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Meet your local Highgate candidate: Antony Denyer

Antony is standing for election as a councillor because he is fed up. He is fed up with the fact that Labour-run Haringey Council ignores the needs of Highgate, despite its residents paying more in Council Tax than any other ward in the borough. And he is fed up with Highgate’s existing councillors, who let them get away with it.

Our survey results are in – and it’s not good news for Haringey

A huge thank you to everybody who sent in their Conservatives Residents’ Survey — we were absolutely thrilled that so many people took the time to give us their views. According to the responses to our survey, the number one concern by a clear margin is the heavy cost of Council Tax — with residents sending a strong message to Haringey that they are not getting value for money. Nearly 70% of respondents gave Labour’s excessive taxes as a major causes for complaint. One resident pointed out that “Too much Council Tax is spent pursuing left-wing agendas”, while another hit out over unused council-owned buildings that are a wasteful and needless drain on resources. 

Council neglect puts residents in danger

Highgate Conservatives are taking action over residents’ growing fears about unsafe roads in the ward. People who live along North Road are frustrated that Haringey Council is failing to enforce the road’s 5T weight limit, which is being disregarded by heavy lorries that are a threat to pedestrians and cyclists.

Council foul up leaves Hillcrest hanging

People living in Hillcrest Road estate have been let down again by Haringey council and Homes for Haringey, as important repairs to their homes have been cancelled because of a legal error. The news comes after families on the estate suffered weeks of delays in vital repairs to their lifts.

Rubbish service for the Miltons

Residents in the Miltons have been abandoned by Labour-run Haringey council. Since the introduction of fortnightly collections, extra rubbish has been stacked up next to wheelie bins for days on end in what has become a permanent feature of Highgate’s urban landscape.

Arrogant TfL dismisses Highgate’s bus concerns

In our last newsletter we highlighted the safety and environmental problems concerning the 271 bus turnaround in Pond Square. On 25 June, Antony Denyer, a local Conservative and Highgate resident, led a deputation to a public meeting with Transport for London (TfL) at Swiss Cottage library to press the case for change.

Result for Gaskell Road residents

Highgate Conservatives are working with police to help residents on the Gaskell Road Estate, who have fears about home security. 

Hillcrest residents ‘marooned’

Council  contractors have taken many weeks to replace the lifts in the three Hillcrest Estate tower blocks, leaving elderly residents and young parents on the upper floors either stuck in their flats or dragging their shopping and prams up and down many flights of stairs.

ACTION LONG OVERDUE ON HIGHGATE'S 271 BUS TURN-AROUND CHAOS

Highgate Village has a unique character. It is one of London's few remaining inner-urban villages and much of its survival is due to the Highgate Society, long-standing resident-led champion of all that is good & great. Not least because the Village is in the heart of a Conservation area, the HS has for a long time now been trying, alas forlornly, to get Transport for London (TfL) to move the unsightly and disruptive 271 bus turnaround away from Pond Square.

£1 MILLION TRENCH!

A Hornsey man out jogging suffered serious brain damage after falling into a dangerous pothole dug by Haringey Council. Cost to all of us: £1 million. Kyle Bullock from Hornsey was out jogging when he stumbled into a pothole. He spent 4 months in hospital after suffering a serious brain injury, is now confined to a wheelchair and needs full-time care. After protracted negotiations, Mr Bullock was recently awarded £1m compensation by Homes for Haringey (what was the old Housing Dept). As usual, the ex-Council Dept initially denied responsibility only to cave-in when the claim got to the High Court. What are the lessons from this tragic tale?! Well, firstly, you can never rely on the Council or its poorly-supervised contractors to do work properly. Secondly, when it's caught out, never trust Haringey to do the right thing. Thirdly, when it comes to Haringey Council, honesty is the last refuge of the scoundrel!