History of Broadwater Farm

Key dates in Broadwater Farm’s history from its construction to the present day - Time line:

Date

Event

1967

Tower block

Construction of the estate, to provide 1063 properties, begins, and will be fully occupied by 1973.

 

A key feature is a system of walkways linking all blocks at first floor (deck) level.  No habitable rooms are provided at ground level due to the high water table.
1976Design faults and lack of amenities become apparent. Fifty three per cent of tenants refuse offers of accommodation at Broadwater Farm and there is a long queue of existing tenants waiting to be transferred from it.
1981The process of re-generation begins and it is spearheaded by residents.
1983Neighbourhood Office opens. Housing services staff are based on the estate to deal with day-to-day housing issues.
1985Tensions between the youth and the police give rise to civil disturbances. Broadwater Farm’s notorious image of a violent and troubled estate begins to form.
1985

Labour Party Leader the Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP was Chair of the Planning Committee that supported the development of the NAM ideas in Haringey. Mr Corbyn appointed the Haringey Borough Architect Mr John Murray as team leader in the new structure. The change to the service was completed in 1985 by his former colleague, the late Bernie Grant MP.

1987Broadwater Farm Residents’ Association formed.
1990Ecumenical Group is formed, following monthly prayer meetings since 1985 at Moselle School and then at the estate’s social club.
1992The Broadwater Community Centre and the Broadwater Farm Enterprise Centre open.
1993Urban regeneration funds amounting to £33 million are allocated to start an 8-year Estate Action Programme to renovate the estate.
1996Mr. Motivator opens Broadwater Farm Community Health Centre.
Ghana Union formed.
1997Better Life for Women and Families formed.
2000Opportunities Centre opens.
2001Haringey Council moves towards neighbourhood management in response to the Government’s National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal. The Council undergoes a major restructuring, establishing a new division for Neighbourhood Management. Broadwater Farm is identified as a priority neighbourhood.
2002

Estate Action Programme (EAP) ends.
A community development worker for Broadwater Farm is appointed and is based at the Neighbourhood Office.

First Annual General Meeting of Broadwater Farm Tenant Management Organisation (TMO) takes place. The TMO is in its development stage and not yet operational.
Ghanaian Cultural Community Group is formed.

2003

Newlon Housing Trust build 12 houses on land purchased from Haringey Council. Work begins on a 104 place nursery / children’s centre. The Enterprise Centre submits a bid in partnership with the local community and the council, under the Community Economic Development programme, to refurbish and extend its premises and to offer support and opportunities for job seekers and the self employed. Better Life for Women and Families submits a bid under the same programme to provide childcare training. Broadwater Women’s Forum is formed on 8th March - International Women’s Day. Following consultation with local residents, a road on the new site is named ‘Grant Close’, in memory of the late Bernie Grant MP.

African Cultural Group and United Support of People in Need Association are formed.

2004Work begins on a 104 place nursery / children’s centre. The Enterprise Centre submits a bid in partnership with the local community and the council, under the Community Economic Development programme, to refurbish and extend its premises and to offer support and opportunities for job seekers and the self employed. Better Life for Women and Families submits a bid under the same programme to provide childcare training.
2007

In full blossom © Tomas Hruska 2010A funding application by Haringey Council to the Heritage Lottery fund is accepted for capital investment towards funding the transformation and redevelopment of Lordship Rec park which is located next to the estate.

The regeneration plans for the park include the following improvement projects:

  • Restoration of the River Moselle
  • A new City Farm
  • A new Eco-centre with public toilet facilities
  • Significant re-landscaping works including new pathways, restored entrances, new litter and dog bins and improved seating
  • New BMX track
  • Restoration of the Model Traffic Area
  • Restoration of the Shell Theatre
  • Restoration of old toilet block into information point/farm shop

see the Lordship Recreation Ground page

2009

The Council announces that work will begin on creating an Inclusive Learning Campus. Broadwater Farm Primary School, William C Harvey School, The Moselle School and Broadwater Farm Children's Centre will all be part of the campus. The Campus will bring children together who have different educational needs.

It is intended that this new facility, along with other local services, will also benefit the whole community by providing activities and services for local people of all ages. This might include breakfast clubs, homework clubs, all year-round childcare for children from 0 to 11, parenting support, employment, housing and benefit advice and new sports facilities.

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9 October 2017

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