MP for Hornsey and Wood Green
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:
My Liberal Democrat Ward councillor colleagues here are Jonathan Bloch, Gail Engert and Jim Jenks.