Review of the year - February

This Is Local London: Banksy's Slave Labour was removed along with a section of the wall of Poundland, in Turnpike Lane, In February Banksy's Slave Labour was removed along with a section of the wall of Poundland, in Turnpike Lane, In February

In February, hundreds of people from across the borough called for the return of a Banksy work “ripped” from a supermarket wall.

Slave Labour was removed along with a section of the wall of Poundland, in Whymark Avenue, Turnpike Lane, and later appeared for online auction at an American fine arts auction house.

The Banksy had a starting price of $400,000, more than £250,000, with some predicting it could fetch up to £460,000.

Haringey Borough Council wrote an open letter to the Miami auction house calling for them to suspend the sale as it was “morally wrong”.

Earlier in the month, plans for a new stadium for Tottenham Hotspur moved a step closer to being realised when the council bought land in Northumberland Park to be sold to the club.

It was announced that householders would have the chance to claim compensation if the new stadium overshadows their properties, but will not be able to hold up construction with legal challenges.

Also in February, the founder of a community group said it would be “devastating” if it was forced to move from its council-owned centre after more than 30 years.

The Afro International charity had been working and providing services for the community at the Lord Morrison Hall in Tottenham since 1992.

Dau Aldulpha, its founder, said the decision to not let the charity to renew its lease was unfair to the community.

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