Haringey London Borough Council

All of the seats in Haringey were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 42 Total councillors 42 Change-6

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 15 Total councillors 15 Change+6
Councillors change compared with 2014

Most Recent

  1. London parks remain in Lockdown

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Playgrounds across three London borough remained closed over the weekend, despite the Government giving councils the green light to re-open park spaces.

    Public playgrounds were ordered to close more than three months ago to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

    Revellers were able to drinks in a pub for the first time since March on Saturday, many parents were frustrated to find public playgrounds still under lock and key as councils said they were awaiting “risk assessments” before reopening.

    While local authorities such as Croydon and Westminster opened children’s facilities, Tower Hamlets, Haringey and Islington were among the boroughs where they remained closed.

    Playgrounds in Victoria Park, voted one of London’s favourite green spaces, could stay shut until August, Tower Hamlets council said.

    Father-of-three Sam Williams, who lives near Victoria Park, said: “It’s deeply frustrating and concerning that playgrounds and schools remain closed. Our local councils appear to care more about short term economic growth through opening pubs, restaurants and hairdressers than the future health and wellbeing of our young people.”

    A Tower Hamlets spokesman said: “We will open our playgrounds once our risk assessments and annual safety inspections are complete – delayed due to Covid-19. Do not enter playgrounds or use the equipment as they may not be safe. We anticipate they will be open in August.”

    Royal Parks, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and City of London Corporation, who operate the largest open spaces in London, also kept playgrounds and outdoor gyms shut over the weekend.

  2. Councils fear bankruptcy amid Covid-19 costs

    Cost of Covid-19

    Some of the largest UK councils say they may have to declare themselves effectively bankrupt unless the government agrees to further support.

    Five councils - including Barnet - said emergency spending controls - so-called section 114 notices - could be needed due to the impact of Covid-19.

    Nearly 150 authorities have forecast a combined budget shortfall of at least £3.2bn, the BBC found.

    The government said it was working on a "comprehensive plan" for councils.

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  3. Council calls for nominations for new street names

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    Street names in Haringey with links to racism and colonialism could be changed in the wake of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

    A review of monuments, building, place and street names will be carried out by the council in response to long-standing concerns expressed by residents.

    It comes after the death of George Floyd in the US and the subsequent Black Lives Matter demonstrations sparked a renewed debate over the legacy of Britain’s imperial past.

    Rhodes Avenue – named after a great uncle of colonialist Cecil Rhodes – and Black Boy Lane could be among those considered as part of Haringey’s review.

    Council leader Joseph Ejiofor announced the move on Friday, saying it was “long overdue”.

    “If we were naming roads today, we would never choose Rhodes Avenue... Street names such as Black Boy Lane may have a more contested history, but we cannot ignore the fact that meanings change over time, and the term Black Boy is now used most commonly as a derogatory name for African heritage men," he said.

    Mr Ejiofor added that they would be "working with our residents, BAME communities and organisations, and experts to understand the history of our street names and other memorials, to understand their true meaning and reflect on whether or not they are appropriate for our society today”.

    People with concerns over place, street or building names in the borough and think they should form part of the review have been asked to email their suggestions to Leader@haringey.gov.uk.

    They can also nominate people from Haringey’s history who they believe should be celebrated by the borough.

    A public consultation will be carried out on the outcome of the review.

    Haringey Liberal Democrat leader Liz Morris welcomed the review saying it "should be conducted on a cross-party basis and engage the full range of voices in the borough".

  4. Tributes for 'political pioneer' Basil Lewis OBE

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    Basil Lewis OBE

    Haringey’s first black councillor and a “political pioneer” has died at the age of 92.

    Basil Lewis OBE served the borough for 14 years as a Conservative councillor for Stroud Green between 1968 and 78, and for Crouch End from 1978 until 1982.

    Thought to be one of the first black councillors in the UK, he was also a successful businessman and a founder member of several community groups.

    Mr Lewis was appointed OBE by the Queen in 1982 for his political achievements and community work.

    Haringey Council leader Cllr Joseph Ejiofor said: “Basil was widely respected and a longstanding pillar of Haringey’s black community.

    “Basil Lewis was a political pioneer, a dedicated public servant, a community leader, a businessman and a proud family man who always sought to bring people together and help new migrants integrate.

    “He will be fondly remembered. I would like to send my sincerest condolences, personally, and on behalf of the people of Haringey to his loved ones, family and friends.”

    Born in Clarendon, Jamaica, Mr Lewis arrived in the UK in 1954 and settled in Hornsey.

    Mr Lewis is survived by his three sons.

  5. Residents placed in emergency accommodation after fire

    Winnie Agbonlahor

    A total of 37 residents, making up 11 households, have been placed in temporary accommodation after a large fire broke out at a block of flats in north London, according to Haringey Coucil.

    No one was injured as a result of blaze on Acacia Road, Wood Green, on the evening of 29 April.

    A spokesman for the local authority said three further residents who had to move out of the council-owned block because of the fire made alternative arrangements.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation, the London Fire Brigade said.

  6. Spurs' tower block green lit

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    Tottenham Hotspur’s plans for a 29-storey tower block near the club’s new stadium have been given the green light.

    The football club has won permission to build 330 homes at 867-879 High Road, Tottenham, with just under a third (32%) classed as affordable.

    The development will feature seven blocks of flats between three and 29 storeys high, along with a café and public space.

    Haringey Council’s planning chiefs described the proposed development as a “well designed, residential-led mixed-use scheme” that “respects the scale and character of the surrounding area”.

    But some councillors and campaigners did raise a few concerns.

    Paul Burnham, from campaign group Haringey Defend Council Housing, claimed the scheme would price people who do not have a secure home out of the area.

    He said only 11% of the homes would be family-sized and criticised the council for allowing London Affordable Rent, which is more expensive than social rent, and shared ownership tenures, which require deposits.

    Cllr Preston Tabois (Labour, Tottenham Green) criticised the lack of family homes on the development, which he said was the “bare minimum in percentage terms”.

    But Spurs’ head of planning Richard Serra said: “For the club, this is another chapter in the regeneration – not gentrification – of Tottenham. “We find ourselves building more affordable housing than any other partner in the borough.”

  7. Council apology after blunder left family homeless

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    A single mother and her three children were left homeless after Haringey Council botched a calculation of her housing benefit.

    An official report says the family – which includes a disabled child – were forced to move out of their home after the council wrongly told her she owed more than £8,000 in overpaid benefits.

    The report by the Local Government Ombudsman also finds the council mishandled her homelessness application, meaning the family had to stay in unsuitable accommodation.

    Haringey Council has apologised for the mistakes and says it has paid the family, which has not been identified, more than £5,500 in compensation.

    The Ombudsman found the council failed to send her case to an appeals tribunal, which would have spotted its mistakes.

    A Haringey Council spokesperson said: “We’re sorry for the mistakes we made in this specific case and have taken steps to fix them.

    “The wellbeing of residents is a priority for Haringey Council as it is for all local authorities and we’re determined to learn lessons from this to ensure similar situations are not repeated in the future.”

  8. Seven areas compete to be named London Borough of Culture

    Seven London boroughs are to present their bids to be named London Borough of Culture, City Hall have revealed.

    Croydon, Greenwich, Hounslow, Lewisham, Haringey, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Sutton are competing to take on the role in 2021 and 2023.

    The two winning boroughs will each be awarded £1.35m to deliver a programme events during the year which "places culture at the heart of their communities" and celebrates "the unique character of local people and place".

    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the scheme had been created "to give Londoners a chance to create and enjoy world-class culture on their doorstep".

    Waltham Forest was the first winner, being named the London Borough of Culture for 2019, while Brent will take over the mantle next year.

  9. Haringey residents to have a say over council tax plan

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    People are being invited to have their say on plans to raise council tax and a range of other budget proposals.

    Haringey Council wants to increase core council tax by 1.99% during the next financial year to raise £4 million that will be used to fund local services.

    On top of that, it wants to add a 2% increase to a ring-fenced council tax levy – known as a precept – to support adult social care.

    The council has seen its funding from central government slashed by £124 million since 2010 and needs to make a further £24 million of savings over the next five years.

    Haringey will continue to provide full council tax relief for its least well-off residents with children, as well as exempting care leavers until the age of 25.

    The council plans to invest in libraries and youth services, reduce pollution around schools and cut charges for bulky waste collections to help tackle fly-tipping.

  10. Disused clinic could be used for domestic abuse survivors

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    A disused NHS clinic in Harringay could be turned into a refuge for survivors of domestic abuse.

    Haringey Council wants to buy the former Burgoyne Road Clinic in Harringay to provide a safe haven for women who have been abused by their partners or other family members.

    The borough currently has the sixth-highest rate of domestic abuse in London, according to a council report.

    Nearly 3,500 women and girls are thought to be affected by Female Genital Mutilation in Haringey, and there are “high but hidden” levels of forced marriage and crimes committed in the name of ‘honour’, the report adds.

    As well as providing a safe place to stay, refuges can support women through the criminal justice system.

    They also provide support to the NHS, police and social care agencies.

    The council agreed to start planning to buy the building at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

    A more detailed report on the plans for the site will now be drawn up, including detailed designs and costs.

  11. Calls to end festivals at Finsbury Park after damage

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    Campaigners have called for a halt to concerts and other big events they say are damaging Haringey’s biggest park as well as disturbing neighbours.

    Members of Friends of Finsbury Park want Haringey Council to stop allowing the Wireless Festival and other large-scale events from being held in the park every year.

    Their latest call came after this year’s Hospitality and Abode music festivals sparked an “unprecedented” level of complaints when they were held on 21 and 22 September.

    A report by the council’s events and partnerships manager Sarah Jones reveals 42 calls were made to a special complaints line over the weekend of the festivals and 73 were made directly to the council.

    Council bosses blamed the weather for worsening the noise and damage, and said work was underway to restore the park to its previous state.

    The damage to Finsbury Park was discussed at a meeting of Haringey’s environment and community safety scrutiny panel and Friends member Martin Ball claimed the events were causing “absolute destruction of the environment”.

    He said: “We need Wireless to go. We need these major events to stop so people can peacefully enjoy not just their park but also their home lives.”

  12. Council leader vows to protect Latin market

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    A regeneration scheme that will see a Latin American market demolished has been defended by Haringey's council leader.

    Cllr Joseph Ejiofor

    Joseph Ejiofor said the council wanted to create a destination for people across the capital that will help ensure a newly designed Seven Sisters indoor market – also known as the Latin Village – continues to flourish at Wards Corner.

    His comments came after the publication of a report which will see developer Grainger build nearly 200 homes at the site.

    A report by the council’s overview and scrutiny committee raised concerns over an apparent lack of oversight and enforcement of an agreement drawn up to protect the traders.

    Cllr Ejiofor said: “The council is not directly involved in delivering the scheme or selling land to make the scheme happen; it is a private scheme.“

    But he said the council would ensure “commitments made to traders by developers are delivered and the section 106 agreement (designed to protect the traders) is adhered to”.

  13. Councils criticised over business rate debt collection

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    Islington Council has accepted criticisms made by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) over the way it tried to recover historic business rate debts.

    It was investigated by the LGSCO following its attempts to recover debts going back to the early 2000s despite the person involved telling them she was not liable.

    The council delayed trying to track down the payments for 16 years, with the LGSCO finding it at fault as this meant the person concerned no longer had any evidence with which to defend themselves.

    LGSCO Michael King said: “While councils have every right to pursue people who do not pay their tax or business rates, they should also do this without undue delay and not let debts drift to such an extent.

    “Any decision to pursue an historic debt should be based on sound evidence it is fair, appropriate and reasonable to do so.

    “To take someone to court for bankruptcy is a very serious matter and, in the Haringey case, the council based its decision on a flawed assessment. This has had significant financial and emotional consequences for the woman."

    Islington council agreed to pay £100 to the person concerned to acknowledge the avoidable time, trouble and frustration it caused.

    Haringey council agreed to pay over £1,000 to a woman against whom it started bankruptcy proceedings for business rates of more than £50,000 based on an incorrect assessment of her assets.

    An Islington council spokesperson said: “We accept the ombudsman’s findings.

    “We are also reviewing our council tax and business rate collection policies to take the findings into account.”

  14. Enfield to introduce charge for garden waste collections

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    A decision to charge residents for garden waste collections has been defended by Enfield council.

    Enfield council leader Nesil Caliskan

    Leader Nesil Caliskan said the £65-a-year charge will save money and revealed a support scheme could be set up for those who struggle to pay.

    At a meeting of Enfield Lock ward forum one resident claimed the charge was “extortionate”.

    Ms Caliskan said: “It is absolutely going to save money, something like £2.5m a year, even with the investment."

    The council leader added they needed a 25% take-up to be cost-effective.

    She did not think there would be an increase in fly-tipping as a result of the charge.

    Neighbouring Haringey Council recently faced calls from the Liberal Democrat Group to drop its £75-a-year charge for its garden waste collections after it raised £200,000 less than expected.

  15. Calls to scrap garden waste charges in Haringey

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    Haringey Civic Centre

    Haringey Council is facing calls to scrap a charge for garden waste rounds after it raised less cash than expected – just as Enfield plans a similar levy.

    A £75-a-year charge for garden waste collections – £55 for smaller waste sacks – raised £200,000 less than forecast, council figures show.

    When the charge was introduced in 2017, Haringey Council blamed funding cuts from central government for the move and said it would help to protect key services such as adults’ and children’s social care.

    But the opposition Liberal Democrats called for a U-turn on the levy after the revenue shortfall was revealed in the council’s latest budget monitoring report.

    It comes as Enfield Council plans to introduce a £65-a-year charge for garden waste from spring next year as part of a shake-up of its bin rounds.

    Haringey’s overall budget position has improved compared to the same period last year.

    Seema Chandwani, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “The garden waste service is under review and we will respond to its findings.”

    Enfield Council says the changes to its waste collections – which also include a shift from weekly to fortnightly refuse and recycling rounds – will save £7.5 million over five years and allow the council to protect other frontline services from budget cuts.