Parks and Green Spaces matter to Lynne Featherstone MP

Lynne Featherstone MP has expressed her support for the protection of public parks and green spaces in her constituency, Hornsey and Wood Green – and has called on Labour run-Haringey Council to improve their management of these areas.

The Big Lottery Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund last week held a UK Public Parks Summit – which brought together key decision makers and international experts. They explored ways to support local authorities and ‘Friends’ groups to secure the long term future of their public parks.

Since 1996 HLF and BIG have jointly invested over £640million in, and transformed over 700 historic public spaces.  They have awarded over £8.4million to 5 parks in Hornsey and Wood Green.

Haringey Liberal Democrat Communities spokesman, Cllr Nigel Scott said:

“Parks and green spaces are vital to Haringey – they need to be nurtured and properly maintained so that people enjoy walking in them and families have confidence that their children can play safely and enjoyably.  I am concerned that they are no longer being given the resources they require for them to be looked after properly.  It would be a tragedy if the Council lets things slide.

“It is great that the Lottery funds have provided money, but regular action is also needed from Labour-run Haringey to prevent them falling into disrepair.”

Commenting, the Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone said:

“Over the past year, many constituents have contacted me about the state of our parks and green spaces. I have recently made representations to Haringey Council about Priory Park and the under-5s area in Woodside Park – both of which are in unacceptable and hazardous conditions.

“Parks matter to me because they provide safe and tranquil areas for sport, leisure, children and adults. It’s so important that we try and protect them.

“If any residents feel that their parks are not being properly looked after, they can contact me and I will push the Council to clean them up!”

Lynne Featherstone MP visits award winning youth charities on Big Lottery Fund tour

Lynne Featherstone, Alison Rowe and staff and volunteers at ExposureTo see how Lottery funding has helped transform the lives of local young people with mental health issues and learning difficulties, Lynne Featherstone MP, visited charities Exposure and Action for Kids, as part of a Big Lottery Fund tour on Friday.

At Muswell Hill based Exposure Magazine, the Hornsey and Wood Green MP and Big Lottery Fund Head of London Region Alison Rowe were shown three powerful films produced by young people, focusing on mental health. The films are part of Exposure’s wider Lottery-funded ‘Mind’ initiative, enabling young people to use the media to explore and recount their mental health journeys, come to terms with their experiences as well as raise awareness for peers and the wider community.

At Action for Kids, a Hornsey-based charity for young people with learning difficulties, the Liberal Democrat MP was shown the Big Lottery-funded computer equipment, tailor-made for each student’s unique needs, to help the students participate in the charity’s decision-making and learn new skills for independent living.

Lynne Featherstone MP comments:

“These two unique charities do amazing work with young people in Hornsey and Wood Green, and it’s so wonderful to see their fantastic work continued and expanded, thanks to grants from the Big Lottery Fund.”

“It was great to meet some of the young people who have found the courage to speak about their mental health issues through Exposure’s ‘Mind’ initiative. This Lottery-funded project has really done wonders for the young people who have shared their experiences, but it has also helped raise awareness of mental health problems amongst youth more widely, and that’s just fantastic.

“Thanks to the generous Lottery grant, young people at Action for Kids have got new ways of expressing themselves, with the help of tailor-made computers. This has done wonders for their independence and their chance to have a say in how Action for Kids is run – really inspiring!