Date: 20th December 2017 at 8:34am
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Tottenham Hotspur’s marketing bumf for the New Destination™ has been voluminous and the recurring buzzword/catchphrase has been ‘a catalyst for regeneration’ in Haringey. Lucky lucky Haringey.

Did he mean to say cataract?

It’s a good job none if any of you have to bloody live there, eh?

Thank goodness for being able to just pop in and shout ‘we’ve won naff all but look at our luxurious and retractable Cheese Room!’, quaff a demi skinny frappachino, duck the natives and get back to civilisation sharpish.

Developer power has now reached such a point that the Mayor’s ‘preferred options for affordable housing’ no longer include social rent.  And this is a plan for the next 23 years.

The words ‘council housing’ are never used in the plans and you would not think from reading this, that there are 800,000 secure council and housing association tenants in Greater London – but there are.

Regeneration in ENICs mind is knocking down stuff that is currently perceived as being of nominal commercial worth, then building something shiny in its stead, and announcing an ‘uplift’ in value.

There are quite possibly few better examples of ordinary people being shoved out of the way than Haringey.

‘Anger at Haringey’s plans to sell off municipal assets to a multinational property developer with no guarantees of protection for social housing goes way beyond the HDV scheme.

This week the cabinet voted to shut Osborne Grove nursing home, the last remaining public provision in the borough for the frail elderly and others with complex needs.

In 2011, the council closed down five residential homes and five day centres.

In 2015 it shut another residential home and four more day centres, but pledged to maintain Osborne Grove as a flagship rehabilitation service, offering a model of integrated health and social care.

In fact, over the past two years it has allowed the service to deteriorate, imposing an embargo on new referrals and then using a series of critical reports by the Care Quality Commission inspectorate to justify closure.

A recent report by Which found that Haringey was “one of the worst areas for good quality care” in the country.

More than 40% of its provision was deemed as “inadequate” or “requiring improvement”. Faced with protests by families affected by social care cuts, carers, unions and local campaigners, council leaders have always put up the barricades and called in the private security guards.

Come May 2018, they will have to face their electorate and stand to account for the wholesale destruction of vital local services.’  Mary Langan (Save Autism Services Haringey).

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  • Aussie in Switzerland December 20, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Basic economics….poor people out = increased property values……or we could just rename ourselves Liverpool……the broader problem is not affordable housing, it is economic opportunities for people to lift themselves out of poverty…..that is any governments job, not to be your nanny, but to provide the framework for people to help themselves…..and that includes migration policies bitches

  • SteveG December 20, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    So many people in the Uk are being shafted by the rampant almost laissez-faire capitalism that the democratic process is to supposed to limit. Looking at so many MPs who first priority is those of their commercial backers not their constituents. It has become a career choice for the middle class twats who haven’t done a days real work in their lives. I am from Tottenham and being going to their games since 1959 but can no longer separate my lifelong Tottenham supporter person from my political self ( being one of those uppity working class University educated gits who see how the world is really run).Oops rant over

    • Harry Hotspur December 20, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Davis Lammy’s going to have fun with his new Momentum chums.

  • Zara December 20, 2017 at 9:16 am

    One cannot even estimate the amount of revenue the new Stadium will bring into the Borough, many generations will benefit from this development.

  • Legoverlass December 20, 2017 at 9:01 am

    The whole National Planning Framework Policy is a crock of sh*te designed to rape public assets including open countryside on the pretext of affordable homes which never get built. The modus is for developers ( many of whom are the Tory parties biggest sponsors) to use central government pressure to force local authorities to pass applications that they do not wish to approve and with no investment in infrastructure especially roads to deal with the massive increase in traffic flows. Green field sites being sold of by landowners as they are cheaper to develop than utilising existing brownfield sites. Agricultural land that we desperately need to use for food production post Brexit will be gone for ever. Parasites like ENIC abundant under the present political regime with owners sipping champagne on their gin palace’s anchored at offshore tax havens. The tragedy is we are owned by one and they have f**k all interest in football or the local inhabitants of Haringey.

    • Harry Hotspur December 20, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Iy will be interesting to see just how big the Labour Party win in the next general election will be. Momentum has already (via the democratic vote) purged about a dozen councillors out of Haringey already.

      Haringey needed help and this is not fucking it. This is precisely as you describe.