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‘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

Final Organising Meeting Weds 3rd April & Minutes 27/3/13

1 Apr

Final organising meeting  – Wednesday 3rd April, 7pm
at North London Community House, 22 Moorefield Rd, N17 6PL

Minutes of Conference Organising meeting on 27 March 2013 Continue reading