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30 Dec

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Our Tottenham Community Planning Conference

1 Dec


Saturday 1st February, 11-4pm
Tottenham Chances, 399 Tottenham High Road, N17 6QN

Find the flyer here, along with the Our Tottenham Community Charter
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The Guardian newspaper article: Tottenham’s new stadium masterplan- the fury amid the regeneration

30 Oct

Tottenham’s new stadium masterplan: the fury amid the regeneration
The Guardian, 30 October 2013

The north London club says ‘we are finally seeing the start of the much-needed regeneration’ in deprived Tottenham kickstarted by the stadium scheme – but not everyone is happy with its impact

+ Video: Haringey residents losing out in redevelopment?

Just two years after the Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Daniel Levy, finally gave up his fight to move to the Olympic Stadium site in Stratford, his club is closing in on a new 56,000-seat stadium, and apparently all he was asking for, back in White Hart Lane.

The local council, Haringey, desperately keen to keep Spurs investing £400m in a deprived area, agreed last year to reduce the club’s obligations towards transport and other community improvements, originally part of planning permission for the new stadium, from £16.4m down to £0.5m. In total £41m of public money from the council and the mayor of London’s office has been promised for the area around Spurs’ proposed new stadium; the authorities’ sense of urgency prompted by the shock of the riots that erupted in Tottenham in the summer of 2011. Continue reading

Meeting for Tottenham’s Community Groups

22 Oct

Meeting for Tottenham’s Community Groups
Wednesday Oct 23rd, 7.30pm
Chestnuts Community Centre, N15 5BN
Reps and members of all local groups, and supportive individuals, welcome

Things are moving forward in the long process of building up the Our Tottenham network to encourage and empower Tottenham’s community groups, residents and communities.

In recent weeks
– a number of additional organisations have joined our network, including Tottenham and Wood Green Friends of the Earth, Tottenham Rights, Tottenham Sports Centre, Tottenham Chances, and Growing-In-Haringey
– we have had media publicity speaking up for local people’s interests in the face of ‘top-down’ and controversial development
– we were invited to address London’s Planning Committee to explain our ideas on how local communities can be more involved in decision-making around planning
– North Tottenham High Road traders have spoken out strongly against plans to demolish their area opposite the Spurs ground
– the Wards Corner Community Coalition have now submitted their superb Community Plan to save and improve that threatened area of Seven Sisters

We are currently organising a conference (scheduled for November 23rd) for all Tottenham’s community groups to discuss how we can develop our own positive Community Plans for our neighbourhoods, for contested sites and facilities, and for Tottenham as a whole. We want as many groups as possible to be involved in this very exciting event, so are inviting you to attend our next meeting to discuss the details and arrangements.

Community Planning for Tottenham – A Community Conference – 23rd November

12 Oct

A Community Conference

Saturday November 23rd
[Venue to be arranged]
Organised by the Our Tottenham network

To take forward ideas from our April 2013 founding conference for a positive Community Plan for Tottenham and series of mini-plans for places around Tottenham. To be based on our agreed Community Charter and its Action Points, and targeted mainly at members of community groups. Enable community groups to find out more about what’s happened on these issues since then, in the context of what the Council and Developers are doing. Enable the community to learn from successful community-led regeneration and current examples of community plans for sites or facilities in Tottenham and elsewhere. To promote and celebrate our achievements and ‘what works’ for local people.


11. Arrival / registration

11.30am   General introduction / background   Council/developers policies and plans, & Our Tottenham network news

Presentations of positive Community Plan examples – from outside Haringey (eg Coin St), then from around Tottenham (eg Wards Corner, Broadwater Farm estate & Lordship Rec, Bull Lane Playing Fields, Selby Centre etc)

12.30pm  Workshops – 1st session: WHAT COULD BE DONE AROUND TOTTENHAM?
Break out groups all discussing what has been presented so far, sharing ideas and experiences. What are the key themes (see Charter), issues and possibilities for sites around Tottenham and for Tottenham as a whole?

1.15pm  Brief break —————

1.30pm  Workshops – 2nd session   HOW TO DO IT? THE PRINCIPLES, TACTICS AND STRATEGIES
Break out groups discussing aspects of developing popular/successful local community plans for sites/facilities:
a.  Developing community visions and turning them into Plans;
b.  Accessing and pressing for the funding/resources needed to implement Plans;
c.  Relations with Council and authorities to achieve Plans;
e.  Understanding, using and negotiating legal/planning processes;
f.   Developing partnerships to strengthen Plans;
g.  Mobilising support and exercising our power to achieve Plans

Brief report-backs and any proposals from the 2nd session of workshops

2.50pm  How do we develop a road map for an alternative Community Plan for Tottenham as a whole?  One over-arching plan? Several mini-plans for different areas on the map (eg N/S/E/W/Central Tottenham?). A sector based approach e.g. community buildings; shops and workplaces; green spaces; housing? Practical as well as visionary?

Additional questions to respond to (now and over the next few months) include: Defining what is wrong; what do people really want? What funds are available to develop sites/buildings/facilities in the ways the community want and what more could we get? How do we ensure involvement and support from community groups and the wider public for the process and development of a draft Community Plan? How can we forestall adverse moves by Council/developers in time to prevent things we don’t want from becoming irreversible?

3.30pm  Defining a work-plan and objectives for Community Planning over the next few months. Maybe leading up to an Our Tottenham Recall Conference in April 2014 – with the idea of discussing a draft Community Plan for the whole area or a series of linked mini-plans. Should we set up a Community Planning Working Group? How do we improve our communications and publicity around this issue eg workshops and consultations throughout Tottenham + a Questionnaire?

3.50pm.  Final remarks. Clear up together.

Our Tottenham represented at London Assembly Planning Commitee 10th Oct 2013

11 Oct

London Assembly Planning Committee
10th October 2013

Discussion on Neighbourhood Planning
With 4 invited guest speakers, including Dave Morris on behalf of the Haringey Federation of Residents Associations and the Our Tottenham network.
[Relevant section, after 5 minutes of preliminaries, is the first hour of the meeting]

Dave Morris explained some of the recent history of planning and development in Tottenham and Haringey, and the efforts of local communities to develop their own ideas, visions and plans for how to improve their neighbourhoods. He referred to examples in Tottenham of some excellent community-led regeneration success stories, including the regeneration of the Broadwater Farm estate in the 1980s and 90s and the recent transformation of the adjacent Lordship Rec. But also examples, such as at Wards Corner at Seven Sisters, where local community efforts to defend and renew their area are being totally ignored in favour of mass demolition and corporate development. Continue reading

Stand Up Together To Defend Our Communities!

15 Jul

Rally @ Full Council Meeting
Monday 15th July, 6.30pm
Civic Centre, High Rd, N22
All welcome

After the rally outside the Civic Centre the following residents’ deputations will make presentations to the meeting inside:
–  Stop cuts to benefits [Haringey Alliance for Benefit Justice]
–  Affordable and secure housing for all [Haringey Defend Council Housing]
–  Community-led improvements not unwanted development for our neighbourhoods [Our Tottenham network]

Together we demand the resources our communities need – Its OUR Haringey!

Rally called by:
Haringey Alliance for Benefit Justice  [See statement below]
Haringey Defend Council Housing    [See statement below]
and the Our Tottenham network   [See statement below]

Supporters include:
Haringey Housing Action Group, Haringey Alliance for Public Services, Haringey Federation of Residents Associations, Haringey Solidarity Group Continue reading

‘Our Tottenham’ deputation at council Mon 15th July, 6.30pm

15 Jul

To all Haringey Councillors [as sent on Friday 12th June]

Please note that there will be a deputation from the Our Tottenham network to the full Council meeting this Monday. We will be introducing the Our Tottenham Community Charter as discussed and adopted at a conference in April of over 100 local residents from around 30 local community organisations.

We will be calling on Councillors, individually and collectively, to support and sign up to the Charter. We enclose the full text of the Charter below.

For some recent news from the Our Tottenham network please see the report (below, at end) of our recent meeting with executives from Tottenham Hotspur FC.

I will be making the presentation, backed by 3 colleagues from the network who will be available to respond to any questions you may have.

Philip Udeh
– for the Our Tottenham network

Our Tottenham Street Assembly Sat 6th July – 12noon

28 Jun


Called by local residents’ groups
Saturday 6th July
12 noon  –  Seven Sisters tube
Outside Wards Corner Market, Tottenham High Road, N15

The Council, backed by property developers and big business, are promoting their ‘Plan for Tottenham’. They want to force us to accept large-scale profit-driven development, increased rents, more unaffordable housing – and the loss of some independent local shops and community facilities. This will seriously affect our lives and our communities, and rising rents will force many local people out of the area. Continue reading

Tottenham Tenants face demolition under ‘Spurs-led regeneration’

13 Jun

The residents of 297 council homes at Love Lane in Tottenham are facing the possible demolition of their homes as part of a ‘Spurs-led’ redevelopment that will receive £40 million in public subsidy, even though Tottenham Hotspur is the 13th richest football club in the world. £5 million of the public funding would come from the sale of the land on which the Love Lane estate stands. Continue reading