• PCT promises new dementia unit and facilities for older people
  • Lib Dems concerned about centralising GPs
  • Lib Dems call for frontage of old hospital to be saved

Liberal Democrat councillors have welcomed Haringey Primary Care Trust (PCT) announcement at Hornsey and Crouch End Area Assembly last night (Monday) to set up a dementia unit and much needed facilities for older people in Hornsey Central Hospital, Park Road N8.

However Lib Dems were a little concerned about plans to move GP practices into the hospital and are keen to see GP provision increased in the area to serve the growing population.

The hospital redevelopment plans have brought questions from local residents who are concerned about the future of the existing buildings that comprise the current site’s frontage. This has also been of concern to local Lib Dems. Cllrs Ross Laird and David Winskill made a site visit during the summer with representatives from the PCT and English Heritage.

Cllr Winskill (Crouch End) comments:

“Although not listed, these buildings are a much loved and familiar landmark on Park Road and contribute a great deal to the townscape.”

Cllr Laird (Muswell Hill) adds:

“We have written to the PCT asking that if it meets current medical standards, the frontage should be integrated into any new development. However we recognise that retention of the frontage must not put a block on the development of such an important health service to the local community.”