“Rat infested bin shed must either be fixed or pulled down” – Muswell Hill Liberal Democrats

The rat infestation on Barrington Road and Ramsey Court is a threat to public health, local Liberal Democrat councillor Julia Ogiehor has warned. Following a visit to the site, she has accused Haringey Council of being negligently slow in responding to the problem. She is now demanding that the authority take decisive action to rid the road of rats.

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CCTV blindspot in Highgate to be fixed thanks to a two-year campaign by Lib Dem councillors

Cllr Liz Morris with members of Highgate's local police team

CCTV cameras will soon begin appearing in Highgate for the first time. It is currently the only ward in Haringey without any cameras operated by the Council. However, a campaign by the ward’s Liberal Democrat councillors has forced the Council to relent. One of its representatives recently wrote to Cllr Liz Morris to confirm that they would begin installing a batch of new cameras from the beginning of next year and intend to sight a number in Highgate.

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Change law to clamp down on vehicle idling

Haringey Council is to back a bill that would increase the fines for leaving vehicles idling and make it easier to levy fines, thanks to an intervention from a local Liberal Democrat councillor.

At a Full Council meeting on July 15th, Cllr Scott Emery (Muswell Hill – LD) called on Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Kirsten Hearn (Stroud Green – Lab), to write a joint letter to the Secretary of State for the Environment supporting the Vehicles Emissions (Idling Penalties) Bill. This is a private members bill put forward by the Hon Wera Hobhouse, who is MP for Bath and Liberal Democrat spokesperson on the Environment and Climate Change, to “increase penalties for stationary vehicle idling offences; to grant local authorities increased powers to issue such penalties.”

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Haringey backs LGBT+ inclusive education (and vows not to let protests disrupt schools)

Haringey Councillors last night resolved to use any legal measures within their power to support a national education curriculum that included teaching about LGBT+ families and relationships, and vowed not to tolerate the kind of aggressive and homophobic protests that have targeted schools in Birmingham.

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Urgent action needed on River Moselle pollution

Urgent steps are needed to tackle pollution in the River Moselle, according to a Haringey Lib Dem councillor. Known as 'Haringey's River', the Moselle rises in Highgate Wood and flows east through the borough (mostly in pipes underground) but surfaces in Tottenham's Lordship Recreation Ground before eventually flowing into the River Lea in South Tottenham.

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Dangerous air at Haringey school features in Channel 4 doc

A documentary mostly filmed at Lordship Lane Primary School is a stark warning about the dangers to the health of children posed by air pollution, warns a councillor who is also a parent at the school. 

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Poorly designed application menaces Muswell Hill conservation area

Local Liberal Democrat councillors have expressed dismay at Haringey Council’s approval of a controversial planning application. Cllr Scott Emery ‘called-in’ proposals to redevelop the shops at 1-9 Fortis Green Road in order to add flats. He feared that the plans would create a large bland façade out of keeping with the well-preserved Edwardian architecture of the surrounding area. There is also a risk that it will displace the popular small businesses currently based in the shops.

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