Grainger to show Apex plans at the market

Grainger the developer will be showing their plans for the 22-storey Apex tower at the Pueblito Paisa cafe at the indoor market at Wards Corner on Thursday 12th March at 5pm.

We’re sure lots of you will like to come and meet them in person and discuss what they will be doing for the people of Tottenham.



Who wants a 22-storey tower block right here? Real soon.

We’ve known for a while that Apex House, the unlovely redbrick block at the town centre junction where Seven Sisters Road meets the High Road, is due for demolition and replacement. The building, which currently houses Haringey’s Customer Services for the east of the borough, is no longer fit for purpose.  (So much for forward-thinking architectural design in the 70s.)   The site, nearly 1/2 hectare of brownfield land just 20 yards from Seven Sisters Station and so 20 minutes to Oxford Circus, has been sold to the developer Grainger for £3.4million.  The council claimed in their Cabinet meeting of July 2014 that the district valuer was satisfied that this is market value. We have now seen the first draft plans for its replacement. A 22 storey tower block of mostly private housing. 95 dwellings, and retail on the ground floor. The architect is McAslan, a prestigious firm persuaded into the borough via BorisTheMayor, and recently installed in a shopfront converted at a cost of over £180,000 paid for by Haringey Council ie using my council tax and yours. McAslan and Grainger and their promotions companies are showing their plans Continue reading

WCC gets planning permission for Wards Corner

From the WCC:

Dear Friends

Last week the fight to save Wards Corner moved one step closer. Haringey Council granted us planning permission to restore the Wards Department store.

A massive thank you to everyone who helped us get to this stage! Your support and involvement is always appreciated.

The granting of planning permission for the Wards Corner community plan is an important step forward. We now have a better position from which to approach TfL, and potential backers in our mission to make the plan a reality. But we need people to rally behind this! If you would like to get involved or find out how you could help Continue reading

Act now to support the community plan for Wards Corner

From the WCC coalition:

Dear Friends,
The enthusiasm and support for the Community Plan has been astounding and it continues to grow. In just a week we’ve had over 50 people leave their comments on the Council’s planning website, clearly showing them that local people want to see community-led development at Wards Corner and throughout the rest of Tottenham.

If you haven’t left your comments yet now is the perfect time to do so. The Council can decide whether or not to grant permission to the plan any time after Friday 28th, so there isn’t much time left if you want to be sure that your comments are taken into account when the Council make their decision. You can follow this link to leave your comments, and make sure to tick ‘support’ so the feedback is easier to count.

The Council website presents the plan in a slightly confusing way, but you can view it on our own dedicated website here

This Thursday 27th March we are celebrating the submission of the Community Plan with a special launch event, offering you a chance to step inside the Community Plan and take a virtual tour.

We’ve been working with Creative Citizens and using the platform to bring you this opportunity and to explore innovative new ways to engage people in planning. It is vital that people are empowered to make decisions about planning in the areas they live and work, and this requires more than surveys and consultation on policies. offers people a visually engaging way to view and comment on plans, it also makes these comments public and allows people to discuss the issues that are important to them. So make sure you come along on Thursday and add your comments to the discussion about the future of Wards Corner. There will be a short presentation of the plans, lots of people on hand to guide you through the website, and free refreshments too!

You can RSVP for free here to help us get an idea of numbers

The site was created with support from The Open University and the Creative Citizens research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The WCC is made up of and supported by residents and a wide range of local groups including residents associations, trader organisations, Tottenham Civic Society, Tottenham Conservation Area Advisory Committee, Pedro Achata Trust, Pueblito Paisa, The Seven Sisters Multicultural Market Traders, The Tottenham Traders Association, Tottenham & Wood Green Friends Of the Earth, Sustainable Haringey, Haringey Living Streets, Seven Sisters Permaculture, The Civic Trust, The Victorian Society, English Heritage, The New Economics Foundation, The Ethical Property Foundation, Bioregional, Planning Aid For London, Parity Projects, Representatives of political parties and other groups.

Launch Event:
Thursday 27th March
7pm til late
Blankita Restaurant,(opposite the Costa Coffee at Tottenham Hale retail park)
189 Broad Lane, N15 4QT

Tottenham Hale or walk from Seven Sisters

Free in the Retail Park for up to three hours

Please show your support for Wards Corner in Court

Wednesday 28 August is a critical day for Wards Corner Community Coalition. After our application for Judicial Review of Haringey Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the Grainger development was turned down by a Judge at the Royal Courts of Justice in April, we submitted an application to seek permission to appeal this decision. We will receive the Judge’s answer in Court tomorrow!

The more people attend the hearing the better, to show that Wards Corner matters to the people of Tottenham, and beyond. Please come show your support for Wards Corner and WCC!

You can meet us at 11.30 outside the Royal Courts of Justice, the Strand ( nearest tubes Temple, Holborn, Chancery Lane or City Thameslink. The case will be heard at 12 (lasting a maximum of 30 mins) in Court 75 before Lord Justice Laws

Please pass this information on via your networks – the more the better!

Background information is here. In a sentence, the market, shops and houses above Seven Sisters tube station are threatened with being demolished in favour of LBH’s preferred ‘regeneration’ – private-flat tower blocks and a clone-town High Street.

July Jumble Sale for Wards Corner

wcc jumble sale poster JULY VERSION

Fundraising Jumble Sale at the market by Seven Sisters tube.
Sunday 7 July 11.00am – 4.00pm.

This Sunday the ever popular WCC jumble sale will be making another appearance. A great selection of  jumble, books and plants will be on offer along with a BBQ and some homemade Colombian cheese and live music.  So get down to Pueblito Paisa cafe on the Seven Sisters market forecourt from 11am- 4pm

The jumble will be raising funds to support the Wards Corner Legal Fund.

Please do donate any good quality portable items, eg: clothes, books, plants etc on the day from 9am.

Please donate anything you can spare that might raise funds at this crucial time.
Small, easily carried items, in useable condition only please.
All items will be gratefully received on the day from 9am.