Two more days at the Wards Corner CPO

Following last week’s posts, we are now two days into Week Two of the Public Inquiry into the Compulsory Purchase Order for Wards Corner.

Tuesday was largely taken up with Grainger’s witness on the viability of the market, in both the planned Grainger schemes and in the Community restoration plan.  There was much discussion of costs per square foot in rent in the various options, with forensic analysis and projections.  The rents will be temporarily slightly reduced by the S106 order in the Grainger plan, this follows Boris Johnson’s intervention in 2008 after he visited the market and the boarded-up upstairs space the day before the mayoral elections. Grainger’s plans at that stage Continue reading

Notes from first week of Wards Corner CPO

from your raving correspondent, following yesterday’s post

Day three of the CPO Inquiry at the Civic Centre. First David Lewis, commissioned by Grainger, ‘heritage expert’ who didn’t think the Wards store is anything more than an ordinary old shop so not worth saving. Then Stephen Walker, of CBRE who has being doing the negotiations on behalf of Grainger to buy up all the property and evict tenants. Then Robert Fourt on questions of viability of the two rival schemes for Wards Corner. It’s hard to find problems for Grainger with their £2.8billion of assets, but he had a go at our Community Plan. He missed so many points and got so much wrong that it was a pleasure to correct him, plus we have never revealed much about our sources of funding as it’s not necessary.

Speaking of which – one of our major backers confirmed today that he has cash waiting for us to re-open our conversations with TFL re beginning our restoration scheme. And he’s speaking to his finance people about making a big investment in our plan. A great boost when we are all rather exhausted by all this.

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Join the campaign for an improved Down Lane Park in a greener Tottenham Hale

From FLDP: Please support the Friends of Down Lane Park in our campaign to make Haringey Council deliver on their promise to improve the facilities in Down Lane Park and our call to create a greener Tottenham Hale with better access to the Tottenham Marshes.

The FDLP are calling for completion of the park’s masterplan which sets out the agreement on new facilities between the council and the community. In addition, FDLP are calling for investment in improving the existing routes to the Tottenham Marshes, and investment across the green spaces in Tottenham Hale.

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Our Tottenham update

The conference Our Tottenham, Planning & Regeneration for the Community  is now confirmed for Saturday April 6th 2013
10am-4pm @ North London Community House, 22 Moorefield Road, N17

Info: http://ourtottenham.wordpress.com 
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Contact us: ourtottenham@gmail.com
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Our Tottenham? Planning & Regeneration for the community

Have you seen Haringey Council’s ‘Tottenham Plan‘?

Local groups in Tottenham are planning a conference to bring together the key local community groups and campaigns who are affected by the Council’s ‘Tottenham Plan’ and other planning and regeneration issues.  The idea is to work together and fight for our common interests, our neighborhoods  our community facilities and for the needs of our communities throughout Tottenham.  Continue reading