THE Fortis Green Residents’ Association was formed in May 1948, following an outcry over the parking of commercial vehicles in Annington Road, just behind the Muswell Hill police station in Fortis Green.
Its aim was to “foster an interest in local government and other matters of local interest”. The Association was to be strictly non sectarian and non political. The slogan adopted became “strength through unity”.
Today we are an established local organisation with more than 700 members from the wards of Muswell Hill, Fortis Green and Alexandra. We are consulted on local planning applications and can bid for funding to save, maintain and improve the area’s landmarks and environment.
Our history has been documented in Muswell Hill and Fortis Green Association: a history of its campaigns and landmark achievements, originally published in 2010, covering among others our successful fight against
- the proposed Archway Road motorway scheme;
- Haringey Council’s proposal to cut down nearly 4000 street trees in the western half of the borough;
- the threat to demolish the famous art deco Muswell Hill Odeon (now Muswell Hill Everyman). The cinema was saved and given Grade II listed status.
The book, by the current Association chairman, John Hajdu, has now been updated to 2015 and is made available to members and to all those who are interested in the Association’s activities and campaigns conducted over 67 years to protect, maintain and improve the local environment and quality of life.