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Residents Events Bulletin
October 2012

COMING EVENTS - full details below

Sat 6th October, 9.30am - Haringey 40:20 Conference for a sustainable future
Sat 6th October, 12 noon - Private Tenants / Letting Agents Community Inspection / Protest
Tues 9th October, 7pm - Emergency: NHS in Danger. Public meeting to oppose cuts and privatisation
Sat 13th October, 10am - Homes For Haringey Residents Open Forum
Sat 13th October, afternoon - New community garden in West Green to be unveiled
Mon 8th / Tues 16th / Mon 22nd October - Haringey '100 Homes': saving energy & reducing fuel bills
Wed 24th October, 7pm - Defend Haringey's Public Services meeting
Until 26th October - Haringey's Waste and Recycling, Consultation/Scrutiny
Wed 7th November, 10am + 1pm - Haringey's Waste and Recycling, Factory Visits
Plus: Report of Lordship Rec Re-Launch Festival, 22nd Sept

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Haringey 40:20 Conference: Action Plan to 2020
The climate clock is ticking. Normal isnt working. What will we do differently?

Saturday October 6th
9:30am - 2:30pm (with a free lunch provided)
Haringey Heartlands, Secondary School, Station Road, N22 7ST

This event is your opportunity to hear what has happened a year on from the launch of Haringey 40:20, our public declaration to reduce carbon emissions across the borough by 40% by 2020, and to be part of the change for our borough. Hear the Carbon Commission recommendations direct from the New Economic Foundation and hear inspiring examples from across the globe from Clare Hierons, CEO at Carbon Leapfrog. Smaller discussion groups will also allow you access to key movers and shakers including Gerhard Weiss from the London Cycle Campaign and award winning social innovator and UK Ambassador for Women in Business Servane Mouzan

Who is this aimed at?

We are calling on residents, community groups, charities, social enterprises and businesses in Haringey to be a part of 40:20.

At this major one-day forum you will be able to:

1. Hear the Carbon Commissions key recommendations for Haringeys plan of action and the Councils response
2. Discuss several major 40:20 projects including:
Haringeys work with neighbouring boroughs on greening our homes
The proposal for an alternative energy scheme saving up to 200,000 tonnes of carbon across the Upper Lee Valley region
Identifying Going Dutch walking and cycling upgrades needed across Haringey
Homes for Haringey energy strategy (currently in development)
Grants available for free home insulation and wider affordable warmth work in the borough
The power of collective purchasing
Smarter Travel in Haringey

Be a part of Haringeys Action Plan to 2020; help us take the next steps in this exciting and ambitious initiative!

Places are free but for a copy of the full programme, and to let us know if you are planning to come along please email haringey4020@haringey.gov.uk or call us on 020 8489 5691

Adam Parvez
Carbon Management & Sustainability
Tel: 020 8489 5691 | www.haringey.gov.uk
Follow us on Twitter @HaringeyGoGreen

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Community Housing Inspection of Haringey Letting Agents
Saturday 6 October, meet at 12noon outside Turnpike Lane tube station

Join us for a Community Housing Inspection of Haringey Letting Agents. Well be investigating the practices of local letting agents on our high streets, to uncover any unwelcome practices:

Discriminating against housing benefit claimants
Extortionate charges to prospective and existing tenants
Encouraging short term tenancies to maximise renewal fees
Inflating rents

If you've had enough of such dodgy behaviour, come along. Bring hi-vis vests, clipboards and pens if you want to take part in the inspection or just come along to support others and let everyone else know what were doing

Over 20,000 households in Haringey rent their homes from private landlords, and about half of these are claiming housing benefit. The greedy and discriminatory practices of letting agents are a huge problem for Haringey as well as London as a whole.

Our demands:

Bring rents down. In a recent report, one in five landlords had increased their rents because their letting agent had encouraged them to. This was five times as many who had done so because of increased mortgage costs.
No letting agent fees for tenants. Agency ‘fees’, reference ‘checks’, admin ‘fees’, leaving ‘fees’ are all costs that have been created over the past few years by and for Letting Agents, to increase their profits and exploit the basic need of tenants to find a home.
Longer and more secure tenancies.
No discrimination against people on housing benefit.

Organised by Haringey Housing Action Group, Haringey Private Tenants Action Group and Haringey Solidarity Group
housingaction@haringey.org.uk
www.haringeyhousingaction.org.uk

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Homes For Haringey Residents Open Forum
Saturday October 13, at the Haringey Civic Centre wood Green from 10AM to 1PM.

Dear HfH Residents,

I am writing to invite you to attend the next Residents Open Forum which will take place on Saturday October 13, at the Haringey Civic Centre wood Green from 10AM to 1PM.

We have a full agenda of speakers who will discuss changes to both welfare benefits and housing finance, and how those will affect you. The new head of housing management will also be on hand to tell you about Homes for Haringeys New Vision for the housing service.

Afterwards, representatives from various services including Tenancy Management, Income Collection, Repairs and Resident Involvement, will be on hand to answer any questions. You will also be able to have a confidential discussion with one of our Income Collection officers about your entitlement to benefit or other matters. In addition, a representative from the Citizens Advice Bureau will be available.

All Homes for Haringey tenants and leaseholders are invited. Please contact the resident involvement team if you need transportation on 020 8489 4463 or resident.involvement@homesforharingey.org. We are also able to provide childcare expenses in line with our expenses policy please contact us if you would like further details.

We hope you are able to attend, and look forward to seeing there.

Best regards,

The Resident Involvement Team

Sarah Vincent, Resident Involvement Officer - Homes for Haringey
sarah.vincent@homesforharingey.org
020 8489 4426 07817 285876

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Emergency: NHS in Danger - Fight Cuts and Privatisation
Public Meeting - Tuesday 9th October, 7pm
Wood Green Christian Centre, 24 Lymington Avenue, N22 6JA


Dear all,

Heres a notification of our next Public Meeting . Following the implementation of the controversial and unpopular Health and Social Care Act the first cuts locally are happening:

Unipart a failed Car Part company planning are being paid 500,000 to rationalise services at the Whittington. And it faces cuts of 13 million by 2014 and 1.8 million this year which means the loss of over 120 jobs.

The local Mental Health Trust propose building yuppie flats on 2/3rds of the the St Anns Hospital site in 2013! In a recent consultation plans showed that existing health services were squeezed into 1/3rd of the site whilst the planned housing which is not shown as either social or affordable.What local people want is more health services in the area not less!

The North Middlesex Hospital is heavily in debt to PFI and was named as one of the 'failing' hospital trusts in a recent government report. Will it one day be placed into administration like the South London Hospital Trust was in July 2012?

There needs to be co-ordinated action to ensure we, the residents and patients of Haringey, are properly involved in the discussion, planning, and implementation (or scrapping) of any proposed change that will affect the services we receive. Come along to the meeting and tell your friends /work colleagues.

Come and hear Ron Singer, President of the Medical Practitioners and ex Edmonton GP, and other local activists describe what's happening locally and lets discuss what we can do about it.


Detail: DHHS Public Meeting
7.00-9.00pm, 9th October 2012 Wood Green Christian Centre
24 Lymington Avenue, N22 6JA (Pedestrian passage off Wood Green High Road)
Speakers
Dr Ron Singer, President of the Medical Practitioners Union, ex GP and active member of Keep Our NHS Public.
Ron will explain the reality of the cuts as they are happening now.
And Activists from other local campaigns.


Defend Haringey's Health Services
www.defendharingeyhealthservices.org.uk

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New community garden in West Green to be unveiled at party on October 13th
http://fara.wikispaces.com/

A party is being held to unveil a new community garden in West Green. On October 13 the newly revamped Ramp on West Green Road will be unveiled.

Local people have spent four years working on the area which used to be notorious for muggings, fly tipping and drug dealing.

The work, which was carried out using a 50,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund, has included planting trees and building flower beds.

The volunteers, mainly members of the Fountain Area Residents Association, have transformed the area from a neglected ramped area used to get to and from some houses to a safe and attractive garden.

As the work is drawing to an end the residents association is throwing the party where there will be a childrens entertainer, face painting, food and drinks from 3pm.

The Ramp will be officially opened by Councillor Isidoros Diakides.

The grand unveiling will be followed by an after party from 7pm at the Fountain pub on West Green Road.

Entry will be free and there will be live music.

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HARINGEY 100 HOMES PROJECT
Harringay Ladder, Gardens, Noel Park & Stroud Green residents - Two offers to help cut your winter fuel bills!


1 Free local energy advice events book now!

Monday 8th October - Easy Energy-Saving.
7.30-9.30pm
Turkish Cypriot Community Association, 628-630 Green Lanes, N8 0SD

Whether you own or rent, find out how to make your home more energy efficient.
- Cutting gas & electricity costs - Switching fuel supplier Cut-price energy-saving products

Tuesday 16th October - Do-It-Yourself Draughtproofing
7.30-9.30pm
In a local home please phone or e-mail for details
Watch a demonstration of simple draughtproofing measures for windows and doors. Buy low-cost materials to make your own home snug, warm and cheaper to heat.

Monday 22nd October - Boilers, Insulation and Heating Controls
7.30-9.30pm
Noel Park Childrens Centre,
223 Gladstone Avenue, N22 6LD
Running your heating system efficiently Replacing your boiler Insulating your home
Are you spending more than you need? Learn from the experts.

Organised by Muswell Hill Sustainability Group
Please phone 07772 238214 or e-mail mary@mhsgroup.org to book your place


2 Track your carbon footprint and win 100!

Complete our online energy survey for your household to receive your free carbon footprint and tailored energy-saving action plan. Plus you could win 100 in Marks & Spencer vouchers in the 100 Homes Low Carbon Living Project Christmas Prize Draw.

Please phone 07772 238214 or e-mail mary@mhsgroup.org to request your survey

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Defend Haringey's Public Services - Wednesday 24th Oct

To all residents and workers who want to speak up for our public services

Haringey is about to employ a controversial Chief Executive fresh from running the notorious Barnet 'easyCouncil' / 'One Barnet' mass privatisation and cuts programme.

If we are to continue to speak up for our public services and to defend them from cuts and the threats of privatisation we need to discuss this urgently. The Barnet Alliance for Public Services has been promoting and coordinating community and workplace opposition to Barnet Council's plans. They have distributed tens of thousands of their own 'Our Barnet' newspaper. 80 activists attended their recent AGM. The much loved library in Friern Barnet, closed by the Council, has been re-occupied and reopened to the public by activists. So we can take heart from the inspirational anti-cuts campaigning efforts in our neighbouring borough.

The next HAPS meeting has been scheduled in the week following the mass TUC demonstration on Oct 20th. Please can all local community and workplace activists and organisations try to attend to discuss the way forward.....

Haringey Alliance for Public Services - general meeting, Wednesday 24th October, 7pm
Defending our local public services from cuts and privatisation - the next steps to take together
North London Community House, 22 Moorefield Road, N17
We hope to have a member of the Barnet Alliance for Public Services to update us on the battle for public services in Barnet. All welcome.

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Homes For Haringey Residents Open Forum

Dear HfH Residents,

I am writing to invite you to attend the next Residents Open Forum which will take place on Saturday October 13, at the Haringey Civic Centre wood Green from 10AM to 1PM.

We have a full agenda of speakers who will discuss changes to both welfare benefits and housing finance, and how those will affect you. The new head of housing management will also be on hand to tell you about Homes for Haringeys New Vision for the housing service.

Afterwards, representatives from various services including Tenancy Management, Income Collection, Repairs and Resident Involvement, will be on hand to answer any questions. You will also be able to have a confidential discussion with one of our Income Collection officers about your entitlement to benefit or other matters. In addition, a representative from the Citizens Advice Bureau will be available.

All Homes for Haringey tenants and leaseholders are invited. Please contact the resident involvement team if you need transportation on 020 8489 4463 or resident.involvement@homesforharingey.org. We are also able to provide childcare expenses in line with our expenses policy please contact us if you would like further details.

We hope you are able to attend, and look forward to seeing there.

Best regards,

The Resident Involvement Team

Sarah Vincent, Resident Involvement Officer - Homes for Haringey
sarah.vincent@homesforharingey.org
020 8489 4426 07817 285876

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Haringey's Waste and Recycling

1. Take part in Consultation/Scrutiny of recent changes to Haringey's waste and recycling service

October 2012

Dear local resident

The Environment and Housing Scrutiny Panel is currently scrutinising the new waste and recycling service which is being introduced across of Haringey which has included:

weekly collection of recycled waste
fortnightly collection of residual waste
provision of new recycling bins, and
free collection of bulky items.

The panel is looking to see what can be learnt from where this new service has already been introduced (mainly in the west and central parts of Haringey). These findings will assist plans for the final roll out of the new service (in the east of the borough). The panel is also looking at the larger question of how to increase recycling rates across the borough.

The panel is keen to hear the views of local residents as well as community and voluntary groups on the following:

what has been the impact of the new waste and recycling service including the roll out of the new wheelie bins?
what barriers people face to recycling?
what can the Council do to encourage people to recycle more and use the correct bins?

You can let the panel have your views in a number of ways:

Online survey: You can submit a response to the consultation through an online survey. This should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, and all completed responses will be put in a draw for one of two 25 vouchers. Complete the online survey here.
http://www.haringey.gov.uk/index/haringey-snap-survey.htm?k=134858099896

Email: If you prefer, you can email comments on the new waste and recycling service directly to: scrutiny@haringey.gov.uk
The consultation is open until 26th October. For further information about the new waste and recycling service and to get involved in the consultation please visit the waste and recycling consultation web page.

Many thanks for your help.

Kind regards

Martin Bradford, Policy Officer, Haringey Council
Email: scrutiny@haringey.gov.uk


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2. Factory Visits - 7th November

The Eco Park at Edmonton burns our general waste to provide electricity and turns our garden and food waste into compost. Sustainable Haringey Waste Group has arranged two more tours of the Eco Park on 7th November. We can take up to 30 people - 15 in the morning (10am noon) and 15 in the afternoon (1-3pm). If you would like to take part let us know (with your email address or phone number).

We also plan to have visits to local Reuse and Recycling Centres and the Murf (Material Recovery Facility) which takes and separates the "dry recyclables".


Joyce Rosser
- Sustainable Haringey Waste Group

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Community Festival re-launches Tottenham's largest park following 5m improvements
- 8,000 residents attend to celebrate the community-led regeneration of Tottenham's largest park, and to showcase the talents and interests of Tottenham's communities


The 2012 Lordship Rec Re-launch Community Festival in Tottenham on Saturday 22nd September was a huge success. 8,000 attended the celebration of the new community-led regeneration works in the Recreation Ground, and took part in a dazzling array of free activities for all ages and interests. From 11am to 5pm thousands joined in the sports, arts and crafts, music and dance, history, discussions, browsing of stalls, and other fun and educational activities. As in the previous annual festivals in the Rec, the idea was to showcase the talents and interests of Tottenham's communities and to promote community spirit. Over 70 local volunteers helped the day go smoothly.

The event was organised and co-ordinated by the Lordship Rec Users Forum, the community-led stakeholders organisation who have driven forward the successful regeneration of the park over the last 10 years. 5m of construction works over the last 18 mths (4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund) have resulted in a gorgeous brand-new flower-lined channel for the River Moselle, a new Loop bike track and an Environmental Hub building with cafnd classroom, refurbishment of the Shell Theatre, restoration of the historic and nationally-unique Model Traffic Area, new meadows, flower-beds and tree planting, and general improvements to drainage, paths and entrances. The festival was able to introduce all these new features and facilities to local residents.

Activities at the festival included the Tottenham Flower & Produce Show; Dog Show; Cycling Extravaganza (including Trax skills, Dr Bike, Peace Bike Ride, specialist mobility bikes and Fun Bikes); Green Zone; City Farm Animals and Horse Rides; Athletics pop-up track and a Fun Run; Community Games; Fitness and Gym equipment; Puppet Shows; Performances of Music and Dance (including Dance Stage, Buskers Corner and Shell Theatre stage with bands and choirs); a Community Cafnd a Cream Teas tent; Football Tournaments and various other indoor and outdoor Sports (eg Netball, Tennis, Sanjuro, Table tennis and Badminton); Arts and Crafts for Under-5s and for older children; Bouncy Castle; History Zone; Lakeside pond-dipping; Adventure Play; 64 Community Stalls (including information, bric-a-brac, cakes and face-painting); Art Gallery; Housing Rights discussion; Wildlife and Gardening Walks and Talks; Environmental Hub Open House tours; and a huge Hot Air Balloon. And of course many people organised their own picnics all over the park.

" The wealth of local talent, energy and community spirit on show at our annual festival was matched by the excellent new facilities and features in our rejuvenated park. The people of Tottenham deserve the best possible local public services and opportunities and this 10-year community-led regeneration project has demonstrated what can be achieved when residents own visions for the future are backed by the resources and political will we need. We look forward to this community empowerment continuing over the next 10 years as we help to manage the park in partnership with the Council. - Dave Morris, Chair of the Lordship Rec Users Forum

The Lordship Rec Users Forum is made up of the Friends of Lordship Rec, the Back To Earth local charity, other users groups of the park, local Residents Associations, Haringey Council's Leisure Services, and many other local organisations.

LRUF Main Contacts:
Friends of Lordship Rec: dmorris@onetel.com 0208 216 9651 www.lordshiprec.org.uk
Back 2 Earth: info@back2earth.org.uk 0208 808 1829 http://www.back2earth.org.uk/
Haringey Council Leisure Services: 0208 489 0000 www.haringey.gov.uk/lordshiprec