David Lammy steps in after public outcry as a council plans to evict thousands of people [The Canary]

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Report on Haringey Council’s decision to go ahead with the Haringey Development Vehicle – a mechanism to increase property development in the area. Many are resisting it because they say it will lead to social cleansing.

First published in The Canary on 4 July 2017:

Haringey Council has ignored pleas from local MPs David Lammy and Catherine West to halt an unprecedented privatisation deal; one that has seen huge protests. The MPs raised the same safety concerns that plagued Grenfell Tower. And commentators have suggested that the decision displays the same “contempt” political leaders hold for the poorest; because the decision could mean thousands of social housing tenants are moved out.

Lammy urges caution

MPs David Lammy (Tottenham) and Catherine West (Haringey and Wood Green) wrote to Haringey Council leader Claire Kober prior to a meeting on Monday 3 July to discuss the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV). This is a public private partnership that aims to demolish existing council-owned property in order to redevelop the area with new commercial and residential property.

They urged her to suspend the scheme, writing:

“In our view no decision should be taken on the HDV until a fully updated business case is evaluated and further work is carried out by an external advisor or auditor to analyse and review the risks.”

And after combustible cladding was found in 181 high-rise buildings, they said any agreement with developers must include stipulations against the use of such materials.

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