MP for Hornsey and Wood Green
The representative from Govia confirmed their commitment to improving local services, including evening and weekend services to Moorgate from December 2015, and newer, more modern trains with extra space from 2018.
Other changes include the introduction of permanent staff at rail stations from September 2015, and the installation of ticket gates at Hornsey and Alexandra Palace stations. This news follows a long local Liberal Democrat campaign to keep and improve local rail services.
To follow up comments raised in her recent local survey, the Liberal Democrat MP then pushed for better accessibility at local stations, to make them more usable for disabled and elderly residents, as well as those with young children and pushchairs.
The Govia representative said that they aimed to deliver station improvements in partnership with network rail, and would find out whether any studies had been done into the feasibility of making stations more accessible.
Lynne Featherstone MP commented:
“It was great to meet with Govia and to hear the representative reaffirm the commitment to make improvements to our local services. Evening and weekend services into Moorgate and new, modern, spacious trains will be most welcome.
“But what we also need are huge station improvements, to make them more accessible for everyone. The number of steps and the lack of lifts at our local stations prevent some disabled and elderly people using them, and this is just unacceptable. I will continue to push Govia and Network Rail for these improvements.”
Pensioners would be guaranteed to earn at least an extra £790 per year by the end of the next parliament under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans, Pensions Minister Steve Webb announced last week.
These changes mean the state pension will be worth at least £131-a-week by 2020, up from just £97.65 four years ago. The new plans would benefit 22,369 pensioners in Haringey.
Pensions have already risen every year since the Lib Dems entered Government in 2010, thanks to the Liberal Democrats’ triple lock guarantee. The triple lock was a key demand from the Liberal Democrats in Coalition negotiations.
The state pension is already £440 higher per year in 2014-15 than if it had increased in line with earnings from the start of this Parliament, and £800 a year more in total.
Only the Liberal Democrats are committed to writing this guarantee into law, giving pensioners more certainty that their pension will continue to rise in future.
Announcing the plan, Pensions Minister Steve Webb said:
“For decades, successive Labour and Conservative governments allowed the state pension to decline after Mrs. Thatcher broke the ‘earnings link’ in 1980.
“But we are serious about having a decent state pension. That’s why the Liberal Democrats will guarantee in law that in each year pensions will rise by the highest of wages, prices or 2.5%.
“The Liberal Democrat plans are in stark contrast to the Labour years, which on one occasion saw Gordon Brown increase the state pension by just 75p-a-week.”
Local MP Lynne Featherstone commented:
“A decent income in retirement for pensioners is central to the Liberal Democrat vision of a fair society.
“Our ‘triple lock’ guarantee for pensions has been implemented every year since 2010, and means that the state pension is already £800 more per year in total.
“It’s also great to hear the Lib Dem Pensions Minister confirm that continuing and committing to these reforms will be in our manifesto – and that over 22,000 pensioners in Haringey could benefit.”
Lynne Featherstone MP on Saturday took part in the annual London Pride march, to celebrate London’s LGBT+ community. She was accompanied by a large Liberal Democrat team including Lord Brian Paddick, Caroline Pidgeon (the Leader of the Lib Dem group on the London Assembly) and Lib Dem Baroness, Liz Barker.
This year’s march was the first since same-sex marriages became legal in England – under legislation that Lynne Featherstone MP introduced in her previous role as Equalities Minister (2010-12).
The local MP, who was stopped a number of times by people wanting to thank her for her work on LGBT+ issues, carried a placard underlining her pride at representing Hornsey and Wood Green.
Getting into the spirit of the event, the Lib Dem MP danced along to the music during the parade and took a number of pictures with other marchers throughout the afternoon.
Lynne Featherstone MP commented:
“I was delighted to be marching at pride yet again this year – and I certainly wasn’t going to let the weather rain on my parade!
“Pride is always such a positive and empowering event – and I was so happy to be walking with men and women who have married since the introduction of equal marriage. It is always so moving when people thank me for my involvement in bringing in the changes – it makes me feel very proud of my work and of where we are now as a country on LGBT+ issues.”
Lynne Featherstone opened a sensory garden last Friday at St Paul’s Primary School in Wood Green. The garden was created by the children, staff and parents for use by the reception class, but will also be open to the other pupils at the school.
The teaching staff also hope that the garden will be a St Paul’s Primary vital resource for pupils with special educational needs.
The garden contains plants chosen by the children in the reception class, a sand pit, a reading area and an open air ‘kitchen’ equipped with cooking utensils where the pupils can make mud pies.
The local MP made a short speech declaring the garden open and praising the schools efforts in front of a group of reception pupils, parents and teachers. She then spent time talking to the children about their favourite features in the garden.
Lynne Featherstone MP commented:
“The garden is such a fantastic resource for the children and will be so valuable both in offering them a place to play and explore but also in teaching them to take care of their own space.
“I congratulate everyone who has hand in creating the garden and I look forward to seeing how it grows and changes in the future.”
Residents in Noel Park and Bounds Green approached the Lib Dem MP, following news that the Labour-run council plans to sell off some of its council housing stock to private landlords, and demolish other homes
The affected areas in the MP’s constituency include homes on Park Grove, Durnsford Road, Tunnel Gardens and Blake Road in N11, homes on the Noel Park estate in N22, and land near Hillcrest in N6.
In her letter, the MP for Hornsey and Wood Green demanded clarification from the Chief Executive, and put forward her view that no council housing stock should be sold off, without suitable replacements being built to house vulnerable local people.
Lynne Featherstone MP commented:
“The waiting list for council housing is incredibly long and oversubscribed in Haringey. There are many vulnerable people that need decent homes to live in. We need more council housing – not less.
“But Labour-run Haringey Council haven’t built a single new council home in over 25 years, and now plan to sell off and demolish some of their existing housing stock.
“It is vital that residents are kept updated, and that no social housing stock is sold off without adequate replacement. I will continue to push the council for answers and campaign for improved or replacement council housing, rather than demolition and sell off.”
Pond Park in Wood Green is failing to live up to its name after the Labour-run Council’s neglect has left the pond strewn with rubbish, empty of water and falling apart. The neglected pond is full of empty beer cans and paving slabs that have fallen off the side of the pond.
The park, also known as White Hart Lane Recreation Ground, is one of only a few large green spaces in Wood Green. The park sits in a residential area of the town with many families with children living nearby. Two schools back onto the park, Earlham Infant & Junior School and St Thomas More Secondary School.
Following complaints from local residents about the pond being full of rubbish rather than water, Lib Dem MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, Lynne Featherstone has intervened calling for urgent action.
Lynne Featherstone MP has contacted the council asking for the pond to be repair and cleaned up to make the park safer for local people and particularly for children.
Lynne Featherstone, Lib Dem MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, comments:
“Wood Green only has a few large parks and it is clear from the state of the pond in Pond Park that Labour is neglecting them.
“The pond is in a disgraceful condition, quite literally falling apart and full of rubbish. I am very concerned that a child could easily have an accident because of the appalling condition the pond is in.”
Sarah Elliott, Haringey Lib Dem Leader and Councillor for Crouch End, comments:
“In my own ward the Labour-run Council have managed to maintain the paddling pool in Priory Park, so why can’t they do the same for the pond in Wood Green?
“It is ironic that whilst the council is spending millions on making changes to Wood Green High Road they can’t get themselves together enough to look after this park and make this pond safe so local children can enjoy the park properly.”
The Liberal Democrat MP talked to employees at the store who help to promote Age UK’s Advice for Carers guide during Carer’s Week 2014. The booklet offers a wide range of information to those who may be caring for a friend or loved one, ranging from practical tips, to telephone numbers to call for further help.
The local MP also spoke to the Store Manager about the local store’s work with a variety of charities. Sainsbury’s work with a number of charities nationwide; and the Muswell Hill branch also work to support local charities, such as Action for Kids, for whom they hold regular bag-packing and charity collection days.
As well as this, all food which has passed its shelf life (but not its sell by date) is passed to the Soup Kitchen in Muswell Hill, and the store has a no food waste to landfill policy.
After the visit, Lynne Featherstone MP commented:
“It was encouraging to discuss the current projects that Sainsbury’s are involved in. It is community based work, which is so important for the area and local people. They are setting a great example and it is great to the see the work they are doing to highlight the Advice for Carers guide.
“I look forward to visiting some of the projects they are working on and attending their fundraising events.”
The local Liberal Democrat campaign for a new police front counter in Muswell Hill is on the brink of success. At a Police panel meeting yesterday evening, police representatives revealed that plans to put a front counter in the Odeon complex in Muswell Hill are now in their final stages.
Lynne Featherstone MP and the Haringey Liberal Democrats have campaigned for a replacement front counter since Conservative Mayor of London closed Muswell Hill Police Counter last year. The closure was forced through despite vehement criticism of the plans, from both local Liberal Democrats and residents.
That’s why, together with residents, local MP Lynne Featherstone and Lib Dem councillors presented petitions, met with top local cops and pushed so hard for the replacement.
Like the previous front counter, the new one will be manned by volunteers.
Muswell Hill Councillor and Haringey Lib Dem Deputy Leader Gail Engert commented:
“I am so pleased that we will soon have a replacement police front counter in the Muswell Hill area. It was a travesty to lose the previous one last year, which was relied upon and used by so many local residents.
“I’d like to thank Odeon and the local police for their hard work in facilitating a new counter – and look forward to seeing it open!”
Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, Lynne Featherstone commented:
“We all hope never to have to report a crime – but it’s reassuring to know that a local police contact point is there, if you needed it. That’s what we’ve been fighting to get back.
“This fantastic news about the replacement counter in Muswell Hill comes after some relentless and ongoing campaigning. Yet again, it is the Lib Dems in Haringey working on the ground with residents to protect and stand up for our local services – with great results.”
Lynne Featherstone MP has requested a meeting with Govia, the company recently awarded the management contract for the new Thameslink rail franchise – which covers rail stations and services in Haringey.
From 14th September this year, Govia will replace current service providers, First Capital Connect, in running services in and out London, via Haringey. Govia have committed to provide new trains, 50% more capacity and extra services at peak time – alongside promises of free wifi at stations and extended staff hours.
From December 2015, services from Alexandra Palace, Hornsey and Harringay will run in and out of Moorgate from 6am – midnight on weekdays, and also at weekends, to reflect the demand for more Moorgate services.
The changes are funded by a multi-billion pound investment by the Coalition Government.
A campaign by Lynne Featherstone MP and local residents last year secured a guarantee from the Department for Transport that no local services from Hornsey and Harringay would be lost.
Lynne Featherstone MP commented:
“Many residents have contacted me over the last few years, expressing their dissatisfaction with local rail services provided by First Capital Connect.
“I of course welcome the Government investment in our local services, and hope to see positive changes as soon as possible.
“I have called a meeting with new providers, Govia, to discuss the timescales for changes made and to make sure they are fully aware of the improvements we need at our local stations. If you would like me to pass on any comments about our local rail services and how they can be further improved – please let me know.”
Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg visited Wood Green today, to visit the local Cypriot Community Centre and to back the Haringey Lib Dems in their local election campaign.
The Deputy Prime Minister was greeted by local MP Lynne Featherstone, before having a tour of the centre and talking to the residents who use it. He also discussed the management of the centre with the team.
Nick Clegg then joined some of Haringey’s local Liberal Democrat candidates, to discuss the upcoming local elections. The local Lib Dem team want to take control of Haringey Council on May 22nd, to stop Labour’s wasteful spending and implement their own, positive six-point plan.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg MP said:
“It was fantastic to come to Haringey and meet the wonderful people at the Cypriot Centre. It’s a great example of a community centre which does so much good for so many people, but could use a little extra support to keep it going.
“I am backing the local Liberal Democrat campaign to take control of Haringey Council on May 22nd, after 40 years of Labour misrule. It’s appalling that Haringey Labour has wasted so much money here, on bonuses and a trip to the South of France. Local residents deserve better than that.
“A Liberal Democrat led council in Haringey would stop this kind of awful waste, and provide more support to centres like the one I visited today.”
Haringey Lib Dem leader Richard Wilson said:
“I’d like to thank Nick Clegg for backing our campaign and doing all he can to highlight Haringey Labour’s waste.
“Haringey Labour like to hide from their local record, whereas the local Lib Dems are very proud of ours. We will keep working all year round for local residents and, if we take control of the Council on May 22nd, we will be working hard to implement our positive six point plan, too.”
Lynne Featherstone MP said:
“It was a pleasure to welcome Nick Clegg to Haringey, and to show him one of the best run community centres the borough has to offer. I’d also like to thank Chris and Susie for hosting us.
“Like Nick, I am fully behind the local Liberal Democrat campaign. For years I have battled to hold Labour to account – and it has become clearer and clearer that change is needed. The Liberal Democrat team have a positive, six point plan to fix our borough, and I hope residents will back them.”