et Member for Children and Families (Doctor Elin Weston), met with Lendlease as early as 24 April 2017.
The meetings mainly concerned HDV-branding (strategy or pitch), but there were also three “Shadow Board” meetings, including one Shadow Board Dinner.
The value of the dinner is not disclosed [update: see below]; however it may not have been as lavish the famous Peter Bingle/Terrapin meals for other Cabinet Members (Meals on Deals?).
This is the first time at least some Councillors (certainly me) have heard of the HDV Shadow Board. These contacts took place at the same time as a Council Scrutiny Panel was considering risk and Governance arrangements for the Development Vehicle.
I am not aware that Doctor Weston attended any of the Council's Scrutiny Panel meetings, including the illuminating evidence-gathering sessions. I'm not sure the Scrutiny Committee was aware of the HDV Shadow Board meetings.
Board-in-the-shadows might be an accurate description.
In the correspondence disclosed, we know that on one occasion, a LendLease representative apologised for the lack of biscuits (sic; see link above). New-Labour Haringey Council is placing approximately £3,000,000,000 [three billion pounds] worth of business with this one company (i.e. the HDV plus the recently announced, £1bn “High Road West”). That takes the biscuit.
I recently attended the Cabinet Member Signing where the Council Leader nominated Ms. Weston and others to the HDV Board. In terms of elected nominees, a sole Councillor will represent the Borough's interests on the Board that would meet four times a year.
Extracted from the FoI answer:
There has been no meetings or luncheons between Cllr Weston and Peter Bingle / Christian Klapp / Terrapin since January 2014 and the present day.
No minutes are available as such.
There has been no correspondence between Cllr Weston and Peter Bingle / Christian Klapp / Terrapin since January 2014 and the present day.
Cllr Weston met with Lendlease on the following dates:
24/04/2017: HDV Away Day - Wider Group Wallacespace, St Pancras, 22 Dukes Rd, London WC1H 9PN
24/04/2017: HDV Shadow Board Dinner [update below] (Haringey & Lendlease), Grain Store, Granary Square, 1-3 Stable St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AB
11/05/2017: HDV Brand Strategy - The Clearing, Lendlease Offices, 20 Triton Street, London NW1 3BF | Meeting Room 3
11/05/2017: HDV Brand Strategy - Hunter Design, Lendlease Offices, 20 Triton Street, London NW1 3BF | Meeting Room 3
11/05/2017: HDV Brand Strategy - The Caffeine Agency, Meeting Room 3
18/05/2017: HDV Branding Strategy - The Team , Lendlease Offices - Meeting Room 5
18/05/2017: HDV Branding Strategy - I AM, 20 Triton Street, Regent's Place, NW1 3BF (Meeting Room 5)
18/05/2017: HDV Shadow Board, Committee Room 1 - 1st Floor Civic Centre - 255 High Road, Wood Green, N22 8LE
07/06/2017: HDV Branding Pitch - Grain Creative, 20 Triton Street, London, NW1 3BF - Church corner A
07/06/2017: HDV Branding Pitch – Heavenly - 20 Triton Street, Regent's Place, London, NW1 3BF - Church Corner A
07/06/2017: HDV Branding pitch - The Purpose, 20 Triton Street, London, NW1 3BF - Church Corner A
22/06/2017: HDV Shadow Board, Level 2, 20 Triton Street, Regent's Place, London, NW1 3BF - Board Room
26/06/2017: HDV Joint Venture Branding, Coldfall Wood room, Podium level, River park House, 225 High Road, Wood Green, London N22 8HQ
15/08/2017: HDV Brand Strategy Meeting, 20 Triton Street, Regent’s Place, London, NW1 3BF
5. No minutes were circulated following these meetings.
6. A list of all correspondence between Cllr Weston and Lendlease has been attached.
(the Hornsey Ward Councillor sometimes pictures herself in selfies on exam-results day)
s supported the HDV as her voting at Cabinet meetings shows. Even if she abstained in some internal meeting, I am concerned about what Cabinet members do because Cabinet (as you correctly note) are the people who vote on the HDV as full Council is not allowed to do so. Cllr Ahmet voted for the HDV and (in Feb 2017 Cabinet) for Lend Lease being the partner. She then was absent from the 2 July Cabinet meetings when the HDV was discussed again. So my information about her voting record on the HDV in Cabinet meetings remains accurate.…
be it. They did make one Pledge: to build 250 Council homes. Earlier this year under repeated questioning by one of his colleagues, Cllr. Strickland finally admitted that, we will struggle to achieve that (i.e. it won't happen).
Their position on the HDV is a matter they will have to give their attention to in the coming months.
My guess is that they may not be able to put a Pro-HDV line and may try to get away with keeping shtum. Other parties probably won't be quite so quiet. We LibDems are already circulating a leaflet about the HDV. Expect more from Liberal Democrats.
ue of the Lib Dem call for a full council debate:
[ . . . . ]could you perhaps explain the actions of the Liberal Democrat councillors who have called for a full council decision on the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) - an action that can only be described as grossly opportunist or grossly stupid (both in my opinion.
a) The judicial review on the HDV is due any day. One of the points that we may win on is that there hasn't been a full council decision on the HDV (just labour group). If there is a full council on HDV it will destroy one plank of the argument
2) Current labour councillors who are against the hdv will not be able to vote against the HDV without losing the whip (and therefore being suspended as councillors - this means they will not be able to stand for election in May. The result of this would be that the HDV will be voted in after May.
In respect of a) I don't know if events that follow the judicial review hearing have any bearing on its outcome. My guess is that if a cause for complaint is removed then the complaint loses much of its force.
In respect of 2) we do know that the current Labour group is efficient and effective in its enforcement. So the 22 opponents of HDV at the Labour party meeting might have little choice but to abstain from voting at the council meeting, which would give rise either to a full council vote in favour of HDV, or eliminate the dissidents from the May elections. …
d, their comments are a mixture of bile, blame and bitterness. The approved mantra is "factionalism" except that, within the Labour Party, it is the pro-HDVers who are becoming the faction. Without the Labour Party, there is much further opposition. All LibDem Councillors would oppose the HDV, including me.
Many Councillors worked out some time ago that the risks of proceeding with the HDV (far-) outweighed the risks of not going ahead. Neighbouring Boroughs have gone about regeneration schemes in far less risky ways.
The Council is believed to have produced a Risk Assessment*, but despite requests, has not published it. The cross-party Scrutiny Committee has done it's best (which is pretty good, actually) to consider this aspect with limited internal information but with plenty of external evidence. They called for a halt, but Cabinet ignored their concerns.
I'll do my best to rise to your zany, sporting challenge, mainly because it's less trouble that listing the anti-HDVers!
WARDS: the pro-HDV Councillors and Candidates (2017–November–24 E&O.E.)
Woodside Cllr. Peter Mitchell
Seven Sisters Cllrs Kober, Basu and Erdal Dogan (who replaced Cllr. Goldberg, who withdrew)
Hornsey Doctor Weston (who attended HDV shadowy Shadow Board meetings as long ago as April and who would sit on the HDV Board. That would meet Quarterly).
Northumberland Park Cllrs. Sheila Peacock and Kaushika Amin are pro-HDV. I'm standing for the Liberal Democrat Party in the May election and aim to dish out to the dotty duo their due desserts. (The third Labour Cllr in NPW is Good John Bevan, who is anti-HDV.)
Crouch End This is not yet decided, yet but all three current Councillors are staunchly pro-HDV. i.e. Cllrs. Jason Arthur, Natan Doron and Sarah Elliot. They have always supported the HDV. I understand they were given an opportunity to recant, but they haven't (see Adrian's link to their statements, where their support for the HDV is the love that dare not speak it's name). In any event, such a late conversion would lack credibility. (It is far from certain that most or all of the HaplessTrio™ will escape the Trigger Vote next Wedneday).
Happy to correct any mistakes
Finally, you really should consider carefully before voting for a pro-HDV candidate, no matter their other attributes. LibDems are united on this. The HDV is so reckless that it threatens our Borough, its finances and hundreds of futures, including homes, communities and businesses. For either two decades, or three decades.
I'll be campaigning on this in Northumberland Park.
* The Council has published an HDV Risk Register, which is not the same as a Risk Assessment