Haringey Council plans to move thousands out of the borough

Join the mass Lobby of Haringey Council,5.30pm, Tuesday 10th February, outside Civic Centre, High Road, Wood Green, N22 8LE

As part of its plans to make £70m cuts, the council wants to pass a policy to move up to 3,000 households in temporary accommodation out of the borough, and ultimately out of London. In particular, this will apply to households that the applied to the council as homeless after November 2012, and whom council has accepted a duty to house.  In addition, thousands of council homes across the borough, including 1,000 at Broadwater Farm, are to be proposed for demolition, according to the Council’s revised Local Plan. The council has stated that it does not intend to replace the demolished homes with an equivalent number of new council homes, because the new homes will be of better quality.

*** People around the borough will be coming to protest against Cuts of £70 million.

*** Housing demolitions are also part of the Cuts budget

*** Bring placards and banners, bring your neighbours and friends!

Please get involved the various campaigns around housing in the borough, including Haringey Housing Action Group, Haringey Defend Council Housing and Our Tottenham. People power can make the difference.

Haringey Defend Council Housing  -  Organising meeting:  6.30 pm, Thursday, 12th February  @ The Library, Cafe Lite, North London Community House,22 Moorefield Road, London N17 6PY (near Bruce Grove BR Station, directly opposite the Royal Mail Sorting Office). All welcome.

The Council’s revised Local Plan is a massive programme for social cleansing, with 2,500 homes set for demolition in North Tottenham, and 660 more in South Tottenham, in Bounds Green and Highgate. All 1,000 council homes at Broadwater Farm are being proposed for demolition.  Haringey is currently planning to demolish 4,468 homes (including 3,699 on council estates) across the borough.

A further 1,000 council homes in Noel Park are set for sale to one of the Housing Associations which are currently pushing to be privatised, with market rents, and private selection of tenants, after the General Election.

The revised Local Plan is now out for consultation.

http://www.minutes.haringey.gov.uk/Published/C00000118/M00006976/AI00040449/AppendixAAlterationstoStrategicPolicies.pdf

Haringey’s developer partners will NOT rebuild existing council estates with the same number of better-quality homes for us, because that would not be ‘financially viable’ – meaning not profitable for them Instead, there would be new high-density estates, and an ongoing squeeze on the number of affordable homes. All these facts come from the revised Local Plan.

The private-sector Development partners will continue to reduce the numbers and standard of social or affordable housing, using confidential “Viability assessments” to protect their expected profits of 30% on capital.

Haringey Councillors and Officers are going back to the MIPIM trade fair to meet 4,500 property investors at Cannes, France, on 10-13 March to sell off our council estates and other public land.

There is an alternative to these Demolition policies:

  •  We demand that government ‘Lifts the Cap’ so that councils can invest in current and new build council housing.
  • We demand that there is no demolition of structurally-sound council housing, and that the Council continues to use secure, permanent tenancies at ‘target’ rents: The Council rents which currently average 40-50% of crazy market rents. 

 Please contact Haringey Defend Council Housing if you would like them to provide a speaker for your community group, residents association or estate steering group.

Please ‘Like’ and comment on their Facebook page.

www.facebook.com/HDCHpage

Coming soon: 5.30pm Monday 23rd February:  Protest March to Full Council meeting, assemble, Ducketts Common (near Turnpike Lane Tube)

 

February 9, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: LOCAL CAMPAIGNS, NEWS