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Councillor Richard Wilson accuses Haringey Borough Council of wasting £1.35million on Cranford Way site
An opposition politician has accused Haringey Borough Council of wasting £1.35million of taxpayers’ money to maintain an unused industrial site.
Councillor Richard Wilson said the authority had failed its constituents over the Cranford Way site in Hornsey.
The site was bought in February 2010 as a replacement site for the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) to use as a recycling centre.
However, the NLWA branded Cranford Way ‘not ideal’ for a recycling centre and the Western Road Depot was used instead.
A report by neighbouring Islington Council, which is part of the NLWA put a price tag of £1.2m on the Cranford Way site.
According to the Liberal Democrat councillor, the council the empty site has cost local taxpayers £50,000 a year for the last 3 years in running costs and lost revenue.
The estimated total cost of purchasing the site and keeping it empty for the last three years is £1.35m.
Cllr Wilson said: “Why on earth did they spend so much money on a site they haven’t used for years and that was unsuitable for the purpose it was bought for?
“This is yet another example of Haringey’s Labour-run council wasting massive amounts of money whilst charging local residents the fifth highest council tax in London.
“This money has been tied up in a failed project and it could have been invested in something useful instead, such as a regeneration project or improvements or repairs to community buildings.”
A spokesman for the council said the £1.35million figure was not accurate the site has only cost £650,000 to purchase.
He added that the council was confident that it would recoup the money through the sale of the land.
The spokesperson said: “The council purchased the Cranford Way site to support the North London Waste Authority’s plans to develop a replacement recycling centre for the west of the borough.
“It has now been confirmed that the new centre will be built at the former Western Road Depot. The council will therefore seek to sell the Cranford Way site, getting the best deal for residents.”
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