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WITH their preferred development partner—Lendlease—Haringey wants to demolish a council estate in Tottenham called Love Lane.
A ballot of residents, about their homes, is currently underway.
In furtherance of this, the Council's Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service sent out the above (and attached) letter to residents.
The estate is in good order, having benefitted from the government Decent Homes scheme. Three, 10-storey tower blocks built in 1959 form part of the estate; each floor has six council homes.
(Lendlease is the council's erstwhile HDV joint-venture partner).
THE ballot of Love Lane
The pressure from the council and council affiliates, in this ballot, to vote one way, is strong. Those Haringey residents who are in temporary accommodation on the Love Lane Council Estate are being exhorted to vote «yes».
«Yes» in this case, means demolition of their homes and, notwithstanding various municipal promises, an uncertain future.
The council's hosing of guarantees on the tenants about future council conduct—and especially including the future performance of the former HDV joint venture partner, Lendlease—depends on many things. Planning Permission for one. Completion of the project by the developers, another. This is years away.
One notes the recent withdrawal from Wards Corner at Seven Sisters, of the giant developer Grainger, after 15+ years of fighting alongside the demolition-obsessed council, and against the local community.
The council housing estate demolition has been characterised as HDV2 and a continuation of the demolition policies ("regeneration") of former leader Kober.
Contracts, such as the council is likely to be legally bound with the developer, normally involve Offer, Acceptance and Consideration. The council's offer may be deemed to have been accepted if the yes vote is more than 50%. And it could be close. If it's a no vote, the council need be able to demonstrate they tried hard to encourage (bully) residents into voting the way they wanted.
«Life on the North London estate in the shadow of Tottenham Hotspur stadium everyone is trying to demolish»
My London reports on Haringey Council's efforts to demolish the Love Lane council housing estate in Tottenham—on the south side of White Hart Lane.
And, on the north side of the road their efforts to acquire—by Compulsory Purchase or other means—the light industrial Peacock Estate that is a group of several, independent, freehold businesses.
(all for a Lendlease development).
The industrial estate do not want to move, but that did not stop the council buying a supposed alternative site for them. The site comprises an empty factory building and is unsuitable, even if the freeholders had wanted to move from their established premises.
A Haringey employee—no longer with Haringey—using delegated powers, spent council cash to buy the building in Shaftesbury Road, Edmonton.
The employee's purchase had been agreed with previous leader Joseph Ejiofor and the Cabinet Member for Finance & Strategic Regeneration, Charles Adje.
By routing the deal in this way, the spending of £6,000,000 of public money, on an empty factory in another Borough, was able to be classed as a "Non Key Decision".
And, the purchase was not able to be called in to the Scrutiny Committee for review.