27 organisations & over 1600 individuals sign letter to The Guardian in solidarity with Haringey council tenants

13 February 2017

27 organisations & over 1600 individuals sign letter to The Guardian in solidarity with Haringey council tenants. 

The letter signed by TAP supporters has been published by The Guardian this morning. Thank you to all who signed it from all of us. The problem here is also a national problem, With good wishes - Paull
To Labour Councillors of the London Borough of Haringey.

Dear Councillors

A letter about tomorrow night's Cabinet Meeting is published by The Guardian this morning with all the signatures on line.

"We write in solidarity with up to 15,000 households and 508 businesses who live and work on council land in the London borough of Haringey. The cabinet of the council meets on 14 February to decide whether to enter into a 50/50 partnership with a private developer, handing over £2bn of council assets – involving unprecedented political and financial risks. This monstrous “Haringey development vehicle” will demolish and uproot many council homes and workplaces.

Currently, 100% of council homes are affordable. Council leaders are promising that at least 40% of the rebuilt and extra homes will be affordable, leaving the obvious conclusion that most will not be. Therefore communities will be destroyed and the council will be struggling to house families and individuals in and outside the borough in a housing market short of homes.

The private developer will apply continual pressure to increase the number of homes that can be sold at market prices to increase profitability. The council wants to “smarten up” the council estates next to the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium. Yet again the rich and powerful are conspiring to enclose public land and yet again it would be to the detriment of most of those who now live and work there."

It is signed by;

Dave Morris, Haringey Federation of Residents Associations,
Martin Ball, Our Tottenham,
Gordon Peters, Haringey Green Party,
Doug Thorpe, Haringey Left Unity,
Carol Wilcox, Secretary, Labour Land Campaign
Elaine Graham-Leigh, Chair, North London People's Assembly Against Austerity, 
Bob Ellard, Disabled People Against Cuts,
Islington Haringey GMB Trade Union
Paul Burnham, Secretary, Haringey Defend Council Housing
Zenith Motor Cycles Ltd
Haringey Unite Community Branch 
Paul Kershaw, Chair Unite LE1111 Housing workers
Chris Roche RIBA - 1104 architects
Rev Peter Challen, Christian Council for Monetary Justice
Jenny Sutton, Branch Secretary, CONEL UCU
Simon Hester, Chair, Haringey TUC
Dr Gail Bradbrook, Compassionate Revolutionary
John Lipetz, Camden KONP.
Chris Jones Founder, BTBATB
Keith Flett, Secretary, Haringey TUC
Red Army Motorcycle Riding Club
Kim Sparrow, Single Mothers’ Self-Defence
Claire Glasman and Ariane Sacco, WinVisible (women with visible and invisible disabilities)
London & Eastern Region of Unite the Union
Friary Park Preservation Group
Rev Paul Nicolson, Taxpayers Against Poverty

And, also published on line by The Guardian, 1160 individual signatures comprising: 530 from Haringey, 397 from rest of London, 233 from elsewhere in UK, 2 from the USA, 1 from Australia and 1 from Finland.