Protesters Try to Enter Haringey Council Ahead of Vote on Public-Private Land Deal

StoryfulNewsPublished: July 4, 2017
Published: July 4, 2017

Protesters marched to Haringey Civic Centre in North London on July 3 ahead of a meeting where the Labour-controlled council voted through a plan to sell council land for housing development. The Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) is a planned partnership with property developer Lendlease. Councillor Clare Kober, the Haringey Council leader, maintains that the council will retain “a 50 percent control – a blocking veto – over what happens, and [will take] a 50 percent share of the proceeds.” Critics of the plan, including Labour MP David Lammy, who attended the protest, have voiced concerns about the affordability of the homes delivered in this plan and about the suitability of Landlease as a partner. The suitability of public-private partnerships in light of the Grenfell Tower fire has also been cited as a reason for caution. A Just Giving page aimed at raising £25,000 towards a legal challenge to Haringey Council’s decision had raised £4,623 at the time of writing. Videos and photos shows protesters outside Haringey Civic Centre. At one point, protesters moved to storm the building, though they remained outside during the course of the meeting. Credit: Twitter/Joey Hasson via Storyful

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