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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.

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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.

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.

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.