Squatters enter derelict building due to Haringey Council's failure to secure site

Haringey Council have been accused of breaking promises after squatters again moved into a derelict building in Crouch End. Over the past two years local residents and councillors have notified Haringey Council of security issues on the site in Tivoli Road and have been given assurances that the building would be secured and the building brought back into use. Local Liberal Democrats have expressed frustration at the recent break in and have asked for a clear guarantee that the issue will be resolved.

Cllr Lyn Weber (Crouch End) comments:

“Haringey’s latest attempts at securing the property were pathetic. Squatters seem to come and go at will, last weekend they got in via an unsecured route at the back of the house”.

“Haringey Council should look into bringing properties like this back into use as soon as possible so that the many families on Haringey’s waiting lists can have a real home.”

Cllr David Winskill added:

“Haringey Council should have secured the property properly, back and front, first time around. The unsecured rear of the building has been brought to Haringey’s attention by neighbouring residents but no action was taken. This is a typical Haringey Labour response and a complete failure to listen to local people who know what’s happening in their area”.

Virginia Jackson, of the Glasslyn, Montenotte and Tivoli Road Residents’ Association, added:

“We are dismayed that this house has been left in a state of disrepair for so long.We would now ask that it is made secure immediately and would welcome reassurances that it will be refurbished without delay.”