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Palmers Green library building re-named

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06 April 2017

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The building which houses Palmers Green Library has been re-named ‘Jeff Rodin House’ in honour of the long-time Leader of Enfield Council, Jeff Rodin, who devoted his life to the well-being of all Enfield residents.

The building which houses Palmers Green Library has been re-named ‘Jeff Rodin House’ in honour of the long-time Leader of Enfield Council, Jeff Rodin, who devoted his life to the well-being of all Enfield residents.

Councillor Rodin, who worked tirelessly to transform the lives of local people, served Bowes Ward for 24 years, but died suddenly after a short illness in April 2016 aged 66.

At an official ceremony yesterday evening (Wednesday 5 April), his widow Marion officially re-named the building that presently houses the Palmers Green Library.

Dozens of former colleagues, including politicians from all parties, friends and family members gathered as Mrs Rodin unveiled a commemorative plaque to Councillor Rodin’s ‘great distinction as a local activist, councillor and Leader of Enfield Council.’

The current Leader of Enfield Council, Councillor Doug Taylor led the tributes, he said: “Today we remember Jeff Rodin as we officially name this building ‘Jeff Rodin House', a permanent reminder of a man who cared passionately about the voiceless and the defenceless.
 
“Jeff Rodin was a highly influential figure who was dedicated to improving the lives of local people and creating a better Enfield.
 
“He will be fondly remembered by officers and councillors who worked with him during his time in office, and by many people in the Borough.”

Jeff Rodin was first elected as a member of Enfield Council in 1986 and served as the representative for Bowes Ward for 24 years.

He was Deputy Leader of the Labour group from 1987 until 1989 and its Leader from 1989, to 1994 and then from 2005 to 2010. He was the first Labour Leader of the Council since 1964 and led the party to victories in 1994, 1998 and 2010, the year in which he retired from frontline politics.

In retirement Jeff continued to work for the community, as a trustee and then Chair of Enfield Citizens Advice, a trustee and treasurer of Enfield Community Transport and as a volunteer for Tax Help for Older People and Enfield Over 50s Forum.

Marion Rodin said “To me Jeff was a much loved, and now missed, husband, father and grandfather, but I know that to his colleagues and many other people in Enfield he is remembered for being a conviction politician who worked tirelessly to transform the lives of so many people.
 
“He loved Enfield. We lived in the borough for 38 years of which 33 years were in Palmers Green and he was completely devoted to the local area and its residents. When he became Leader in 1989 he wanted to make a real difference to peoples’ lives.  
   
“I am incredibly proud to be officially naming this building ‘Jeff Rodin House’ which is an enduring memorial to an irreplaceable man.”