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.
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.
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.
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.
The current enquiry on the controversial CPO by Haringey Council (which ends tomorrow) has a website of public record if you were unable to attend. The web address is:
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.
Two 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.
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
The time has come to challenge the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for Ward’s Corner– Haringey 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.
Here are two updates to the ongoing devlopment plans in the local area.
Ashley 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 email@example.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!
On 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.