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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Hey folks, anyone who uses Seven Sisters station entrance on Seven Sisters Road will know it's horribly grotty, and has been this way for years.

It's a key gateway to the borough, but makes the place look like a dump. 

Please sign and share this petition to TFL and Haringey Council to get the station entrance cleaned up!

Sign by clicking on this link:

SOS - Sort Out SS Station petition

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There was an ambitious plan to redevelop the whole area scuppered by a shouty minority who for some reason wanted to ‘save’ the fire trap that is known as a ‘Columbian Market’.

this is the other entrance which was never going to be redeveloped.. and if you want to blame someone maybe look at tfl who have owned the buildings for over 50 years and have blocked development and left it to rot.

I am not sure about that. When I was active in the « shouty minority » I found out about plans for the entire stretch of Seven Sisters rd from WC to this entrance. They even planned to demolish the lovely old red brick Royal Mail sorting office which now belongs to a well known religious business.
The degeneration plans encompassed quite a lot. 

I mistakenly deleted my earlier reply. Here it is…

That « ambitious plan » was a mediocre generic building of little architectural merit. Disguised as « regeneration » it would have been plonked down in an area - a major traffic and transport interchange and in a conservation area - crying out for something a bit more inspirational and aspirational. Grainger’s plan certainly was not that.

The decades + long battle to save the Wards Corner building, a much neglected TFL property, and the market it housed, was backed by a wide cross section of various community stakeholders.
It seems the covid downturn got the best of the awful Grainger scheme - they pulled out thus saving the building for the time being.

I guess I am one of the «shouty minority» Gina Fenton insensitively and offensively refers to. I would ask anyone to judge the situation on the merits of the initial, very corporate-centric plan versus those of the « Community plan » which sought not only to save the buildings and the vernacular architecture that we thought had more merit than the blandness you can find from Croydon to Dubai. It also sought to use the market and the community spirit there to build ‘local-centric’ economic activity that Tottenham so needed and still very much needs. The market also provides an important social function for sections of London’s the Latin American diaspora.

What sense is ‘regeneration’ if it it only benefits large corporate outsiders?

The Wards Corner battle did not prevent TFL from investing in the station entrances. Neither did it stop Haringey Council from investing in good quality public realm improvements. This happens in other boroughs, why not in Tottenham? They both could have done this independently of the mediocre Grainger plan. I have no doubt though that anticipation of a future Crossrail 2 arrival has something to do with the non-redevelopment of the entire interchange at this station for the time being.

Seven Sisters station not only needs ‘cleaning up’, it also desperately also needs step free access.

The polemical pro regeneration article in the link below seems to agree with G Fenton. But please read the comments for other shouties…

What often appears simple isn’t just about« shouty minorities » blocking a plan.

I was initially part of a bigoted shouty minority who saw the Wards Corner block as a Transport for London owned slum which had been there for decades too long and needed rebuilding.

I learned better.
Especially when I saw what the Latin American market could and did achieve.

But also when I read a lot more. And, crucially, met some of the people - researchers and campaigners - involved in debating the issues of city gentrification, class and ethnic displacement; and social cleansing.  



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