Peckham surpasses Tottenham Why? plus

JJ Best

Peckham surpasses Tottenham Why?

Read this. Go to Peckham and see for yourself how the area and Southwark Council have maintained the shops serving the local population but also have managed to drive ‘regeneration’ and improvement.

I remember when I first got involved in 'things Tottenham’ I suggested to councillors support for and investment in the local Afro-Caribbean ethnic hairdressing sector to make it a pull factor for incomers to Tottenham. Low and behold in Peckham they are doing just this to drive ‘regeneration’. Here we will get more chain stores with low waged staff on precarious contracts and loads of dodgy bars serving football hoards that regularly invade our High Road every so often making us take refuge in our homes or leave the area to escape the traffic and pedestrian mayhem and that cause our regular shops to lose trade.

We lobbied Haringey council to preserve existing buildings that preserve architectural heritage, uniqueness that gives a vital sense of place and belonging to the diverse local stakeholders. In Peckham they are doing this svn turning an ugly multi-storey car park into a cultural community asset. In Haringey they are planning widespread demolition and replacement by generic (read mind numbing and ugly) high rise flats bought by overseas absentee investors….see the Wards Corner Grainger insipid monstruousity planned for Seven Sisters. The council and its previous and new leaders have been warned about this and have done nothing to change the situation. In fact, they have aided and abetted this bad plan over the last 15 years! Another sad Tottenham disaster in the waiting.

In Southwark they realised that just by starting off by INVESTING in a proper public realm, with decently designed street furniture and all that goes with it that, they can generate positivity and pride in the community and make the neighbourhoods attractive places without having to bribe developers to invest. We in Tottenham get councillors newsletters with news stating that in Tottenham we should rejoice because WE ARE GETTING CRUMBS!

Tottenham Regeneration my ass!

With respect.

Viva Brexit!

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Councillor’s Report – November/December 2019


Dear J J,

I hope you are keeping well. Please find below my councillor’s report, which includes an update on the Liveable Neighbourhoods programme, Bruce Grove Station forecourt and other regeneration projects.  

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any assistance or just to have a chat.


- Felicia -


Liveable Neighbourhoods

The Transport for London (TfL) Liveable Neighbourhoods programme gives boroughs the opportunity to bid for funding for long-term schemes that encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport with the ultimate aim of reducing car trips and air pollution. Examples of how the funding can be used include creating green spaces, improving cycling infrastructure and redesigning junctions. The Council is preparing a bid for Liveable Neighbourhood Fund for Bruce Grove which is great news. I will update you on progress made in due course.


Bruce Grove Station forecourt update

A joint planning application with the Council and Network Rail was submitted in 2015 and approved. This application lapsed at the end of 2018. Network Rail has since sold their property to a private developer. The Council is continuing efforts to engage with the new owners to deliver the consented scheme.


Bruce Grove public conveniences

This is a project for the renovation and extension of a Grade II listed Council owned building, to bring it off the Heritage at Risk Register and provide a new commercial unit with strong social value credentials on Bruce Grove. The site is an important landmark strongly valued by the local community. The project has £670k of funding secured from the GLA.

The proposed design will provide a café and dining space within the new extension, with a new publicly accessible toilet at ground floor and back of house space in the basement. Planning and listed building consent application will be submitted in November 2019, and work is expected to commence in January 2021.


551B High Road (formally the old Tottenham Brewery)

The vision is to deliver enhanced workspace including improvements to the existing ground floor and the creation of additional commercial floor area to support local businesses. The project has £625k of capital funding secured from the GLA.

The ambition of the project is for the ground floor of 551B and accompanying green yard to become an anchor for the local community and a semi-public space for dining and events. The aspiration for the additional floor(s) is to offer affordable workspace targeting local businesses and aspiring local entrepreneurs. The surrounding yards, both north and south, offer opportunities for growing, volunteering and socialising.

Part of this project includes the development and piloting of a new ‘Social Value Lease’- an innovative approach to commercial asset management that maximises public assets and increases the importance of social value by offering a 35% discount on market rent in return for delivery of social value outcomes.

The project is currently in the design stages, with the Council reviewing options for quantum of development on the site, to ensure that proposals preserve and enhance the heritage setting of the site. The Regeneration Team is currently developing the brief for the site, to understand the most viable use.  As part of wider strategy for Morrison Yard, there is a proposal to create a sheltered space to host events and space hire for local community groups and community activities.  The delivery of the space is a key opportunity for contributing to the project’s ambitions for local commissioning – creating employable skills for people in Bruce Grove, encouraging local residents to get involved in the design and construction process.

A planning application submission will be made in January 2020


The Trampery

The Trampery, 639 Tottenham High Road, is a Grade II listed heritage asset. Following substantial fire damage after the riots in 2011, the building was acquired by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and refurbished in 2013 to provide affordable office space, shared workspace, meeting spaces, a cafe, space for the borough's voluntary sector and council office space. The Trampery took over operation of the building in 2018. The Council has secured £350k of GLA grant funding towards the project. This refurbishment project aims to deliver:

Phase 1

·       140sqm of additional accessible and flexible drop in workspace
·       improved facilities for members
·       space for the business support activities including a seminar room

·       a new open and more active frontage onto the High Road

Phase 2

·       significant investment into the kitchen space to provide a shared commercial grade kitchen for local F&B microbusinesses.

·       ideas for the possible activation of external spaces including the wide pavement to the front of the building, the rear car park, and link to the ‘Tottenham Living Room.’

The target date for the planning and listed building application submissions are February 2020, with a start on site date of November 2020.


Tottenham Green (Phase 2)

The project scope will extend from Town Hall Approach Road to Clyde Road Bridge on Clyde Road. The public realm improvements will consist of the following main improvements:

·       an enlarged Marcus Garvey Library Garden that will be double the size than at present. Improvements within the garden will include sensory planting, informal play and an outdoor reading room with seating
·       creation of a new public square between Marcus Garvey Library, Ambitious college and Bernie Grant Arts Centre but reducing the size of the current Bernie Grant Art Centre car park
·       creation of new footways on an east-west axis through the site leading to Clyde Road bridge
·       improved lighting throughout the space, this includes up-lighting of assets such as the existing chimney stack and to both existing mature trees and proposed feature trees
·       new feature signage will be installed for the Bernie Grant Art Centre along with new wayfinding signage to other destinations within the project site
·       soft planting will include feature rain gardens and new trees to green the route
·       public artwork for new crossing leading to Clyde road bridge and on the bridge itself

·       new CCTV cameras

Work is expected to start in Spring 2020.


Tottenham Hale

Construction is progressing on One Station Square, Hale Works, Hale Wharf, and construction work has recently commenced on Berol Yard, Ashley Road.

Chesnut Road (Phase 1)

The work included resurfacing the existing cycle and pedestrian route, adding natural play features including a serpent sculpture and a scooter track as well as rain gardens and an outdoor gym.

Tottenham Hale Station

TfL has announced that the works to the upgrade to the station are delayed by a year to December 2020.  The works include:

·       delivering an integrated transport station.
·       extending the London Underground ticket hall to create an enlarged concourse which will reduce crowding and queuing
·       providing additional retail space

·       providing a transfer slab for the delivery of homes above the station

Negotiations are continuing with TfL, TFT and National Rail to identify the funding gap and deliver the link bridge as the preferred option.

Residents feedback

The Tottenham Hale Commonplace Tool ( provides local residents, businesses, cyclists and other commuters with up-to-date information on each development site progress and any impact of works on traffic including diversions in place. Residents can use this tool to provide feedback and comments as well as reporting any problems which will be reviewed and followed up in a timely fashion.


North Tottenham

Tottenham Heritage Initiative (THI)

The scheme was designed to improve the shopfronts of Georgian and Victorian buildings along the High Road. It provides an opportunity for local residents to learn about and understand the heritage of their area. The scheme also aimed to enhance the local economy and protect local jobs (particularly during closure of Spurs).

Fourteen historic properties were selected. The project is in its final stages and will deliver a further four shopfront improvements in north Tottenham; this is due to commence in January 2020 and completed by June 2020.

Further public realm improvements planned as part of works will include a mural/ art commission for flank wall alongside a shop. More information about THI can be found on their website (


Productive Valley Fund

The Productive Valley Fund (PVF) is a new £2.7 million flexible loan fund. The fund is available to small to medium sized industrial estate based businesses operating in the Upper Lee Valley area (Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest), or looking to relocate to areas including:

·       Blackhorse Lane
·       Brimsdown
·       Central Leeside
·       Lea Bridge
·       Leyton
·       Northumberland Park
·       Ponders End

·       Tottenham Hale/South Tottenham

Loans will be used to create new jobs and improve/create commercial floorspace. To find out more about the fund and or to apply for funding please visit


Upcoming events

Afro International Community Projects CIC:  

·       Open sessions available to children, youth and adults. Sunday 6pm – 8pm: African Cultural Dance Drama Music; Friday 6pm – 9pm: Mashufaa – Self Defence Martial Arts.

·       New Year’s talent display for people aged 5 to 16 years. Thursday 2nd January 2020 2pm-6pm, registration 2pm – 3pm.

All sessions are held at the Community Centre, Lord Morrison Hall, Scales Road, Tottenham, London N17 9EZ. For more information please contact: 02088089619 / 07956337391 or Email:lordmorrisonhall@...

Bruce Grove Residents Network meeting: Thursday 7th November 7.30 - 9pm, Grace Baptist Church, Napier Road N17 6XX

Beautiful Bruce Grove Street Clean-Up Day: Saturday 10th November, meeting outside Bruce Grove Public Conveniences (N17 6QY) at 11am. The event takes place on the 2nd Saturday of the month.


Cllr Felicia Opoku
Chair of Standards Committee
Labour Councillor for Bruce Grove ward
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