MP for Hornsey and Wood Green
Is Haringey Labour Council crooked or incompetent? Those are the only two possibilities for the long-running and expensive debacle over Alexandra Palace.
The Alexandra Palace and Park dominate the landscape of this part of my constituency. It is beautiful to visit – but its history in terms of the financial mess Haringey Labour have made has cost local council taxpayers dear.
However, to the visitor it is a venue for exhibitions, music concerts, annual fireworks and a permanent delight in terms of the lake, pitch and put and beautiful parkland – enhance recently by Heritage Lottery funding.
Alexandra also has the Albert Road recreation ground – with excellent areas for games and a brilliant café and ‘Friends’ who put on many events and achieved green flag status.
For the permanent residents of the area, the rat runs of lorries, Labour’s closure of the local sub-post office and the financial drain and dodgy dealings of Haringey Council trying to get rid of the Palace and Park are key issues.
There are two other issues on which we’re campaigning:
Alexandra Palace rail station: We frequently hear concerns about flooding on the bridge at the station, and the lack of step-free access. We have contacted First Capital Connect, who runs the station, to ask them to look into these problems.
Pinkham Way: Plans to build a waste plant at nearby Pinkham Way have been binned after a long campaign spearheaded by my ward colleague Councillor Juliet Solomon, the Pinkham Way Alliance, and local people. But the site could still be under threat – the North London Waste Authority now wants to use the Pinkham Way site for delivering, sorting and transferring waste from local households. We are determined to keep Pinkham Wood open to local people.
My Liberal Democrat Ward councillor colleagues here are David Beacham, Juliet Solomon and Nigel Scott.