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Birkbeck Talk: Community Planning Elites and Spatial Inequality – An analysis of planning related community activism in the London Borough of Haringey in the 1990s

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Wednesday 3rd November, 12.30 – 2pm
Council Room, Birkbeck College Main Building,
University of London, Malet Street / Torrington Square,
Bloomsbury London WC1E 7HX
[Near Euston Square, Russell Sq, and Goodge St tubes]

Talk / discussion by Bryan Fanning – all welcome

This paper presents an analysis of planning related community activism in the London Borough of Haringey [in the 1990s – currently being updated] drawn from a longitudinal study of planning, regeneration and the politics of community participation.

The paper identifies a strong contrast between the prosperous west of the borough and deprived localities to the east in relation to the nature, extent and effectiveness of activism.

In the affluent west, organised networks of amenity and single issue groups forced levels of institutional accountability that contrasted with indifference by the local political elite to community views on planning issues in Tottenham and other deprived areas to the east of the borough.

In the west of the borough, the community groups achieved the status of consultees on planning issues, a status that complemented a formal structure of institutional consultation.

The realpolitik, described by various community activists, planning officers and councillor interviewees, was that the Council treated west and east differently when it came to development proposals, the sale of council-owned land, the location of social housing and the protection of designated open space.

The paper should be relevant to those interested in regeneration, community development, activism, planning and local government as well as urban social polarization.

Professor Bryan Fanning is the Co-Director of the Migration and Citizenship Research Initiative (MCRI) and a member of the School of Applied Social Research at University College Dublin.

He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies at Birkbeck.  His previous books included Racism and Social Change in the Republic of Ireland (Manchester University Press, 2002),  New Guests of the Irish Nation (Irish Academic Press, 2009) and Immigration and Social Cohesion in the Republic of Ireland (Manchester University Press, 2011 forthcoming).

As editor his previous books include Immigration and Social Change in the Republic of Ireland (Manchester University Press, 2007), as co-editor Theorising Irish Social Policy (University College Dublin Press, 2004) and Care and Social Change in the Irish Welfare Economy (University College Dublin Press, 2006).

He is currently co-editing a volume Globalization, Migration and Social Transformation: Ireland in Europe and the World, to be published by Ashgate in 2011 and co-writing a book based upon research in the London Borough of Haringey, Planning, Regeneration and the Politics of Community Participation.

This is a joint seminar between the Human Geography cluster (Birkbeck) and BISR

Free and open to all – no registration

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November 2, 2010 at 10:17 am

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10:10 – Wards Corner Moot

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Suggested tweets: Spurs players & Hollywood star blown away by #1010, thanks to Blackadder’s RichardCurtis * Doing nothing about climate change? Prepare to be blown away…

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September 30, 2010 at 1:44 pm

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Callout for artwork to enliven space and dying buildings

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The Wards Corner Community Coalition are inviting people who see the importance of reclaiming space from developers and making it something the community can enjoy to take action to make it happen!

Below is a brief for a piece of artwork that will breathe life back into a dying building and show Haringey Council and Grainger PLC that The Wards Corner Community Coalition is serious about its commitment to restoring the Wards Corner site. Please take a minute to have a look at the brief and/or pass on to all your artist networks for their involvement!

See here for the brief: http://wardscorner.wikispaces.com/Suffield+Road+Art+Project

Responses to: wardscornercommunity – at – riseup.net

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September 24, 2010 at 10:27 pm

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Profit-led public land disposal by Haringey

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Cabinet Tuesday, 14th September, 2010 7.30 pm

21. Disposal of Commercial Properties (Report of the Director of Corporate Resources – To be introduced by the Cabinet Member for Finance and Sustainability):

To seek authority for the disposal of the Council’ commercial properties on Lymington Avenue, Wood Green N22 together with the adjoining residential assets along Noel Park Road for regenerative development and for the proposed development and future disposal of the Council’s freehold commercial property interests at Gourley Place, Seven Sisters Road N15 to achieve regenerative outcomes for the borough and realise capital receipts from this opportunity sites. see maps at end of this doc@ http://www.minutes.haringey.gov.uk/Published/C00000118/M00004401/AI00022486/$20100914



1. Purpose of the report

1.1 To seek Cabinet authority for the disposal of the Council’s commercial properties on Lymington Avenue, Wood Green, N22 together with the adjoining residential assets along Noel Park Road for regenerative development and to realise capital receipts from these under-utilised assets.

1.2 To seek Cabinet authority for the proposed redevelopment and future disposal of the Council’s freehold commercial property interests at Gourley Place, Seven Sisters Road, Tottenham, N15 to achieve regeneration outcomes for the borough and realise capital receipts from this opportunity site.

Written by wardsccc

September 15, 2010 at 11:02 pm

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Solidarity (car) Park Picnic to Stop Market Eviction

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Dario, the mechanic at Wards Corner has been subjected to heavy handed harassment and intimidation repeatedly by Haringey council officers, immigration and police.

Grainger, the owners of the car park, chose the Easter weekend to issue an eviction notice giving Dario 6 days to leave the site leaving him no opportunity to seek legal advice.

He is to vacate his business by Tuesday 6th April over an issue of rent that could be easily rectified. Please bring tea/coffee/food . . . salsa and join us in solidarity with a trader who has been operating on the site for over 4 years.

We need to show Haringey Council and Grainger this community stands together in defiance of racial harrassment and intimidation.

Time:          9:30 am onwards

Date:           Tuesday 6th April 2010

Place:         Car Park behind Seven Sisters market,
231 High Road, N15 5BT

Contact    07908 705 377

Written by wardsccc

April 5, 2010 at 12:55 pm

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Call for Artists: Trampoline Platform Event “Territorial Play”

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Call for Artists: Trampoline Platform Event “Territorial Play”
Part of the Tracing Mobility Programme
Deadline for Submissions: Monday 12th April 2010

Trampoline is inviting submissions for a platform event, Territorial Play, scheduled to take place mid May as part of Radiator Festival’s
forthcoming Tracing Mobility programme launching in Nottingham.

Territorial Play aims to illustrate, annotate and animate discourse around current trends towards a ‘mobilised city’. With the emergence of
location aware mobile devices and near ubiquitous access to electronic networks in urban and rural areas, a new city is forming beneath our feet.

This dynamic ‘hybrid-city’, is a city in flux, where ideas of authorship and ownership are left at the door. What are the cultural implications
of this emergent public domain and what possibilities do the architecture and protocol of networked space present to affect change in
real space?

We are inviting artists, performers, visualists, filmmakers, designers, game-players, writers and others to stake claims, occupy space, command territory, re-imagine the public domain, uncover hidden terrain and return to our day jobs the next day leaving no trace.

The event will take place over one day, using Nottingham ‘s Broadway Cinema and Digital Media Centre as the base of operations however we welcome submissions that engage with the public and spaces in and around the city.

Submissions should include:
Images/documentation/video (DVD/CD/VHS in standard format) OR URL to online documentation.
A4 Proposal/Description of work
A completed submission form

Download a submission form here
http://www.trampoline.org.uk/ files/TerritorialPlay_ SubmissionForm.doc

Contact Mat Trivett mattrivett@radiator-festival. org or +44(0)115 850 7813
Submission Deadline: Monday 12th April 2010

Tracing Mobility is a Radiator Festival event supported by funds from the Legacy Trust UK, European Regional Development Fund, European Cultural Foundation, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham and Capital Cultural Fund Berlin.  In partnership with: Nottingham Contemporary, Broadway Cinema and The Level Centre.

POLSKA! YEAR, developed by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, is a joint initiative of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. With the cooperation of British partners, Polska! Year aims to bring the communities of Poland and Great Britain closer by establishing new connections between Polish and British artistic institutions, artists and cultural practitioners.

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Written by wardsccc

March 24, 2010 at 1:30 pm

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