Muswell Hill Councillor Lynne Featherstone cut the ribbon for the official opening of the Muswell Hill front desk with Met Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens yesterday. The ceremony marks a great achievement for Ms Featherstone and local residents, who have battled to re-open the front desk since its closure back in 2000.

Since the forced closure due to lack of funding, Cllr Featherstone has campaigned tirelessly along with local residents to recruit volunteers and seek support to get the front desk reopened. In June 2003, Cllr Featherstone recruited Sir John Stevens to her campaign. He said he would be ‘delighted’ to assist in attempts to reopen the front desk.

Since then progress has been dramatic. Most significant was the Met Police’s decision to appoint a new volunteer recruitment officer – Diana Dodds to co-ordinate the local volunteers.

Cllr Featherstone was thanked for her persistence and hard work in campaigning for the re-opening of the front desk at yesterday event attended by over sixty people, many of whom were local residents who have volunteered to man the front desk.

Cllr Lynne Featherstone comments: “I am delighted that after five years of frustration, our hard work has finally paid off and Muswell Hill and Fortis Green has a front desk open and run by volunteers from the local community.

“I must pay tribute to Chf Supt Stephen Bloomfield who committed publicly last year to the campaign and has delivered on his promise.

“I hope that this good news story will encourage many more local residents to lend a few hours of their time to what is a priceless service to this area.”