February - March 2018
This will be my last column as a councillor and Leader of Haringey Council, as I will not be seeking re-election at the local council elections in May.
It has been the most enormous privilege to represent you as a Seven Sisters ward councillor and the Leader of Haringey during a decade that has seen a great deal of change in the borough.
When I became Leader in 2008, Haringey was at one of the lowest points in its history and there’s no doubt that the council had some serious improvements to make. It has been an honour to work alongside fellow councillors, council staff, partner organisations, community groups and local residents to improve the council and to make Haringey a better borough to live, work in and visit.
I came into politics because I believed it to be the best way of improving lives, and I remain clear that local councils are at the forefront of shaping the physical, social and economic future of communities – creating better places and stronger communities supported by public services that respond to people’s needs. I believe that local government should always be focused on using all the tools available to it to improve the lives of the people it represents.
I’m proud that today Haringey is a far more and ambitious borough than it was when I was first elected. A borough where we have worked shoulder-to-shoulder with our teachers and schools staff so that today almost all schools are rated “good” or “outstanding” by Ofsted. A borough where exam results are amongst the fastest improving in the country, and where young people have access to amazing opportunities thanks to exceptional education and the opening of institutions such as the London Academy of Excellence and national digital skills college ADA.
I’m proud also that Haringey is a place that is open for business, and where local people have opportunities to train and work in tech and creative industries that will shape our future economy. We’ve managed to attract £500m public sector and £3billion private sector investment so that we can build new homes, help people into jobs and regenerate landmarks including Alexandra Palace and Hornsey Town Hall. And we’ve also protected our libraries and improved outdoor spaces so that Haringey now boasts 23 Green Flag award-winning parks.
Improving Haringey has been a team effort, and I am grateful to everyone who has played a part in helping to make this borough the best in London. Thank you.
Leader of Haringey Council
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