It’s been a busy few months since we were elected. Here is an overview of what has been going on.
Hornsey Town Hall reopens
One of our main pledges in the election campaign was to get more happening in the process of reopening Hornsey Town Hall for public access. This week we had the fantastic news that Hornsey Town Hall is reopening as an arts centre. This year long arrangement represents huge progress and we’ve also been busy working with the community on the longer term future of the Town Hall. Early on in our term the council published a Gateway Review to explore the next steps in the Hornsey Town Hall regeneration process. At the same time Natan joined the board of the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust to oversee the development of the options appraisal that followed on from the gateway review. You can keep up to date with the work of the creative trust and get in touch to feed in your views here: http://www.hornsey-town-hall.org.uk/news.asp
Diving Board saved
Another issue we campaigned on before our election was the future of the diving board in Park Road Leisure Centre. We sat down with Fusion, the group that runs the leisure centre and the brilliant resident-led campaign group early on in our term to ensure that a future for the diving pool could be secured. We were all overjoyed when the decision to keep the diving board was announced last month.
Haringey Budget process and 40:20
As well as our work on the town hall and the diving board, our involvement in the workings of the council has been intense – particularly for Jason Arthur who holds a cabinet role for resources and culture. Jason’s vision for his cabinet portfolio and Crouch End was outlined in this interview in the Ham and High.
One of the biggest challenges facing Haringey in the next few years is to find significant savings in the budget while delivering a positive future for public services and residents in the borough who depend on them. Jason has been at the forefront of that process in his role as cabinet member and he has led the outreach for the budget process. You can join the conversation here.
Natan has been working with the Haringey 40:20 group to review where the programme to reduce carbon emissions in the borough should focus on next. Natan spoke along with council officer Simone Sullivan at the recent Crouch End, Hornsey and Stroud Green area forum recently to update on the council’s programme to reduce energy waste in households. You can read more about our Smart Homes project here. As well as reducing energy waste Natan has been working with officers to review the way that the council’s regeneration work can help Haringey meet its carbon commitments.
Jason and Natan have continued to campaign tirelessly to stay in touch with residents since the election. Running a regular street stall on Crouch End Broadway as well as continuing our programme of door to door campaigning we’ve been joined recently by Labour’s Hornsey and Wood Green parliamentary candidate Catherine West along with Hackney MPs Diane Abbot and Meg Hiller.
Finally in the run up to Xmas we’d like to encourage all Crouch End residents to support Crouch End’s independent shops and traders by taking part in a shop offline and shop local campaign. A big focal point for this campaign will be to raise awareness of the Crouch End Xmas craft fair taking place outside Hornsey Town Hall on December 6th. Read about the craft fair run by the brilliant Crouch End Creatives here. So put the date in your diary and make sure you shop local in Crouch End this Xmas.
That’s it for now. In the meantime if you want to get in touch and discuss something face to face our surgeries take place on the following days/times:
- Jason Arthur: The 2nd Saturday of every month at Hornsey Library
- Natan Doron: The 4th Saturday of every month at Hornsey Library
If any observant Jewish constituents wish to meet us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to organise a Sunday or an evening meeting. To make any appointments to see us at our surgeries, please contact us at the following details: