Cllr Alan Strickland, the Executive Member for Housing, Planning and Regeneration has withdrawn from reselection as a Labour candidate for Noel Park Ward in Haringey, for the Borough elections next May. The Noel Park selection meeting is set to take place this evening (Monday, 20th November)
The opposition to the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) has chalked up another success. This is a huge boost to campaigners who have argued, organised, and lobbied against the HDV. Tenants, home owners, Councillors and social justice campaigners have worked together on this issue.
Before the re-selections, Haringey’s Labour Councillors supported the HDV by around 30 members to 19.
There have already been several gains for the anti-HDV side during the reselection process, including the deselection of the Chief Whip, Cllr Lorna Reith. We are now on course for a slate of Labour council candidates, the majority of whom oppose the HDV.
The HDV plans are based on the demolition of council housing estates, and driving up market house prices and rents. More than 5,000 working class homes are at risk of demolition.
Those with lower income and lower savings would be priced out of the area. Campaigners say that this is completely unacceptable.
This latest news is a huge blow to the developer Lendlease, which had hoped to set up the HDV as a 50-50 joint venture with Haringey Council.
The Judge is presently considering his verdict on the campaigners’ application for a Judicial Review of the Council’s decision to set up the HDV. The case was heard at the Royal Courts of Justice last month.
The news is a boost for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who in his speech at this year’s Labour Party Conference damned many so-called regeneration schemes as ‘forced gentrification and social cleansing’.
Corbyn said that residents should be offered a new home on the same estate at the same rent, and that Council should have to win a yes/no ballot of residents, before any demolitions take place.
Following Corbyn’s speech, Haringey was the rogue council which was the first to speak out against votes for residents.
Haringey also moves tenants off decant estates permanently. Right to Return means Right to Leave – see the evidence here.
“Let us now make social cleansing history! Let us demand public funding for more and better council housing, improved management of our existing estates, and proper investment in homes and communities”
Anti-demolition campaigner Paul Burnham.