I missed watching last night's Spurs match up at Newcastle because I had an Overview & Scrutiny meeting. Turns out it wasn't such a bad one to miss. But I'm still not worried about the season.
As usual, we covered a big range of subjects at Overview & Scrutiny. Probably the most interesting for residents in my ward is the news that following the CCTV scrutiny review I chaired and months of work from John Hajdu's Muswell Hill and Fortis Green Association, Muswell Hill is finally to get some new - working - CCTV cameras. There will be two cameras installed in the centre of Muswell Hill in January.
If residents haven't already heard, other big news is that Hornsey Hospital now has a completion date of March 2009. I think it was around 2000 that the old hospital closed, so it's been slow, but they're finally getting there.
There was discussion about the Council's inability to consult residents properly, which is a recurring criticism across the borough. My colleague David Winskill asked about the contractors the Council used to deliver the CPZ consultations which Labour botched so badly, when lots of residents simply never received the consultation.
I did wonder if they had actually been delivered by bike like the old computer game Paperboy - the successful delivery rate was so random, there would definitely not have been a High Score for the contractors.
Haringey Labour do at least accept that they have been bad at consulting in the past, so hopefully (as D:Ream once said) things can only get better.
Section 106 funding is money given over to the Council by developers of large scale building works. It's to help contribute towards education and infrastructure costs locally. We found out last night that some S106 money is being used for badly needed streetlights - for the first time in Haringey ever, despite me first asking for this to be looked at 18 months ago.
There was plenty more, but this post risks lasting even longer than the meeting itself, so I'd better stop.
A few of us popped to the Nelson after, for a quick drink before closing to celebrate Cllr Emma Jones' birthday - which was the least we could do, as she'd just spent her birthday at a council meeting. Happy birthday again Emma.