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

Festivals 'not to blame' for park's loss of green status

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park
Getty Images

Major events such as Wireless Festival are not to blame for the suspension of Finsbury Park’s green flag status, according to the council.

Finsbury Park and Downhill Park are no longer flying the green flag – an award that recognises well-managed parks and green spaces – while the council deals with issues such as graffiti and damaged bins.

Haringey Council rents out space in nine parks and recreation spaces, including Downhills and Finsbury, for events ranging from antiques markets to major music festivals.

But the council said events such as Finsbury Park’s Wireless Festival – which recently had its license reviewed following complaints over noise, drug-dealing, litter damage and other issues – were not linked to the current problems.

Councillor Kirsten Hearn, cabinet member for environment, said: “In Haringey we have some amazing green spaces and we work tirelessly to keep them in the best possible condition.

“As with many busy London parks, Finsbury Park gets thousands of visitors. We have a comprehensive clean-up programme and spend thousands of pounds on our parks each year.

“We are making improvements to both parks and are keen to work with Keep Britain Tidy to make sure the green flags are flying again shortly.”

Wireless Festival allowed to continue at Finsbury Park

Wireless Festival
Getty Images

Haringey Council has given promoter Live Nation permission to continue holding the Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park following a licensing review - however artists will be "encouraged" not to swear.

Campaigners had commissioned a survey which showed last year's festival had exceeded sound limits.

Complaints around drug taking and dealing in the area and other anti-social behaviour were also raised by the Friends of Finsbury Park group which brought forward the licensing review.

Councillors on the licensing committee agreed some licensing objectives had been undermined, but decided to amend conditions rather than revoke it altogether.

The last day of the festival will now finish 30 minutes earlier at 21:30 BST, expletives will be discouraged and new sound level limits and monitoring will be put in place.

Council forced to raid reserves to meet shortfall

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Haringey Council will be forced to raid its reserves to plug a £16 million budget gap due to a failure to make planned savings.

The council will use £7.5 million from reserves to make up the deficit, which is mainly caused by higher-than-expected spending on children’s and adults’ services.

But it will still be left with a £6 million overspend in its general fund at the end of the current financial year and will have to look for other ways of making savings in order to balance its books.

This comes on top of a £2.6 million overspend in the dedicated schools grant.

Cllr Patrick Berryman, cabinet member for finance, outlined plans to set up a budget delivery board to help identify potential savings.

He said looked-after children, the first response team in children’s services, and care packages in adult social care were the main areas in which forecast savings could not be made.

Haringey Council admits housing shortfall fears

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Haringey Civic Centre
Local Democracy Reporting Service

The decision to scrap a controversial regeneration project could lead to a shortfall in the provision of new homes, the council has admitted.

The borough's Labour group announced plans to ditch the £2bn Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) - a controversial partnership with private developer Lendlease - in the run-up to local elections in May.

Councillors are expected to confirm the project will be axed at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday and instead set up a wholly council-owned company to provide housing.

But a council report states that the decision to scrap the HDV could have an impact on the local authority's ability to meet its housing delivery targets.

Under the terms of the mayor's new London Plan, the council will need to guarantee the provision of nearly 2,000 homes per year and demonstrate that it has a five-year housing land supply.

If the council fails to meet its obligations, the government could intervene and take over Haringey's planning powers.

Axing the HDV will come at a financial cost to the council, as it will have to pay more than £500,000 to Lendlease to cover work already undertaken.

The council's report states that scrapping the HDV "will naturally mean that these outcomes will not be achieved in the ways specifically envisaged by the HDV programme as it was proposed".

It could also make it harder for the council to attract investment and support from private-sector and other external partners in the future, the report states.

Critics of the deal with Lendlease claimed it would not provide the affordable homes needed for the council's residents and warned against transferring public assets to a private developer.

The report will be discussed at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday where members are expected to approve its recommendations to withdraw from the HDV.

Councillors are also set to give the nod to proposals to set up a wholly council-owned company to provide social housing.

Residents to begin leaving Broadwater Farm estate block

Tangmere block
BBC

Residents of a housing block on the Broadwater Farm estate in north London will begin leaving their homes following a cabinet meeting at Haringey Council last night.

The cabinet agreed to start moving people to new homes after structural tests showed Tangmere and Northolt blocks were at risk of collapse if there was a gas explosion or vehicle impact.

Tangmere is supplied by piped gas so the council said the residents should be re-housed "immediately".

Northolt has no piped gas but residents of the tower block will have to leave their homes at some point while work to make it safer is carried out.

Northolt block
BBC

The cabinet also agreed to begin consultations with residents of the two blocks to decide whether they both should be strengthened or knocked down and rebuilt.

Emina Ibrahim, cabinet member for Housing and Estate Renewal, said the council are "100% committed to ensuring that every household gets the support that they need.”

Haringey Council appoints new leader

Joseph Ejiofor
Haringey Council

Labour's Joseph Ejiofor has officially been appointed as the new leader of Haringey Council.

He succeeds Claire Kober who quit earlier this year amid a row over a controversial project known as the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV).

Her administration clashed with members of Momentum about a £2bn deal with a private company to build 6,500 new homes.

Mr Ejiofor was elected as leader of the Haringey local Labour group after his part was voted back in to run Haringey Council on 4 May - despite losing seven seats to the Liberal Democrats.

He was sworn in at Haringey's annual full council meeting last night.

The council's new "diverse" cabinet was also announced at the meeting.