Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Wards Corner, Seven Sisters: The battle for Tottenham

Tonight (Weds, 30 May) the latest instalment in the battle for Tottenham kicks off again at Tottenham Town Hall. 
 On one side, there's Grainger, a powerful developer, intent on persuading councillors at the north London borough of Haringey to back their new and latest plan to build new homes and shops at Wards Corner, right on top of Seven Sisters London Underground station.
 Opposing Grainger is the Wards Corner Coalition, an equally determined, multi-cultural group of local residents, business people and market traders, who wish to see Grainger's latest proposals booted out and for their own 'community plan' for the site to be seriously considered.
 The WCC won last year's battle - and will have to put up another big fight again this year. Already, the recently re-elected Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has been served with a Town and Country Planning Act notice to say whether Grainger's latest application fits in with his London Plan. Boris only has until the end of June to decide.
 So, one of the first acts of Boris' second spell in office will be to heavily influence what type of vision will be endorsed as Tottenham's likely future.
 Given the high levels of unemployment and poverty in the area - and also last summer's riots - Boris is being urged to give serious thought to Wards Corner, Seven Sisters and Tottenham. The rest of London will be watching Boris and this significant battle with interest.

More on ongoing Wards Corner developments to follow on this blog and in more detail at


Paul Coleman, London, May 2012

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