Tag Archives: The Council

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.

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.

 

Vote 2014

ballotboxSo, it’s here. Thursday May 22nd. Local election day.

Haringey Council has such a bad reputation locally that many people argue whoever wins election, the borough’s problems will continue. That may be true.

HOWEVER…..

If you seriously care about the borough and want to help shape the way it is managed, then do your duty…. go to your allocated polling station, look on your ballot paper, and put three crosses against any candidates which reflect your views.

We often tend to forget that Haringey is actually OUR COUNCIL. Our votes… the people who live in the borough and pay taxes… will influence who becomes our elected representatives tomorrow.

The election continues until ten o’clock tonight.

IT’S YOUR VOTE. USE IT. IT ONLY TAKES A FEW MOMENTS.

Full list of election candidates released

ballotboxHaringey Council has published a full list of all the candidates standing in the local elections on May 22nd. Statement-of-Persons-Nominated

There’s also a list of all the candidates standing in the the elections to the European Parliament, which take place on the same day. European-Parliamentary-Election-Statement-Of-Persons-Nominated.

Voting takes place on the above day between 7am and 10pm. Council results will be announced either overnight or the next day. The European results will be announced on the Sunday in line with other countries having their votes.

For more information about the elections log onto the Haringey Votes website.

If you have any problems, log onto AboutMyVote.co.uk.

Future of council homes meeting

Controversial plans by Haringey Council to sell off some or all of directly-managed social homes will the subject to a public meeting organised by  Haringey Defend Council Housing.

The council has, in line with others up and down the country, have a policy of either part or wholly sell off their properties in order to raise much-needed funds for repairs. Successive recent national governments have reduced the amount of funds spent on social housing.

One might argue why Haringey has taken so long to go down this route as other councils have forged ahead to bring their homes to a decent standard. However, DCH, and many tenants and leaseholders, fear that a much wider plan of social cleansing is being enacted.

If you live on some of the council estates in Tottenham affected by the sell-offs, you should have received this letter through your door.

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The public meeting about the housing sell-offs takes place this Thursday (10th April) at the North London Community House, 22 Moorefield Road (Off St Loys Road) N17, commencing at 7.30pm.

 

Wards Corner Community Plan launch

wardscorner.jpgCould both Haringey Council and developer Grainger be starting to get collective cold feet in their eleven-year battle to rip the heart out of Seven Sisters? Even after the planning application to knock down the locally-famous Ward’s Corner building, work in the area has yet to begin.

That has given the great minds behind the Wards Corner Community Coalition the opportunity to once again put alternative plans for the area (click here), and will hold an event tonight (details here) for local people to see the plans in full, and to discuss what they could do to convince councillors to accept them.

 

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Tottenham in turnaround?

canaldev1Today’s edition of the London Evening Standard published an article on the Haringey Council’s plans for Tottenham.

Several pictures in the print edition looked at the approved and planned developments that are currently happening, as well as the on-going struggles on trying to improve the area’s negative reputation.

It’s a shame that the report didn’t delve too much  into the collective public cynicism that is happening in the area. Tottenham has been the subject to scores of government interventions, past and present. Like all the others, this latest, developer-led, council-supported plan will certainly fail.

As soon-to-stand-down local councillor Alan Stanton puts it (scroll down to his comment at the end of the article):

“This nonsense-on-stilts PR makes me very angry…….And sick at heart because this is a fraud and a confidence trick on us, the local people; my neighbours and friends.”

 

 

 

What do local people want for Tottenham?

header-love-tottenhamTottenham….the area we live…. is at a crossroads.

Ever since the riots three years ago, local people have been demanding real change after the decades of neglect from people who run our public services. They aspire for a vision of making our area a better place to live, work and play.

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Tottenham Green Leisure Centre improvements begin

tottgreenThe much publicly maligned and criticised Tottenham Green leisure centre is finally getting the major improvements the building so desperately needs. The first changes began on Monday. According to Fusion, the company managing the borough’s leisure facilities, once complete, TG will have:

  • Modern gym with state of the art equipment
  • Four bright and spacious studios
  • Refurbished pools including diving boards
  • Luxorious spa and changing facilities
  • New cafe
  • Fun and interactive soft play
  • Refurbished sports hall
  • Brand new function space
  • A new welcoming open reception area

In the meantime, some activities will be temporaily transferred to Broadwater Farm community centre. Fusion has offered members the use of facilities in other parts of Haringey and also in neighbouring Enfield borough.

Many local people have repeatedly turned away from TG because of it being poor managed and generally rundown, so Haringey Council’s decision to hand over the management to Fusion was a no-brainer.  Hopefully, once TG is refurbished, managers hope that many local people will want to come to the centre, and not see it as an embarrassment at present.