August - September 2019
As you’ll know by now, this year also marks the 150th anniversary of one of Haringey’s most celebrated landmarks - Finsbury Park. From cycling and walking events, to community days, a family festival, kids’ concerts and a free screening of Dirty Dancing, residents from Haringey, Hackney and Islington have been marking this important milestone over the last few weeks. Our website has details of all the events coming up this month including the community day on 10 August to formally celebrate the park's anniversary.
We’re incredibly proud of all our parks in Haringey and we appreciate that they are valuable spaces for all our communities to come together to enjoy. Our dedicated parks team do a wonderful job of maintaining our parks in a difficult economic climate and the fact that we have 22 Green Flag parks - the fifth most in London - is testament to their hard work. Don’t forget to have your say in our Finsbury Park consultation too.
August also means something else for many of our young people - exam results time. Haringey has some of the best schools in the country, 99% of which are rated outstanding or good. Nominations for our annual Outstanding for All awards open soon so don’t forget to nominate the inspirational teachers, talented students and awesome support staff that fully deserve to be celebrated. I know that this can also be a nervous time for our young people and I just want to say now how proud we are of all of you. Good luck, and if things don’t go quite as planned, remember there are many options out there, and plenty of support.
I’m really proud that this summer we have been able to put £130,000 into providing a huge programme of more than 100 activities for the borough’s young people, many of which are free.
This year’s programme is even bigger and better than last year’s with provision for young people of all ages with activities such as boxing and basketball, chess and cookery, dance and DJ-ing. It’s really important to me that activities over the school holidays are both inclusive and accessible to all. Not only is our £1 summer swimming for children under 16 back at both Tottenham Green and Park Road, Crouch End, we also have discounted ice skating at Alexandra Palace and we’re hosting our first festival of sport for girls and women on 31 August.
I want to say a massive thank you to all the organisations who have teamed up with us to help us deliver this important programme to ensure that there’s something for all our children and young people to enjoy.
I love our borough, and I love shouting about all our achievements - I know our residents do too. We want to know about the great things you are doing in Haringey, so we can help celebrate them. Whether it’s good news, a great achievement or anything that makes you proud of our borough, please let us know about it on social media, using the #IAmHaringey hashtag.
Have a great summer.
Leader, Haringey Council
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Previous Leader's Columns
- Leaders Column - June-July 2019 (PDF, 30KB)
- Leaders Column - April-May 2019 (PDF, 30KB)
- Leaders Column - February-March 2019 (PDF, 31KB)
- Leaders Column - October-November 2018 (PDF, 31KB)
- Leaders Column - August-September 2018 (PDF, 55KB)
- Leaders Column - June-July 2018 (PDF, 29KB)