Haringey Labour has announced that the controversial Haringey development vehicle (HDV) proposal developed under the Kober administration will be ditched if Labour maintains control of the council in the upcoming elections.
With the local Lib Dems promising the same, the fate of the HDV seems sealed.
Council leader Claire Kober (Lab) announced at the end of January that she was standing down as Haringey’s leader amid in-fighting within the party, particularly over the HDV partnership with developer Lendlease. Under the arrangements the company would take more than £2bn of council assets and own a 50% stake. In return it would "promise" to create 6,400 homes and 20,000 jobs.
Have they proposed a serious alternative to creating that level of jobs or homes?
It would be hard not to see this as a classic example of the middle class putting their own ideological purity above those who would benefit from the programme.
Oh come on, the plan was one thing but as I have said repeatedly on here, the corruption around it was another. For me it was about the process. And if you think that the company building those houses and charging the HDV for their services were going to let it make much of a profit to share with the council, you're naive. If you think that the PR company that put all three companies forward for the tender process hadn't picked a winner in advance, you're incredibly naive.
The jobs figure was a pretty optimistic guess and most of the flats would have been sold to overseas investors. We can do much better than this.
the "jobs" they talk about are construction jobs, and both transient and definitely not permanent, with the vast majority going to out of Borough folk as the developers use subcontractors who have virtually zero obligation to the section 106. utter bullshit in other words.
Yup - I’m more than happy to hear them. What are they?
totally agree. It breaks my heart that HDV is dead it really does. It will just stay a ghetto now and just get worse.
Under Lendlease it would have been social cleansing, after all it is what they have done in other boroughs.
Should London only be for the rich?
Hurrah! Well done the anti-HDV team. A shame the clicktivists of Momentum got all the credit.
In October 2016 someone registered 60 odd new Labour Party members in her ward of Seven Sisters that paid 12 months fees in advance from a half dozen credit cards so that they could take part in the selections in 2017. The selections were delayed until November so for the 50 odd people, including bleary eyed teenagers, who turned up to help her get selected, they had to all pay another 12 months fees on the door, in cash. £698 was collected, in front of the entire meeting, in a clear plastic bag. She won by more than 40 votes. Momentum completely failed to do anything here in what would seriously have been a coup, perhaps they just didn't want the adverse publicity (which they got anyway).
A "promise to create 6,400 homes and 20,000 jobs" but who for? Not for existing residents (or 'municipal challenges' as we're known in the trade). In June 2017, the Council's own cross-party Housing and Regeneration Scrutiny Panel produced a detailed deconstruction of the outdated pre-Brexit/2017 General Election business case for the HDV. This drew upon extensive, detailed evidence from a vast range of experts covering finance and risk, urban regeneration, housing, local government and planning, and their written evidence is published as an appendix. It includes well researched viable alternatives that would meet local needs without social cleansing from pages 71-211. Not as sexy as an acerbic one line tweet but far more constructive & informative
So what is the proposed alternative?
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