Lynne Featherstone MP continues campaign for safer roads in Haringey

Lightfoot Road in Hornsey, where a man suffered brain injury as a result of tripping in a pothole. Some potholes have been filled but others (which had been marked for repair) were left untouched. Lynne Featherstone MP has today criticised Labour-run Haringey Council for continuously failing to take proper care of the borough’s roads.

Earlier this year, Haringey Council announced a ‘pothole blitz’ to address the number of unsafe potholes on local roads. In October, however, the MP for Hornsey and Wood Green expressed her anger and criticized the Council’s blitz as a ‘botch job’ – as it became clear that dangerous potholes remained on the roads.

In response, the local MP pledged to contact residents and ask them to help identify areas still in need of work.   Over 150 individual complaints were received in response, primarily regarding potholes, lighting and pavements. The Liberal Democrat MP now submitted these complaints about local roads to the Council.

Lynne Featherstone MP said:

“At the start of the year, the Labour-run Council promised us a ‘pothole blitz.’ But like usual, it was all talk and no action. Local cyclists, drivers and residents still have to put up with dangerous road conditions.

“The further complaints I have received and passed on will give the Council a clear indication of where work still needs to be done. I hope they take these complaints seriously and commit to finishing the job they started.

“Winter is here already and we need safe roads, along with safe pavements and well-lit streets. With the amount of Council Tax we pay here in Haringey, this is the least we deserve!”

Community assets update and the worst roads in the country

The results are in: which roads people think are the worst in Haringey and which community assets people want to see given special protection under new laws.

You may have seen the recent news that according to the Department for Transport, Haringey now officially has the worst roads in England – a shocking statistic, but perhaps not that surprising to anyone who travels by road locally!

Many people have now responded to Lynne’s survey to tell their nomination for the worst road in the area, and the results are in: Coppetts Road, Hornsey Lane and Muswell Hill top the standings.

Lynne has written to Haringey Council with a long list of damaged roads – but do let us know if you have a pothole or cracked road surface in your street.

Lynne and the Haringey Liberal Democrat team have also been campaigning for increased protection for well-loved local ‘community assets,’ like post offices, libraries and parks. New laws mean that local people may have the opportunity to buy well-loved parts of their community, should they ever be sold off. The assets that people want to protect vary greatly from Priory Park and Queens Wood to local libraries and post offices.

We will now fight to get these treasured locations onto the council’s official register – so that they are better protected.