Council housing in Haringey under attack of mass sell off.
Defend our Homes, Defend our Communities! Resist the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) plans -Published in YS, 2017.
Five hundred people marched from Turnpike Lane Station to the Civic Centre in Wood Green on July 3rd to protest at the Labour council signing up to the HDV with a private company called Lend Lease.
Haringey Council plans to destroy huge council estates such as Northumberland Park, Turner Avenue, Love Lane, Tunnel Gardens, Park Grove, Leabank and Lemsford, and Reynardson Court.
Haringey residents and supporters took collective action this week to say NO to the pulling down of £2billion worth of council homes and the entire communities that exist around them; including libraries and the Civic Centre, Broadwater Farm and Sky City as well as small businesses, through the HDV.
The HDV plan is a £2billion gamble to shift £2billion worth of public owned assets into the hands of a private corporation, in a public private partnership.
The HDV plan and the Haringey Council’s permission for demolition is set out to devastate entire communities.
This will force the slow but steady privatisation of housing and community services, service by service in Haringey.
This means housing and public services will only subsequently offer substandard services; charging extortionate rent that the council does not fully reimburse and that council tenants cannot afford.
They have even invented a new loan a ‘Discretionary Fund’, decided by officials but not by rules, for people who cannot afford to pay the rent difference.
Local residents and entire communities in Haringey are being ‘priced out of London’ one campaigner says. At the expense of local residents, a private corporation maximises its profit.