Tottenham residents come together to launch community regeneration network
PUBLISHED: 19:23 09 April 2013 | UPDATED: 08:59 10 April 2013
More than 100 people from a host of residents and traders’ groups came together to build support for community-led regeneration of Tottenham on Saturday.
The launch of the ‘Our Tottenham’ network was attended by 110 residents, and involved presentations from the likes of the Wards Corner Community Coalition, Haringey Defend Health Services, Living Under One Sun and the Tottenham Traders Partnership.
The purpose of the conference was to discuss what the groups perceive as the ‘threat’ posed by Haringey Council’s plans for the regeneration of Tottenham.
There were workshop discussions on issues including the promotion of youth services, the need for affordable housing and developing strategies for defending community facilities.
A spokesperson for Our Tottenham said: “The success of this conference is yet another sign that we’re not going to put up with the undemocratic and unjust way Haringey Council and property developers approach regeneration in Tottenham.
“It shows that local people have the ideas, skills and energy to regenerate our neighbourhoods ourselves in a way that would actually benefit our communities.” A Haringey Council spokesperson said: “Haringey Council is committed to the regeneration of Tottenham, which will bring new and better homes, boost local traders and create jobs for our ambitious young people.
“We want to create a thriving, revitalised Tottenham that is a destination for Londoners and where even more people will be proud to live and work, with a vibrant arts and culture scene.
“This is a long-term project, and the council and its partners have worked with the local community during the last two years, including setting up three regeneration forums in Tottenham Green, Bruce Grove and West Green Road chaired by local councillors and well-attended by residents and traders.
“Each has played a significant role in developing plans of how money should be spent in their area, so we ensure the community is at the heart of this historic regeneration. The council attended Saturday’s conference and we will always seek to improve the way we work with residents and businesses as the project moves forward.”