Where You Live: Haringey

Where You Live >> Haringey

London is more than just the City and its famous landmarks. More than its museums, theatres, palaces, taxis and red buses. It is home to some 8 million people. You live, work and socialise across London’s 32 boroughs – you make them tick. You give Haringey’s neighbourhoods, from Highgate to Tottenham Hale, their unique identity. It is these distinct areas that make our great capital such a rich and diverse city. Unlike the previous Mayor, Boris is working to give all your boroughs - not just Zones 1-3 - his attention.

Boris Johnson has a nine point plan to secure Greater London’s future. He is paying for this plan by cutting waste at City Hall to free up £3.5 billion for services.

In Haringey the plan means:

  • Freezing City Hall’s share of council tax for three successive years and cutting it this year, benefitting 102,936 Haringey households and putting an extra £445 back into pockets of the average household (GLA Website, ‘Budget archive’, link, GLA, Press Release 1 February, link, DLG Website, Calculation of Council Tax Base for Formula, Grant Purposes, October 2011, link).
  • Growing the local economy with economic boosts sponsored by the Mayor’s Outer London Fund of £90,233 for Muswell Hill and £2,003,206 (including matching funds) for the Green Lanes Traders Association, and £41,435,000 from the Mayor’s £70 million Regeneration Fund. (GLA, Press Release, 17 January 2012, link).
  • Investing in local transport with upgrades to Seven Sisters and Tottenham Halestations, rolling-out Oyster cards onto national rail, investing £14.5 million to boost local transport, and extending London Overground to 3 stations in Haringey –Crouch Hill, Haringey Green Lanes, and South Tottenham (Tfl, Press Release, 20 November 2008,link, TfL, Press Release, December 2009; link; TfL, Press Release, December 2010; link; TfL, Press Release, December 2011, link ).
  • Boris is also supporting local pensioners by reversing the previous Labour Government’s decision to stop those at 60 getting the Freedom pass until 65 (GLA, Mayor’s Questions, 17 December 2008, link).
  • He is also the only candidate in this election who can secure a better deal for London from No 10.

Freezing council tax

  • Boris Johnson has frozen council tax for three years and is cutting it this year. Boris Johnson has frozen his share council tax for three years and is cutting it this year (GLA, Mayor’s Final Draft Consolidated Budget 2012-13, link).
    • This has helped keep cost of living low for 102, 936 households in Haringey (DCLG, Council Tax Base, October 2011),  putting an extra £445 back in the pocket of households.

Restoring green space

  • 67 green spaces. 67 green spaces have been created for Haringey residents to grow their own food. (Capital Growth Website, link).
  • 550 trees planted. 500 trees have been planted in Haringey.  (GLA, Mayor’s questions, 25 January 2012, link).
  • Lordship Recreation Ground.  Lordship Recreation Ground in Haringey has received £400,000 as part of the Mayor’s £6million fund to improve the quality and safety of London’s parks. (Help in London Website, ‘Help a London Park’, link).

Investing to transform local high streets

  • Muswell Hill. As part of the Mayor’s £50 million Outer London Fund supporting local high streets and small business, Muswell Hill in Haringey will receive £90, 233 (GLA, Outer London Fund Round 1, link).
  • The Green Laners Traders Association. The Green Lanes Traders Association will receive £2,003,206 from the Outer London Fund to enhance Green Lanes High Street and boost retail activity. (GLA, Outer London Fund Round 2, link) The project includes:
  • The Haringey Gateway Transforming the southern entry to the high street by improving the environment in and around the Overground railway bridge (ibid.).
  • Shop Fronts. Improvements to shop front in the historic terraces and the Grand Paradise (ibid.).
  • Enhanced public realm. Widening pavements, new trees, new street furniture, shared surfaces and 14 micro squares on street corners (ibid.).

Making your streets and homes safer

  • 1,000 more police across London by May and £132 million more investment under Boris. The number of Special Constables has more than doubled from 2,500 to well over 5,000. (GLA, The Mayor’s Consultation Budget, 22 December 2011, link; MPA Website, Police numbers, link; GLA, Mayor’s Final Budget 2011-12, link; Evening Standard, 30 January 2012, link).
  • Total crime and robberies in Haringey have reduced. Since May 2008, Haringey has seen a 19.4%% decrease in total crime and a 32.6% reduction in the number of robberies. Youth violence is down 18.1% and bus crime has fallen 46.6% fall in bus crime (MOPC, Monthly Report: Police and Crime Committee, 8 March 2012, May 08 – Jan 12 compared to Aug 04-April 08; MPS Statistics).

Ensuring a true Olympic legacy

  • Boris Johnson has funded seven sport participation programmes in Haringey so far. They are (Mayor of London, Sporting future for London, April 2009, p. 9, link):
  • Sports Legacy Programme grants. 21 organisations in Haringey are receiving Sports Legacy Programme Grants to offer free sports coaching to Londoners (Freesport Programme Website, link).
  • Investing in Sports Facilities. The Mayor has helped fund two sports facilities in Haringey (IOG Website, ‘Funding boost for London Sports Facilities’, 26 October 2010, link). They are:

Investing in transport

  • £14.5 million of funding for local transport in Haringey. Since becoming Mayor, Boris Johnson has invested over £14.5 million to boost local transport in Haringey including £150,000 to encourage sustainable travel by improving the Green Lanes area in Haringey and St Ann’s neighbourhood. (Tfl, Press Release, 20 November 2008,link, TfL, Press Release, December 2009; link; TfL, Press Release, December 2010; link; TfL, Press Release, December 2011, link ).


  • Underground Lines. Work to improve reliability on all three Tube lines running through Haringey as part of the Tube upgrade programme, secured by Boris Johnson.  These include:
    • Northern Line. When the upgrade is completed in 2014 capacity will have been improved by one fifth, meaning the line can carry an additional 11,000 passengers per hour at peak time.  Passengers will also see an 18% reduction in journey time (TfL Website, Northern line upgrade plan, link).
    • Victoria Line. New trains and signalling has increase capacity by 21%, meaning that from 2013, the line will be able to carry an additional 10,000 passengers per hour at peak time. Passengers will also see a 16% reduction in journey time (TfL Website, Victoria line upgrade plan, link).
    • Piccadilly Line. The Piccadilly will be one of the two last lines to be upgraded. The upgrades will deliver new trains, new signaling and new control centers, allowing for increased capacity on the line (TfL, ‘Tube Upgrade Plan’, link).


  • London Overground London’s first orbital railway has 3London Overground stations accessible by residents in Haringey – Crouch Hill, Haringey Green Lanes and South Tottenham. (TfL Website, ‘London Overground’, link).
  • Oyster Cards rolled out on national rail. After years of talk under Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson secured the roll-out of Oyster cards onto national rail. Haringey is the 29th highest oyster- using borough on national rail services (TfL Website, ‘Oyster on National Rail’, December 2009, link).

Roads and congestion

  • Permit Scheme. 28% of applications by utility companies to dig up roads in Haringey have been refused following the introduction of the permit scheme (TfL, Press Release, 15 October 2009, link).


  • Bus improvements. 17 bus routes in Haringey have been expanded and or improved under Boris Johnson (TFL, ‘Bus service changes May 2008-January 2012, link).

  • Bendy Buses replaced. Nearly 500 new vehicles boasting the latest clean engine technology will replace the Bendy buses and will save more than £7 million a year. The buses have been replaced by new buses on routes 29/N29 in Haringey. (TFL, Press Release, 5 October 2011, link). 


  • Cycle Superhighways. Cycle Superhighway 1 will run from Tottenham to the Cityby 2015, and Cycle Superhighway 12 will run from Muswell Hill to Angelby 2013, (Tfl Website, Cycle Superhighways: About the scheme’, link).


  • 850 total affordable housing units completed in Haringey. 480 social rented and 370 intermediate affordable housing units were completed in Haringey between 2008/09 and 2010/11 (DCLG, Affordable Housing Live Tables 1006, 1007, 1008, link).

Mayoral visits

  • Boris Johnson has made the same number of visits to Haringey in his first term than Ken Livingstone made in his first term. Boris Johnson has visited Haringey four times since July 2008. Ken Livingstone visited Haringey in his first term as Mayor (GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2000 – April 2008; GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2008 – March 2012).

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