Let me start off by congratulating everyone involved in the Crouch End Festival, which was a fantastic showcase for the area.
There are two important developments over the past month that I want to share with Crouch End residents.
Firstly, I’m delighted that Alexandra Palace has won backing and investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help drive forward ambitious regeneration plans.
Ally Pally is undoubtedly one of Haringey’s most iconic landmarks, and returning it to its former glory – as well as ensuring its long term success – has long been a priority for the council.
The grant from the HLF will pave the way for the Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust to map out more detailed proposals for refurbishment – including renovating the beautiful Victorian theatre and restoring the BBC studios.
Bringing historic parts of the building back into use will go hand-in-hand with regeneration plans that would see derelict parts of the building opened up to visitors and new state-of the art facilities.
I know how loved the Palace is by so many of you, and we want to make sure that communities from all over Haringey are able to make the most of this amazing asset on their doorsteps. It’s been great in recent years to see Ally Pally begin to emerge as one of London’s leading destinations through its unrivalled range of events – with everything from antiques fairs to world darts and snooker, and rock concerts to soapbox races.
We now have the opportunity to build further on that success and secure a fantastic future for the People’s Palace.
Secondly, I have announced the appointment of Christine Gilbert CBE, former head of Ofsted, as Schools champion for Haringey, to help drive improvements in our schools and pupil attainment right across our borough.
I’m delighted to welcome Christine as our official Schools Champion and look forward to working with her to accelerate the pace of improvement, and deliver on our Education Commission’s ambitious recommendations set out in their report Outstanding for All, available at www.outstandingforall.org.uk
Together with our schools, teachers and governors, I am determined that all children in Haringey will have access to the highest quality teaching and support to give them the very best opportunities in life.
Finally, we are continuing our blitz on potholes, with an extra £1.5million put into our £4.5million roads maintenance programme.
We know that the borough’s roads suffered over the severe winter, and that’s why we’re making these extra efforts to fix them. Our dedicated potholes blitz will see our teams working flat out to put right damaged roads.
The extra investment will allow us to get on top of repairs, respond promptly to residents’ reports and get rid of potholes, which we know are a real nuisance to cyclists, drivers, bus passengers and pedestrians.
You can report potholes via the council website www.haringey.gov.uk/report-it, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone on 020 8489 1335 and by twitter to @haringeycouncil using the hashtag #Haringeypotholes
Claire Kober, Leader of Haringey Council