Haringey Borough Council defends trip to MIPIM property conference in Cannes

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Haringey Borough Council has defended itself against criticism for sending representatives to a high-profile property convention in Cannes.

Councillor Alan Strickland, the cabinet member for regeneration and housing, was part of a team of three representatives attending the MIPIM real estate event in the south of France today.

The authority claims it is showcasing Tottenham in ordered to attract international investors and developers as part of plans to regenerate the area.

However, Paul Burnham, of Haringey Defend Council Housing, said the council was catering to big business and not the community, echoing concerns that Tottenham people would be driven out by rising property prices after regeneration.

He said: “People will be told it will all be marvellous and nice but actually local people will not be able to afford to live in the area after the improvements.

“We are not against people coming to the area but what we are against is the existing community being turfed out.

“Instead of demolition and private redevelopment, we need new council housing for local people, including the 9,838 households on Haringey’s waiting list”.

The event in France will be attended by around 20,000 people, including 4,300 investors and 3,000 chief executives and chairmen, with 2,000 exhibiting companies from 80 countries.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson will also be there, along with representatives from local authorities across London.

A Haringey Council spokesman said it had cost £16,000 for the Haringey council to attend the event but £13,000 was raised from sponsorship from developers and businesses.

More than 3,700 people shared ideas for the borough’s future during the five-month Tottenham’s Future consultation.

Council leader Cllr Claire Kober said: “Thousands of local people have spoken passionately during the past few months about their ambitions for Tottenham’s future and it is right that we secure the right investment to turn those ambitions into reality.

“To achieve local people’s priorities such as more job opportunities, better housing and improved transport links, it is vital we get the right partners on board. “This event is a unique opportunity to show the world’s leading developers and investors the strong desire and commitment from local people, the council and the government for Tottenham to achieve its potential.”

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11:28am Thu 13 Mar 14

Terry365 says...

' A Haringey Council spokesman said it had cost £16,000 for the Haringey council to attend the event but £13,000 was raised from sponsorship from developers and businesses.'

Does anyone really believe that these developers and businesses are not expecting a return in kind for their sponsorship of Haringey councillors' jaunt to Cannes?

Councillors are meant to represent the people of Haringey. It's obvious they're in the pockets of private business. There is a clear conflict of interest here.

Can the reporter please find and publish the names of the Haringey councillors' private sugar daddies? Or is this information being kept secret from voters? The plot thickens.
' A Haringey Council spokesman said it had cost £16,000 for the Haringey council to attend the event but £13,000 was raised from sponsorship from developers and businesses.' Does anyone really believe that these developers and businesses are not expecting a return in kind for their sponsorship of Haringey councillors' jaunt to Cannes? Councillors are meant to represent the people of Haringey. It's obvious they're in the pockets of private business. There is a clear conflict of interest here. Can the reporter please find and publish the names of the Haringey councillors' private sugar daddies? Or is this information being kept secret from voters? The plot thickens. Terry365
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2:48pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Tottenham Business Group says...

The day the consultation closed Haringey went public with a glossy brochure showing high density,high rise versions of plans at the Waverley breakfast meeting in London.Days after appearing on BBCLondon pledging that this council is listening to the community Alan Strickland jets off to promote the same plans with foreign investors.this Brochure and this visit was planned long before any consultation.
The day the consultation closed Haringey went public with a glossy brochure showing high density,high rise versions of plans at the Waverley breakfast meeting in London.Days after appearing on BBCLondon pledging that this council is listening to the community Alan Strickland jets off to promote the same plans with foreign investors.this Brochure and this visit was planned long before any consultation. Tottenham Business Group
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8:49pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Alan Stanton says...

Claire Kober tells the Haringey Independent she is only doing what thousands of local people said was their priority.
  Of course! Silly me. And I've been a Tottenham councillor for nearly sixteen years. How on earth could I have completely forgotten what thousands of local people have also told me?
  Even today as I walked up Tottenham High Road to my dentist, at least two hundred people stopped me to say the same thing. Insisting how much they want twenty storey tower-blocks all over Tottenham and especially in their own local streets.
  "My sister and her kids live in a tower-block in Walford", one local parent told me. "They're so happy on the 13th floor. They love the exercise they get when the lifts break down."
  "Please Cllr Stanton", said a local trader who lives above his shop. "We can’t can’t wait to have this estate and our shops knocked down. Our dream is to move to a tower-block between the railway line and a main road".
  Several of my neighbours had seen the story about the yacht in Cannes and were delighted. "It's exactly what we said to Claire Kober when she popped round for tea and a chat", they explained. "Make friends with the developers - we told Claire - "Let them take you on a trip to Cannes. Wine and dine you. What a shame Claire herself couldn’t go. Maybe next time?”
  ”Lunch on a yacht in the Med?” hundreds of people said to me this this morning. “Sure. We hope you councillors insist these generous sponsors pay for a free hotel and free plane fares as well. Free lunch, free breakfast , free everything“.
  Freebies for councillors and staff. Bought and paid for. That's what politicians are all about.” They all said in unison with wide smiles. Enthusiastically shaking my hand and slapping me on the back with a stacks of fifty pound notes.
  “Cllr Stanton” one resident shouted as I went into my dentist’s building, “be sure to let those developers know that they are our dear friends. And that Tottenham is for up for grabs at bargain prices. We’re like a pound shop with 50% off. Give it away if necessary. Hand over the borough to developers and landlords with complete freedom to build whatever and wherever they want. As high as they like. As crowded as they like. People crammed into tiny little hutches. That’s what we all love. And to make as much money as they want. That's why we voted Labour."
  "We told that nice Cllr Alan Strickland that we want regeneration. And what’s regeneration if it isn't knocking down huge chunks of Tottenham, to build towerblocks and make it look like the centre of every-town everywhere?"
  "Moving us lot out, of course. Because we know we're not good enough for the new Koberville and Stricklandham, That needs lots of posher shiny new people to live in the shiny new buildings."

(Tottenham Hale ward councillor 1998-2016.Former Tottenham Labour Party Constituency Secretary.)
Claire Kober tells the Haringey Independent she is only doing what thousands of local people said was their priority.   Of course! Silly me. And I've been a Tottenham councillor for nearly sixteen years. How on earth could I have completely forgotten what thousands of local people have also told me?   Even today as I walked up Tottenham High Road to my dentist, at least two hundred people stopped me to say the same thing. Insisting how much they want twenty storey tower-blocks all over Tottenham and especially in their own local streets.   "My sister and her kids live in a tower-block in Walford", one local parent told me. "They're so happy on the 13th floor. They love the exercise they get when the lifts break down."   "Please Cllr Stanton", said a local trader who lives above his shop. "We can’t can’t wait to have this estate and our shops knocked down. Our dream is to move to a tower-block between the railway line and a main road".   Several of my neighbours had seen the story about the yacht in Cannes and were delighted. "It's exactly what we said to Claire Kober when she popped round for tea and a chat", they explained. "Make friends with the developers - we told Claire - "Let them take you on a trip to Cannes. Wine and dine you. What a shame Claire herself couldn’t go. Maybe next time?”   ”Lunch on a yacht in the Med?” hundreds of people said to me this this morning. “Sure. We hope you councillors insist these generous sponsors pay for a free hotel and free plane fares as well. Free lunch, free breakfast , free everything“.   Freebies for councillors and staff. Bought and paid for. That's what politicians are all about.” They all said in unison with wide smiles. Enthusiastically shaking my hand and slapping me on the back with a stacks of fifty pound notes.   “Cllr Stanton” one resident shouted as I went into my dentist’s building, “be sure to let those developers know that they are our dear friends. And that Tottenham is for up for grabs at bargain prices. We’re like a pound shop with 50% off. Give it away if necessary. Hand over the borough to developers and landlords with complete freedom to build whatever and wherever they want. As high as they like. As crowded as they like. People crammed into tiny little hutches. That’s what we all love. And to make as much money as they want. That's why we voted Labour."   "We told that nice Cllr Alan Strickland that we want regeneration. And what’s regeneration if it isn't knocking down huge chunks of Tottenham, to build towerblocks and make it look like the centre of every-town everywhere?"   "Moving us lot out, of course. Because we know we're not good enough for the new Koberville and Stricklandham, That needs lots of posher shiny new people to live in the shiny new buildings." (Tottenham Hale ward councillor 1998-2016.Former Tottenham Labour Party Constituency Secretary.) Alan Stanton
  • Score: 1

1:14pm Fri 14 Mar 14

MartinBall says...

I have put in a FOI request for details of the purpose, cost, and strategic outcome of Haringey Council being at Cannes property show

https://www.whatdoth
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mipim_2014
I have put in a FOI request for details of the purpose, cost, and strategic outcome of Haringey Council being at Cannes property show https://www.whatdoth eyknow.com/request/p articipation_in_the_ mipim_2014 MartinBall
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12:23am Mon 17 Mar 14

Alan Stanton says...

I'm told that Haringey Chief Executive Nick Walkley paid for his own flights, hotel and other expenses at this Arup plc corporate jolly in Cannes. Which suggests that the £16,000 it cost paid for for both Lynn Garner and Cllr Alan Strickland. For that amount it really must have been a splendid hotel with very tasty nosh.

As a councillor Alan Strickland is required to post this information on his Declaration of Hospitality on the Council's website. But it's early days, so pm 17 March it wasn't yet there.

But I did spot that Arup plc had treated Alan Strickland in 2013 - although in London. And it was only a seat at the CBI London Annual Dinner on the Hilton Metropole - for £280. (Alan gave the date of the dinner as 11 March 2013. Though the CBI website says it was on 16 May.)

Date apart, I did wonder at the price for one dinner - even if Arup paid. No surprise that this year the sponsors paid for him to jet him off to somewhere a bit more economical.

As Alan Strickland is on fine dining terms with Arup plc I wonder if he could persuade the company to sponsor one or two of Haringey's food banks?

(Tottenham Hale ward councillor)
I'm told that Haringey Chief Executive Nick Walkley paid for his own flights, hotel and other expenses at this Arup plc corporate jolly in Cannes. Which suggests that the £16,000 it cost paid for for both Lynn Garner and Cllr Alan Strickland. For that amount it really must have been a splendid hotel with very tasty nosh. As a councillor Alan Strickland is required to post this information on his Declaration of Hospitality on the Council's website. But it's early days, so pm 17 March it wasn't yet there. But I did spot that Arup plc had treated Alan Strickland in 2013 - although in London. And it was only a seat at the CBI London Annual Dinner on the Hilton Metropole - for £280. (Alan gave the date of the dinner as 11 March 2013. Though the CBI website says it was on 16 May.) Date apart, I did wonder at the price for one dinner - even if Arup paid. No surprise that this year the sponsors paid for him to jet him off to somewhere a bit more economical. As Alan Strickland is on fine dining terms with Arup plc I wonder if he could persuade the company to sponsor one or two of Haringey's food banks? (Tottenham Hale ward councillor) Alan Stanton
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