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Changes to Council Tax Reduction Scheme: have your say

Important news from Haringey Council:

If you are a Haringey resident liable to pay council tax (or who may become liable to pay council tax) it is important that you read the information below and tell us what you think about the proposed changes. We are consulting with residents on proposals to change the current Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS).

You may also wish to respond to tell us your views about the financial implications of the proposals for you or the council.

Click on this council webpage if you are a person affected by CTRS and is concerned about the proposed changes. There will also be a drop-in event on 5th November (tomorrow) at the Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham Green Leisure Centre, Philip Lane N15, between 3pm and 5pm. You can also complete a survey online.

The consultation ends on 12th November 2018. If the changes are approved by the council, they will be implemented in time for the next financial year in April 2019.

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PLANNING UPDATE: Tottenham Hale sites

For those who are not still aware, here is a planning update concerning two key developments.

Ashley Road. Notting Hill Genesis is holding a second consultation event for plans to provide 90 homes in the former Ashley House to discuss any changes that have been made since the first event which was held in September. It will be held as before at The Larder, Protheroe House, 6 Chesnut Road, N17 9FA, on Wednesday 14th November between 4pm and 7pm.

Strategic Development partnership (SDP) Five Sites. Amendments to the developments will now include a certain number of social homes, as well as some changes to building design. Local residents can log onto this page on Haringey Council’s planning portal to comment.

The closing date for comments is 19th November 2018.

Labour councillor avoids jail term for drugs offences

This was found in the Daily Mail. West Green ward Labour councillor Ishmael Osamor has avoided  jail time after he had pleaded guilty of four drugs charges in court. He had earlier been arrested  after being found with a drugs haul worth around £2500 at a music festival last year.

What on earth possessed the local Labour establishment to select Mr Osamor to becoming a councillor in the first place? If they wish to avoid further embarrassment and hold themselves to the highest standards, they need to take swift and decisive action to remove him from office….immediately.

UPDATE: Osamor has since resigned. There will soon be a by-election in West Green ward.

Tottenham’s OTHER team are in the FA Cup proper

While most of the attention has been focused on Spurs’ new stadium saga, less than a mile west up White Hart Lane proper, Bostik League football side Haringey Borough, which play their home games at Coles Park, made history by reaching the FA Cup first round for the first time, after coming from behind to beat Poole Town 2-1 in the fourth qualifying round yesterday. Congratulations to them all.

The draw for the first round takes place tomorrow evening at around 7pm.

PLANNING ALERT: 90 homes at Ashley House

Housing association Notting Hill Genesis has organised a public consultation event over plans for a development of around ninety homes on the site of what is currently called Ashley House in Ashley Road.

Local residents are invited to see the proposals, ask questions, and to make comments. Representatives from the developers will be present to answer any questions.

The public event takes place at The Larder, Protheroe House, 6 Chesnut Road N17 9FA this Wednesday (26th September) between 4pm and 7pm. (Most local buses stop in the High Road, at the junction of Chesnut Road, with a short walk). However, if you are unable to attend the event, but want more information about the plans, you can contact them by email only to: ashleypark(at)lichfields.uk.

PLANNING ALERT: Tottenham Hale development sites

For many locals who are unaware, developers have recently submitted these planning applications concerning the major proposals in the Tottenham Hale area.

This could be the last chance for locals to influence what changes will happen in the area.

Below is a list of these applications, which you can view with maps and can comment on them.

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New Spurs Stadium event day plans- what you need to know

Tottenham Hotspurs new stadium will officially be operational on Saturday, September 15th when the football team will play Liverpool in the Premier League. An average of over 62,000 people will be visiting Tottenham on such days.

The football club, alongside local police, transport and Haringey and Enfield councils, recently published a 28-page booklet for local residents and businesses in the affected area, which many of you should have received either now or leading up to the weeks before the start of the season.

Inside there is some information about changes to street management on event days, including existing parking controls, both on residential roads and housing estates. Several streets next to the stadium will be closed entirely while others will be restricted to local residents and businesses.

There are also changes for many people travelling to the ground. Some local buses routes which normally run past the ground will be diverted away for a time before or after an event starts. Local tube and rail services will operate, with Tottenham Hale, Northumberland Park and White Hart Lane stations being expanded and rebuilt to cope with any planned increase (engineering works excepted). There will be five new parking areas for coaches within easy reach. Spurs will also provide new shuttle bus services for supporters operating from Alexandra Palace rail, and Tottenham Hale and Wood Green tube stations. For those who use the black taxis, a temporary rank will be located at Scotland Green (on the High Road, south of Landsdowne Road). For cyclists, there will be around 250 stands near the stadium.

For more information on event days, visit this page on Spurs‘ website, where you will be able to find a link to download the booklet if you haven’t received one.

For more information on changes to parking changes in residential controlled zones, visit this page on Haringey Council’s website.

If you live on a housing estate within the affected area, Homes for Haringey should have consulted you about the changes to parking on event days. Visit this page on their website.

HDV abandoned- the battle isn’t over yet.

The ill-fated and controversial Haringey Development Vehicle was finally abandoned at a council meeting earlier this week. At first glance, the decision was greeted with cheers by tenants, homeowners and businesses affected who would seen their properties demolished.

However, there is a sting in the tail… according to the BBC, Haringey Council had already spent nearly £2.5million over four years, and developer Lendlease, the scheme’s partner, which is owed over £500,000 for pulling out, is threatening legal action. Local council taxpayers across the  borough will continue to see much-needed public funds diverted from frontline services to pay for past poor decisions and  financial mismanagement.

Although we may have seen the last of the HDV, it’s not the end of the story. There are still several of the other regeneration schemes which need to be abandoned too…High Road West, Ward’s Corner, Tottenham Hale, Spurs-owned land, and many others under the controversial Plan for Tottenham, a scheme no community had neither been consulted on nor voted for.

If Haringey Council insists on continuing the scheme in an altered for, then it is up to all of us in the local community, regardless on whether we are affected or not, to fight for the scrapping of all these plans, and to pressure them into putting forward a realistic, long-term and cost-effective plan for the area. Other councils across London have shown the way, now Haringey must learn… and follow.

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)