Pond Park in Wood Green is failing to live up to its name after the Labour-run Council’s neglect has left the pond strewn with rubbish, empty of water and falling apart. The neglected pond is full of empty beer cans and paving slabs that have fallen off the side of the pond.
The park, also known as White Hart Lane Recreation Ground, is one of only a few large green spaces in Wood Green. The park sits in a residential area of the town with many families with children living nearby. Two schools back onto the park, Earlham Infant & Junior School and St Thomas More Secondary School.
Following complaints from local residents about the pond being full of rubbish rather than water, Lib Dem MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, Lynne Featherstone has intervened calling for urgent action.
Lynne Featherstone MP has contacted the council asking for the pond to be repair and cleaned up to make the park safer for local people and particularly for children.
Lynne Featherstone, Lib Dem MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, comments:
“Wood Green only has a few large parks and it is clear from the state of the pond in Pond Park that Labour is neglecting them.
“The pond is in a disgraceful condition, quite literally falling apart and full of rubbish. I am very concerned that a child could easily have an accident because of the appalling condition the pond is in.”
Sarah Elliott, Haringey Lib Dem Leader and Councillor for Crouch End, comments:
“In my own ward the Labour-run Council have managed to maintain the paddling pool in Priory Park, so why can’t they do the same for the pond in Wood Green?
“It is ironic that whilst the council is spending millions on making changes to Wood Green High Road they can’t get themselves together enough to look after this park and make this pond safe so local children can enjoy the park properly.”
It seems all Haringey is interested in since running under the Labour council, is making the affluent areas better, but letting the less affluent areas, with these public facilities like the pond, go into disrepair! Labour really has changed, and certainly not for the better! You fixed all the pavements in Muswell Hill, and provided electric car points that are hardly ever used etc. but what about parks in areas that really need well tended green space as many homes don’t have gardens?