It’s that time again – street parties, fairs and strawberry teas. Yesterday I started by judging the dog contest in Highgate Village’s ‘Fair in the Square’. Every year Pond Square is the centre of a real village type fair – with stalls, rides and entertainment. This is my second year of judging the dog contest. The categories were: waggiest tail, best looking, veteran class and dogs shown by children under 10.
Competition is actually very fierce – and one chap was so cross he missed the start of the veteran class that the organiser had to give him special entry into the best looking category – or else!
From there I went to the Myddleton Road Community Garden Picnic – to ‘say a few words’. This Community Garden I have personally watched grow from literally nothing to the now beautifully planted open space, with great garden furniture and mosaics on the walls – and so well loved and used by the local community. A great success.
Matt Cooke (a Haringey Labour councillor) said a few words first. And in those words, I couldn’t believe my ears, he said that Haringey Council would now have to look for £25million worth of cuts because of central Government reductions in the money given to local authorities. Those reductions actually amount to £3.2million to Haringey (not £25million).
So I will be asking Cllr Cooke why the mark up?