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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

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

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