Six Northumberland Park Residents Association members elected to the Committee at the Annual General Meeting on October 30th last year have faced obstruction and bullying from Council officers and from other supporters of demolition.
Chris Bell from the Resident Engagement Team recommended that the committee hold no meetings at all, until after six weeks of training had been completed by members. And then has not organised a single training session.
Homes for Haringey has introduced a strict new Residents Engagement Code of Conduct – and has then ignored gross breaches of the Code by supporters of demolition.
A petition was presented at the AGM, signed by more than 100
resident members, calling for a Special Meeting to discuss a motion on Yes/NO votes before estate demolition. The Meeting should have been held within weeks, as required under the NPRA Constitution. But nothing has happened since.
Rather than assisting and supporting residents, worry and distress has been caused by Haringey Council and Homes for Haringey officers, to residents who oppose demolition – even though all residents have the right to their own opinion.
We will not put up with this unprofessionalism and intimidation any longer. It is time for all resident voices to be heard!
It’s the same problem at Love Lane:
Zenek Henao, the Chair of Love Lane Residents’ Association, was asked recently by Jonathan Lovett, the editor of the Team North Tottenham magazine, for an interview to be published as an article.
Zenek sent him the following:
“As you say In English, I am a new kid on the block. Since I came to stay on Love Lane, I have been getting to know the people and the neighbourhood. But something that surprised me is just how many residents have already moved off the estate.
Did you know, that out of the original 217 council tenant households, only 63 are left? As the new Chair of the Love Lane Residents’ Association, I think we need to find a better way of doing estate regeneration: one that keeps neighbours together, instead of driving them apart.
Together with the rest of the committee, the main things we hope to achieve over the next year are:
• A regeneration scheme for Love Lane that provides much more council housing. The current
plan is for 2,500 new homes and we want one-third of them to be council housing. That’s 833 new council homes for Haringey.
• A much fairer deal for leaseholders that makes it affordable for them and their children
to remain on the estate – the Council is knocking down our homes and all we are asking is to be given a new replacement property in exchange (what we call “new for old”).
• Permanent council housing for the homeless households living in temporary accommodation on
• Ensuring the developer builds new council homes to the type, quality and size we want.
You may say I’m a dreamer. But together we can make that dream come true. And that’s the reason why we want more residents to get involved in the Love Lane Residents’ Association. To help build a brighter future for ourselves, our families and our community.”
The Council’s reply! This is the response Zenek received…
Thanks for getting back
to me and for responding to my questions. However, as Team North Tottenham is a magazine funded by the council I am highly doubtful that I’ll be able to use what you sent over. But we’ll see!
Who writes for Team North Tottenham?
We note that Jonathan says that Team North Tottenham is a magazine funded by the Council. If you take a look at the magazine it seems to be masquerading as a community newsletter. Nowhere does it display the name of the publisher (which Haringey Council), nor the name of editor Jonathan Lovett (who
is a council employee), and no names are given under each of the articles.
This is not standard publishing practice.
There is no information on who the editorial board is. If it is genuinely a community newspaper than shouldn’t the editorial board be drawn from the local community?
It is time that Haringey Council started listening to all of its residents.