Broadwater Farm area estates under threat

CAMPAIGN SAVES LORDSHIP REC! NOW LET’S GET THE WHOLE ‘RED-ZONE’ WITHDRAWN

Leaflet: Defend our local estates and park… and support each other! (March 2015)

Friends objection to Haringey’s Local Plan ‘Redevelopment Zone’ Proposal

Broadwater Farm Residents Association objection to Haringey’s Local Plan ‘Redevelopment Zone’ Proposal

Broadwater United Sports and Football Association objection to Haringey’s Local Plan ‘Redevelopment Zone’ Proposal

 

Broadwater Farm Residents’ Association, Broadwater United Sports And Football Academy, and Friends of Lordship Rec

Broadwater Farm / Lordship area under threat
DEFEND OUR LOCAL ESTATES AND PARK
… AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER!

Object now to shocking Council proposals which could lead to future demolition and ‘redevelopment’ of Broadwater Farm, Somerset Close, Lido Square and Moira Close, and to house-building on Lordship Rec…

Email the Council: ldf@haringey.gov.uk

The facts
The Council’s planning department are proposing a demolition and ‘redevelopment’ zone for the ‘Broadwater Farm Area’. This area includes not only the estate and all its marvelous community facilities, but also Somerset Close, Lido Square, Moira Close and the houses along Lordship Lane to the north. We have been told that the proposal would include housing to be built on a large chunk of the north end of Lordship Recreation Ground, including the enclosed sports field, to temporarily re-house some of those displaced by any future demolitions.

The proposed zone is indicated by a red line on a map (see right) taken from the Council’s draft Local Plan for Haringey 2011-2026 – ‘Site Allocation 63’. If this proposal is not chucked out now it would mean increased powers for property developers throughout that zone in the future, backed by Council encouragement and support. There is a borough-wide consultation over the whole draft Plan, with March 27 as the deadline for people to object to any proposals. We say object strongly and object now!

A threat to our community
This totally unnecessary attack on local communities and our park would cause massive stress to all concerned, displacement and disruption for years, and undermine all the successful efforts over decades to build a strong and stable local community and to improve local facilities. Local residents have worked long and hard to make Broadwater Farm one of the most attractive and well-served estates in the UK, and to make Lordship Rec the great park it now is – including the sports field, home of Broadwater United youth football teams. The estate and park have won many national awards for successful community-led regeneration and empowerment, and are now admired throughout the world. The Council should be celebrating what has been achieved instead of allowing planners to dream up outrageous proposals to destroy existing homes and facilities and break up our communities…. Continue reading “Broadwater Farm area estates under threat”

Friends slam threat to Lordship Rec

The demolition and ‘redevelopment’ of Broadwater Farm and building of homes on Lordship Rec: Barmy? Or a real threat?

According to council documents – http://www.haringey.gov.uk/sites/haringeygovuk/files/site_allocation_developement_web_0.pdf (Site 63, page 162), it appears that the council are considering promoting the demolition and ‘redevelopment’ of some or all of Broadwater Farm. The plans, confirmed by senior Council officers [see below], suggest that they intend for new housing to be built on a large chunk of the north end of Lordship Recreation Ground, including half of the main field and the whole sports field, to rehouse those displaced by potential demolitions at Broadwater Farm. The potential redevelopment zone is indicated by a red line on a map, and also includes Somerset Close, Lido Square, homes along the south side of Lordship Lane, and all the community facilities within the zone. Such a zone would mean increased powers for property developers in that zone, backed by Council encouragement and support.

This incredible, barmy and totally unnecessary attack on local communities would cause massive stress to all concerned, displacement and disruption for years, and undermine all the successful efforts over decades to build a strong and stable local community and to improve local facilities. Our communities have worked long and hard to make Broadwater Farm one of the most attractive estates in the UK, and to make Lordship Rec the great park it now is.

The threat to Lordship Rec would bring the Council into direct conflict with the Lordship Rec park users’ organisations, and all the funding bodies (Lottery, GLA and the Environment Agency) who have supported the successful and nationally-celebrated community-led regeneration of Tottenham’s largest public park. Incidentally, in case the Council have forgotten, the park is safeguarded and protected for all time by a ‘Fields In Trust’ covenant preventing any part of it being developed or sold off.

The ‘barmy’ proposals confirmed

We couldn’t believe the proposals when we first heard about them. However, Steve Kelly from the Council’s Planning Department spoke at the Tangmere Steering Committee on Broadwater Farm recently and when challenged admitted that the land on Lordship Recreation Ground would be needed for housing for people displaced by any demolitions on Broadwater Farm.  Matthew Patterson, the Council’s Interim Head of Policy, Strategic Transport and Infrastructure, also confirmed to a rep from the Friends of Lordship Rec that the inclusion of the northern part of Lordship Rec in the development zone is for the power to build housing to ‘decant’ the residents of Broadwater Farm (or many of them) into that area of the park ‘otherwise the demolitions on the estate could not go ahead’ due to the impracticalities of re-homing those affected during the demolition and redevelopment works.

Object now

The deadline for registering objections to this outrageous and unacceptable threat to the estate and park is March 27th. It comes under the consultation for ‘Haringey’s Local Plan 2011-2026’, the most important planning document in the borough. This is a formal objection process, and the Local Plan documents have to be submitted to a Planning Inspector at a public enquiry before they can be approved. Those objecting will be able to put their case to the Inspector.

This proposed mass disruption and destruction must be opposed.

To object, email: ldf@haringey.gov.uk

Joan Curtis and Dave Morris
– Secretary and Chair, Friends of Lordship Rec

Getting active in the Rec!

Friends of Lordship Rec – for all park users
Sunday drop-ins at the Hub, 12-2pm. General meeting first Sunday of each month, 2pm, at Eco-Hub by the lake. All welcome. info@lordshiprec.org.uk

Monday walking group
Meet Mondays 9.20am at Downhills Pk Rd entrance. All welcome. info@lordshiprec.org.uk

Rockstone Foundation
Regular bikeability events and activities   ricardo@rockstonebikealley.org

Parent & Toddler Group
Tues & Thurs 11am-2pm @ Eco-Hub by the lake. All parents/carers and their toddlers welcome. £2/£1   info@lordshiprec.org.uk Continue reading “Getting active in the Rec!”

Community Festival ‘re-launches’ Tottenham’s largest park following £5m improvements

 

 



 

8,000 residents attend to celebrate the community-led regeneration of Tottenham’s largest park, and to showcase the talents and interests of Tottenham’s communities

The 2012 Lordship Rec ‘Re-launch’ Community Festival in Tottenham on Saturday 22nd September was a huge success. 8,000 attended the celebration of the new community-led regeneration works in the Recreation Ground, and took part in a dazzling array of free activities for all ages and interests. From 11am to 5pm thousands joined in the sports, arts and crafts, music and dance, history, discussions, browsing of stalls, and other fun and educational activities. As in the previous annual festivals in the Rec, the idea was to showcase the talents and interests of Tottenham’s communities and to promote community spirit. Over 70 local volunteers helped the day go smoothly.

The event was organised and co-ordinated by the Lordship Rec Users Forum**, the community-led stakeholders organisation who have driven forward the successful regeneration of the park over the last 10 years. £5m of construction works over the last 18 mths (£4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund) have resulted in a gorgeous brand-new flower-lined channel for the River Moselle, a new ‘Loop’ bike track and an Environmental Hub building with café and classroom, refurbishment of the Shell Theatre, restoration of the historic and nationally-unique Model Traffic Area, new meadows, flower-beds and tree planting, and general improvements to drainage, paths and entrances. The festival was able to introduce all these new features and facilities to local residents. Continue reading “Community Festival ‘re-launches’ Tottenham’s largest park following £5m improvements”

Park Update and Friends AGM!

The regeneration works we’ve campaigned for are due to be completed in July. There’ll be a Celebration/Festival on Saturday September 22nd! Meanwhile why not attend the Friends Annual General meeting – All welcome!

SUNDAY 6th MAY, 2pm
In our temporary venue: Church on the Farm @ the back of the Opportunity Centre, Adams Rd, Broadwater Farm
–  200 metres to the east of Broadwater Community Centre

UPDATE

Much of park remains open most of the time, but there’s disruption in some areas whilst works go on. A temporary ‘road’ has been created through the main field so the public can continue to use paths safely and paths aren’t damaged by works vehicles. Continue reading “Park Update and Friends AGM!”

Friends Monthly Meeting

Drop-in / update for all park users – for all the news and views!

Sunday 4th September – 2pm

At our temporary venue, Church on Farm, back of Opportunity Centre, Adams Rd. (Just 200 metres up the road from the Community Centre).

All park users and local residents welcome to drop in. This month we will discuss our aims and aspirations for the long term future of the park (see below), especially ensuring that all the agreed improvements and future staffing/maintenance happens as planned!

Plus regular weekly user groups sessions continue: egg:

  • Monday walking group. Meet 9.20am at Downhill’s Park Rd entrance. All welcome.
  • Mother & Toddler Group  Tues & Thurs at BWF Community Centre. 11am. All parents/carers and their toddlers welcome.
  • Wednesday Dog Training, 1pm in the Main Field   All dog owners welcome.
  • Trax Club – regular rides + weekly youth club   Info: www.thetrax.co.uk
  • Friday’s green gym + community café (may be having a brief break) – contact Back 2 Earth, 8808 1829, to check if on
  • Football teams – various days. Ask at the Community Centre.
  • Lordship Wildlife Group – meet monthly.

Saturday Sept 24th, 1-5pm – Sporticulture Day: [Sports and Horticulture!] community event in and around the BWF Community Centre. See http://www.lordshiprec.org.uk/2011/08/sporticulture-day/

Monthly Woodland Work-In

Sunday 17th April – 2pm by Downhills Park Rd entrance.

Lordship Woodland path wood-chip improvements work-in (unless raining).

Organised by the Friends. All welcome – more barrows & spades, and tea and cakes, would be useful!