Category Archives: Campaigns


St Ann’s Hospital sell off latest

News via ourtottenham on a meeting this week regarding the plans to sell off much of St Ann’s Hospital for housing.

“On 20th June Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust (BEHMHT) submitted the outline planning application for the St Ann’s Hospital site. This proposes to sell off two thirds of the hospital site for housing.

“BEHMHT claim that the hospital grounds are ‘surplus to requirements’ and ‘unaffordable’ yet they have failed to undertake a healthcare needs assessment … to demonstrate how the so called ‘modern health care campus’, NOT a hospital, will meet our needs now and in the forseeable future.

“This is our hospital, it is NHS land that belongs to us, they cannot be allowed to sell the site without demonstrating how our health will benefit. No Sell Off Without a Health Check! Continue reading


No to racist violence in Markfield Park

A mass celebration is planned from 3pm this Saturday to “Reclaim Markfield Park”, after last weekend’s attack on innocent festival-goers attending the long established Music Day event. Organisers Haringey Unite Against Fascism hope to be joined by residents from all communities.

Last Saturday a small group of far-right extremists descended on the park at sunset, throwing fireworks and hurling abuse. Vice magazine reports the crowd managed to push the skinheads back into a small corner of the park, before police arrived to arrest several for breaching the peace. One was arrested for racially aggravated common assault after a victim’s kippah was pushed from his head. A Polish festival-goer was also set upon by the thugs, suffering a stab wound. The Tottenham Journal reports the victim was taken by ambulance to an east London hospital, but his injuries are not believed to be serious.

This weekend, Haringey Unite Against Fascism (UAF) have called on local residents from all communities to join them in a show of solidarity against hate and prejudice. The event promises picnicking, music and talks in a family-friendly atmosphere from 3pm onwards. It is also hoped that those observing Shabbat may attend in vigil.

The Tottenham Journal reports Monday’s Haringey UAF vigil in reaction to the attack drew 150 people at short notice. Eyewitness and journalist Oz Katerji spoke alongside members of Polish anti-fascist group Dywizjon 161 and various trade union and community groups.

Weyman Bennett, joint national secretary of UAF and local resident, said “It doesn’t matter if you are black, white, Asian, straight, gay, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Turkish, Kurdish, Polish or Brazilian – wherever you are from, we stand together in a united way.

“Next Saturday we will go to Markfield Park. Wherever you are from you are welcome here. The only group of people who are not welcome here are Nazis. Haringey is united and will not be divided.”

Haringey UAF’s “Reclaim our park: Unity in the community” is in Markfield Park, South Tottenham N15 4RB from 3pm this Saturday 28 June.

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Plans threaten local green space AGAIN

Another planning application is threatening local green space previously dubbed by the council as “Ecological Valuable”. The plans relate to the scrub land next to the crossing of the Gospel Oak-Barking and mainline railways, sandwiched between Plevna Crescent and Ermine Road on the one side and Wickes on the other.

Please support this appeal from our local Friends of the Earth group:

“Developers are again trying to build over the green space where the Barking-Gospel Oak lie crosses the Seven Sisters line at Plevna Crescent and Ermine Road.
“We – Tottenham & Wood Green Friends of the Earth – have previously helped defeat two applications to build on this site, and we have submitted an objection along with others to this latest application.
“Please add your voice as an individual [or group] (not mentioning Friends of the Earth). Go to 
“Scroll down to the “Comment on Application” box, and add a short comment making it clear that you object to the loss of green open space especially in this area which does not have much green space.”

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Wards Corner jumble sale

The campaign to save Wards Corner from redevelopment is holding a jumble sale today, from 11am:

“This is to raise funds for the legal challenge against the Grainger/LBHaringey plan to demolish Wards Corner. Our last sale, of just books and plants, was very successful but a bit damp, this time we have ordered sunshine so do come along and enjoy the day, and have a delicious coffee and snack at the Pueblito Paisa cafe.”

The sale runs 11am till 4pm at the Seven Sisters market.

The developers Grainger are currently applying to erect hoardings over the existing building. This application has caused further controversy and can be seen online (HGY/2013/0773) where it is also possible to submit comments,

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What use for Ermine Road green space

Campaigners have organised a walkabout of the green space by Ermine Road, just south of the South Tottenham railway bridge.

This site was recently refused planning permission for 158 dwellings, together with the other railway embankment off Plevna Crescent which is fenced off and not accessible. The Council deemed the land “Ecological Valuable ”.

Several local people and organisations such as Friends of the Earth want to see other possible uses of the site explored (eg allotments or a wildlife preserve). Meet 6.30pm to see the site and discuss what may be possible.

Meet  this Wednesday (17 April), 6.30pm, at the entrance opposite the Dutch House pub, through the little dead-end road next to the corner shop.

Defend Whittington Hospital

Stop these hospital cuts

An important protest to defend our health services is taking place this Saturday, 16 March.

The Whittington hospital is under threat of reduced maternity services, ward closures, fewer beds for the elderly, hundreds of job cuts and the selling off of all onsite accommodation for nursing staff.

Cuts to the Whittington directly effect us in Tottenham, as Haringey has no major hospital within its borders. So the Whittington and the North Mid are our “local” hospitals and we should not let these cuts be imposed.
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