Cllr Tammy Palmer (LD - Crouch End) has written to Haringey Council's Cabinet Member for Finance and Strategic Regeneration to demand what the Council knew about the evictions and that it step up to defend the traders facing evictions.
This follows angry scenes at a meeting of the Council’s cabinet on Tuesday 21st January, where traders were removed following arguments with Cabinet members. The debate was cut short by the Leader of the Council before backbench councillors including Cllr Palmer were able to ask Cllr Adje challenging questions about a scrutiny review which criticised the Council’s handling of the market.
Text of Cllr Palmer's letter to Cllr Adje:
Dear Cllr Adje,
Evictions of Wards Corner Traders
You will no doubt be aware of reports that Quarterbridge is using bailiffs to evict traders from the Latin Village.
If these reports are true, then I find them alarming. Evicting anyone by force should always be a last resort. That applies even more so to the Market, given the well documented history of harassment and bullying of traders.
Given your comments on Tuesday about the Council owing a “duty of care” to the traders, I trust I can rely on you to support traders at this time.
Please would you consider urgently doing the following: