Hawker Union - Statement from Leader Cllr Joseph Ejiofor
We are sorry to hear that Street Feast have taken the decision to close Hawker Union in Wood Green. We were very keen for Hawker Union to be a success in Haringey - it was a great attraction for Wood Green - and was a welcome addition to the food and drink offer in the borough.
The suggestion that the actions of the Council have meant that Hawker Union has had to close is completely false.
The reality is that Street Feast have failed to meet statutory building regulations on their site. Their building regulations application was submitted after works had already begun and there were a number of concerns with the project. Although some of these concerns have been rectified, others have yet to be addressed. We have been clear and consistent about our expectations with Hawker Union throughout the planning, licensing and building regulations process. Street Feast’s management team have been provided with a clear list of steps to ensure compliance with the regulations but have failed to act on this advice.
The best interests of our residents are at the heart of everything that we do. As the regulatory authority, we are required to make sure that all our residents and visitors have the best time in a safe environment. We take this role very seriously and we must ensure that there is a level playing field so that statutory and regulatory requirements are met by everybody. Haringey is open for business and we will always work with traders to help them meet the necessary standards.
We wish Hawker Union all the best for the future and we remain willing to work together to make this project a success.