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).