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TOGETHER with the Council’s esteemed journal of record (Haringey People magazine) a new title dropped through my letter slot last weekend.

For those either not resident in Stroud Green Ward or who haven’t yet seen it, the full-length PDF version of Made in Stroud Green can be downloaded here.

There is some interesting information in it, unsurprising given there’re no fewer than 48 pages.

Not all residents will retain the publication, that consumed almost a third of the £10,000 Council Ward budget. 

If it was delivered to every household in the Ward, then perforce it will have gone to every voter in the Ward. Eleven months ahead of local elections and not a penny counting toward Election Expenses: impressive gaming. Lest anyone miss it, the Editor quoted his email address in four different places; his name (sometimes bolded) or contact details, appear at least once on no fewer than seven pages.

For those who may wish to assess for themselves an edited version that highlights the number of mentions and references to its elected Editor—please find it attached, below.

Plus a couple of Government guidelines that may be relevant.

Cllr. Clive Carter

Liberal Democrat

Tags: Council Tax, Rates, Stroud Green Ward, public money, self-promotion, ward budget

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Kudos to the council. Ward budgets entirely within the control of councillors, award themselves £3k to promote the activities of the same councillors. You've got to hand it to them. Oh yes, we already did.

Having said that - there were some good schemes that received help, and the Festival got a chunk...  but the naked politics of it is galling. Someone in Haringey should really be having a quiet word in Stroud Green, this isn't acceptable. Though no doubt all councillors will be crowing about their 'spending' come the election.

Hi Mark,

Not wholly within the control of councillors. Ward Councillors solicit or marshal any suggestions of residents and/or their own and present them for approval to a Council Officer, who has the final say.

I think you'll find the criteria for Ward Budgets are interesting reading; they are here

Yes I looked. Hence my comments.

Extract from the guidelines:

Ward budgets cannot be used for the following purposes:

  • Projects that are political in nature or campaign against the council or its agreed priorities or funding for lobbying

Repeating the name of a councillor many times might be considered "political in nature" but Raj Whatsisname is well on the right side of the campaigning criterion

Adrian, can I also draw your attention in particular, to the article by Cllr. Sahota on page seven, titled Stroud Green Moves to Tottenham?

This is a proposal of the Boundary Commission that I understand is endorsed by the Labour Party.

The Boundary Commission are considering consultation responses and we expect a response soon. For more information please visit the Boundary Commission website. Your ward councillors have submitted their own representations to the Boundary Commission – if you would like a copy email Raj.sahota@haringey.gov.uk.

The Boundary Commission's website is referred to but not printed, however the Ward Councillors’ representations to same are made available. Why should their submissions be promoted? Surely they are no more quotable or valuable than anyone else’s?

I attended the November meeting pictured – I am barely visible in the photo at the rear of the hall. A Stroud Green Labour Councillor is prominent in the front row.

That meeting of some 90 residents was overwhelmingly in favour of no such change, as anyone present could attest.

However, such a switch would then—and only then—allow Tottenham's MP to be able to claim that he lived in his Constituency,

The stupido Labour Party let's-save-Jeremy's-constituency suggested boundary is here - 

Stroud Green Might Move to Tottenham?

Though it may be that the whole thing falls foul of the Maybot fiasco, we'll have to see what gets in to the Queen's speech. In the meantime the Boundary Commission felt compelled to put out a press release.

I can't remember if we (block of 3 flats) received anything. All these types of magazines go straight into the recycling. I was so annoyed by getting Haringey People, I emailed to stop it. We still get it occasionally though. No one reads them. They add to the uncollected mail pile and end up in recycling.

Grateful if you could point me to where the costs of this publication is. I contacted my local SG councillor a few months back about a matter only to be given the excuses about priorities and lack of money. An excuse I a prepared to accept if money is allocated reasonably and not just legally.

Also, I read this site on my phone. It regularly states that there are more replies to a post than is there. Am I doing something wrong?

Opinion8's own bit of self promotion. Thank you mockturtle for continuing to read this site. You are right that not all the replies are shown on the mobile site, but you are doing nothing wrong. I will report the problem to Ning. I have changed the mobile site so that discussions come up first, now rather than events. On my phone operating system the three dots menu gives me the option to "request the desktop site". This is still readable on my phone and has all the replies.

IN response to my suggestion of Cllr. Sahota's publication as evidence of self-promotion, on 14 June 2017 he responded on Twitter with the hashtag:

#potkettleblack     LINK

The substance of his comment—link above and screenshot below—I leave for others to judge. However, the point he overlooks is that the publication for which he is Editor—and apparently, reporter, journalist and publisher —is delivered through and paid for, from public funds.


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