and the adjoining area has become overgrown
High Barnet’s most popular children’s playground in the Old Court House recreation ground could become even…

Clamped! how petition spurred council to give up fight

Jul 31, 2013 Petition
Barnet Council’s defeat in the High Court made headlines
A successful petition has helped to stop Barnet Council from appealing against the High Court ruling on…

Barnet Council finally backs down after High Court defeat

Aug 05, 2013 Petition
David Attfield led the fight
After having originally threatened to appeal against a High Court ruling that it had acted unlawfully in…

Council enforcement notice on 'Swiss Chalet' 3

Aug 15, 2013 Planning
Swiss chalet or a fine addition to drab frontage?
After a rising chorus of protest from local community and residential groups, Barnet Council has finally…

Barnet Council to change decision process

Aug 27, 2013 Consultations
Barnet Council Consultation
The council is proposing to change the way that decisions are taken and introduce a Committee System form of…

Chaotic approach to High Barnet tube 6

Aug 29, 2013 Road Improvements
Congested chaos at High Barnet Tube
Reorganise chaotic approach to High Barnet tube station to provide space for a bus service direct to the…

Barnet’s multiplying wheelie, green and now blue 8

Aug 29, 2013 Services
Multiplying Wheelie Bins
Barnet residents are about to face what looks like becoming a game of musical chairs among the wheelie bins…

Road improvements planned at Wood Street accident black spot

Sep 12, 2013 Road Improvements
Wellhouse junction on Wood Street blackspot
A road realignment, a possible new zebra crossing and extra footpaths are being proposed at the junction of…

At Last! Barnet Market improvements 1

Sep 21, 2013 Barnet Market
Just great news
While work is under way resurfacing Barnet Market its temporary home will be the area around the bandstand…

Temporary home for Barnet Market

Sep 28, 2013 Barnet Market
Barnet Market now in the bandstand area of The Spires
While work is underway resurfacing Barnet Market, its temporary home is the area around the bandstand outside…

No recycling w/c 7th October

Oct 01, 2013 Services
No collections next week
As part of the preparations to deliver Barnet’s new waste and recycling service, Barnet Council will be…

“Terrific victory” for Friends of Barnet Market 2

Oct 01, 2013 Barnet Market
Work commences on the long awaited upgrade to facilities at Barnet Market
Rarely has the presence of a mechanical digger been welcomed with such enthusiasm as greeted its arrival on…

Barnet in the fall: visit Whitings Hill

Oct 08, 2013 General News
Whittings Hill
Whitings Hill is hardly likely to rival New England in the fall, but two plantations planted almost 20 years…

Archaeologists to find real site of Battle of Barnet 9

Oct 08, 2013 Barnet History
The Battle of Barnet 1471
An application is to be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund to see if it would agree to pay for an…

Old Court House Café reopens 1

The Old Court House Café in the recreational grounds
After a lengthy closure the Old Court House recreation ground has a functioning café once again. A new tenant…

Barnet Then and Now 3

Oct 17, 2013 Books
Image from the book - Barnet Then and Now
Old and new photographs of local buildings and views have been brought together in Barnet Then and Now, a new…

High Barnet's broadband fiasco 15

Oct 21, 2013 Broadband
Several thousand High Barnet customers have no idea when they will get superfast broadband
Several thousand properties in and around High Barnet’s conservation area have been left without any clear…

The new Battle of Barnet? 1

Oct 24, 2013 Barnet History
The Old Ford Manor Golf Club at Monken Hadley
A plan to deposit landfill on the golf course that takes in part of the site of the Battle of Barnet has…

Bin There? 2

Oct 25, 2013 Services
 Collector at work early morning
New recycling service: an eyewitness report from a Barnet Society member. High Barnet householders have been…

Golf club wins first round in new Battle of Barnet 1

Oct 29, 2013 Barnet History
Waste not: under proposals, landfill would be used to 're-contour' the course and up to 60 poplar trees felled
If planning approval can be obtained, Barnet Council will allow landfill to be used to re-contour a golf…

Market re-opening: just the kind of celebration High Barnet needs

Nov 14, 2013 Barnet Market
Stall holder back on refurbished market site
Celebrations along the high streets of Britain have been few and far between in the last few years, so the…

Town centre to be transformed

Nov 17, 2013 Events
Barnet Fair in the High Street
Local shops and businesses are pulling out all the stops to ensure a spectacular line-up of events and…

Rambles Round Barnet Part 2

Nov 20, 2013 Rambles
Rambles Round Barnet
Rambles Round Barnet 2 went on sale for the first time at the Christmas Fair on Sunday 1st December 2013. It…

Church Passage cladding: An inspector decides 9

Nov 22, 2013 Planning
The building in Church Passage
A planning inspector has now been appointed to consider the objections made by the Barnet Society and other…

Will grocery collection add to Tube station congestion? 2

Nov 23, 2013 Road Improvements
ASDA and TfL claim that conjestion at the car park will not increase
Transport for London say its decision to allow Asda supermarkets to use High Barnet tube station for its…

The best ever Barnet Christmas Fair

Dec 02, 2013 Events
All the fun of the fair
All the fun of the fair filled the High Street for the annual Barnet Christmas Fair, which many judged was…

One hour free at Moxon Street car park 4

Dec 03, 2013 Road Improvements
Moxon Street Car Park
After sustained pressure from local traders and community groups, Barnet Council has agreed to provide a…

Theresa Villiers opposes golf course landfill

Dec 15, 2013 Barnet History
MP Theresa Villiers
Local residents who are against plans for tree-felling and landfill on the site of Old Fold Manor Golf Club…

Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs dies 1

Dec 18, 2013 General News
Imfamous Barnet resident Ronnie Biggs
Ronnie Biggs, who spent the final years of his life at the Carlton Court Care Home in Bells Hill Barnet, has…