As the dust settles after the election and the garden stakes get taken down, we are grateful, humbled and honoured by the opportunity we have to serve Crouch End as your Councillors – the first Labour Councillors in our ward since 2002. We know that you have given us the chance to prove that the Labour Party can serve the whole of the borough, both east and west, and we take that responsibility very seriously.
Naturally we are disappointed that Lourdes Keever was not elected in Crouch End. Lourdes was an absolute pleasure to campaign with, and as a tireless campaigner for women’s rights and social justice she will undoubtedly continue to work hard to build a stronger borough.
In addition to representing Crouch End, we have both been given positions of responsibility on Haringey Council. Jason has been made Cabinet Member for Resources and Culture, responsible for shaping the budget during an incredibly difficult time for local government. He will also look after customer service transformation, cultural projects and our libraries. Natan has been made a Cabinet Advisor for Carbon Reduction, leading thinking on how Haringey can achieve its ambition of a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.
Too often, local politicians are only seen when an election is on the horizon. We intend to be different. Over the next four years, we will be visible and active members of the community, listening to your ideas and concerns in order to ensure that Crouch End and Haringey continue to move forward.
During the election campaign, we pledged to:
1. Drive faster progress on the development of Hornsey Town Hall, ensuring that you consulted on how it can best serve our community
2. Work with the Council and Fusion to deliver improvements to Park Road Leisure Centre and do everything we can to keep the diving board in Crouch End
3. Actively support fantastic local community groups and events such as Crouch End Open Studios and the Crouch End Festival
4. Deliver improvements to roads and pavements across the ward to ensure that pedestrians and cyclists can travel safely
5. Work with Homes for Haringey to ensure that repairs happen faster
Although it is only three weeks after the election, we are busy getting to work to deliver these pledges. So far, we have met with Mountview Theatre Academy to discuss their plans on the development of Horney Town Hall. We have also met with Fusion and the Save the Diving Pool campaign in order to see what can be done to keep the diving facilities in Crouch End. The meeting was very constructive and Fusion have publicly committed to doing everything they can to find a long-term technical solution, as well as retaining the diving pool at Park Road for the remainder of the year.
We have more work to do, including addressing persistent fly-tipping in Haringey Park, ensuring drains get unblocked on Stanhope Road and preparing for how to best facilitate a positive way forward for the new Picturehouse cinema on Tottenham Lane.
Visible, active and available
We will be regularly going on street walks to identify and address local issues. We will also be holding stalls on Crouch End Broadway (including from 2-3pm on Saturday 21st June). In addition to this, our surgeries are now confirmed and these will 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:
- Jason Arthur: Jason.Arthur@haringey.gov.uk 07812 677 736 @jason_arthur
- Natan Doron: Natan.Doron@Haringey.gov.uk 07815 700 588 @natandoron
We will regularly update this blog so that residents have a clear idea of how we are standing up for them on Haringey Council – ensuring that Crouch End continues to be the best place to live in North London.
Thank you once again Crouch End. We look forward to working with everyone over the next four years.
Jason and Natan