On Monday evening (6th Feb) Haringey Liberal Democrats held a public meeting on plans by Haringey's Labour Cabinet to privatise £2bn worth of council homes and public land across the borough by putting it into a company jointly owned with a developer. The packed meeting at St Mary’s Infant School in Hornsey was attended by a large crowd of concerned residents.
Lib Dem councillors, Lib Dem parliamentary spokesperson Dawn Barnes and Paul Burnham from Defend Haringey Housing spoke at the meeting. Haringey’s Labour Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Alan Strickland, was invited to speak but declined the invitation. The meeting was chaired by local resident Cara Jenkinson.
The public meeting was held just before the Labour-run council announced they are recommending Lendlease as chosen developer for the Haringey Development Vehicle. The final decision on this is due to be made at a Cabinet meeting on 14th February at the Civic Centre in Wood Green.
Dawn Barnes, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Hornsey & Wood Green, comments:
“We organised the public meeting to inform local people and give them an opportunity to ask questions. It was clear from the meeting, that local people think that Labour needs stop these plans.
“The Lib Dems are very concerned by these proposals and will continue to do what we can to stop them going ahead.