Did you know that Barnet Council are currenty in the process of ripping out paving from many of Barnets roads and replacing a properly paved surface with a rather ugly Asphalt finish? In short, your street may be one of many to be "uglified" by your council.
I had noticed that this had taken place on sections of Flower Lane, but hadn't realised that there was a huge programs to trash so many streets.
If you are interested all the roads receiving the treatment are listed in this council document -
(Click here for link in the document for this months works).
There is also a huge road resurfacing program going on, full details can be found here
I suspect that this program of ripping out paving stones is a rather short sighted cost saving measure. Once laid, paving slabs tend to last a very long time. Asphalt is far more susceptable to wear and tear. It won't take too many insurance claims for the savings to be gobbled up.