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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Hi Everyone [click here for the direct link to the petition].

The recent changes to Haringey's waste service have been well documented on this site in recent days.  To recap, these include charging for garden waste collections, replacement bins (unless damaged by Veolia) and bulk collections.  If you're familiar with the context, then please feel free to head straight to the petition here. NB... Per Michael's comment please scroll to the end of the next page on the petition site to register your signature.

If not, then read on... Charging for these services isn't uncommon in London - a number of boroughs now do so.  However, the basis and evidence case that Haringey Council have used for this is questionable.  Papers presented to council members for the Medium Term Financial Strategy (of which this forms part) shows the impact assessment of these changes on residents.  There are seven potential negative outcomes on residents identified in Council decision papers as a result of implementing these changes.  These are:

  • An increase to fly tipping
  • Increased use of Recycling and Reuse Centres (one of which I believe is earmarked for closure)
  • A decrease in overall resident satisfaction
  • An increase in side waste
  • Discouraging recycling
  • An increase in stolen bins

You can see the assessment here. No single positive outcome to residents was identified.  For the council, a positive benefit of £775k in year one, dropping by 30% in year 2 to £525 suggesting the sustainability of these proposals is poor.  In order to implement the changes, the Council will be investing at least £150k (IT systems, comms etc).  Furthermore, no evidence was presented that a saving will be realised on the Veolia contract due to the reduction in scope.

Given the issues of fly tipping across the borough continue to gather pace, the council have had evidence provided to them that these changes will only serve to increase the problem.  Personally, I don't find that acceptable.  Things are pretty bad as it stands (example view of a local road today attached).  If you agree, please do take a couple of moments to sign the petition by clicking on the link at the top.

Could I close with a small favour to ask?  If anyone knows any means to spread this petition to other community sites, blogs etc in Haringey, please do so!  Thank you for reading.

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After you have put your details in and sign please make sure you scroll to the bottom of the next page to confirm. It doesn't register otherwise

HoL admin - could we possibly keep this one at the top for a while so people get a chance to sign if they want to? It's a well-written petition and worth a try.

I have put a post on the nextdoor St Anne's site if that is any help. Signed the petition too!

Until recently, we had two Lib Dem councillors. We could again !

I vote for a person, not a party. Agree, Zena seems to be approachable.

No you are not! Lots of people believe that. The trouble is that the Labour Party stitch up the candidates and so you get what they decide. In years gone by this was decided by a very small local clique but this year I expect selection meetings to be packed and for competition to be fierce. Momentum will make sure that there are three Corbyn supporting candidates in each ward I presume, in Harringay that would include Zena and Emine.

Confused by the red rosettes I imagine that people think they're voting Labour regardless of whether a particular candidate supports Tory policies or not. Many don't.
So I advise everyone to try to get reliable information on what's actually inside the smart clothes.

Currently the ruling clique are mounting the most expensive Tragicomic Opera ever staged in Haringey.  Koberdämmerung. English translation: Twilight of the Fools.

Political declaration: Please see my profile page on HoL

Thank you for starting this Peter, I've signed and put a link on my Facebook feed.

Just signed!

I've been tarting it round the other local forums and FB pages too. 

Nice one man!

Somebody has also posted it on 'Nextdoor'. How many votes does it need to be considered by the council? I seem to remember it is over 2,000. How can we get wider reach still?



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