After Spurs stadium controversy, Haringey housing zone blasted
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government
After Tottenham Hotspur stadium controversy, Haringey housing zone blasted
Haringey Defend Council Housing has blasted the local council for its bid to set up a 'housing zone' in Tottenham, claiming it will "accelerate controversial plans to demolish thousands of council homes".
Spokesperson Paul Burnham said: "There is a creeping expansion of the demolition zones on the council’s maps."
Burnham added: "Secure housing is one of the bedrocks of a decent society. These demolition plans would make security for renters a thing of the past, jacking up housing costs and driving local people out of the area."
That’s a view shared by some other locals.
Paulette Hamilton, chair of the Love Lane Residents’ Association in North Tottenham, said: "We’re the first people that will be transported out of Tottenham, and many to different places."
Martin Ball, Tottenham Hale resident and community campaigner, recently blasted the moves over Tottenham’s stadium, pulling no punches for an opinion piece in 24housing.
"The compulsory purchase order red card given to the business said to be in the way of the planned new Spurs stadium is not the end of the fight for those resisting both the stadia aggrandisement and the social cleansing consequences of the wider regeneration agenda," Ball said.
A Haringey Council spokesperson said: “A Housing Zone at Tottenham Hale would help bring thousands of new high-quality affordable homes to that area, as well as unlocking nearly £30million to improve public spaces.
“It is wrong to suggest that these plans for Tottenham Hale would affect families in north Tottenham, where we are in close consultation with residents on plans that could see bigger, modern homes for the existing community.
“We support the concerns of our residents struggling to find a home or save for a deposit, and we’re determined to bring forward new housing – including 250 new council homes – across Haringey, with a range of rent and ownership options to give more choice to families.”