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BEFORE the key Meeting of 3 July—that gave Cabinet go-ahead for the HDV—there had been repeated contact with Lendlease.
A Freedom of Information question by a resident, discloses that Haringey’s Cabinet 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.
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:
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)
Here's my latest variation on Haringey Council's Joego logo.
My free gift to the Council. No payment sought or received by me. No dinners, lunches, free flights or even biscuits involved. Attached to my graphic file is one of the notorious emails from Lendlease about the secret "Shadow Board"
The biscuits shown are "Jammie Dodgers". I used them purely to illustrate a popular biscuit. I've no idea about the actual items on the repast offered at different times to our "leading" councillors.
The are made from shortbread with a raspberry or strawberry flavoured jam filling. They are currently produced by Burton's.