Council statement on Extinction Rebellion protests this weekend
Extinction Rebellion, the environmental campaign group, is holding two days of protests this weekend, with many of their activities and events centring around Downhills Park, Ducketts Common, Green Lanes, Turnpike Lane & Wood Green.
Their plans include two-day gatherings in Ducketts Common & Downhills Park. There is also expected to be some travel disruption in and around Turnpike Lane tube station (Saturday, 4:30pm-5:30pm) and Green Lanes (Sunday, 5:30pm-7:30pm).
Haringey residents and visitors to the borough are advised to avoid both of those areas to minimise any prospective disruption to their onward journeys. Check the Transport for London (TfL) website for the very latest traffic updates.
If residents need to raise concerns about anti-social behaviour (ASB) or noise issues, they can call our out of hours service on: 020 8489 0000. If you wish to report a noise problem between 6pm and 2am from Thursday to Sunday, click here.
A statement from the Leader of Haringey Council, Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, on the XR protests:
There can be no denying that we are in a Climate Emergency – Haringey Council declared that at Full Council in March, and we believe that every single person has a responsibility to help tackle it.
While we may not always agree with some of the ways Extinction Rebellion choose to share their message, it is a message that we broadly encourage, promote and support.
Action on the climate needs to be taken, and it needs to be taken now.
That said, we are sure Extinction Rebellion will be mindful of our community and ensure that they respect other views, and act as we would expect any leading campaign group to behave.
The council and police have held a number of productive discussions with the organisers of this weekend’s events and expressly outlined that, while we believe in peaceful protest, it Is vital that these protests remain within the law.
If not managed properly and organised lawfully, these situations can risk people’s safety, adversely affect nearby businesses and the local economy and redirect council – and police – resources away from other pressing concerns. It is vital to us that the needs and wellbeing of our residents and tradespeople are considered by the activists.
We have received assurances from the organisers that each event will be run efficiently, with sufficient stewarding on hand to ensure the safety of the public. We have been assured that there will also be no alcohol or drug use and that the group will clear up any mess prior to leaving the parks.
We will be closely monitoring these events this weekend and, should there be a need to intervene in order to protect public health and safety, we will take the appropriate action accordingly.
We will continue to engage in constructive dialogue with the organisers in the hope that these events pass off smoothly this weekend.”
Haringey Council has launched a number of environmental initiatives since declaring a Climate Emergency at Full Council back in March.
- Showcased the pilot Liveable Crouch End project at the Liveable Neighbourhoods Conference at Alexandra Palace in July
- Committed £2m of the £14.4m Sustainable Transport Works Plan (STWP) 2019-20 directly into the promotion of sustainable methods of transport around the borough
- Sent out our draft Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) for public consultation, with the final plan due back before Cabinet in November
- Installed 38 new Electric Vehicle Charging Points (EVCPs)
- Sped up our collective efforts to become carbon neutral by an initial date of 2050, with a revised target now set to be presented at Cabinet within the next three months
As one of the first boroughs to receive Liveable Neighbourhoods funding from the Mayor of London through Transport for London (TfL) in November 2017, £4.8m has been allocated to Crouch End in Haringey.
Liveable Crouch End (LCE) aims to bring about behavioural change in a part of Haringey characterised by high car ownership and a dominance of motor vehicles passing through the town centre.
LCE intends to challenge this dominance; achieve a significant modal shift away from car usage and drive forward Haringey’s cycling and walking aspirations.
Achieving these priorities will improve air quality, and promote active and healthy lifestyles, in Haringey.
Our £14.4m Sustainable Transport Works Plan (STWP) 2019-20 is also targeted at measures that, among other objectives:
- Encourage walking and cycling and the use of sustainable alternatives to car use.
- Reduce congestion and delay that impact on public transport services.
- Improve Air Quality.
The council has pledged to increase spending on active travel, such as cycling and walking, in future budgets.
Following the successful introduction of Haringey’s first ‘School Street’ outside Lordship Lane Primary in Tottenham, we will develop an action plan around delivering other school streets too.
We have agreed to work with the community and partners to speed up the borough’s efforts to become carbon neutral as well, and to call on the government and Greater London Authority (GLA) to provide more powers and resources to make this possible.
The council was originally aiming at 2050, but a revised target will be brought back to Full Council by the end of the year.
Emissions were reduced by 32.4% between 2005 and 2016 – higher than neighbouring boroughs and the national average.