Campaigners threaten legal action over Haringey assets sell off. Councillors have been accused of treating the poor with “utter contempt” ahead of a £2bn property sell off.
"Campaigners from “Stop the HDV” revealed they have appointed law firm Leigh Day and raised £24,000 to mount a legal challenge amid claims of inadequate public consultation, a lack of democratic accountability and concerns over the impact on vulnerable people in Haringey Council’s plan to partner with private developer Lendlease to fund the redevelopment of its housing stock.
On the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV), the name given to the joint venture, campaigner Phil Rose said: “This is one of the most diverse areas. We see people from Highgate, Muswell Hill, and Tottenham, all kinds of classes and political dimensions now united in their anger over this.”
"...campaigner Phil Jackson claimed councillors dismissed in minutes an independent report urging them to reject the plan.
He said: “If there’s anything which symbolises what is wrong with this process it is the absolute contempt for the people affected.
“We have to be honest. We have a problem with democracy in Haringey. Things get driven through without scrutiny.”