Hornsey Depot development: residents left out say Liberal Democrats

Haringey Council’s failure to provide early and effective consultation for local residents on the future of Hornsey Depot has come under severe criticism from local Lib Dems following the Labour Council’s move to rush through a decision in a special meeting of the Council’s Cabinet on 26th July 2007.

The meeting will decide which developer is successful in their bid to redevelop the site. Lib Dems are concerned that the public will be left out of key early decisions and have criticised an invitation to a day of presentations from the short listed developers on the 17th July as a limited and belated attempt to involve councillors. Lib Dems have now asked local residents concerned about the issue to contact them to plug the gap in Haringey Council’s lack of engagement.

Since the end of 2006 Hornsey Liberal Democrat councillors have been demanding that Haringey Council engage in meaningful public consultation. These requests have consistently been rejected by the Labour Council on the basis that once a preferred developer for the site is appointed the developer will be obliged to carry out a pre-planning consultation with local stakeholders. Lib Dems believe this to be too late and feel that Labour’s approach tries to outsource responsibility for the consultation they have failed to undertake.

Cllr Robert Gorrie (Hornsey) comments:

“Labour’s failure to engage with residents early in this process can only make achieving the right outcome for the people of Hornsey more difficult. The benefits of the limited and belated involvement ward Councillors have been offered are not yet clear but it does at least provide us with the opportunity to ask questions on behalf of residents. I would encourage people to contact either myself, Monica or Errol directly as soon as possible with any issues or questions they have about the depot site. We will try to raise their issues and feed back answers.”