PLANNING ALERT: TChances building faces redevelopment

Haringey Council planners are considering an application on the former British Legion building in 399 Tottenham High Road. The building, currently operating as TChances, risks being refurbished and extended to provide 24 flats.

For more information, click on this page on the council’s planning portal, and post your opinions.

The closing date is 29th June 2018.


New Haringey Council cabinet

The new-look Haringey Council cabinet has been recently announced. This body tackles the strategic functions of the local authority. Bruce Grove councillor Joseph Ejiofor became the new leader of the council and will head the new administration for 2018-19, replacing the departed Claire Kober.

Here are the members of the new-look cabinet, their portfolios and responsibilities:

  • Joseph Ejiofor (Leader of the council)
  • Emina Ibrahim (Deputy leader of the council, and cabinet member for housing and estate renewal)
  • Peray Ahmet (Cabinet member for adults and health)
  • Elin Watson (Cabinet member for children, education and families)
  • Zena Brazabon (Cabinet member for civic services)
  • Mark Blake (Cabinet member for communities, safety and involvement)
  • Noah Tucker (Cabinet member for corporate services and insourcing)
  • Kirsten Hearn (Cabinet member for environment)
  • Patrick Berryman (Cabinet member for finance)
  • Charles Adje (Cabinet member for strategic regeneration)

Two new deputy cabinet posts were also created:

  • Makbule Gunes (Women and equalities)
  • Ishmael Osamor (Broadwater Farm resident engagement)

Local elections: Tottenham results, ward by ward

The Labour party, as expected, retained overall control of Haringey Council after the local elections. They won 42 seats to the Liberal Democrats’ 15 (out of 57). In Tottenham they won every seat up for election.

For more information on the results, including how many votes were cast in each ward and turnouts, log on to the “Haringey Votes” website here.

Here are the winning candidates in each of the wards in the Tottenham constituency (Each ward elects three councillors).

Bruce Grove: Joseph Ejiofor, Felicia Opoku, Matthew White. (Full result)

Harringay: Gina Adamou, Zena Brabazon, Sarah James. (Full result)

Northumberland Park: Kaushika Amin, John Bevan, Sheila Peacock. (Full result)

Seven Sisters: Dhiren Basu, Barbara Blake, Erdal Dogan. (Full result)

St Ann’s: Julie Davies, Mike Hakata, Noah Tucker. (Full result)

Tottenham Green: Isidoros Diakides, Makbule Gunes, Preston Tabois. (Full result)

Tottenham Hale: Vincent Carroll, Ruth Gordon, Reg Rice. (Full result)

West Green: Mahir Demir, Ishmael Osomor, Sarah Williams. (Full result)

White Hart Lane: Charles Adje, Gideon Bull, Anne Stennett. (Full result)

Local elections: why they matter

May 3rd is local elections day in Haringey!

That is the day that we- the local electorate- get to decide who we want to represent us for the next four years. It is very important because our borough will receive less central government grant over this period, so it means that the council will have to be very careful over how they spend our money.

Because of the negative reputation of both the council and the borough, it has been the perceived wisdom of most local people to feel that nothing will ever change, and don’t bother to take the few minutes walk to the polling station to vote. After all, every time the borough is mentioned in the media, the news is often bad.

However, if you are angry at what is happening, this is only one way to do something about it. If you care and want decent services for our young people, well maintained community and leisure facilities, better support for our elderly, housebound and the poorest, the welcoming of refugees, better managed social homes, our communities less at risk of violent crime, investment in our main town centres and the overall repair of our public realm and more, then, first of all, if you have your vote, go to your local polling station and cast your three votes to those who you think represents your views. After that, even if you didn’t vote for the successful candidates, get involved in your local community. If there is a residents’ association, protest group or action group in your area, get in touch.

Remember, local democracy isn’t just about elections… There’s a lot more to it than that.

Local elections 2018: the full candidate list

On Thursday May 3rd, the voters of Haringey will go to the polls in the local elections.The borough’s 57 seats covering 19 wards (three in each of them) are up for grabs.

Here is the full list of the candidates wanting your vote. As usual, the four main political parties (Labour, Lib Dems, Conservatives and Greens) dominate, but there are alternatives in some wards (Duma Polska=Polish Pride In Harringay and Tottenham Hale, English Democrats in Northumberland Park, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts in Seven Sisters, Christian Peoples’ Alliance in Stroud Green, Federalist Party in Tottenham Green, Democrats and Veterans Party in White Hart Lane and Woodside). However, only two independents (one in St Ann’s, the other in West Green) will be standing this time.

Labour’s local election leaflet

Tottenham Labour Party sent this local election leaflet through my door earlier today. Our MP David Lammy is featured, alongside the three candidates standing in the ward. If you have yet to receive one, here’s an example of what to expect. From what I have read in it, it means:

“The nasty Conservative government has cut our funding since 2010, and only we, the caring Labour Party, can be relied upon to defend the local community and public services.”


Despite mismanaging the borough of Haringey since 1971, Labour still think local people are stupid enough to vote for them. This May, local people have a real opportunity to kick them out of office.

North Middlesex Hospital survey- your chance to comment

From Healthwatch Haringey, our local NHS watchdog:

Is North Middlesex hospital treating everyone fairly?

The North Mid hospital have asked Healthwatch Haringey to find out how well they are meeting their equalities duties. We would like to hear from people of all different ethnic backgrounds, ages, sexes, sexualities, religions, marital statuses and disabilities about how easy they find it to access the hospital buildings and services at North Mid. The North Mid hospital serves a diverse population of patients and visitors and it is important that everyone feels equally able to use the hospital when they need it.

Take this online survey to share your views. The closing date is 28th February 2018

Planning Alert : The Goods Yard, Lawrence Road, and St Ann’s Hospital

For those who are not yet aware, here is some updated information on current and future plans for development in Tottenham.

The Goods Yard, White Hart Lane. Plans for this mixed development, opposite the Overground station and is on the edge of the controversial plans for High Road West (as previously posted here). You can look up this application here (Ref: HGY/2018/0187). The consultation date ends THIS FRIDAY, so be quick to comment. More info on this website.

St Ann’s Hospital. Not to be confused with the residential development (More information on the community bid on the “StArt Haringey” website), the plans are for part of the land that the NHS is retaining. The development is for a two-storey inpatient building accomodating four wards with a capacity for 70 beds. Application details are here (Ref: HGY/2018/0382). The consultation date ends on 2nd March 2018. More info on “Harringay Online” here.

Mono House (50-56 Lawrence Road) New development of residential homes on the edge of the completed Lawrence Square, meaning the loss of more office/factory space in an already overcrowded area. Application details are here (Ref: HGY/2018/0120) The consultation ends THIS FRIDAY, so be quick to comment.

Council “on collision course” with Labour leaders

The BBC reported that there could be signs that Labour councillors in Haringey could be set on a collision course with the party’s main decision body, the National Executive Committee, over the on-going struggles with the borough’s regeneration programme.

Earlier this week, the NEC were finally forced to intervene in the local party’s affairs by urging Haringey Council to delay its controversial HDV plans ahead of the local borough elections in May. The infighting within the party between supporters of leader Claire Kober and the candidates backed by Momentum, has seen several sitting councillors either deselected or withdrawing, leading to personal bitterness on all sides.

This sorry affair will only re-enforce the negative reputation of both the council and the borough as a whole. All this is going on while finite funding for key services are repeatedly cut, allegations have been made about regeneration funds being poorly spent, and that the only strategy put in place is by delievering what is left through on-going crisis management. Some councillors, and indeed officers, seem intent on waiting for some magic wand to save the borough from its own self-inflicted problems.

For local people, constantly embarrassed by what is going on, the only way to end this farce is to first continue to protest against the hated HDV, then in May aim to vote for an administration who will pledge to take action in tackling the borough’s deep-rooted divisions.

Monument Way planning update

A planning application has been submitted over the proposed construction of three blocks of 54+ flats ranging from 4 to 5 storeys in height on green land between Fairbanks Road and Monument Way (information previously posted on this blog here).

Local residents in Fairbanks Road, the Chesnut estate, and surrounding streets should have received a letter about the application.

Log onto the planning page here (Reference no. HGY/2018/0050) and make a comment about the application. The closing date is 6th February 2018.