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Haringey's an arsehole, say Spurs (or something like that)

Apparently the streets of Tottenham are letting the side down.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/dec/22/london-streets-too-...

"Tottenham Hotspur, the world’s 11th richest club, plays in one of Britain’s most deprived areas. The club has angered locals by protesting that the streets around its new £850m stadium are too dirty for fans and could damage its ambitions to establish “one of the world’s most unique entertainment venues”.

The locals are up in arms, which is a little hypocritical as they've been saying exactly the same thing about the area for years.

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You are entirely missing the point of the article. Spurs are refusing to pay despite the fact that Spurs "supporters" add to the litter etc in local streets. They also add to noise; to parking problems; choked roads; and to passenger numbers on local stations etc etc.

The aim to establish an "entertainment venue" illustrates that Spurs' ambition is far greater than football games. 

But of course I leave out the other side of the argument, don't I?

The truth that everyone loves and admires and "supports" their truly "local" football "club". Which after all is still really about local schoolboys walking from their local rural cottages in White Hart Lane and enjoying a kickabout with their mates.

Plus the truth universally acknowledged that a single football club in the possession of billionaire owners and a gigantic new stadium (overrunning on budget and time, out-of-scale and out-of-place) is in need of a supine and gullible local authority. With its obedient leading councillors ready to roll-over at the football business owners' every whim. Including pleading with them not to leave. "Oh please don't go, we love you so" - setting a CIL (Community Infrastucture Levy) set absurdly low given the potential speculative profits possible to local landowners (Spurs among them) building "housing products" (the favoured term of the "regeneration" experts.

Councillors who join in spreading the myth that such stadiums create thousands of new jobs and gazillions of extra money for the local area.

Sure they do.

"They Play, You Pay: Why Taxpayers Build Ballparks, Stadiums, and Arenas for Billionaire Owners and Millionaire Players"
http://www.independent.org/publications/tir/article.asp?id=981

Mark Panton and Amanda Lilywhite "Tottenham's Trojan Horse".
http://tottenhamstrojanhorse.blogspot.com/

Neil deMause  "Field of Schemes"
http://www.fieldofschemes.com/author/neild/

Like any other religion Spurs needs its great cathedral. In the past - at least theoretically - these were built for the greater glory of God and (actually) to show the power and prestige of the church which ran them. This one is being built so Spurs can have greater glory and greater profits than other "clubs". God save our gracious
team. You'll never walk alone. I'm forever blowing property bubbles.

TIGGERISH

As with the HDV, in the hope of "regeneration", the council seems given to grabbing big tigers by the tail. Yet councils generally are not well-equipped to deal with big businesses and this one is particularly il-suited to the task.

It's sometimes forgotten that football is a business and a big one at that.

I remember attending a "Cabinet" Member Signing where some seven (or was it nine?) million pounds of public money were signed off, to improve the public realm alongside the new stadium.

And this was after the council agreed to the demolition of two or three significant locally-listed buildings on Tottenham High Street, to better cope with egress. Will that be sufficient?

Apparently, Spurs want to see the demolition of three, nearby council blocks.

They're in good condition, recently refurbished. Between them they comprise 180 flats and house perhaps 300 or more residents. The towers would spoil the view in Spurs' TV long shots.

In many ways Spurs building is too big for the immediate area, somewhat overbearing on the High Street and Park Lane. The impact on parking and litter from customers (AKA "fans") could be considerable.

Like some users of tobacco who think the taxes on the product they consume are some form of deposit on the hospital care they may require, Spurs seem to think their Business Rates are a deposit on street cleaning, that should be a given anyway.

Is there not too much overlap between local politicians and "fans"—including the current, struggling, council leader?

The for-profit enterprise has already received much benefit from the public purse, yet demands more and more, with a feeble council seemingly ready to accommodate their every desire. And the hands go back on that tail. 

Apparently the Guardian article had something to do with a disobedient now merely rank and file councillor.

How marvellous. High handedness, dictatorial centralisation of power, apologists, secrecy, paranoia, tribalism, and paralysis in dealing with anyone spending money in Tottenham. I feel the new regime is bedding in to the Haringey way nicely.

AS a result of yesterday's Cabinet dismissals (and the accompanying shuffling), the Ejiofor-led Cabinet has become even more one of #FriendsFamilyAndFavours.

The Cabinet may be more cohesive and united (for a bit) but the changes will not make for better governance. In a similar way that Trump may not last out the remainder of his four year term, this bungling Leader and his unhappy Cabinet may not last out the remainder of their four years, either.

The assertion in the article that “Post-match clean-up cost at White Hart Lane was covered by the club’s business rates. The larger new stadium will bring with it significantly larger business rates payments, which will more than cover increased post-match clean-up costs.” is an interesting one. As far as I can make out the payment of business rates buys the right to carry on a business from a set of premises. Nothing else. Especially not waste collection.

On the club website the address is given as 

Lilywhite House
782 High Road
London
N17 0BX  

for which there is no entry on the valuation office website.

SPURS' Business Rates form a deposit on exactly nothing. The increased post-match clean up costs may be much less than say £10k and easily afforded by the rich "club".

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