Lynne Featherstone

MP for Hornsey and Wood Green

Muswell Hill

In my teens, I went to Muswell Hill Youth Club in what was then The Athenaeum. Now it is Sainsbury’s – and the only reminder of the club is a street sign in the side alley that says ‘Athenaeum Place’.

As a local councillor in Muswell Hill for eight years I have stomped the streets of this ward endlessly over the last decade or so – and know every drive, door and nook and cranny.

Muswell Hill Broadway offers an extensive range of shops – many of which are still local, unchained firms with proprietors who really care about what they are selling. Families flock to buy property in this area to be near to the excellent primary schools and Fortismere and Alexandra Park Secondary schools. Muswell Hill Youth Centre nestles at the bottom of the municipal car park – and the views from Muswell Hill Broadway across London remind you that the ‘hill’ in Muswell Hill is not accidental.

The ward carries on down the hill towards Crouch End, including the site of Hornsey Central Hospital – now after many years of closure a community health centre. Park Road pool leisure centre provides swimming and exercise facilities – and from top to bottom of the hill run the wonderful grounds of Alexandra Palace. Parking, speeding traffic on residential roads, school places, a bus link to Hampstead and Swiss Cottage and keeping the local police station open to the public are but a few of the key issues here.

Here are some of the teams current campaigns:

  • Your local Lib Dem team are working with local traders to bring the plot of land in Avenue Mews, which is behind Muswell Hill Library, back into active use for community events and pop-up markets. This would be a great addition to our local shopping centre and make it even more fun for visitors.
  • We are also campaigning to replace the decrepit lighting on St James’s Lane and surrounding roads. Not only are the affected roads very poorly lit, but the existing lights are very energy inefficient. Replacing them would make the affected area greener and safer for local people.  
  • We are pleased that there is a new pedestrian crossing on Priory Road and a resurfaced a better lit “Greenway” cycle and pedestrian pathway from Wood Vale to Park Road. But so much more needs to be done. We need the Greenway to be completed – and a pedestrian crossing on Park Road and better cycle tracks in Park Avenue South would help towards achieving this.
  • We support a 20mph speed limit in residential roads across the borough. 

I was delighted that Muswell Hill returned 3 Lib Dem councillors in 2010, and I hope this will be the case in the next election. Your candidates for 2014 are Pippa Connor, Gail Engert, and Cara Jenkinson.

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  • Lynne Featherstone MP has called for an urgent meeting with Transport for London (TfL) chiefs, as major roadworks continue to cause traffic chaos across parts of the Hornsey and Wood Green constituency. Major works are currently occurring on Wood Green High Road and Muswell Hill Broadway. Both are causing buses to be diverted and cancelled, […] read on
  • Lynne Featherstone MP on Saturday joined the Muswell Hill Baptist Church soup kitchen volunteers for a reflective practice session. Around 25 volunteers attended the session to discuss ‘what is poverty?’ The Liberal Democrat MP, who is also a minister in the Department for International Development, gave a talk on her experiences visiting Africa and witnessing […] read on
  • Lynne Featherstone MP on Saturday went to the Muswell Hill & District Horticultural Society Autumn show. The event was well attended by gardeners and local residents interested in the display. The society volunteers provided tea and homemade cake. The Lib Dem MP was given a tour of the flowers, fruit and vegetables on display, before […] read on
  • Eighteen companies, with hundreds of vacancies between them, have signed up to attend Lynne Featherstone MP’s annual apprenticeship event. The event – which takes place at 2pm, on Thursday 28th August, at Haringey Civic Centre – gives young people the chance to meet with companies who are offering apprenticeships, and get advice about making applications. […] read on
  • Lynne Featherstone MP last week visited the Sainsbury’s store in Muswell Hill to discuss and encourage their local community projects. 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 […] read on
  • 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 […] read on
  • An £800 income tax cut for people in Hornsey and Wood Green is the real budget boost, Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone said today. The budget revealed plans to increase the personal allowance from April 2015 and put an extra £100 back in taxpayers’ pockets. Lib Dems have already delivered on a £700 tax cut […] read on

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