On 2nd November 2017 a group of Tottenham Hale residents organised a boycott of the Haringey Council developer management forum meeting to hear from Argent about their proposal for a 16-storey tower on the site of the demolished Welboirne Centre.
The protestors are residents living on the nearby Chesnut Estate and in the surrounding roads off Park View Road. Representing the Chesnut RA, Dowsett Area RA, and the Friends of Down Lane Park.
The residents are appalled that the… Continue
Added by Martin Ball on November 6, 2017 at 17:00 —
The below update on recent Tottenham news was circulated to the Tuesday 18th November 2015 meeting of the Dowsett Estate Residents Association, held at the church hall on Mitchley Road N17.
What’s been happening recently?
Works on Holcombe Market
The big news is that the council has finally got round to signing a contract for the Holcombe Market. Three and a half years ago the Council pledged to improve the market one of the '12 in 2012' pledges. The… Continue
Added by Martin Ball on November 22, 2015 at 23:09 —
Haringey Council is finally on the verge of starting the promised improvement work to Holcombe Market - that includes two stalls becoming five - on the Tottenham High Road. Yet, this is little cause for regeneration lead Councillor Alan Strickland to be smug. 1301 days have passed since his 8th March 2012 pledge to improve the market.
Now having signed the official papers allowing council officers to enter into a contract with the business that won the tender for the work, it would… Continue
Added by Martin Ball on October 1, 2015 at 16:35 —
Below is the latest news from Down Lane Park.
Those interested in the policy of hiring out parks debate should note is that the council has back-tracked on its initial finding that the damage to the new path was caused by the recent funfair trucks crossing over it. Now, the council are saying the damage to 27 of the path edge stones is the fault of the contractor's method of installation. Thereby, the controversial parks hire policy is not to blame for damage to parks. All too… Continue
Added by Martin Ball on August 23, 2015 at 15:00 —
A Freedom of Information answer has revealed a large increase in both the Tottenham regeneration team size and the budget they have to spend.
At a time of budgetary cuts and jobs losses; the Tottenham regeneration team goes in the opposite direction to what is happening to other Haringey Council departments.
The number of staff has increased by seven since 1st January 2015, taking the team from 13 to 20 members.
The cost of the additional staff in 2015-15 is… Continue
Added by Martin Ball on July 29, 2015 at 19:06 —
Open letter to Haringey Councillors and regeneration staff sent on Wednesday 10th June 2015.
Cllr McNamara is the cabinet member for parks, and Mr O'Brien is the Regeneration Manager for Tottenham Hale.
Dear Cllr McNamara and Mr O'Brien,
As tonight's unpublicised meeting with Chesnut Estate residents is the real start to the council's latest round of regen 'consultation' then I am asking you to commit today to start to genuinely improve Tottenham… Continue
Added by Martin Ball on June 10, 2015 at 13:15 —
No, this is not about the stadium. Rather, I referring to the row of small retail units located on White Hart Lane - 44, 46, and 48-50 - between the Grange and White Hart Lane railway station.
Spurs have put in planning applications to demolish them and then erect hoardings around the cleared land. Which would create near the station another unsightly site similar to that which has blighted the Tottenham High Road for too long now..
We do not want our area to be viewed as… Continue
Added by Martin Ball on June 7, 2015 at 13:23 —
Another consequence of Haringey Council's policy of hiring out our parks.
The text of the objection below should be self-explanatory. But happy to answer any questions.
I am at this stage stating a formal objection to this event application being approved.
Further reasoning will follow. The short of it is that we are fed-up with our park being hawked around to event promoters and the consequence being that the usual park users… Continue
Added by Martin Ball on May 20, 2015 at 16:25 —
Below is my objection to the 19 storey tower block being proposed for the empty plot in Hale Village next to Tesco.
The planning application can be viewed on Haringey Council's website
Application Reference No. : HGY/2015/0795
Site Address: GLS… Continue
Added by Martin Ball on May 14, 2015 at 0:24 —
Please support the campaign opposing the Haringey Council plans to build on Lordship Rec as part of a proposed demolition of homes on the Broadwater Farm and surrounding street.…
Added by Martin Ball on May 1, 2015 at 16:39 —
Please find below the Friends of Down Lane Park objection to a proposed music event in the park. We have requested that the application be refused because of the disturbance similar events have caused the local community and that the park is not an appropriate venue for commercial music events. The park is there for people to relax and play; not a council cash cow.
Dear Haringey Council,
Thanks for the notice of the Caribbean Bubble Festival event… Continue
Added by Martin Ball on April 19, 2015 at 19:10 —
This section of the Friends of Down Lane Park's official response to the Haringey Council planning consultation outlines that the monstrous building proposals are not good for the existing community and are unlikely to create a wonderful place for people in the 'new' Tottenham Hale. It sets out an alternative vision of development that is not a forest of tower blocks and also retains the employment land that is short-sightedly being re-classified for residential use. Despite existing successful… Continue
Added by Martin Ball on April 3, 2015 at 1:02 —
This section of the Friends of Down Lane Park's official response to the Haringey Council planning consultation sets out the need for green development in the future of Tottenham Hale. It calls for immediate improvement of The Paddock and investment in play facilities for existing residents. It argues for an end to the monstrous buildings massing around the area and for development to be more inline with being part of the Lea Valley.
Section 1 is about the work of the Friends in… Continue
Added by Martin Ball on April 2, 2015 at 15:32 —
This section of the Friends of Down Lane Park's official response to the Haringey Council planning consultation sets out why surrounding Down Lane Park with tower blocks will have a detrimental impact on the park. It calls for increased park space to meet the needs of existing and new residents, and investment in facilities in the green corridor along Fairbanks Road on the Chesnut Estate.
Section 1 is about the work of the Friends in defeating previous plans to build flats on the… Continue
Added by Martin Ball on April 1, 2015 at 10:13 —
This section of the Friends of Down Lane Park's official response to the Haringey Council planning consultation sets out why the proposed green road link would damage the park and is about marketing Hale Village than improving use of the area' green space. There is no evidence that it is what people ant or what people would use. Rather, the existing routes connecting the residential area to the north of Down Lane Park to the marshes and the Lea Valley should be improved.
Response was… Continue
Added by Martin Ball on March 31, 2015 at 14:12 —
Below is part 1 of the Friends of Down Lane Park's official response to the Haringey Council planning documents consultation. There are seven sections and I will post the others over the next few days.
Sent on 27th March 2015.
1 The Friends of Down Lane Park
1.1 The Friends of Down Lane Park is an organisation bringing together local residents and park stakeholders to lobby for improvements to the park and to assist Haringey Council's management of the… Continue
Added by Martin Ball on March 30, 2015 at 2:21 —
Following my participation in the planning consultation event - at 163 Park Lane on Wednesday 12th March 2015 - I have made a formal complaint because the event (and process) is failing to engage people in decision-making.
Yes, I know this is typical. But we can't let the council continue to treat public engagement as a painful tick-box chore. This formal complaint is part of the answer in forcing them to organise fair consultations.
I am happy to explain further. But… Continue
Added by Martin Ball on March 13, 2015 at 11:22 —
Has anybody received notice of information days or events to learn about the Tottenham Hale regeneration plans supposedly happening 16th to 21st March?
At 7pm on Friday 6th I received an email inviting me to lead a Walk and Talk on Thursday 19th March if that was convenient. It might be, but the notice is unacceptably short.
Eight days notice is not unlawful, but it is clearly unfair. Even the email acknowledges the lack of consideration for public engagement by admitting:… Continue
Added by Martin Ball on March 9, 2015 at 12:37 —
Residents are used to Haringey Council public consultations being 'unfair and unlawful' (as the Supreme Court ruled about one), and rarely resulting in the actions that the community requested. But the forthcoming demolition and redevelopment of sites across the borough will involve becoming familiar with the tactics of developers and the agencies they employ to harvest public support.
And an early example of the sharp practice often used is the website for the Apex House Development… Continue
Added by Martin Ball on March 2, 2015 at 13:53 —
So who are the companies sponsoring Haringey Council's participation at MILPM 2015, held in Cannes 10-13th March?
According to an Freedom of Information answer the six sponsors each providing £2,500 are:
ISIS, Grainger, Mace, Lee Valley Estates, St James, Tottenham Hotspur
A total of £15,000 received against a projected spend of… Continue
Added by Martin Ball on February 26, 2015 at 19:00 —