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.
The annual Tottenham Ploughman Winterfest returns for another year. The event is being held yet again at Bruce Castle Park, Lordship Lane N17.
“Celebrating the very best of Tottenham- handmade art, crafts, hot food, cake, Redemption Ale, Wildes Cheese, live music, fruit magpie, Craving Coffee, living Under One Sun, & many more.”
It takes place on Sunday 10th December between 12noon and 5pm. Entry is free. Nearest Tubes: Seven Sisters (from the east), and Wood Green (from the west). Nearest Overground: Bruce Grove. Buses 123, 243 and 318 stop outside the park.
For more information, log on to Tottenhamploughman.com.
Local residents are invited to a public exhibition on yet another new development in Tottenham.
This concerns the currently empty Goods Yard site, at 44-52 White Hart Lane, in a development supported by Tottenham Hotspur FC.
The proposals, if approved, there would be:
- Around 330 new homes
- Providing new employment, office and retail units
- A new ‘public square’
- Restoration of a listed building to bring it into public use.
The proposed development is part of the planned controversial changes to this part of north Tottenham. Many local people are understandably unhappy about this, and how it has come about. More on this, and the overview of the problems by Defend Council Housing here.
The exhibition will be held over three days, taking place at:
Haringey Irish Cultural and Community Centre, Pretoria Road, N17 8DX (Either the nearest bus- W3 stops on White Hart Lane itself, or take London Overground train to White Hart Lane station, plus a short walk) ,on
- Friday (Tomorrow) 3rd November 4pm-8pm
- Saturday 4th November 10am-2pm
- Monday 6th November 4pm-8pm
For more information, contact by email – goodsyard(at)londoncommunications.co.uk, or call 0800 307 7014.
Tomorrow (Saturday)! Two festivals will take place at Lordship Recreation Ground, Lordship Lane. (Buses 123 and 243 stop outside the park in Lordship Lane, Bus W4 Hail and Ride section may stop in Higham Road). Enjoy the day!
Tottenham Ploughman Riverfest- From 11am to 7pm!
Lordship Rec Harvest Festival, including the 10th Annual Tottenham Flower and Produce Show- From 11am to 5pm!
Tottenham Today is a free community event will be taking place this Saturday (9th September).
According to the organisers, the event will:
“Celebrate all things about Tottenham; find out about the jobs, skills and volunteering opportunities available for Tottenham residents, walk Tottenham, ask questions about regeneration, enjoy family friendly entertainment and most of all, have fun!”
Local residents should have received a leaflet like this through the door.
The event will take place at Tottenham Town Hall, Town Hall Approach Road N15, between 11am and 4pm (Nearest buses stop in the High Road: 76,149, 243, 259, 279, 318, 476 and W4. Buses 230 and 341 stop in Philip Lane, outside Holy Trinity church, with a short walk).
For more information log on to this page on the Tottenham.London website.
Protheroe House in Tottenham is hosting a pre- Notting Hill carnival event this Saturday (26th August).
If you are unable to attend carnival this year, locals have been invited to an afternoon of caribbean music and food. It’s taking place at the building at 6 Chesnut Road, N17 9FA (Most local buses stop in nearby High Road around the police station) between 4pm and 6pm.
However, spaces are limited, and could be going fast, so to book a spot, telephone Protheroe House on 020 7428 1144, or email info(at)seasonhomes.co.uk.
Tomorrow (July 3rd), there is going to be both a protest and a benefit aimed at fighting plans by Haringey Council to forcefully evict many council tenants through their controversial HDV development programme (dubbed by critics at the £2Billion Pound Gamble).
The demonstration will assemble at Ducketts Common (Turnpike Lane Tube end) at around 5.30pm. There will be a March from the Common which will end at Haringey Civic Centre in the High Road.
Afterwards, there will be a benefit evening to raise funds for the legal fight against the council’s plans. It will take place at Wood Green Social Club, 3 Stuart Crescent, Wood Green, N22 5NJ (Not far from the Civic Centre) at 8PM. More info here.
Several estates and key public buildings based in Tottenham and across the borough are affected by the council’s HDV. Wherever you are affected or if you’re concerned about the way the council is forcing this through without fighting for more funds from the government or looking for alternatives, we still need to fight these damaging plans which could seriously affect the way public services are delivered in the borough in the future.
Plans to provide much needed new social housing in Tottenham could mean the loss of the green lung between Monument Way and Fairbanks Road.
Newlon Housing Trust is holding a two-day public consultation on plans to build up to 54 flats in three blocks in the affected area. That would mean changes in the layout of Fairbanks Road itself, and the wall which currently separates the neighbouring Chesnut Estate and Monument Way will be knocked down to be replaced by what the organisers are saying a buffer zone.
Residents in the affected area should have received the leaflet with brief details of the plans.
The consultation will take place on both Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March at The Larder Cafe, Protheroe House, 6 Chesnut Road N17. It will run on both days between 4pm and 7pm.
Haringey Council’s Development Management Forum is holding a forthcoming meeting about some of the latest developments in the Tottenham Hale area.
The areas under discussion are:
- Station Square West (adjacent to Premier Inn): 22-storey tower block, plus including retail units
- Ashley Road South (Cannon factory, plus Ashley House): 277 flats including retail units
This is very important as it could be local residents’ only chance to question both the council and developers’ representatives about the latest proposals.
The meeting will be held at The Larder, under the new Protheroe House, 6 Chesnut Road, N17 9EQ, on Wednesday 23rd November, starting at 7.00pm.
For more information, call 020 8489 5504, or email planningsupport(at)haringey.gov.uk.
Here is a new planning update on the proposals for development in the area of Ashley Road South.
Local residents are being invited to a new public exhibition on the revised plans, which, according to the developers, will lead to the construction of around 800 new homes, workspaces for local businesses, and a digital skills college. Questions, criticisms and general enquires can be directed at the representatives at the exhibition.
As previously, the new exhibition will be held at:
Berol House, 25 Ashley Road, N17 9LJ on Thursday November 10th between 3.30 and 7.30pm.
If you would like further information, or if you cannot attend in person, phone 020 3870 1435, or email: email@example.com.
A planning application is due to be submitted to Haringey Council next month.