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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

‘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

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

NO GENTRIFICATION FOR TOTTENHAM! – The threat to people on low incomes and ethnic minorities from Haringey Council’s ‘Plan For Tottenham’

4 Apr


On 31st July 2012, Haringey Council announced a regeneration plan, the Plan for Tottenham, which it claims will create thousands of new homes and jobs in the wake of the riots of August 2011 (1). The small print of this plan reveals that it is actually a plan which will push up house prices and rents, reduce the amount of council housing in the area, force out small shops and drive out large numbers of the poor and members of ethnic minorities to make way for a new higher-income population. This is gentrification – people with lower incomes being forced out of an area to make way for the people with higher incomes and the middle class. Hardly any effort is being made to increase the amount of genuinely affordable, rented social housing to re-house people displaced from private housing by new quality standards and higher rents. Continue reading

Organising Meeting 27th March & Minutes 14/3/13

27 Mar

Important organising meeting to finalise all the conference details
Wednesday 27th March, 7pm
@ North London Community House, 22 Moorefield Rd, N17
All welcome.  Report of last meeting below. Continue reading

Organising Meeting Minutes 13/2/13

22 Feb

Report of ‘Our Tottenham’ Conference Organising Meeting, 13th Feb

Present:  Reps and members of the following organisations: Wards Corner Community Coalition,  Lord Morrison Hall, Haringey Defend Council Housing, Haringey Federation of Residents Associations, Haringey Housing Action Group, Haringey Private Tenants Group, Haringey Solidarity Group, Friends of Lordship Rec, Haringey Green Party   Apologies: A number of people sent apologies. Continue reading

Draft summary of conference

2 Feb

Our Tottenham

Planning & Regeneration for the Community

Conference on Saturday 6th April 2013
North London Community House, Moorefield Road, N17

 Organised by the Our Tottenham network Continue reading