Housebuilding gets moving

A wave of council housebuilding is starting across the borough, as Haringey works towards delivering 1,000 new council homes at council rents by 2022.

It comes in the year of the 100th anniversary of the first wave of large-scale council housebuilding under the Addison Act.

The council’s direct delivery of new council homes at council rents is kicking off at the Templeton Site in South Tottenham after Cabinet agreed a construction contract to build the homes.

Cabinet also approved the acquisition of up to 11 affordable new homes at the Hornsey Town Hall Development and 46 new homes at the Red House site in West Green Road. And the council has acquired 170 council homes at council rents on the Welbourne site, 500 White Hart Lane and Plevna Crescent sites in Tottenham, with more planed for the coming months.

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Are you looking for a job in the construction industry and live in Haringey?

Haringey Council, Job Centre Plus, The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London and developers working in the borough have come together to form the Haringey Construction Partnership. 

The partnership’s aim is to make sure you, our local residents, can benefit from the job and training opportunities created as a result of the physical development taking place in the borough, both in the wider construction industry and end-use jobs once completed. 

With so many construction schemes either underway or planned to start soon, there are a range of roles and career opportunities across the wider construction industry on your doorstep right now. From bricklayers, plasterers, surveyors, plumbers, engineers and office-based roles such as data controlling and in finance, the possibilities of work within the industry are limitless.

Construction gives you the chance to shape the world you live in, and several months or years after the job is done you can look proudly back at what you helped to build.

If you are interested in a career in construction register with Haringey Works at www.haringey.gov.uk/works (external link) or call 020 8489 2969.

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Tottenham Hale is changing

Significant change is underway in Tottenham Hale to realise the community's ambition for a new centre for Tottenham Hale, new housing, new jobs, improved streets, and green and open spaces.

Tottenham Hale will undergo an unprecedented amount of development activity over the next decade. Construction is currently underway on a number of sites, with more to come.

All the development partners and their contractors are working closely with Haringey Council. Together we want to minimise the impact of construction work on the local community and the local environment.

In order to do this successfully we need you, the local community, to get involved. We are asking you flag any construction issues on a new interactive map. This could potentially be things like dirty roads, out-of-hours construction work or lorries waiting in places you don't think they should.

If you would like to find out more about the projects underway or report an issue visit - https://th.commonplace.is/(external link)

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New business loan fund launching

Haringey, Waltham Forest and Enfield Councils are working together to maximise the opportunities for SME industrial estate-based businesses looking to grow, or relocate to, the Upper Lee Valley.

The Productive Valley Fund is a new £2.7 million flexible low interest loan fund to support and celebrate production in the Upper lee Valley. Funding is available for capital building works, refurbishment and equipment purchase.

Loans range from £50,000 to £400,000. You will also receive a full package of business support including help to find premises, business planning, finance support, export guidance and help with staff recruitment.

If you have plans to expand, are an exemplar of modern industrial production, committed to providing good quality local jobs, with a green or socially minded ethos, then this could be the loan fund for you! To find out more email tottenhamregeneration@haringey.gov.uk.

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A new look White Hart Lane station

Residents and visitors can now enjoy a bigger, brighter and more accessible White Hart Lane station. Transport for London (TfL) have completed work to create new station entrances, an upgraded ticket hall and central and direct access to platforms.

White Hart Lane will become the latest accessible station on the London Overground network once two new lifts are brought into use in September.

The station has been designed to reflect local heritage. The triangular sections on the station walls symbolise Tottenham’s horticultural past and the terracotta pot cladding which covers the eastern and western facade harks back to time these were manufactured on White Hart.

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If I was Mayor for the Day…

Rihana, aged 17 from the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham

The first thing I would do would be to put more funding into the police. They are so important, especially with all the youth violence that is happening. I’m passionate about the issues surrounding youth violence and educating schoolchildren about the dangers of it. I live in Tottenham and I feel it’s been a problem here but now it seems to be getting worse.

I would also look at housing because that’s another crisis – particularly in Tottenham. People are put into houses that are not good enough and you might have a four-person family in a two-bedroom house and that is not appropriate. So I would start conversations with lots of people and set up commissions to tackle both of these issues.

Homelessness is also a concern. I can be on the bus and see at least three homeless people on my journey. Not everyone can have a house so I would use my day to start building lots of shelters and I would start a public campaign to tell homeless people there is the option of going to a shelter and there are places you can go if you don’t have anyway.

At the end of my day I will have a big party hosted at the new Spurs stadium. There will be lots of my favourite food and drink such as mini burgers and mango juice! And I would book a musician called Ms Banks to perform. She’s a London rapper and is inspirational. She’s someone I feel any young Londoner can relate to in the sense she hasn’t had it easy from the beginning and has worked her way to becoming a brilliant, versatile artist.

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An electric summer holiday

Sixteen young people rubbed balloons against their heads to generate static electricity. Later in the morning they pushed copper and zinc nails into lemons to make batteries and the following day they made their own Venus flytraps!

Welcome to a different kind of north Tottenham summer project. Run by Haringey Council the free, two-week long programme gave young people the chance to have fun learning about STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and maths.

Taking place in Somerford Grove Adventure Playground off Park Lane it saw experts in primary-aged science, Empiribox, engage with local children and teach them that science can be far more than what’s found in a textbook.

“It was great doing lots of experiments,” said Nyla, aged ten. “We tested what sweets had acid and we made rockets that flew across the room. I now like the idea of becoming a scientist.”

“It’s been really good fun and I would love to see more things like this in our area,” added Amelia, aged 11.

“It’s been brilliant in showing that science can be fun and is more than just sitting at a table and writing,” said one of the mums, Helen, there with her daughter, Rhiann.

Somerford Grove Adventure Playground is open term time Monday to Friday between 3pm and 5pm and Saturday 11am – 3pm.

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Black History Month

The final preparations are underway for the launch of Haringey’s Black History Month celebrations.
This year’s programme promises an impressive line-up with a variety of activities and events designed to celebrate the achievements and contributions of black people in the UK.

This October, venues across the borough will play host to exhibitions, film screenings, arts and crafts, panel discussions, and much more.

This year’s headline event will be the unveiling of an Oliver Tambo Statue in Albert Road Recreation Ground on Sunday 27 October. Coinciding on what would have been Oliver’s 102nd birthday, the day also reflects 25 years of democracy in South Africa.

This special event will see dignitaries from South Africa, the Oliver Tambo Working Memorial Group, the media, and members of Haringey Council all pay their respects to the man who fought tirelessly to end apartheid in South Africa. During a period of exile from his homeland, Oliver spent 30 years in the UK, residing in Muswell Hill. There will be more details on the unveiling at www.haringey.gov.uk/bhm (external link).

More than 120 activities have been organised for the whole month; for a full programme of Black History Month events, pick up a booklet at your local library or download a copy using the link above. 

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Black History Quiz

Join the Leader of the Council, Cllr Joseph Ejiofor on Monday 7 October for this fun fundraising quiz where you can test your knowledge on black history. All funds raised will to go to the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust.

Event runs from 7pm to 10pm at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, N15 4RX.  Tickets are £10 per person and will be available to purchase from the Bernie Grant Arts Centre box office on the night.

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Haringey Food and Drink Festival

Head down to the fourth Haringey Food and Drink Festival on Sunday 22 September held as part of the UK's Urban Food fortnight. The event will take place on Tottenham Green from 11am till 6pm. Sample food and drink from 40+ local producers and makers including 7 Haringey breweries in our mini beer fest. 

There’ll also be top notch musical and spoken word entertainment with performances from local reggae legend Dennis Bovell, The Ukulele Ska Collective, harmonious folk rock band Grafton Ash and local rapper Kayes, as well as much family friendly fun including bouncy castle, face painting, growing and nature workshops.

To celebrate car free day Town Hall Approach Road will be closed to traffic for the duration of the event.

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