Haringey Awarded £62m to deliver 848 Council Homes

In response to the Mayor’s announcement that Haringey have been awarded £62,858,000 from his Building Council Homes for Londoners Programme, to deliver 848 council homes, local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“This is great news. With too many local families priced out of the housing market and stuck in temporary accommodation, it has always been of the utmost priority that we get to grips with the housing crisis as a matter of urgency.

“The Government have sat on their hands when it comes to council homebuilding, which fell flat during the 1990s.

“However, we now have an opportunity with this funding to kickstart an ambitious new building programme and provide the next generation of homes for social rent that our community desperately needs.

”This could be boosted further if the Government provides the extra £2 billion of funding needed per year to cover the full-scale of the demand for all types of genuinely affordable housing in London”.

Councils must “take their final chance” to bid for Air Quality funding

Enfield and Haringey Councils are being urged to “take their final chance” to bid for a share of £6 million of Mayoral funding to boost air quality in the borough. Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said that with air pollution leading to the premature deaths of over 9,000 Londoners each year, communities must “use all the tools at our disposal to clamp down on dangerous emissions”.

This third and final round of funding comes as part of the £20 million Mayor’s Air Quality Fund, which launched in 2013. A proportion of this was allocated in early 2016 to introduce measures to tackle air pollution across 28 London boroughs, such as electrifying vehicle fleets, rolling out low cost electric charging points and reducing the construction industry’s impact on air quality in the capital.

All councils in the capital are encouraged to bid for a portion of the £6 million funding pot to deliver more local car-free initiatives, pedestrianisation schemes and low emission neighbourhoods.

The Air Quality Fund forms part of a number of actions the Mayor is already taking to clean up London’s air, such as the implementation of the T-Charge and the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ).

Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM said:

“With air pollution contributing to the premature deaths of thousands of Londoners every year, it is fundamental that we use all the tools at our disposal to clamp down on dangerous emissions.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that children, and the most vulnerable members of our community, are being routinely exposed to toxic air.

“We have seen boroughs across London, including our own, already benefit from previous rounds of the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund, but there is still a lot more to be done if we are to effectively target pollution hotspots in our community.

“This is why I am urging Enfield and Haringey councils to take their final chance to bid for more of this vital funding, which could make a huge difference to the health of local people.”

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.”