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#HDV | quiet contact with Lendlease: Cabinet Member and the Shadow Board

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. 

The value of the dinner is not disclosed; however it may not have been as lavish the famous Peter Bingle/Terrapin meals for 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:


  1. There has been no meetings or luncheons between Cllr Weston and Peter Bingle / Christian Klapp / Terrapin since January 2014 and the present day.
  2. No minutes are available as such.
  3. There has been no correspondence between Cllr Weston and Peter Bingle / Christian Klapp / Terrapin since January 2014 and the present day.
  4. Cllr Weston met with Lendlease on the following dates:


  1. 24/04/2017:  HDV Away Day - Wider Group Wallacespace, St Pancras, 22 Dukes Rd, London WC1H 9PN
  2. 24/04/2017:  HDV Shadow Board Dinner (Haringey & Lendlease),
                         Grain Store, Granary Square, 1-3 Stable St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AB
  3. 11/05/2017:  HDV Brand Strategy - The Clearing, Lendlease Offices, 20 Triton Street,
                         London NW1 3BF | Meeting Room 3
  4. 11/05/2017:  HDV Brand Strategy - Hunter Design, Lendlease Offices,
                         20 Triton Street, London NW1 3BF | Meeting Room 3                              
  5. 11/05/2017:  HDV Brand Strategy - The Caffeine Agency, Meeting Room 3              
  6. 18/05/2017:  HDV Branding Strategy - The Team , Lendlease Offices - Meeting Room 5        
  7. 18/05/2017:  HDV Branding Strategy - I AM, 20 Triton Street, Regent's Place, NW1 3BF (Meeting Room 5)           
  8. 18/05/2017:  HDV Shadow Board, Committee Room 1 - 1st Floor Civic Centre - 255 High Road, Wood Green, N22 8LE
  9. 07/06/2017:  HDV Branding Pitch - Grain Creative, 20 Triton Street, London, NW1 3BF - Church corner A            
  10. 07/06/2017:  HDV Branding Pitch – Heavenly - 20 Triton Street, Regent's Place, London, NW1 3BF - Church Corner A 
  11. 07/06/2017:  HDV Branding pitch - The Purpose, 20 Triton Street, London, NW1 3BF - Church Corner A                           
  12. 22/06/2017:  HDV Shadow Board, Level 2, 20 Triton Street, Regent's Place, London, NW1 3BF - Board Room                 
  13. 26/06/2017:  HDV Joint Venture Branding, Coldfall Wood room, Podium level,
                         River park House, 225 High Road, Wood Green, London N22 8HQ 
  14. 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)

Tags: Doctor Weston, HDV, HDV Shadow Board, Lendlease, Shadow Board, biscuits, £3,000,000,000

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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.


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