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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.

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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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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.

Local elections: why they matter

May 3rd is local elections day in Haringey!

That is the day that we- the local electorate- get to decide who we want to represent us for the next four years. It is very important because our borough will receive less central government grant over this period, so it means that the council will have to be very careful over how they spend our money.

Because of the negative reputation of both the council and the borough, it has been the perceived wisdom of most local people to feel that nothing will ever change, and don’t bother to take the few minutes walk to the polling station to vote. After all, every time the borough is mentioned in the media, the news is often bad.

However, if you are angry at what is happening, this is only one way to do something about it. If you care and want decent services for our young people, well maintained community and leisure facilities, better support for our elderly, housebound and the poorest, the welcoming of refugees, better managed social homes, our communities less at risk of violent crime, investment in our main town centres and the overall repair of our public realm and more, then, first of all, if you have your vote, go to your local polling station and cast your three votes to those who you think represents your views. After that, even if you didn’t vote for the successful candidates, get involved in your local community. If there is a residents’ association, protest group or action group in your area, get in touch.

Remember, local democracy isn’t just about elections… There’s a lot more to it than that.

Local elections 2018: the full candidate list

On Thursday May 3rd, the voters of Haringey will go to the polls in the local elections.The borough’s 57 seats covering 19 wards (three in each of them) are up for grabs.

Here is the full list of the candidates wanting your vote. As usual, the four main political parties (Labour, Lib Dems, Conservatives and Greens) dominate, but there are alternatives in some wards (Duma Polska=Polish Pride In Harringay and Tottenham Hale, English Democrats in Northumberland Park, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts in Seven Sisters, Christian Peoples’ Alliance in Stroud Green, Federalist Party in Tottenham Green, Democrats and Veterans Party in White Hart Lane and Woodside). However, only two independents (one in St Ann’s, the other in West Green) will be standing this time.

North Middlesex Hospital survey- your chance to comment

From Healthwatch Haringey, our local NHS watchdog:

Is North Middlesex hospital treating everyone fairly?

The North Mid hospital have asked Healthwatch Haringey to find out how well they are meeting their equalities duties. We would like to hear from people of all different ethnic backgrounds, ages, sexes, sexualities, religions, marital statuses and disabilities about how easy they find it to access the hospital buildings and services at North Mid. The North Mid hospital serves a diverse population of patients and visitors and it is important that everyone feels equally able to use the hospital when they need it.

Take this online survey to share your views. The closing date is 28th February 2018

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/northmidequalities

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.

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.