Review of the year - June

Haringey Independent: The Islamic community centre in Muswell Hill after it was destroyed in a suspected arson attack in June The Islamic community centre in Muswell Hill after it was destroyed in a suspected arson attack in June

In June, Muswell Hill found itself the focus of concerns over far-right reprisals following the murder of a soldier in Woolwhich.

Graffiti of the letters “EDL” appeared at the scene of a fire at an Islamic community centre, in Coppetts Road, used by the Somali Islamic Bravanese Welfare Association.

The discovery of the graffiti, which are the initials of the far-right group the English Defence League, prompted speculation that the attack was motivated by the murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich.

However, the EDL denied it was behind the attack.

Meanwhile, Haringey Borough Council unveiled a three-year plan intended to give the borough some of the best schools in London.

Council leader Councillor Claire Kober published a 12-point action plan in response to calls for “radical and courageous” action made in an independent report.

The proposals included a £250,000 education innovation fund, working with headteachers and governors to improve support services and the introduction of a pupil passport scheme to support children when they move between schools.

Also in June, the man who led one of London’s biggest redevelopment was given the job of pushing forward the delivery of 10,000 homes and 5,000 jobs around the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

Robert Evans was appointed chairman of the Tottenham Landowners and Major Businesses Group, which brings together people investing in the regeneration of Tottenham.

Mr Evans was previously in charge of the regeneration of land around at King’s Cross station.

In other news, a community centre kicked off the summer season by holding a music and art festival to promote the work of talented people in the Alexandra Palace area.

Everyone’s Climbing Tree hosted its third AP and Beyond Art and Music Festival in Avenue Gardens, in Station Road.


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