June 2022 Councillor Report

Annual Council Meeting

On 23 May 2022, I attended full council AGM for the mayor making ceremony and the confirmation of the Cabinet and committee appointments. In the next municipal year, I will serve on the Housing and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee. I will also continue to serve as a trustee of Wood Green Urban District Charity.

Engagement with the Council of Asian People

Cllr Chandwani, Cllr Iyngkara and I had a very productive engagement session with committee members and staff at the Community Hub which is managed by the Council of Asian People (“CAP”), a registered charity. The Council is the freeholder of the premises. CAP have sought our assistance to secure a long lease from the Council which is currently affecting its ability to attract core funding. We also explored some of the Councillors doing our surgery at the premises of CAP.

Anti-social mopeds/motorcycles

During the last branch meeting, there was a lengthy discussion on the behaviour and conduct of Deliveroo/Uber Eats drivers on mopeds, motorbikes, cycles and other similar two-wheeled vehicles. They tend to be causing a great deal of ASB often riding on pavements, speeding above the speed limit and so on. I raised this matter with police officers responsible for the Noel Park ward.

PC Peter Green (079 2023 3785 /peter.green@met.police.uk) wrote to me to say that our local Town Centre Team (TCT) has been organising education and enforcement operations, under the banner of Operation CUBO. The latest operation was earlier in the year, with a vehicle seized and an individual arrested. Many of the motorcyclists were stopped and had their insurance details checked. The TCT continue to fine motorists and seize their vehicles if they are improperly insured (or if they have no insurance or driver’s licence at all).

The TCT Sergeant, Monika Malecka (Monika.Malecka@met.police.uk) is planning another operation on the High Road soon. If you have any information about particular drivers, descriptions of them and their vehicles or, most importantly, vehicle registration numbers, please do contact the TCT about this and they can build an intelligence picture.

Turnpike Lane Strategy Group Meeting

I attended a Turnpike Lane strategy meeting chaired by Cllr Ahmet on 25 May 2022. There was very good feedback from representatives of Turnpike Lane traders with the progress that had been made so far. There was a pilot for the removal of 6pm-7pm restriction on parking on Turnpike Lane. The pilot was successful and extremely popular and the proposal is now to make it permanent. Many of the shop fronts have been decorated as part of the shutter gallery project with the artwork commissioned to local artists. You may be able to enjoy some of the work on display if you happen to go for a stroll on Turnpike Lane. There are improvement plans in the pipeline. I hope to provide more updates in the coming months.

Eat Wood Green

‘Eat Wood Green’ is a community growing space and garden which will be delivered on part of the upper level of Bury Road multi-story car park. The intention of the project is to increase green space in the town centre, enhance community links and create a range of opportunities for local people and businesses. Concerns have been raised by Page High residents that the Council had not engaged them properly on the ‘Eat Wood Green’ project and that it had been presented to them as a fait accompli. I raised the matter with the project manager, Anna Burton. She has assured me that the project was still in the very initial feasibility stage. Nothing has been agreed or designed. Any drawings or illustrations were made for the purpose of submitting the funding bid. Residents can contact Anna Burton on anna.burton@haringey.gov.uk or 07532 275733 for more information about the project and how they can get involved in it.

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