Please forward around Tottenham
Our Tottenham General Coordination Meeting
Thursday May 5th, 7pm

@ 639 High Rd, N17
Members and reps from local community organisations and individual supporters all welcome!


Draft notes from 7th April 2016 Coordination Meeting, 639 High Rd, N17

Present:  Jane and Dave R (Haringey Housing Action Group), Jasmin (Friends of Marcus Garvey Library), Dave M (Friends of Lordship Rec, and Haringey Federation of Residents Associations),Paul B (Haringey Defend Council Housing), Jacob (HDCH and Broadwater Farm Res Assoc), Judith (resident), David K (Haringey Needs St Ann’s Hospital Campaign + START), Paul N (Taxpayers Against Poverty), Luca (Haringey Solidarity Group)    Apologies: Anne (Haringey Green Party), Martin (Friends of Down Lane Park), Mark P (researcher), Michelle L (resident), Yvonne (Ubele), Bibsi (Resident), Shirley (Bruce Grove Res Network), Claire (Planning Policy working group), Sue (Clyde Area RA, Tottm Civic Society, Tottm FOE), Philip (Friends of Lord Morrison Hall),

Minutes of the last meeting(s)  Not available (see below).

Planning Policy    It was explained that there had been 4 or 5 meetings January-March to publicise and prepare the OT response to the Council’s latest Draft Local Plan. This was a huge collective effort, involving 8-15 people and many of our affiliated groups. Our extensive responses (4 documents) need to be put onto our website. Continue reading

StART – Community Land Trust in Tottenham

StART (St Ann’s Redevelopment Trust) http://startharingey.co.uk/ are setting up a community land trust in Tottenham and would like some help with fundraising, publicity, planning etc.

START is a group of Haringey residents and workers who want to see the St. Ann’s Hospital site used for the good of the community, rather than in the interests of big developers. We want to plan and organise a community-led development with the full participation of local people, to provide genuinely affordable homes and other facilities that respond to local needs.

Next year, two-thirds of the St Ann’s Hospital site is due to be sold for private housing development, with only 14% of the homes classed as “affordable”. The current proposal takes no account of the needs of local people at a time of severe housing need. Existing workspace and green space will be destroyed and turned over to expensive housing, putting huge pressure on local health services that are already stretched to their limit.

We believe we can do better than this! The St Ann’s site is a public asset which could benefit the whole community rather than a few wealthy private developers, landlords and their tenants.

Across the country, community projects are successfully raising funds and buying public assets for everyone to access – and we intend to do the same.

Petition: Support Community-run Community Centres in Haringey


We the undersigned petition the council to support the borough’s community-run Community Centres and their calls for secure, long-term and affordable leases. We would like the council to suspend the Cabinet’s decision to dramatically increase rents and reconsider shortening future leases of the many Centres in Council-owned buildings. We would like the council to work in partnership with Community Centres towards common goals for stronger communities facing challenging times. we would also like the immediate release of the ‘Community Buildings Review’ documents and data collected We believe our Centres are vital and popular community facilities, involving hundreds of the borough’s community groups and tens of thousands of local residents who use their facilities and hundreds of jobs depend on their existence. To thrive, such Centres need secure, long-term and affordable leases which enable, promote and guarantee community empowerment and self-management.

Community-run Community Centres provide an unparalleled range of diverse services and facilities throughout the borough, based mainly on self-funding and extensive volunteering, saving untold sums of money for the Council and statutory services. We promote community cohesion, awareness and empowerment, and all kinds of cultural, educational, social and economic opportunities.

In July 2015 Council officers produced a short report of the extensive 3-year long review of Community Centres based in Council buildings. The Council’s Cabinet unfortunately endorsed the report’s recommendations which boil down to a threat of much shorter leases (which would prevent long-term investment and strategic planning), impossibly high rents and much greater insecurity for those organisations and Centres affected, many of which will face closure as a result.

This is complete contradiction to both the Council’s ‘Corporate Plan’ and its ‘Communities Strategy’ in which the Council says it ‘will work with communities to achieve their ambitions, by making best use of the strengths of the borough and ensuring that we build capacity and foster independence and self-reliance.

Community Centres are central to the achievement of such aims, and to the ongoing provision of a whole range of services, particularly at a time when the Council is continually having to cut back on its own provision.

This petition is submitted by Haringey Community Centres Network which includes The Asian Centre, The Irish Centre, The Selby Centre, Lord Morrison Hall, Jackson Lane, Lordship Eco Hub, The Markfield Project and the West Indian Cultural Centre.

On reaching 2200 signatures A debate will be held at full Council

This ePetition runs from 09/10/2015 to 12/02/2016.


Tuesday 13 October, 18:30-20:30  (6.30-8.30pm)

@ Tottenham’s Living Room, 639 Entreprise Centre, 639 High Road N17
Organised by the Our Tottenham Planning Policy Working Group

18:30: Public information meeting: update on the consultation process about the revision of the Haringey Local Plan
19:30: Coordination of responses and action plan ahead of the next consultation on the Local Plan: how can we object and respond to the proposals which might negatively affect existing communities and businesses in Tottenham?

Haringey Council is currently in the process of updating the Local Plan which will define the future development of the Borough and of Tottenham. The Local Plan is made up of a series of planning documents that together form an overall set of rules. The council’s Planning Committee must normally take these rules into account when making planning decisions on things like new homes, shops and other facilities. This is why such documents are very important as they will guide much of the development that will happen in the next decade!

Two documents are particularly important: the Tottenham Area Action Plan and the Site Allocations Development Plan Document. They set out the location, scale, guiding principles and timeframe for new developments on dozens of strategic sites in the Borough. Many of the proposals affect sites with existing viable uses, housing, shops, businesses or community facilities which could be displaced in the process.

The Council carried out a public consultation on the draft Local Plan documents in February-March 2015. The Our Tottenham Planning Policy Working Group submitted several responses, here: http://ourtottenham.org.uk/working-groups/planning-policy/

In total several hundreds of responses were sent to the Council by individuals and organisations. which can be viewed at: http://www.haringey.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning/planning-policy/local-development-framework-ldf/local-plan-consultation/representations-received-response-local-plan-consultation-9-february-27-march-2015-companies

The Council has now analysed all the representations received and reported to the Council’s Regulatory Committee on Monday 21 September, presenting the following document: Draft Local Responses and Officers’ comments http://www.minutes.haringey.gov.uk/Published/C00000721/M00007434/AI00046513/$LocalPlanSept20151435pm.docx.pdf

On that basis the Council is now preparing a set of amended “Proposed Submission” documents. These documents will be presented to the Cabinet meeting of 20 October and Council Meeting of 23 November for approval. See: http://www.haringey.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning/planning-policy/local-development-framework-ldf/local-plan-consultation

There will be a further round of public consultation on these documents in December-January.  This will then be followed by an Examination in Public of the documents led by a Planning Inspector.  This will be based on the legality and soundness of the documents, and will focus on the issues raised at the consultation.

The responses people submitted last time had some impact – for example the ‘red zone’ threat to the open space of the Lordship Rec (in the Site Allocation DPD under no. SA63) was abandoned due to the volume of objections.

HOWEVER, many of the responses and objections made by the Our Tottenham network and affiliate groups and other community organisations in Haringey and Tottenham are not going to be reflected into the new revised documents.

We need to mobilise and prepare strong responses to the next round of consultation to make the voice of existing residents and businesses in Tottenham heard! It is really important that local residents have a voice in the consultation process as these documents will define the future nature of the developments which the Council will prioritize and give planning permission to in these areas.

Come along to this Planning Workshop to find out more about that process and how to mobilise!

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Community Empowerment in Tottenham – what does it look like now and in the future?

Public Meeting
Community Empowerment in Tottenham – what does it look like now and in the future?
Sunday 18th October, 3pm to 5pm
@ The Hub (by the lake), Lordship Rec, N17 6NU

All welcome to come and share views and experiences of community empowerment projects, groups and campaigns in Tottenham, and to join in a discussion about what we want to see around our neighbourhoods (and the whole of Tottenham) in the future.  How can we publicise and coordinate our efforts effectively in order to make a real difference?

Some inspirational examples – which help point the way – can be found here:

Join us in creating a community plan for St. Ann’s Hospital site

St Ann’s Redevelopment Trust

Next year, two-thirds of the St Ann’s Hospital site is due to be sold for private housing development, with only 14% of the homes classes as “affordable”. The current proposal takes no account of the needs of local people at a time of severe housing need, workspaces and green spaces being turned into expensive housing and pressure on local health services.

We believe we can do better than this! The St Ann’s site is a public asset which should be used for the benefit of the whole community rather than wealthy private developers and landlords.

START (St Ann’s Redevelopment Trust) are running a consultation on what local people want from the site. Please go to

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C8WN8TJ and complete the survey. It will only take a few minutes.

Can you also forward to everyone you know who live or work or play in the area, as we need as many replies as possible so we find out what people really want for the site.

Launch of First Steps work by N15 Development Trust – Monday 28th September

Want to improve Seven Sisters Market and restore Wards Corner?

Want community-led development of the local area that brings benefits to the wider community?

If you do, then come along to the launch meeting of the ‘First Steps’ project of the West Green Road/Seven Sisters Development Trust on Monday 28 September 6.30-8.30pm at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre.

The First Steps project will set the Trust’s priorities across four key areas: 1) Business Plan & Funding; 2) Feasibility Studies; 3) Stakeholder Engagement & Communications; and 4) Governance. Come along to the launch meeting to find out more about the project, give your ideas and sign up for our new working groups. Now is the time to get actively involved in realising our shared ambitions for Wards Corner and the town centre.

Please confirm your attendance to n15developmenttrust@gmail.com. If you can’t attend but would like to get involved, do also get in touch. Look out for more events in November and February.

The Trust was set up in 2008 by four members of Wards Corner Community Coalition to provide a vehicle for community and business-led improvements to the West Green Road / Seven Sisters town centre. Its first project is to deliver the community plan for Wards Corner, which received planning permission in April 2014.

Further details about the Trust and the First Steps project at https://n15developmenttrust.wordpress.com/

Marcus Garvey Library protest demands No cuts to space or services of important Tottenham library

Don’t sell off our public facilities and resources!

Watch the BBC interview and report of the Friends of Marcus Garvey Library protest on Friday to demand no to cuts to space or services.

LOTS more information about the terrible proposals from the Council on the Friends website here: http://friendsofmgl.tumblr.com/

Support the Campaign to stop these proposals here:
Sign the Petition here: https://www.change.org/p/tell-haringey-council-to-save-tottenham-s-marcus-garvey-library
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1527639460848841/?fref=nf
Twitter: #SaveMarcusGarveyLibrary
Email: friendsofmgl@gmail.com (NOTE corrected email on 17.8.15)

Friends of Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham
Save Marcus Garvey Library

Call out for Tottenham Community Empowerment Week – October 2015

Tottenham Community Empowerment Week

10th – 18th October 2015
Why not plan an event to coincide with the week?!

eg.. exhibitions / socials / festivals / meetings / leaflettings / bike rides / activities / protests / walks / alternatives / consultations / film shows / conferences

The Our Tottenham network are calling on people and groups to organise activities and events showcasing the collective power and concerns of those who live and work in Tottenham, and celebrate our strong and diverse communities. The week will be launched at the Efiba Arts Multicultural Festival on Tottenham Green planned for Saturday 10th October.

As soon as you confirm your event, or let us know if you already have an event scheduled that week, we will add it to the programme which will be publicised widely. If you want to discuss things please come along to the Our Tottenham coordination meeting: Thursday 3rd September, 7pm @ 639 Centre, 639 Tottenham High Road, N17 8AA – and/or email ourtottenham@gmail.com Continue reading

Haringey Community Centres Network

Standing up for Haringey’s community-run Community Centres of all kinds, linking up and supporting each other throughout the sector, and celebrating the widespread and vital range of services and activities carried out on behalf of our communities

Contact HCCN c/o info@communitybuilders.org.uk

Report of launch meeting, Sunday 19th July 2015
Conference Room, 639 Centre, 639 Tottenham High Road, N17 8AA

Attendance included:
From Community CentresMarkfield Project (Dee Kushlick-Williams, Sarah Miller); Haringey Irish Centre (Tony Brennan,Teresa Intravarant, John O’Dovan [?], Mary Maguire, Paul Walker); Hornsey Vale Community Centre (Lynne Brackley, Bob Packham); Cypriot Community Centre (Susie Constantinides); Selby Centre / Trust (Sona Mahtani); Lord Morrison Hall (Dau Aldolphus, Philip Udeh); Somerford Grove Adventure Playground (Alison Davy); Asian Centre (Ano Rao, Santhosh Chandra, Raj Gupta); Jackson’s Lane Centre (Melian Mansfield); Lordship Rec Eco-Hub (Dave Morris); Greek Cypriot Community Centre (Yiannoulla Pacheco); Kurdish Advice Centre (Cudi Dabakoglu);
Plus supporting organisationsHaringey Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations (Paul Leslie); Northumberland Park Residents Association (Natasha Ohanaka); The Ubele Initiative (Yvonne Field); CONEL University and College Union / Haringey Trades Union Council / Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (Jenny Sutton); Remi Jones
Apologies:  A number received

Background to the meeting
–       The Our Tottenham network had mooted the need for a community-run Community Centres network in 2014 as a result of the closure and demolition of the Welbourne Centre, threats to close Chestnuts Community Arts Centre, and an ongoing Review of Community Buildings by the Council. OT held 2 exploratory meetings. The OT network recently applied for and obtained grant funding from Locality ‘First Steps’ to help develop a such a Network.
–       The Council’s Community Buildings Review, following 3 years of officer research and meetings with individual Centres, had resulted in a Report to Cabinet recommending short-term leases, higher rents, and general insecurity for the community-run Centres in Council-owned buildings. The Report was incomplete (without the views of the Centres and with no background research/data), inaccurate in parts, vague in many respects, and a real threat to the survival of most Centres.[See links at end of attachment]
–       The affected Centres were not notified of the Report. 5 Centres managed to find out, meet up and arrange a rushed deputation to the Cabinet meeting on 14th July (see  http://www.haringey.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/176397 [from 30mins to 1hr and 2mins of the webcast]. They called for a suspension of any decision to enable the release of the Review views and data, genuine consultation with the sector and a partnership approach in implementing the Council’s ‘Communities Strategy’ (which advocates community empowerment, independence and partnership with the Council [see Communities Strategy’ 5 Strategic Priorities in attachment, at end].  The lead Cabinet Member Alan Strickland’s response was to say the Council supported most of the points of the presentation by the Centres, but [bizarrely] that the Review Report’s Recommendations should be adopted anyway. No Cabinet Member opposed this so they were passed. Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting are now available, and were circulated to those present.[See at end of attachment]]
–       A planned and publicised Community Centres lobby of the Full Council meeting on 20 July was postponed out of respect for the former Council Leader Cllr George Meehan, a strong supporter of the Centres, who passed away at the end of last week. Continue reading