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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
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
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
11.45am COMMUNITY PLANS: SOME INSPIRING EXAMPLES
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
Final session MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER
2.30pm 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.
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
Rally @ Full Council Meeting
Monday 15th July, 6.30pm
Civic Centre, High Rd, N22
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]
Haringey Housing Action Group, Haringey Alliance for Public Services, Haringey Federation of Residents Associations, Haringey Solidarity Group Continue reading