Further delay to Hornsey regeneration project

A project to redevelop a major site in Hornsey is facing further delays. At a meeting of Haringey Council’s Cabinet last Thursday (17th June 2008) it was revealed that almost a year after a preferred developer was announced Haringey Council and developers have still not signed development agreements for the work to begin on the Hornsey Depot Site.

Local Liberal Democrats are concerned at the lack of progress made by Haringey Council. Cllr Robert Gorrie, speaking at the meeting, expressed his frustrations saying that the lack of response from the Labour Council to questions he had raised on behalf of residents regarding the future of the project showed the lack of action.

Cllr Robert Gorrie, Liberal Democrat Leader and Hornsey ward councillor, comments:

“Residents’ hopes that this important development will progress remain frustrated. Delay after delay has taken its toll on any effective consultation and will be bad news for residents in need of new housing.

“The fact that the Council has failed to answer the simple questions I have tabled shows that this project is in complete disarray. The lack of respect the developers, Sainsbury’s and Haringey Council are showing for the public by failing to keep them informed and failing to answer their questions is not acceptable.”

Cllr Rachel Allison, Liberal Democrat Regeneration Spokesperson, adds:

“Unfortunately the experience of the Hornsey Depot development is not a one-off. Residents’ views are so often ignored by dubious consultations and so many of Haringey’s projects suffer delays. It is not surprising that residents have so little faith in Labour’s ability to deliver much needed regeneration developments.”