Notes from coordination meeting:  21 November 2019 at Kitapevi / Garden House cafe

In attendance:  Dave K (StArt), Pamela H (Sustainable Haringey), Jasmine T (Friends of Marcus Garvey Library), Martin B (Friends of Down Lane Park), Paul B and Gary K (Haringey Defend Council Housing), Shirley H and Sue P (Wards Corner Coalition), Dave (Friends of Lordship Rec, and various networks HFRA, HFoPF, HCCN)      Apologies: Mark P (Researcher),

1.  Brief local updates/summaries from the groups present:

StArt    A well attended AGM. Frustration over lack of support from GLA and Council for the community plan for the ex-hospital site. Internal stresses and strains within StArt.

Latin Market / Ward’s Corner   Are promoting their revised Community Plan and calling for support from the Council. A special Scrutiny Cttee of the Council has largely backed the traders and community and the recommendations are going to the full LBH Scrutiny Cttee next week. The Labour Group of Councillors is also backing the local campaign.

Friends of Marcus Garvey Library  Jasmine outlined the issues with the children’s garden at the back of the premises.  They want the whole space back, and volunteers may be able to restore it. They also want a staffed reception desk in the children’s area of the library.

Spurs and High Rd West   Mark and Amanda reported (by email) that they aim to do a follow up next year to their well-received graphic book.  Local complaints continue, related to Event Days which dominate the north of Tottenham for the whole day. The Love Lane Temporary Accommodation Group continue to campaign, and recently got more national publicity. The estate ballot re demolition or not has been postponed as the Council doesn’t have the money to move ahead with their controversial plans. Meanwhile spurs have now bought up 35% of the High Rd West area, no doubt wanting to gentrify it all – the Tottenham Business Group on the Peacocvk estate continue to fight back.

Tottenham Hale   Lots of horrendous tower blocks going up, causing dangerous lorry movements.

Selby Trust   Are working in partnership with the Council to develop their site. They have successfully lobbied over the last couple of years to achieve a purpose-built new centre to house all the existing groups occupying the current site. But what type of housing will also be built and what about Bull Lane green space? Selby have been holding meetings around Tottenham seeking feedback on the future of the site.

2.   Wider updates

Haringey Defend Council Housing  Campaigning continues over defending estates still under threat, and Council seems to be changing its previous demolition policies. But one estate Woodside Ave still being threatened have made a 5,000-strong protest petition.   Concern over planning officers allowing ‘poor doors’ on the new Altitude Estate.  Also Pamela expressed concern over planning officers failure to ensure all new homes reach the zero-carbon standard.

Haringey Community Centres Network  Reconvened over the summer to respond to an internal review Council officers have been conducting into their policies regarding support for community centres and the voluntary sector generally.  The policies brought in 5 years ago (to increaser rents to market levels, and only 5 year leases etc) were highly controversial, unpopular and as expected totally impractical for community centres. It turns out that many centres refused to sign such contracts. Now the Council have agreed they should be listening to and working with the sector. HCCN have set up a sub group who have held a couple of constructive meetings with the relevant Council officers.

Haringey Federation of Residents Associations  After a quiet couple of years for the HFRA, a meeting in September brought 13 associations together for an excellent meeting re housing, planning, public services, local reports etc. 

Haringey Friends of Parks Forum   Continue their well-attended bi-monthly meetings. Pursuing a petition calling for more resources for the underfunded and understaffed parks service.  This has been demonstrated by the service having to put in a lot of extra resources in to maintain their 22 Green Flag parks accreditation.  Also joint meetings with Council officers to develop a new 15 years strategy for parks.

Extinction Rebellion / Climate Change:  Local events in 7-8 September a success, ending with 500-strong march/procession from Turnpike Lane to Finsbury Park. There was a Haringey contingent helping organise the occupation of Trafalgar Square and surrounding streets in October. Council declared a climate emergency last March and are preparing an Action Plan by the end of the year.  Sustainable Haringey continues as an informal network. Next Climate Strike day is Friday 29th Nov, with gathering/rally at Wood Green Library, 12.30pm.

London Plan and Just Space  The Inspector has now produced a report on the draft London Plan. Fails to challenge the developer-led approach, but some criticism of handing over housing space standards to developers. Some other small concessions were achieved during the hearings (which a couple of us took part in). Just Space network is holding a meeting Friday 22nd Nov to review what was achieved by community groups lobbying and collaborating during the hearings.  Just Space members (like the Our Tottenham network, Wards Corner etc) have had some expert support from planning students – now people are talking about how to get the most of what is sometimes a difficult and time-consuming collaboration.

3.   Other

London Mayor’s Public Question Time  In Wood Green in January. We agreed to encourage people to come and lobby and raise a range of issues.

Freedom of Information Act requests.  Council often seem to be failing to reply to requests for info for ages. Also want people to go through a convoluted method. This will be investigated and questioned.

Next Meetings  Maybe a meeting in mid Jan to discuss the the Mayor’s Question Time. Next full Coordination Meeting on Thurs Feb 20th

STarT produce Community Masterplan for St Anns Site

We’re delighted to announce the publication of our Masterplan for the St Ann’s site, titled Our Vision Takes Shape.

This document is the result of a two year campaign, involving eight consultations and surveys with the Haringey community, a successful crowdfunder, and work with architects from 6a and Maccreanor Lavington. The Masterplan sets out our vision for the St Ann’s site, including the following aims:

  • To provide 100% genuinely affordable, secure, good quality homes for people who really need them.
  • To build a physically and socially sustainable community integrated with the natural environment of the site
  • To provide health, wellbeing and new integrated health services
  • To build community and retail spaces that provide opportunities for a vibrant and participatory community.

Commenting on the Masterplan, Kathryn Medien from StART said: ‘This Masterplan is StART’s statement of intent. It shows that the community is best placed to define the shape of housing in London and provide a viable grassroots alternative to the current housing crisis.’

March & Demonstration against HGV contract to Lend Lease – Mon 3rd July 2017

Update from the Stop HGV Campaign

The March and Demonstration will now happen on

Monday 3rd July 2017
5.30pm – 6pm Assemble at Ducketts Common Turnpike Lane
6pm March along Wood Green High Road to Wood Green Civic Centre
6.30pm Rally outside Wood Green Civic Centre to Protest against the Cabinet meeting where a decision is being made whether to award the HDV contract to Lend Lease.

Bring your pots, pans and wooden spoons to make as much noise as possible in protest.

This is decision day so it is important we get as many people as possible to protest against the decision. We will be advertising leafletting sessions from next week onwards to spread the message.

Legal case and Fundraising

The legal action is still going ahead, However Haringey Council have written to the Legal Aid Board trying to stop Legal Aid being awarded. This is currently being appealed, but if this fails we need to raise £20,000 ourselves to pay for the action. We currently have 75% of this amount.

We need a final push to get us to the target in order to seek the Judicial revue that our lawyers say we have a strong chance of winning.

Please help by contributing to and sharing our latest Crowdfunding appeal at

We are also putting on a fund-raiser after the Rally on 3rd July across the road from the Civic Centre at :

8 pm 3rd July 2017
Wood Green Social Club
3-4 Stuart Crescent,
N22 5NJ

We will have bands poetry and Comedy. Further detail will be posted in the near future as we finalise details.

The STOP HGV campaign


– No to evictions and demolitions!
– Yes to renovation via the Community Plan!

The Big Hug at Seven Sisters Market at Wards Corner in Tottenham on Sat 8th April was a resounding success. A huge crowd of over a thousand turned up to hear about the threat of demolition to this site and the possible loss of the the Indoor Market. This site is currently facing a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) from Haringey Council and the developer, Grainger. This is due to be heard on 11th July this year.

Over 2,000 people have objected to the CPO. Though Grainger are obliged to rehouse the market, the fear is that they will be priced out of the new development. And this promise does not help the rest of the occupants of this site, many who have had their lives blighted and have faced eviction with no offer of rehousing. The last years have been uncertain for a group of people who have faced persecution in their own countries and hoped to find refuge here in London. Sadly they have been badly let down for the last eight years. This is a shocking thing to do to such a vulnerable community.

But despite this, the market put on a display of music and dancing that showed such hope and optimism, that it couldn’t fail to raise the spirits of everyone there, and the audience responded with rapturous applause. It was a timely reminder of what we have been fighting for. Tottenham has shown, once again, what they feel about the desecration of their community by developers. The Seven Sisters Market is the second largest concentration of Latin American businesses in the UK and also serves an important cultural centre for this community.

The campaign is in urgent need of funds to pay for the legal costs of the CPO hearing, and have set up a crowd funding page for this purpose., Tottenham is now facing an even greater threat from the proposed Haringey Council’s Development Vehicle (HDV), locally known as the Haringey Demolition Vehicle. This proposal joins forces with the discredited company, Lendlease and will destroy much needed council housing on an unprecedented scale. The council’s pursuit of this insane proposal has met with incredulous disbelief. The leaders of Haringey Council should be protecting their communities. Instead they are letting them down at every turn.

Parkside Malvern Residents Association: The Future of Wood Green?

Parkside Malvern Residents Association General Meeting on Wednesday 26 April 2017

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the PMRA  letter dated March 2017 sent in response to the Wood Green Area Action Plan (WGAAP) consultation. There was unanimous support for  the concerns raised in our letter.

Residents shared their confusion about the relationship between the WGAAP and the Haringey Development Vehicle and worried about  the complexity and speed of planned changes.  Fears about the future of the  market hall were voiced in view of rumoured closure. The market and the Mall are seen as, not ideal, but functioning well and suitable for the nature of Wood Green.

People understood  that the WGAAP is a prospectus for property developers rather than a commitment to build homes in ways that  value current and future residents.   It was noted that a model of the imagined future Wood Green has already been displayed at the property developers fair in Cannes. Some people felt that the council was already committed to this model of development and that as residents we are unheard and helpless.

Residents appreciate that the council has a duty to raise revenue and provide more housing and this means changes.  After considering the details of the plan our opposition  can be summed up under two headings.

  1. It is the wrong vision that  cares too little for the welfare of people, and the environment. We envisage investment in improving current housing stock and building new homes that imaginatively retain and improve open space and do not detract from current neighbourhoods.
  2. The vision in the plan is not achievable.  It is over dependent on a gamble on the building of Crossrail 2  in the centre of Wood Green. We do not believe that Wood Green, could, or should be a rival to Westfield style centres. We believe the plan is inappropriately ambitious and will result in turning Wood Green into a building site for 20 years by which time it will be seen as a white elephant.

The meeting concluded with full endorsement of our letter of objection. We urge the council to withdraw the plan and think again.

Next General Meeting on Wednesday 31 May 2017.  This will be a Hustings ie a meeting to put our questions to the parliamentary candidates who seek our vote on election day on 8 June.

Everyone welcome.

Teach-in on the crisis in social care in Haringey

SOCIAL CARE ALLIANCE HARINGEY (SCAH) invites you to a teach-in on the crisis in Social Care in Haringey.

The event will be held at Commerce Road Community Centre, N22 8EE
10:30am to 5pm, on Saturday MAY 13
th 2017.

Further details are in the pdf file attached – or below just in case your system doesn’t like attachments.Directions, parking – see Eventbrite site

Printed leaflets also available– please e-mail or phone us if you can use some. Contact: Doug Sager; 07828 188 984.

SCAH is an ‘umbrella’ group supporting all organisations involved with/receiving social care. We are organising this meeting in collaboration with the Haringey group of Keep our NHS Public (formerly Haringey 38 Degrees). Continue reading

Our Tottenham objects to the Council proposals for the re-engineering of much of Wood Green

Please see below and attached the Our Tottenham Planning Policy Working Group objections to the Council’s highly controversial proposals for the social and physical re-engineering of much of Wood Green.


Full Report here

Introduction / summary of the Our Tottenham response

The stated aim of the Wood Green Area Action Plan (AAP) is to facilitate and deliver the regeneration of Wood Green, to make it ‘north London’s most prosperous and liveable town centre’ (p. 54). Some of the key assumptions underpinning the AAP, and thus its most significant (and controversial) proposals, are uncertain. In particular, they are based on the arrival of Crossrail 2 in the area, which has not been confirmed. The National Infrastructure Commission have recommended that Crossrail 2 bypass Wood Green and Turnpike Lane altogether (saving the rail project over £4 billion). If the arrival of Crossrail 2 in the area is not confirmed, there is no case for the proposed increase in densities, nor a case for major reconfiguration of the town centre between the High Rd/Library and Coburg Rd around a new ‘central’ square and the demolition of the Mall and of a set of viable homes.

The AAP, in its depiction of the local economy, existing businesses and more generally the state of the area, often implies that some segments of the established population (those with ‘low purchasing power’, p. 6), businesses and shops are a hurdle or problem to be overcome or displaced, rather than seeing them as part of the solution.

It advocates a high-risk, disruptive, large-scale redevelopment of the town centre involving harm and potentially long-term damage to those established residents and businesses. The aim of attracting new investments, new residents, new businesses and new development to Wood Green which underpins the AAP should not be done at the expense of the existing community, i.e. by displacing local residents and local businesses; and it should actually improve the lives of existing residents, by creating jobs and homes which locals (in particular low-skilled and low-income) can access and developments which generate true and significant benefits or facilities accessible to the community.

Regeneration should not lead to gentrification in which local residents are forced or priced out of the area. We do not want a form of regeneration which will over-develop Wood Green, which will push up house prices and private rents, reduce the amount of council housing in the area, have inadequate social infrastructure, force out small shops and businesses, encourage the exploitation of low-paid workers, and drive out large numbers of the poor and members of ethnic minorities to make way for a new higher-income population. The strategic priority given to new, large-scale development in Wood Green in the London Plan and in the Haringey Local Plan consultation documents cannot be realised at the expense of the people already living and working here. The implications for existing and future social infrastructure of the proposed 7,000+ new homes are not well considered in the AAP.

Lawrence Road developments + some planning history

The Council has announced the following proposals for Lawrence Road N15

Proposal: 45-63 Lawrence Road: Demolition of the existing buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide one interconnected new building ranging from the to seven storeys in height which includes a recessed top floor comprising 80 residential units (use class C3) and 566sqm of commercial floor space (Use class B1/A2) on ground and first floor level, including 17 car parking spaces and associated works.

Proposal: 67 Lawrence Road: Demolition of the existing buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide a 7 storey building fronting Lawrence Road which includes a recessed top floor and four storey mews block to the rear, comprising 69 residential units (use class C3) and seven live work units on ground and first floor level, including 14 car parking spaces and associated works.

2 Development Management Forum meetings – open to all – will be held at West Green Baptist Church, 182-184 West Green Road, Tottenham N15 5AF (access to meeting room via Dorset Road N15).
a)    one on Thurs 30 June for 50-56 Lawrence Road and
b)    one on Mon 4 July for 45-63 and 67 Lawrence Road.

The redevelopment of Lawrence Road has been discussed and planned for at least the last 10 years. The views of residents and residents’ groups, and indeed the content of most of the actual official planning policies, have unfortunately been sidelined and ignored.

For the record, here’s a summary compiled in June 2007 of residents’ views and opportunities regarding the Lawrence Road area, which if adopted would have improved the area for the benefit of local people… People can and must, of course, continue to campaign for protection and positive improvements to our neighbourhoods. Victories are still being achieved where there are strong and active local grassroots organisations and campaigns. In any case, the long-term building up of our collective voices and activities is in itself a real achievement in the face of the current ‘top down’ and unaccountable Council and corporate power.

Lawrence Rd development site opportunities
– June 2007

Introduction      There is a consultation in progress about the future of Lawrence Road – currently a huge and neglected industrial site which has now been earmarked for ‘mixed use’. This is a unique chance to improve a large area in the centre of residential Tottenham. Hence it is vital that people in Tottenham as a whole, especially in the local communities around the area, speak out loud and strong with their views on how Lawrence Road should be turned into a street with facilities and an environment that benefits the community – an area everyone can be proud of!

Past successes      It is worth noting that local residents’ and residents associations in the area (especially the Clyde Area RA) recently campaigned together to save the popular Fountain Pub in West Green Rd, opposite the end of Lawrence Rd, from being demolished and turned into yet another block of flats. Originally the Planning Dept held a public meeting for local residents about that proposal, asking for people’s views on the design of the replacement flats. However, everyone at that meeting insisted the pub must be saved – they demanded the Council reject the application but were told by planning officers that it would be ‘impossible’ to save the pub.

However after a long campaign of lobbying, petitions, protests and publicity, and attendance at Planning meetings and appeals, residents won!

At another, similar planning meeting a year ago a bit further afield residents were told by planning officers that it would be impossible to insist on a new entrance into Chestnuts Park through a new factory-site development. However after strenuous lobbying by residents and the local Friends of Chestnuts Park at various planning hearings and appeals, the entrance has finally been agreed. Continue reading

Thursday 7th July 2016 – Next OT Coordination Meeting

Next Our Tottenham General Coordination Meeting
Thursday July 7th, 7pm
@ 639 High Rd, N17
Members and reps from local community organisations and individual supporters all welcome!

– Update and preparations regarding the Haringey Draft Local Plan Public Inquiry at the Civic Centre (currently scheduled for late August / early September)
– Report from the Council’s ‘Tottenham Conference’ (July 2nd)
– Specific sites news and campaigns (eg Marcus Garvey Library, Wards Corner / Apex House, Lawrence Road, Tottenham Hale, Spurs area, Wharehouses tenants, St Ann’s Hospital etc etc)
– Campaign to Defend Local Council Estates (including Broadwater Farm and Northumberland Park campaigns)
– Haringey Community Centres Network
– Council/developer general plans update
– London initiatives

Please encourage reps and members of local groups and concerned people to attend! Minutes of last Coordination meeting to follow…