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

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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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Summer’s Here

so dancing in the street is what happens.

Salsa Shutdown 2

The second Salsa Shutdown for Seven Sisters happened on Sunday 25th June.  It was a fundraiser towards the legal costs of objecting to the Compulsory Purchase Order  for Wards Corner.  The inquiry will run from 11th to 28th July, Tuesdays to Fridays, at Wood Green Civic Centre.

The developer Grainger has assets of £2.8 billion. There is no legal aid for CPO’s. The campaign to defend Wards Corner and the Latin Market can only pay for the barristers it needs by fundraising, and they are still short by about £10,000 of the cost of  having a barrister throughout the hearing. The council and Grainger each have a QC (the council’s paid for from Council Tax) and their job will be to cross-examine the witnesses.  Not something most of campaigners look forward to, so the more they can have their barrister to support them, the more fair it will be.  Please help if you can via this crowdfunder site.

The serious hard work of all this dancing raised about £250, plus more (still counting) from the sale of food, many thanks to all contributors.

and here’s a fabulous video seen on the Gal-Dem site.

 

 

Please support Wards Corner legal challenge

Dear friends, the time has come for you to be our active supporters in the struggle against the Compulsory Purchase Order for Wards Corner.

Haringey Council have issued a CPO to support the developer Grainger to force the sale of the parts of Wards Corner that they need, to enable them to demolish the whole block and build private flats. No social housing, not even ‘affordable’.  Meanwhile Grainger is going ahead on the opposite corner, with building a huge tower block, 23 storeys, with 165 private flats, replacing the council’s Customer Service facility Apex House.

We have a better plan. Rather than just saying No to demolition, we have an alternative. Our Community Plan would Continue reading

Wards Corner CPO -kicking off

Wards Corner CPO – background notes

On 23 September 2016 Haringey Council delivered by hand to freeholders and leaseholders on the site a Statement of Reasons they intend to Compulsory Purchase the Wards Corner site, including the High Road, West Green Rd, Suffield Rd and Seven Sisters Road portions.

The statement is dated 14 September and the closing date for objections is 21 October (less than one month from delivery of the statement on 23/09/16).

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Launch of Wards Corner Action Plan

The N15 Development Trust Wards Corner Community Plan Action Plan Launch

25th February 2016 – 7pm

At Zumbale, 263 High Rd, London N15 4RR (just north of Seven Sisters tube, past Costas)wc1.jpg

 Who is the N15 Development Trust?

The N15 Development Trust is an organisation formed of members of the local community to deliver the Community Plan for Wards Corner in Seven Sisters. This proposal was granted planning permission by the council in May 2014.

Why is this plan best for the local community?

It will restore the historic Wards Corner building and provide a genuinely distinctive landmark at the entrance to Tottenham.

  • It will realise the potential of this hidden treasure for the benefit of the local population.
  • It will promote social inclusion and sustainable restoration, instead of demolition.
  • It will represent inclusive regeneration and conservation of heritage and diversity.
  • The Community Plan will promote independent businesses rather than corporate interests.

What are the advantages of the community plan?

In 2008, Seven Sisters Market was hailed by the BBC as a “mini-United Nations.” Despite decades of neglect, the hard work and perseverance of the market traders has preserved this unique space for use by people of all nationalities. However, the site is in urgent need of redevelopment and enhancement. The Community Plan will deliver this in a cost-effective way, within a relatively short timescale and primarily for the benefit of the public.

How do i find out more and get involved?

The N15 Development Trust is always looking for more support from volunteers. Join us to celebrate the launch of our action plan to deliver the Community Plan for this iconic building.

 

 

 

 

Update re Wards Corner community plan delivery

The West Green Road/Seven Sisters Development Trust’s first project is to deliver the community plan for Wards Corner (download at https://wardscornercommunityplan.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/d-a-s-rev-a-wcc-2013-10-07.pdf).

The Trust has recently been accepted on Locality’s ‘First Steps’ programme, run by the Community Development Foundation (CDF). This gives us £2,500 to develop a community action plan to guide our future work, skills and leadership training and four days’ support from Alice Wilcock, director of CDF. Further details about the Trust’s First Steps project are in the slidepack below, as presented at the public meeting on 16 July.

Watch this space for announcements for the First Steps launch event in September! Continue reading