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Tottenham Winter Festival- this Saturday

The annual Tottenham Winter Festival takes place this Saturday (Dec 2nd) on Tottenham Green, between the hours of 12noon and 6pm.

There will a Chrismas market which is held at the old Town Hall (the first fifty people arriving through the door on the day will get free goodies– see flyer), live events and music throughout the day. The Christmas tree will be switched on at 5pm.

Saturday is also Small Business Saturday in which people can do their bit to support our local traders.

For more information see this page on the Tottenham.London website.

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Haringey Labour infighting goes national

Oh dear. Infighting within the Haringey Labour party has become national news. The main reason for this is the on-going criticism of the controversial development and regeneration council policies.

Supporters of both the council group led by Claire Kober and their critics who oppose them are going through selection contests to see who will represent the party in next May’s local elections. Some of the party’s high profile big hitters who have backed these policies have been deselected, and others who fear they could be next had decided that they would stand down.

Tonight’s/last night’s London Evening Standard newspaper published an article on this issue. Infighting within sections of Labour is nothing new, as the party has been repeatedly prone to entryism throughout its history.

If many commentators think this will lead to the slow meltdown of Labour both locally and nationally, they will be very disappointed. The only thing that is sustaining them is the fact that the vast majority of Tottenham residents either do not, will not or cannot vote, as a result, they stay in power.

While so much attention has been paid by journalists to the selection process, very little has been written about the way Labour has mis-managed the borough for over 40 years. There is a real and worrying prospect next May that another re-elected Labour administration will be led by either a Kober-like council privatising almost everything, or a Momentum-like organisation, spending a lot of energy campaigning against the government rather than actually delivering services.

But there is a choice. It is not inevitable. This represents a big opportunity for the main opposition parties, like the Lib Dems, Conservatives and Greens, to repeatedly attack Labour’s decades of inaction, and to put forward positive and realistic solutions for the borough.

A damning critique of how Labour run Haringey- by a Labour councillor

This has been in the news in the last few days. A Labour councillor who is standing down from Haringey Council ahead of next year’s borough local elections has criticised the way that the borough has been managed in a strongly-worded letter sent to leader Cllr Claire Kober obtained by the StopHDV website.

In the letter, Cllr Stuart McNamara has attacked the council’s repeated poor governance, bad management and decision making which has led to repeated cuts in vital local services. He has also been highly critical of the borough’s regeneration policies and the constant waste of scarce resources. He also feels that the council also does its business in secret by handing over portfolios to a handful of officers and the executive at the expense of backbench and opposition councillors and the wider public.

Cllr McNamara is certainly right about the way Cllr Kober has led the council. After the Baby P scandal back in 2008 which led to the resignation of the late George Meehan, Kober’s elected to head the Labour group at the time was seen as a new broom. However, she has adopted the policies of her predecessor. She refused to start addressing the issues which led to the riots in 2011, problems that she helped continue have been deeply felt here in Tottenham for a very long time.

It’s hard not to disagree with Cllr McNamara on this. However, he needs to be questioned over the fact that if he, the backbench Labour councillors and party members put pressure to Kober and her friends’ control of the council’s powers, we wouldn’t be having to fight to stop the threat of Ward’s Corner be demolished. We wouldn’t also have had to do shady deals with big business in order to get anything done. They could have used their collective influence to stop all this nonsense, but chose not to.

The entire Labour party in Haringey are collectively to blame for this state of affairs. That includes Cllr McNamara.

Planning alert: The Goods Yard, White Hart Lane: exhibition

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.

Parliamentary boundary review changes- your comment is invited

The Boundary Commission for England published its revised proposals for the Tottenham parliamentary constituency earlier today.

The revised proposals (if you look on the map on this page and type either your postcode or zoom in) is mainly consisting of the removal of the Stroud Green ward from the initial proposals. However, the Woodside ward which is currently in the neighbouring Hornsey and Wood Green constituency, was added. The rest of the constituency remains unchanged.

Earlier fears that the constituency would be broken up were unfounded. In the report, local MP David Lammy commented:

“With complex problems, including the highest level of temporary accomodation in London, a transient population, failed estates, some of the highest unemployment levels in London, a high level of crime, the lack of a town centre focus, and a breakdown in the relationships between the community and the police… it is vitally important that the integrity of Tottenham as a constituency is maintained.”

If you have a view on the revised boundaries, then click on this page, and make a comment. The consulation will end on 11th December 2017. For more information about the boundary review, see this video.

The changes to the new boundaries, if approved, will take into effect at the next general election.

 

Planning alert: exhibition on fresh redevelopment in Tottenham Hale

Tottenham Hale is set to be subject to yet more development.

Five sites based in the area are being included in a public exhibition organised by developers Argent Related. A leaflet should have been sent into households in the area.

The five sites mentioned on the map are:

  • Ashley Road (Both east and west)
  • Ferry Island
  • North Island
  • Welbourne

The development includes:

  • Around 950 new homes (some of them may be affordable, but they won’t say how many)
  • New green spaces and communal areas
  • New spaces for shops and businesses
  • A much-needed new health centre
  • Yet more changes to Tottenham Hale station

Local residents are invited to see the early proposals, particularly on the Welbourne site. They are at:

Lord Morrison Hall, 38 Scales Road N17 9EZ, on Thursday 19th October between 3pm and 7pm.

Tottenham Hale Bowling Club (inside Down Lane Park), Park View Road N17 9EX, on Saturday 21st October between 9am and 7pm.

Local buses stop at Tottenham Hale bus station nearby with a short straight walk up Hale Road, turning slight right towards Park View Road. Scales Road is the second street on the left.

For more information, call 0800 307 7141, email at TottenhamHale@londoncommunications.co.uk, or click on this website here.

London Overground local travel news

For many of you who are not yet aware, local transport will be affected by works on the London Overground.

From Tomorrow (September 11) until Thursday (September 14) There will be no service on the section between Hackney Downs and Enfield Town (via 7 Sisters) after 10.30pm on each day. Use local alternative routes.

From Sunday 17th September, until Sunday 22nd October, there will be no service on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line. A replacement bus service will run, stoping at all stations from Gospel Oak to Seven Sisters. There may be more closures before the end of the year.

For travel options in the local area, click here.

For more detailed information on the closure, click here.

Protest about the HDV: tomorrow

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.

Local bus changes

There has been some small changes to some of our local bus services.

The 76 bus route, which runs from Tottenham Hale to Waterloo, is now managed by Go Ahead, replacing Arriva. It is also now a new routemater, the second to run through Tottenham (the other is 149, which runs from London Bridge to Edmonton Green).

The 259 bus route, which runs from Kings Cross to Edmonton Green, is now managed by Arriva, replacing Go Ahead.

It’s clearly hoped that both routes’ services will improve under the new managers.