Date: 9th February 2018 at 11:21am
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Thanks to the strong local community campaigning and protests the Council have now abandoned the implementation of the HDV. See below.

The battle is now on to get the Council to takew the logical step of fully abandoning its threats of demolition and social cleansing..

Council leader Claire Kober proposed and voted for the amendment, and for the amended motion, which stated that the Council will not sign any HDV contract with Lendlease prior to the Council elections on 3 May.

The decision on the HDV will be left to the incoming Council, which we now expect to abandon the HDV plan.

The problem however is that the Council officers say that estate redevelopment plans are unaffected by the HDV decision.

The question is whether the incoming Council can make a full and proper break from the whole agenda of demolition and social cleansing.

The Judicial Review brought by Gordon Peters of the Stop HDV campaign has resulted today in a rejection by Mr Justice Ouseley of all four grounds of the application.

Now our lawyers are planning an appeal, which would be heard by a panel of three different judges.

Here is Sam Leggatt’s excellent presentation to Extraordinary Full Council meeting

on 7th February 2018

My name is Sam Leggatt and I have lived on the Northumberland Park estate for 36 years. This is my friend Franklin Thomas. He has lived on the Northumberland Park estate since 1973.

We live within the red line area, and I am here to tell you that we don’t want our homes knocked down.

This area has been systematically run down over the last few years, while Councillors have taken expensive trips to the south of France to sell Northumberland Park to the highest bidders.

When they look at our estate they see minus values, when we look at the same estate we see the huge value in the community, that the HDV plan intends to rip apart and throw away. Developers see profit, we see the loss and devastation this will have caused in our community.

There’s been much talk about consultation, door-knocking, and positive, even eager responses to the plan. In reality, these shiny plans of a shiny new area where the sun is always shining, and people are always smiling, was never meant for us.

1,009 homes at social rent will be demolished. We have yet to receive a definitive answer to the question of how many will be built, and on what terms.

Similarly, the issue of right to return. Haringey Council continue to assure us that we have the guaranteed right, on the same terms. However, they have apparently promised Lendlease the exact opposite, with a one-move policy being prioritised.

Also, we would question how our tenancy would be on the same terms, given we would have a shared landlord at best.

Many leaseholders are concerned about their future, given the development at Love Lane where leaseholders have waited three years so far for a promised swap, with many being put under pressure to sell with what is still a voluntary process, with the Council appearing to target the most vulnerable, with the Council referring to them as ‘low-hanging fruit’.

We recognise there are problems in the area, but this plan is not the answer. This plan is more than the demolition of our homes. it’s about the demolition of our lives. The real answer is investment. Millions have been poured into the area, in the last 15 years or more. Where has it gone, and what tangible improvements do we have to show for it?

What is really needed is investment in desperately needed council homes at rents that are really-affordable to working families, plus the renovation and renewal of existing stock we have paid for.

Please, stop peddling the length of the waiting list as some sort of selling point, and really address it.

We also need a ballot. Stop treating us as if we are too stupid to see the big picture., Please include us, consult with us, listen to us. A yes/no ballot on all and any demolition proposals is what we deserve.

We would like to thank the Councillors for giving us this time, and listening.

This is your chance to speak up for the people who have elected you. These estates do not belong to the big developers who want to turn them into money making properties.

The people of Tottenham need homes. We respectfully recommend the original resolution should be strengthened to ensure No HDV, No demolition of our estates.

 
Comments
  • gloster1861 February 9, 2018 at 1:49 pm
  • The Man in the Middle February 9, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Knock them down, don’t let the spongers stand in the way of progress, but build Social Housing for any of the 1009 who have been in employment from age 18 to date, that’s only fair, give back to those who have contributed to society.

    • Aussie in Switzerland February 9, 2018 at 12:30 pm

      Now you’ve started it….losing internet soon, look forward to the responses to this one later

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      I think those that dont contribute shpuld be helped to contribute (often is crushed self esteem) and not given hand outs.
      But totally ignoring them is wrong.
      Everyone should get a chance to make a contribution.

      • Aussie in Switzerland February 9, 2018 at 12:31 pm

        Best help is to enable those to help themselves

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 12:36 pm

          Yes..100%

      • T February 9, 2018 at 12:40 pm

        Snowflake.

        • The Man in the Middle February 9, 2018 at 12:46 pm

          Unemployment is double the London average, almost 300,000 claimants, 13,000 homes have no wage earner, it’s a culture of living on handouts, why should the tax payer subsidise layabouts ? In case they turn to crime to support their habits, sure like they don’t do that as well.

          • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 12:51 pm

            T is a radical gone incognito.

          • OrganicPaper February 9, 2018 at 1:01 pm

            That’s a far to simplistic way of looking at social problems. Anyone would agree its better for people to be in work than not but to label everyone out of work a sponger is just wrong and misguided.
            We need to remember some can not work due to mental or physical heath problems, and through that very fact will often find themselves located by councils etc in certain areas, such as Tottenham which has historically low housing costs in relation to other parts of London. The are of course many other factors, marginalization of black and ethnic groups, huge under investment in the area to provide jobs, skills and create any kind of aspiration in young people over decades.
            Regeneration of an area needs to extend beyond knocking down communities and replacing them with expensive swanky flats and cheese rooms

            • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 9, 2018 at 1:05 pm

              Snap.

            • The Man in the Middle February 9, 2018 at 1:08 pm

              If they have Mental or Physical Health problems they should be in Care, if money wasn’t wasted on handouts we could have a proper Care system.
              It’s ridiculous that a hugely obese person is paid £1350 a month, has a Motability 4×4 paid for, makes huge demands on the Ambulance Service and the NHS just because they can’t stop eating due to boredom.

              • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 9, 2018 at 1:11 pm

                !!!!!??? I can’t even respond

              • OrganicPaper February 9, 2018 at 1:13 pm

                Wow. Stunningly ignorant

                • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 9, 2018 at 1:19 pm

                  I could go into my personal details to make a point but it seems cheap to use that. I’ll leave the geezer to it…

                  • OrganicPaper February 9, 2018 at 1:21 pm

                    Its just pain wrong. I mean I only get £1200 a month for my oversized testicles condition and my mobility scooter is only FWD.
                    Numpty 🙂

                    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 9, 2018 at 1:25 pm

                      ☺Terrible. When you could just bounce along on em…..

                  • The Man in the Middle February 9, 2018 at 1:22 pm

                    Govt spending on Welfare this financial year will eclipse £275bn that’s 35% of the overall Govt spend.

                    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 9, 2018 at 1:23 pm

                      Focus on defence and war budgets if you want to persecute.

                    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 9, 2018 at 1:24 pm

                      Not that you’ll get a truthfull cash output.

                    • OrganicPaper February 9, 2018 at 1:33 pm

                      Stats are misleading. Of that 35% only 1% was spent on unemployment benefits. The largest proportion of the 35% total goes on pensions (42%).
                      The rest is on child/family benefits, housing, social and other things you may very well rely on or benefit from yourself.

              • Freund or Foe February 9, 2018 at 1:41 pm

                You utter cunt.

            • Urbane Sturgeon February 9, 2018 at 6:38 pm

              “That’s a far to simplistic way of looking at social problems”

              I think you could be wasting your time with this one.

          • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 9, 2018 at 1:04 pm

            Have you got a document of what claims? Just cos there’s no wage earner doesn’t mean its all dole scrounging junkys. Disability of all kinds, mental and physical, there’s many different cases. The most vulnerable in society. But fuck em eh? Plough through em like the worthless scum they are. Unreal.

            • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 1:10 pm

              The most important thing for people apart from food it self esteem. Most people can get a boost on their self esteem. This is a key point in people able to make a contribution

              • OrganicPaper February 9, 2018 at 1:17 pm

                And water

              • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 9, 2018 at 1:22 pm

                Yep, we are a damaged society and its a minefield. But things like the HDV ain’t helping anyone.

          • Harry Hotspur February 9, 2018 at 1:10 pm

            An uninformed Royalist twit speaks…

            • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 9, 2018 at 1:13 pm

              I think it IS the Queen aint it??

    • SpursSince67 February 10, 2018 at 7:21 am

      Pathetic statement…all the money spent on benefits is a squirt of piss in the Ocean compared to the money that’s hidden/laundered off shore and ignored by a Government sacred shitless to do anything about it…see NetFlix ‘Dirty Money’ Episode 4 to see how HSBC got a hopeless fine for laundering Mexican Cartel money as just one example…the inequality in the western world is now of staggering proportions and if it’s not checked and adjusted it’ll lead to serious trouble someday…on top of that you are frankly heartless…

  • Harry Hotspur February 9, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Wise words from Sam there. Buying a cup of hot sugary fat from Costa won’t improve local lives nor will packing The New Prefab with ‘true fans’.

    I think the fakin thing is cursed and hope it falls down.

    It’s a pity that this is the only blog that bothers to cover what is a genuinely interesting Tottenham Hotspur related business.

    • Aussie in Switzerland February 9, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      Trendsetter

      • Harry Hotspur February 9, 2018 at 12:54 pm

        Too fakin right. I invented the square hulu-hoop.

  • Aussie in Switzerland February 9, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    On my way to Verona, hope to catch the game in an Irish bar…..or I will be pissed off

    • T February 9, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      Two gentleman (and their Aussie lackey) of Verona.

      • Aussie in Switzerland February 9, 2018 at 12:15 pm

        Is that the name of a bar? Hehe….actually 3 Aussies….albeit this Aussie is also carrying an Italian passport

        • T February 9, 2018 at 12:18 pm

          Lucky b*gger.

      • Aussie in Switzerland February 9, 2018 at 12:17 pm

        Speaking of Shakespeare, the mock up of Juliet’s balcony in Verona is the biggest farce in tourist history

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 12:18 pm

          The cheese room of the arts?

          • Aussie in Switzerland February 9, 2018 at 12:20 pm

            With a thousand Chinese tourist buses

            • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 12:22 pm

              I remember when the Japanese were at the height of their economic boom late 80’s Early 90’s there were many Japanese touring Europe and buying and now its the Chinese….

              • Aussie in Switzerland February 9, 2018 at 12:24 pm

                As Rodney Rude said, the Japanese tourists were taking photos of the heat

                • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 12:26 pm

                  Within a couple if years they got a tonking I guess from the yanks with the $

                  • Aussie in Switzerland February 9, 2018 at 12:27 pm

                    Whereas the Chinese work on thousand year plans

                    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 12:33 pm

                      True. The key for China is to enpower their people more quickly so they become buyers and not just sellers. The world needs it but quicker

                    • Harry Hotspur February 9, 2018 at 12:55 pm

                      Fuck the Chinese in the face

                    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 12:58 pm

                      Why?

        • T February 9, 2018 at 12:20 pm

          Have you seen London’s (exquisitely underwhelming) Marble Arch?

          • Aussie in Switzerland February 9, 2018 at 12:21 pm

            Unfortunately yes

          • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 12:23 pm

            Its a cheap mans Arc De Triomphe

            • T February 9, 2018 at 12:25 pm

              Brandenburg Gate.

              • Aussie in Switzerland February 9, 2018 at 12:28 pm

                Better

        • T February 9, 2018 at 12:22 pm

          A Juliet’s balcolny brassiere? How very uplifting.

          • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 12:24 pm

            I was looking for a brassieri mate

            • Aussie in Switzerland February 9, 2018 at 12:28 pm

              Bloody frogs

              • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 12:35 pm

                I like Macron he seems to have some common sense ideas

                • Aussie in Switzerland February 9, 2018 at 12:37 pm

                  Le Pen……at least she didn’t molest her student like Macrons wife

                • Aussie in Switzerland February 9, 2018 at 12:38 pm

                  Sort of agree, but that Canadian bloke is a walking talking SJW meme

                  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 12:39 pm

                    Not a fan of Trudeau.I did like Harper though.

                    • Aussie in Switzerland February 9, 2018 at 12:43 pm

                      Check out his “peoplekind” video, thanks to Paul Joseph Watson

                    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 12:52 pm

                      Will do

                    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 12:57 pm

                      It gets silly. Everything taken to the extreme becomes silly or dangerous.
                      Balance is not in fashion though. Radicalism is. Its all silly.

                • T February 9, 2018 at 12:42 pm

                  Macron admitted that if the French had been given the choice to leave the EU or stay, they’d leave.c

                  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 12:54 pm

                    There us a trend for the ‘other’
                    Its like Tottenham.
                    Whoever is on the bench is the messiah as per the fans while the players on the field are schmucks.

  • Aussie in Switzerland February 9, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    And what happens after the election? The project will be back on again right?

    • caveman February 9, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      No, the mob coming in are communists!

      • Aussie in Switzerland February 9, 2018 at 12:17 pm

        Build a wall around the stadium

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Ive always believed that a good society has a reasonable amount of left and right thinking. I know little about the Northumberland project but think that if the wholeness if society is taken into account problems can be solved even if its not perfect for both sides (which it usually isnt but not any worse than picking totally trickle down economics or socialism is for the whole.)
    Common sense answers are best.
    The problem is the world is so split between the two that they often cant see the value in both business and peoples rights to make reasonable compromises.

    • T February 9, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      Beatnik.

      • Aussie in Switzerland February 9, 2018 at 12:13 pm

        Hippie

  • caveman February 9, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Excellent truthful plea to the people with power. I do hope they finally listen.

    • Aussie in Switzerland February 9, 2018 at 12:13 pm

      People asked me at work what is happening during some mass sackings…..I said (correctly), “choose the fucking dumbest option, that’s what will happen”…..