Councillor report – October 2021

In this report, I have provided a summary of all the work I have been doing over the past few weeks. As well as my role as a ward councillor, I chair the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Turnpike Lane Strategy Group.

Walkabout on Turnpike Lane with Met Police

On 16 September 2021, I joined police officers and Harringay councillor colleagues for a walkabout on Turnpike Lane. The area around Ducketts Common has unfortunately become a crime hotspot with four murders taking place this year. This has led to an increase in the fear of crime in the area.

I also raised concerns about drug dealing taking place from addresses on Alexandra Palace and antisocial behaviour around the area. Police officers assured that additional resources are being put into Turnpike Lane.

Sandbunker Community Centre’s 21st anniversary

On 25 September 2021, I joined the community at the Sandlings to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Sandbunker Community Centre. This was one of the first community events that I attended since the pandemic began. I spoke about the commitment that this Labour administration has in building council homes. We are on target to deliver 1000 council homes by 2022. This is the first time in over 40 years that the council is building council homes.

Turnpike Lane Joint Strategy Group

I chaired the meeting of the Turnpike Lane Strategy Working Group on 6 October 2021 from 4pm to 5.45pm. A series of short, medium and long term improvement plans for Turnpike Lane have been drawn up. Met Police also provided an update on the work that they are doing to address crime and grime in the area.

Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Haringey is the worst borough in London for knife crime. It is the sixth highest in London for gun crime. There is renewed focus on VAWG in the aftermath of the brutal murder of Sabina Nessa.

We are appealing to residents to take part in the scrutiny review. Please contact me if you want to provide evidence to the scrutiny committee.

High Road West

In my role as chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, I have overseen a major scrutiny review into the High Road West scheme. Although this is not in Noel Park, the recommendations from the review will be relevant to any regeneration scheme that takes place in Haringey. We are currently finalising the recommendations with a view to publishing them towards the end of this month.

Café Roj

Projected image of Café Roj

There is good news about Café Roj in Ducketts Common. Works are due to start on 11 October 2021 and complete by the end of March 2022.

As well as providing a nicely designed café for the park, the facility will have:

•           A fully accessible toilet available to the public and managed by the café leaseholder.

•           The café will have capacity for seating 20 people.

•           A community, bookable event space managed by the café leaseholder that can be used for community groups.

The police have been involved throughout the design process and the cafe will provide a 360-degree view of the park (see indicative image attached).

Face to face surgery

On Saturday 9 October 2021, I resume my face-to-face surgery at the Wood Green Library at 10.30am. I will continue this every second Saturday of the month. I am also available for a roving surgery to meet residents or residents’ groups at their place.

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