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.