Group fights Haringey Council plans to demolish shops to provide walkway for Spurs fans to White Hart Lane

Haringey Independent: Alex Tryfonos, the chairman of the Tottenham Business Group, has accused the council of not including them in plans for the regeneration of Tottenham Alex Tryfonos, the chairman of the Tottenham Business Group, has accused the council of not including them in plans for the regeneration of Tottenham

A group of Tottenham businesses claim they are being excluded from plans to regenerate the area.

Members of the Tottenham Businesses Group are fighting plans by Haringey Borough Council to demolish their shops in High Road.

According to the council’s High Road West proposals, the shops opposite White Hart Lane stadium will be destroyed to make way for a fan walkway from White Hart Lane train station.

Alex Tryfonos, the group’s chairman, says the authority did not give the shop owners a say in the decision to demolish their shops.

He said: “We survived the riots and the recession and we have the right to be here.

“My father has owned this store since 1976, we have been here for over 30 years and the council did not even speak to us before they decided to destroy our shops.

“The plans were done and decided before any consultations and now they want us to choose from three options which all see our shops gone – we don’t want that.”

The business group has presented a petition signed by more than 4,000 people from the community to a cabinet meeting on Thursday, November 28.

It has also called for a meeting with the council to discuss an option for Tottenham’s High Road regeneration which allows their shops to remain where they are.

Mr Tryfonos, who run Chick King restaurant in High Road, added: “Regeneration is not about providing a football venue or boosting land values to justify an investment.

“We have been in Tottenham through the good times and the bad and we have a right to profit from the regeneration.

“The council should not be acting like a corporation which is trying to kick us off our prime real-estate so it can make the most profit.”

The restaurant owner said regeneration should not be about moving the existing community out so more ‘upmarket’ people can move in.

A council spokesman said: “We’re committed to listening to the concerns of traders – which is why we’ve set up a dedicated Business Steering Group in High Road West to discuss their views.

“Residents have told us they want to see a better mix of shops and businesses that provide more jobs for local people on a flourishing High Road, and we share their ambitions.

“We want to encourage more high street businesses to make Tottenham their home and work with existing traders to offer a wider choice to shoppers and meet local demands.”

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3:35pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Alan Stanton says...

So a "council spokesman“ said that: "Residents have told us they want to see a better mix of shops and businesses that provide more jobs for local people on a flourishing High Road, and we share their ambitions."
  Well let's charitably assume that the "Council Spokesman" is simply an unfortunate person paid to say this stuff. In fact, I feel more than charitable. I feel pity. They must realise it's window dressing designed to cover the determination of the Council to do most of what it's already decided.
  After all, what sensible resident could possibly say they "want a worse mix of shops and businesses"? Or prefer "fewer jobs for local people"? Is there someone around who wants a "a dying High Road"?
  So there we are. The expensive consultants will report a huge number of residents consulted. Many thousands. All content with the prospect of "more access to health care better health care" and "streets cleaner", Plus "community spaces" and "leisure facilities". Not forgetting "better transport links". Sure. It's all gonna happen very soon. Near the lemonade springs where the bluebird sings.
  But the boxes ticked will be welcomed by Cllr Claire Kober and Cllr Alan Strickland as endorsing their real plans, Which will be kept secret. Hidden behind glossy reports and these feelgood phrases which can mean anything or nothing at all.

Ah, but then along comes Alex Tryfonas with his trader colleagues who are in the path of the Council's destructive juggernaut. They ask for some very small, reasonable but significant changes in the plans.
  First, recognition that they there should have been proper and timely consultation. That didn't happen. Though at the "Cabinet meeting" there was a pretence that it did.
  Second that the existing traders, their homes and buildings and the businesses they've built up over many years should be integrated in to the plans rather than thrown out like like last week's garbage.
  And some of this integration may now happen. But if it does, then it'll be an afterthought. A shameful implicit admission by ignorant arrogant politicians, by planners and - worst of all - regeneration "experts" that they got it wrong.
  So what did happen at Haringey Cabinet? Alex was asked whether he is against change. As if anyone who disagrees must be standing in the way of progress. Progress defined as demolishing and destroying parts of Tottenham and moving out the existing population.
  Haringey Council - as dishonest as the days are short. But it won't change next May when the days grow long.

Alan Stanton, Tottenham Hale ward councillor
So a "council spokesman“ said that: "Residents have told us they want to see a better mix of shops and businesses that provide more jobs for local people on a flourishing High Road, and we share their ambitions."   Well let's charitably assume that the "Council Spokesman" is simply an unfortunate person paid to say this stuff. In fact, I feel more than charitable. I feel pity. They must realise it's window dressing designed to cover the determination of the Council to do most of what it's already decided.   After all, what sensible resident could possibly say they "want a worse mix of shops and businesses"? Or prefer "fewer jobs for local people"? Is there someone around who wants a "a dying High Road"?   So there we are. The expensive consultants will report a huge number of residents consulted. Many thousands. All content with the prospect of "more access to health care better health care" and "streets cleaner", Plus "community spaces" and "leisure facilities". Not forgetting "better transport links". Sure. It's all gonna happen very soon. Near the lemonade springs where the bluebird sings.   But the boxes ticked will be welcomed by Cllr Claire Kober and Cllr Alan Strickland as endorsing their real plans, Which will be kept secret. Hidden behind glossy reports and these feelgood phrases which can mean anything or nothing at all. Ah, but then along comes Alex Tryfonas with his trader colleagues who are in the path of the Council's destructive juggernaut. They ask for some very small, reasonable but significant changes in the plans.   First, recognition that they there should have been proper and timely consultation. That didn't happen. Though at the "Cabinet meeting" there was a pretence that it did.   Second that the existing traders, their homes and buildings and the businesses they've built up over many years should be integrated in to the plans rather than thrown out like like last week's garbage.   And some of this integration may now happen. But if it does, then it'll be an afterthought. A shameful implicit admission by ignorant arrogant politicians, by planners and - worst of all - regeneration "experts" that they got it wrong.   So what did happen at Haringey Cabinet? Alex was asked whether he is against change. As if anyone who disagrees must be standing in the way of progress. Progress defined as demolishing and destroying parts of Tottenham and moving out the existing population.   Haringey Council - as dishonest as the days are short. But it won't change next May when the days grow long. Alan Stanton, Tottenham Hale ward councillor Alan Stanton

6:11pm Sun 8 Dec 13

ZenithB says...

I like this post - an essential part of the process of clearing away the fossils.
I like this post - an essential part of the process of clearing away the fossils. ZenithB

11:39am Tue 10 Dec 13

Terry365 says...

I strongly suggest that Alex Tryfonos and the Tottenham Business Group seek an urgent judicial review of Haringey Council's dictats and sham consultation.

An elective dictatorship is still a dictatorship. Democratise the Haringey Council dictatorship now - and have real consultations, where everyone in the community has a vote on major redevelopments like this, with the results being recorded independently. That's democracy. It's the opposite of what happens in Haringey.
I strongly suggest that Alex Tryfonos and the Tottenham Business Group seek an urgent judicial review of Haringey Council's dictats and sham consultation. An elective dictatorship is still a dictatorship. Democratise the Haringey Council dictatorship now - and have real consultations, where everyone in the community has a vote on major redevelopments like this, with the results being recorded independently. That's democracy. It's the opposite of what happens in Haringey. Terry365

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