Thames Water make commitment to fix A406 problem water main

Local Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey, Joanne McCartney AM, has welcomed a commitment from Thames Water to replace the main water pipes underneath the A406 Pinkham Way.

The pipes which date from Victorian Times, burst nine times in 2016, requiring unplanned works to repair them. Further bursts have also caused disruption this past autumn.

Ms McCartney has previously raised the issue at the London Assembly Environment Committee following complaints from residents who were concerned about traffic disruption to the whole area and the safety of children crossing the road, especially at times of disruption caused by burst water mains.

Following the Committee, Ms McCartney wrote to Thames Water who agreed to reroute the mains from underneath the carriageway, potentially to the side of the road where any problems can be fixed without disrupting the A406. However, due to the complexity of the project and the amount of funding required, this is likely to take place between 2020-25.

Labour London Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“I am glad to see that after pressuring Thames Water and Transport for London, they have agreed to reroute the water mains.

“Unplanned works and repairs can cause huge disruption and congestion on the already busy A406, affect the whole local area and raise safety concerns.

“I will continue to urge Thames Water to prioritise this scheme so that the works are carried out as soon as possible.”

Hornsey Lane residents to benefit from bus stop move

Residents along Hornsey Lane are celebrating after it was confirmed that an unsafe bus stop will be moved to a safer location. Construction works at Whitehall Park school, where the bus stop was located has left the pavement damaged, making it difficult for elderly residents and people with disabilities to access the stop.

Local Assembly Member Joanne McCartney arranged a meeting in February 2017 between residents, Haringey Council and Transport for London to discuss a new location for the stop. After months of campaigning, funding has now been secured and the bus stop will be moved to a safer location at the top of Stanhope Road.

Labour London Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“I am delighted that we have been able to secure the move of the bus stop for local residents on Hornsey Lane. It was good to meet with residents and stakeholders and work out a solution to this issue.

“The safety of local residents is paramount and moving the bus stop will make it both safer and more convenient for those using the W5.”

Local resident and campaigner, Rosemary Bodger said:

“I am delighted that the bus stop has been moved.  After campaigning for more than a year with my neighbours, we are now able to get around more in the future. People in wheelchairs and the disabled will once more be able to get onto the W5 bus safely from the wider pavement which has just been constructed near the top of Stanhope Road.

“This will mean easier trips to the shops; the Whittington Hospital, and for visits to friends and family.  I am glad that Joanne was able to help us in securing this change.”

Thrive LDN welcomed in Enfield & Haringey

A new city-wide campaign designed to improve mental health across the capital has been welcomed by local Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney. Thrive LDN, launched by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, aims to support Londoners to lead healthier, happier lives. Ms McCartney, who is also the Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare said support for young people was particularly important, and that all Londoners should remember that “it’s good to talk.”

The Thrive campaign sets out to maximise the potential of children and young people. Children in London are more likely to be admitted to hospital for a mental health condition compared to England as a whole, although the latest figures show this trend is starting to change. In Enfield & Haringey, the rate of admission is higher. Since 2010, an average of 99 children in Enfield and 108 children in Haringey per 100,000 have been hospitalised for a mental health condition. This compares with 92 per 100,000 across England.

The campaign brings together experts in voluntary, public and private organisations, clinicians and academics. Aside from the focus on children and young people, the campaign also aims to eradicate mental health stigma and discrimination and to make London a zero suicide city.

Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“More than 2 million Londoners will experience mental health problems this year. If you are not one of those 2 million, you almost certainly know someone who is. However, often due to stigma, far too few of us talk about it or get the help we need and deserve.

“It is vital that children in particular have the language and the space to discuss and manage their mental health. At the moment, a child in Enfield & Haringey is more likely to be admitted to hospital with a mental health condition than elsewhere in England. That is something we need to change.

“I warmly welcome Mayor Khan’s decision to launch Thrive LDN. People in both Enfield & Haringey should look out for the events and advertising campaigns to come, but in the meantime we should all remember that it’s good to talk.”

Enfield & Haringey Residents Urged To Have Say on Brexit

Local residents and businesses in Enfield & Haringey are being asked to give their views on Brexit and what it means for them and their families. A year on from the vote to leave the European Union (EU), Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, has launched a survey to get local views on how Brexit will impact on a wide range of issues including jobs, the cost of living and public services. Ms McCartney said the government have a “duty to listen to what Londoners want” out of the negotiations.

In the EU in June 2016, 48.1 per cent of voters chose to remain in the EU, whilst 51.9 per cent chose to leave.

Yet London bucked the national trend with 59.9 per cent choosing remain. In Enfield 56% voted remain, with 44% voting leave. Similarly in Haringey, 75% voted remain and 24% voted leave. The majority of businesses in London and the UK also backed continued EU membership.

Whilst polling shows that the majority of Londoners would still like to remain in the EU, negotiations are underway to leave the union with Brexit expected to be completed by March 2019. Ms McCartney is now asking local people and business about the type of Brexit they would like to see and what issues they think the government should focus on in the negotiations. She will present the findings in a report later this year to ensure local priorities are taken on board by Ministers.

Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“We’re a year on from Brexit, people have had some time to process the result, and we now want to hear what people’s thoughts and concerns are as we start to move through the negotiations.

“Brexit negotiations are going to take time and there is a lot of uncertainty, but it is vital local people and local businesses have a voice. The government have a duty to listen to what Londoners want out of the deal they’re trying to secure. I’ll be asking the Mayor to ensure local priorities are fed through to Ministers and are truly taken on board.”

Hard work of local health staff recognised

Labour London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney, visited Highgate Group Practice on World Health Day to see first-hand the services they provide to local residents.

The visit was organised by the Londonwide Local Medical Committees who represent NHS GPs. Ms McCartney met with their CEO, Michelle Drage and local practitioners to discuss discussed the challenges facing primary care today.

They discussed the need to improve co-ordination between different NHS trusts and to provide better transport links to mental health services. Health staff also raised concerns around recruitment and retention.

The challenges form part of a wider strain on local health services in recent years, with general practice threatened by a shortage of GPs. In 2015, GPonline calculated that by 2020, Haringey will need an extra 35 GPs and Enfield will need at least 84 more in order to keep up with demand.

Ms McCartney praised health staff for their hard work and said “their importance in keeping us healthy cannot be understated.”

Labour London Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“It was wonderful to mark World Health Day by seeing the hard work that our GPs do for our local community I want to thank Highgate Group Practice for welcoming me.”

“Practitioners form the frontline of our NHS and with the closure of several large A&E departments their importance in keeping us healthy cannot be understated.”

“With the NHS being such a key part of our society, it was good to get a better understanding of the challenges that our GPs face. With a growing population, we must ensure that our health service is able to cope in the years ahead so that London’s GPs are able to continue to provide a good service.”