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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