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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.



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.

News on the changing face of Tottenham

header-love-tottenhamTwo articles have been recently published on the web on the Changing face of Tottenham.

The first is a rather upbeat (!) article published in the The Daily Telegraph, comparing what’s happening in the area to the gentrified area Shoreditch.

The second is a great article on the site Craft Beer London, focuses on the the success of setting up of specialist breweries in Tottenham.

It’s such a shame that very little attention is being focused on the increasing problems that Haringey Council have created and continuing to cause in the name of regeneration.

Ward’s Corner CPO challenge- Information

This is the WCC newsletter announcing the CPO news. Click on picture to enlarge.

This is the WCC newsletter announcing the CPO news. Click on picture to enlarge.

Please share. This concerns the future of Seven Sisters town centre.

From Ward’s Corner Coalition

Dear friends,

The time has come to challenge the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for Ward’s CornerHaringey Council have issued a CPO to help the developer Grainger force the sale shops and homes at Seven Sisters.

We have launched a crowdfunder to raise some of the £1000s we need for legal fees to challenge the CPO. Please circulate this link on all your networks- FB, Twitter, Snapchat, all of them. if you can donate, even better.

http://tinyurl.com/savewcc is the short form, easy to send.

Whether you are a friend, regular visitor, or just concerned about what is happening, let’s support the traders and residents who could lose what they have built up if the evictions get the go ahead.


Ashley Road and St Ann’s development news (updated)

Here are two updates to the ongoing devlopment plans in the local area.

ashleyroadexhib3Ashley Road South. Following on the exhibition held earlier in July, there is an update on the plans covering the area, in Tottenham Hale, ahead of a planning application being submitted later this year.

A new exhibition, showing changes to the original plans will be held, as before at

Berol House, 25 Ashley Road N17, on Tuesday September 13th, between 3.30 and 7.30pm.

If you want to see the plans, but its unable to attend, call 0203 170 7987, or email xselefkou@belgravecomms.com.

St Ann’s Hospital site. Two thirds of the hospital site is due to be sold to developers. The St Ann’s Development Trust has put forward alternative draft plans for the hospital.

Members of the public can see the plans at Chesnuts Primary School, Black Boy Lane, N15 on both:

  • Wednesday September 21st, between 7.00 and 9.00pm
  • Saturday September 24th, between 12noon and 3.00pm

For more information click here.

NB, The trust needs to raise £25,000 by October 9th 2016 to pay for the architects’ finished plans for the development. These plans will allow them to cost the project and put a bid for the site. Help by making a pledge today!

EU Referendum event- Tomorrow!

eu-flagOn June 15th, there will be a public meeting on the upcoming European Union referendum, in which voters can meet representatives of the groups campaigning on whether they want the United Kingdom to either remain or leave the organisation.

Locals can hear the opinions of six speakers, three from groups supporting the UK remain in the EU, three from groups who want the UK to leave.

The referendum campaign has unfortunately been dominated by supporters on both sides allegedly spreading fear and innuendo, leaving many voters confused. As a result, very few people know how the structure of the EU actually works. At the same time, the EU is reported in the UK press in almost entirely negative terms, leading to the perception that people in the UK are being poorly informed. If people made some effort to search for the facts about the EU, there wouldn’t be so much mudslinging. Here is the link to the EU’s website.

The meeting will be held at the Selby Centre between 7pm and 9pm (doors open at 6.30). For more information on the meeting, click on this page on the Selby Trust’s website.

The EU referendum is on June 23rd. Use your vote wisely.


London Overground closure information

London Overground’s Gospel Oak to Barking Line will face closures between 4th June 2016 and February 2017. This is to ensure that Network Rail carry out improvement works in order for new trains to be introduced on the line in 2018.

From June 4th until September 23rd, The section from Gospel Oak to South Tottenham will run normally on weekdays (South Tottenham to Barking will be closed), but the entire line will be closed at weekends.

From September 24th until February 2017, the entire line will be closed.

Gospel Oak- Barking closure overview (PDF)

Where to get your replacement bus service during closures (South Tottenham) (PDF)

More information on the improvement works on Network Rail’s website.

More information on the travel changes on the Transport for London website.


Night Tube to come at last

tubelogoAfter several delays, the new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced earlier today that the weekend night tube will finally start its rollout this later this summer.

It’s good news for many local people who use the Victoria Line, who along those who use part of the Central Line, services will commence on August 19th, with the whole of the Jubilee, and parts of Piccadilly and Northern Lines due to follow in the Autumn.

According to Transport for London, trains will run approximately every ten minutes on the Victoria Line, which could benefit people who may go for a night out in the West End for example.

For people using Seven Sisters, Tottenham Hale, Finsbury Park, Manor House and Turnpike Lane stations, for the first time ever there is going to be a real alternative to the night buses, taxis and mincabs… and that could be a good thing.


Vote 2016

ballotboxToday is the day for the elections for both the Mayor and the Greater London Assembly (No borough council elections this year, the next is in 2018). The contest is to see who will succeed Boris Johnson after he became an MP in last year’s general election.

Commentators predict that the contest will be against the two frontrunners, Zac Goldsmith (Conservative) and Sadiq Khan (Labour), although there are ten other candidates for us to choose from, if people bother to take notice.

For a so-called world city, many experts argue that London does not function very well. On one side, the Mayor fails to work with the assembly to try to tackle key issues like housing, policing and transport. On the other, there are the 33 boroughs, who for either political or territorial reasons, simply refuse to cooperate with each other. This inevitably leads to conflict on all sides.

But if we want to change this situation, then we need to look at the manifestos of all the candidates standing in this election, and make your mind up to vote.

Polling stations are open until 10pm tonight, with the results announced either on the night or on Friday. More information on the election can be found on the London Elects website.