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View from the town hall: Our pride over achievements in office

PUBLISHED: 09:55 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 23:50 15 May 2018

Archant

It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the people of Crouch End over the last four years.

During the four years in which we represented Crouch End, Haringey Council has:

• Invested over £1.5 million in improvement to roads, pavement and street lighting in Crouch End;

• Invested over £200,000 in installing cycle storage in Crouch End;

• Invested over £8 million in improving Park Road Leisure Centre;

• And prepared plans to invest £2 million refurbishing Hornsey Library and upgrading IT and providing new books

Crouch End has had many roads made safer for pedestrians and cyclists through the introduction of 20 mph roads and more dedicated cycle lanes. There has been a 73 per cent reduction in the number of fatalities and serious injuries on Haringey’s roads.

Our biggest role has been in helping to secure the restoration and regeneration of Hornsey Town Hall. In around 18-24 months from now, Crouch End will welcome its first new social housing households for many years as part of the Hornsey Town Hall development. And we will all enjoy visiting a Town Hall restored to its former glory. We will all be able to see shows and performances at the arts centre and enjoy drinks on the new rooftop bar.

We have used ward budgets to support brilliant community initiatives including £2k for Sue Hessel’s fantastic carer’s coffee morning.

The other community funding available went to very worthy schemes including: the Crouch End Festival, the Xmas Fair Xmas Tree, Crouch End Open Spaces to improve the Crouch End playing fields

We have also funded Accumul8 – a brilliant local project that brings together the creative skills, knowledge and energy of the local community to work with young homeless people living at the North London YMCA Hostel as participants and partners, SEEDs Saturday Club for Learning Disabled Adults & their Families.

We have also backed the Crouch End Open Door Young People’s Consultation Service which offers a range of support for young people including: Counselling & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Friends of Zen Hornsey Library – a fantastic local scheme dedicated to the restoration and maintenance of the courtyard garden in Hornsey Library.

These amazing community groups are part of what makes Crouch End so vibrant and unique and we’re proud to have supported them.

We’d like to congratulate the incoming councillors in Crouch End and across Haringey. These are turbulent political times and people are often too quick to be unkind to those with different opinions.

We hope for a kinder and more constructive political discourse to emerge.

We are sad to stand down from our role as Haringey Labour Cllrs and we hope that the next few years sees increasing prosperity and success for all Haringey residents.

We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to talk to us over the last few years.

It’s only through listening to Crouch End residents that we’ve been able to achieve all we have in partnership with the local community.

We look forward to seeing you on the Hornsey Town Hall rooftop bar soon.

• Jason Arthur, Natan Doron and Sarah Elliott served as Crouch End Cllrs between May 2014 and May 2018.

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