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Council faces protests over Tottenham's future

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Development, Housing, Local Government

Council faces protests over Tottenham's future Council faces protests over Tottenham's future

Sixty Tottenham tenants last night lobbied the annual meeting of Haringey Council to oppose housing demolitions and "attacks on tenants' rights".

According to the protestors, the council wants "mass demolitions of council housing, the gentrification of Tottenham, and no new permanent council tenancies for the under-60s".

The Tottenham area is currently earmarked for massive regeneration, including the construction of a new stadium for football club, Tottenham Hotspur.

Tenants also claim that the local authority wants to bring in new, time-limited tenancies and higher, unaffordable rents.

The council, however, has denied any such plans.

In a statement, a Haringey Council spokesperson said: “These claims are nothing but scaremongering. Regenerating Tottenham has long been a priority for the council and thousands of residents have told us that they want to see better housing in their community.

“As we’ve made clear, we’re committed to a housing market that helps more people in Tottenham live in a high-quality home – with improvements to existing homes, new building to meet demand and a mixture of prices, affordable rents and tenures.

“Our plans are being developed in close consultation with residents and businesses, and we’ll continue to work with them to achieve their priorities.”

The protestors say that the council's 'Tottenham Futures' consultation report, published in March, shows that locals want more social housing, investment in their existing homes, low rents and controls on right to buy.

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