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


‘Our Tottenham’ spokesperson interviewed on BBC Radio London – Listen again here

24 Sep

The Our Tottenham network were invited to be interviewed live on BBC radio London this morning, Tuesday 7.45am.

Listen to the interview here
BBC Radio London OT Interview 24.9.2013

The interview request was in response to Tottenham Hotspurs announcing that they plan to build a University Technical College ‘on top of’ the new Sainsbury’s by the Spurs ground. The BBC wanted someone from the OT network to talk about the wider regeneration issues and concerns.

Whilst not against the expansion of the Spurs ground itself, we’re concerned about 3 things
– the trend towards massive development projects within residential areas, rather than improvements to existing human scale streets and facilities
– the shocking threat to demolish hundreds of perfectly good homes and shops to the west of the ground
– that what local communities throughout Tottenham really need is genuinely affordable housing rather than gentrification

We put these points during negotiations with the Spurs Chief Executive and called on the club to put £100m into the local community for the improvements which local people actually need.

Haringey residents’ campaigns call for the policies and resources our communities need

16 Jul
Haringey Civic Centre Rally 15.7.2013

Haringey Civic Centre Rally 15.7.2013

On Monday 15th July three residents’ deputations (Haringey Alliance for Benefit Justice, Haringey Defend Council Housing campaign and the Our Tottenham network) made reprentations to a full meeting of Haringey Council to tell Councillors about the sufferings of tens of thousands of their constituents from caps, cuts, council tax, landlords in a chaotic London housing market, and property developers.

Outside the Civic Centre the three groups had united for a joint protest rally, joined by over 70 residents. The 3 deputations, and a number of other local community organisations, made speeches calling for the policies and resources our communities need. Participants chanted ‘No Tax Cuts for the Rich, No Tax Rises for the Poor’, ‘They say cutback, we say fight back!’, and ‘Its OUR Haringey’.

Addressing the Councillors inside the Council chamber, the Haringey Alliance for Benefit Justice called on the Council to stop cuts in Housing benefit and Council Tax benefit, to oppose the Government’s ‘bedroom tax’, and to refuse to evict those who cant afford to pay rent and Council Tax due to cuts.

Haringey Defend Council Housing called on the Council to abandon their threat to introduce 5-year fixed tenancies and ‘near-market’ rents for future social housing tenants. – instead they called for affordable and secure housing for all.

The Our Tottenham network called on the Council to support community-led improvements and oppose unwanted development for our neighbourhoods, including the Council-backed threats of demolition of the Wards Corner area, of the homes and shops on the Love Lane Estate, and the loss of various community-run centres.

The 3 deputations called for action within the power of Councillors to resist the damage being done to our communities by Government and Council policies, and called for the Council to back the campaigns.

” The response to the deputations was dismal. Councilors were more concerned about promoting development, blaming others, and indulging in stale party politics than expressing concern about Haringey’s residents – let alone taking action to change any of their policies.”  – Rev Paul Nicholson (Haringey Alliance for Benefit Justice)

Media statement by Rev Paul Nicholson (HABJ) and Dave Morris (OT network)

Note: Rally called by the Haringey Alliance for Benefit Justice, Haringey Defend Council Housing  and the Our Tottenham network – supported by Haringey Housing Action Group, Haringey Alliance for Public Services, Haringey Trades Union Council, Haringey Federation of Residents Associations, Haringey Solidarity Group
and the Our Tottenham networkCivic centre rally 15.07.13 005

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

Tottenham Stadium Regeneration Controversy Grows

15 Jul


– At a joint meeting on 4th July with the Tottenham Hotspur Executive Director, Our Tottenham network community reps condemned the ‘negative’ affects of the new Stadium-led development in the surrounding area , and called for the wealthy Club to put £100m into positive improvements for local communities ‘like Arsenal had done for its new stadium’
– Our Tottenham reps to report back to this Saturday’s ‘Our Tottenham’ Street Assembly outside Wards Corner
– Our Tottenham reps to address full Council meeting on 15th July

On Thursday 4th July at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, representatives of the Football Club and the Our Tottenham network* met to discuss the regeneration of Tottenham, and in particular some of the controversial effects of the ‘Spurs-led regeneration’ of North Tottenham. Donna-Maria Cullen (The Club’s Executive Director), and Adam Davison (The Club’s Head of Community Relations) met with Tottenham residents’ delegation from the Our Tottenham network – Frank Murray (Tottenham Concerned Residents Committee), Lia-Clera Gomes (White Hart Lane shopkeepers group), Jacob Secker (Haringey Defend Council Housing), Mark MacKnight (Friends of Lord Morrison Hall), and Dave Morris (Haringey Federation of Residents Associations).

Tottenham Hotspur (THFC) had requested the meeting with the community campaigners ‘to discuss the campaign and whether there might be any areas of common ground. We certainly would welcome the opportunity to meet as we recognise the extremely important roles both organisations have to play in the renewal of Tottenham.’ [Adam Davison email to OT, 4.6.2013].

The campaigners put forward 7 written demands. These included:

– that Spurs contribute £100m as s106 planning gain ‘matching Arsenal’s funding into the local community during its own stadium development (in 2006)’. It was noted that THFC’s official contribution had originally been set at £16.436m, but THFC had managed to get this low figure reduced to a paltry £0.477m**. It was also pointed out that Tottenham last year had the 13th highest revenues of any football club in the world***.The £100m should be paid and earmarked to go towards improvements to local community facilities, homes and small businesses, and without any rent rises.
– that there be no demolitions or people made homeless. For example in the North Tottenham High Road West / Love Lane area an unnecessary ‘Stadium Approach’ road is planned to be constructed through a Council housing estate, with many nearby shops and some community facilities also facing demolition****. It was noted that the current so-called consultation about these Council proposals scandalously omits any option to reject the threat of demolitions, ensuring that many will be made homeless if the controversial plans are not halted.
– that no public money be used to subsidise any stadium-related development [The Council and GLA have earmarked £41m towards regeneration-related development around Tottenham, £8.5m of it related to the ‘Stadium Approach road’ area  *********];
– that any new homes built on the Spurs development site itself should be at least 50% social housing. It was noted that 50% affordable housing was set as a planning obligation, but then scrapped after THFC lobbying.
– The Club were also invited to ‘side with the people of Tottenham’ and sign up to the Our Tottenham Community Charter [ https://ourtottenham.wordpress.com]

In response Donna-Maria Cullen said she supported many of the Community Charter points, but resisted the calls for the Club to contribute in the ways proposed by the campaigners. She agreed to respond to all the 7 demands in writing following the meeting. Meanwhile, she denied the Club was wealthy and challenged some of the figures quoted for Arsenal [but was handed a copy of the source material]; said that the Council was responsible for the controversial Love Lane area demolition proposals and many other developments in the area and that campaigners ‘should lobby the Council’ ******. Continue reading

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