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

Two new community-led development trusts in Tottenham

Two new community development trusts have been set up to create community plans led by the community. Follow the links for more information and get in contact with them directly.

N15 Development Trust (Wood Green Road/Seven Sisters)
WGR & Seven Sisters working together with the community to support the local economy and further development in the best interests of the community as a whole.
Website: https://n15developmenttrust.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @n15devtrust

South Tottenham Community Development Trust (including the St Anns Site)
A new group in South Tottenham who want to reclaim public assets at risk of being sold off to private developers and give them back to the community.
Twitter: @stcdgroup

Spurs Stadium Controversy Grows

  • Local people oppose threats of demolition of nearby homes and estates, shops and businesses, and historic buildings
  • Campaigners demand support for Council Housing

There is a frenzy of plans for property speculation and ‘regeneration’ around the Spurs ground and across Tottenham as a whole. Thousands of Council homes, and hundreds of local shops and businesses are under threat – the threats to the area around Spurs have been opposed by a 4,000-strong local petition.

The expansion of the stadium is not in itself the problem – it’s the controversial associated development in the surrounding area. This mission ‘drift’ is being pushed by Haringey Council and property developers, backed by Spurs directors.

  • The Spurs property arm, registered in Bermuda, has been buying up threatened land & buildings so they can make massive profits if luxury housing can be built there instead.
  • Spurs are still evading obligations to pay £17m to the local area and provide affordable housing.
  • The plans for a ludicrous ‘Wembley-style Walkway’ from White Hart Lane station to the ground would mean the controversial demolition and redevelopment of the 300 homes on the Love Lane council housing estate, the demolition of the historic shopping parade facing the ground (including the library and medical centre) and the Peacock Industrial Estate to the north (a total of 120 local family businesses destroyed).
  • Now they want to build an outrageous 35-storey tower block complex to the south of the stadium, and demolish most of the historic listed High Road buildings they had promised to protect.
  • There is also a serious threat of demolition and ‘redevelopment’ of the 1,000-home Northumberland Park council housing estate to the east of the ground.

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A to Z of ‘Tottenham Regeneration’

A – is for the asset-stripping of Haringey Council’s public buildings, housing estates, schools, hospitals, and parks. The latest public assets under threat are locally-run community centres.
B – is for Best Consideration price rules cited by Haringey Council as legal justification for selling the Apex House customer service centre for £3.8m to their preferred buyer Grainger and avoiding an open market sale that could have potentially reached a higher price.
C – is for the Chickentown business getting £250,000 of public funding to open a ‘healthy’ fried chicken restaurant in the former fire station on Tottenham Green. Displacing from the premises a children’s charity and the reception area of the building’s management agent.

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A platform for architecture and planning professionals to support the current housing stuggles in London


A group of architects called Concrete Action is launching a website on the ‘dark web’ to allow development professionals to anonymously leak confidential documents about regeneration projects.

The ‘Wikileaks-style’ website will from June allow staff to leak documents such as viability assessments which are often not released in the public domain by councils and developers citing commercial confidentiality. Inside Housing understands activists have already lined up a programme of leaks.

Albane Duviller, an architect involved in Concrete Action, said the site will be used by campaigners and journalists. She said: ‘It will be a way to counter regeneration schemes that are driven by speculation. It will bring back into public knowledge that normally should be a part of the public debate.’

The group has a technology team to set up the website, trying to make it a ‘secure drop’ to allow professionals to leak information without leaving a digital trail that could identify them.

Anyone can visit websites on the dark web, if they have the URL. This means the site will be useable by activists, members of the public and journalists. However, these websites aren’t indexed by search engines, and it is very difficult to find out who runs them.

In recent years there have been a number of high-profile cases in which councils or developers have been accused of wrongly withholding viability assessments.  Greenwich Council in February was ordered by a tribunal to publish details of deal with developer Lend Lease to regenerate the iconic Heygate estate.

But it is possible that leakers could still be tracked down by property developers upset about information being released. Paul Mander, a partner at law-firm Pennington Manches, warned staff would almost certainly be dismissed if they are caught.

Antwerp Arms now owned and managed by the community!

The Antwerp Arms Association are delighted to be able to announce, that after almost 2 years of negotiating, organising and fundraising, the freehold purchase of the Antwerp Arms Public House, has been completed today 31 March 2015.

The Antwerp Arms Association will take over soon after 15 April 2015.

Thank you so much for all your support.

We look forward to raising a glass or two with all of you, at the ‘Annie’, our community hub.

More news to follow soon!
Antwerp Arms Association

Formal complaint re the Local Plan documents consultation process, calling for the consultation to be halted and re-scheduled

To: Cllr Ali Demirci, Mr Stephen Kelly and LDF team – LBH Planning

As we approach the end date for the consultation period on Haringey Council’s planning polices and related document I write from the Our Tottenham Planning Policy Working Group (active on behalf of the Our Tottenham Network) to request that the consultation be halted and re-scheduled because the process is fundamentally flawed.

We have done our best to publicise and explain the consultation process to all our contacts throughout Tottenham, despite our lack of resources and capacity and the extremely challenging material we are encouraging public responses to. However, despite our best efforts, we have found this an impossible task to do effectively for the reasons set out below.

Fair and lawful consultation
Haringey Council’s Consultation Charter states that the Council undertakes consultations “so that people who live and work in the borough have a say in the Council decision making process and know that their views have been taken into account.”

In the recent Moseley judgement against Haringey Council by the Supreme Court the judges set out the conditions for fair consultation. These are: “  First, that consultation must be at a time when proposals are still at a formative stage. Second, that the proposer must give sufficient reasons for any proposal to permit of intelligent consideration and response. Third,… that adequate time must be given for consideration and response and, finally, fourth, that the product of consultation must be conscientiously taken into account in finalising any statutory proposals. ” Continue reading

Protest against Tottenham property developers Thurs 26th March 1pm

Our Tottenham – Not Their Tottenham

Protest outside the £300-a-head ‘regeneration and redevelopment’ event at our Town Hall
Thursday 26th March, 1pm – 2pm

Tottenham Town Hall, Town Hall Approach Rd, London N15 4RY
Protest called by the Our Tottenham Coordination Group, Haringey Housing Action Group, Taxpayers Against Poverty, and Haringey Solidarity Group. All supporters are welcome to bring relevant placards and banners…

We believe that those who live and work in Tottenham should be driving forward the decisions about the future of our communities. Instead we have unaccountable property developers, Councillors and private companies trying to impose their top-down, profit-led mass ‘regeneration and redevelopment’ schemes all over our neighbourhoods.

As the Tottenham public are excluded from this elitist event for so-called ‘key stakeholders’ [see below], we call on local people to attend the protest/rally outside to make our voices known…We invite all the real key stakeholders to join in. Continue reading

Antwerp Arms – Community pub update!

About The Antwerp Arms Association

The Bruce Castle Village Association found out in June 2013 that our local pub, the Antwerp Arms, had been put up for sale by the freeholder, Enterprise Inns. They were looking to sell it to the highest bidder, almost certainly for conversion into flats.
Taking advantage of the Localism Act 2011, we applied for the pub to be listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV), meaning that we would have the right to buy it if it came on the market. Although the pub was sold to a local development company Hinterwell Ltd before the ACV was in effect, they offered us the right to put in a bid, which we took up in November 2013. We have until May 2014 to be the sole bidder.

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