Wards Corner - statement from Leader Cllr Joseph Ejiofor
Discussions about Wards Corner have been going on for more than a decade – the conditional development agreement was signed back in 2007. The decision to submit the Compulsory Purchase Order for consideration is a legacy decision, made in 2016 by the previous administration.
Since my new administration started in May, Cllr Charles Adje and I have met with traders and they have made representations to Haringey’s Cabinet. We will continue to work closely with the Future of Seven Sisters steering group, which includes traders, to make sure their aspirations for the temporary and new market are met.
I want to be really clear about what is proposed at Wards Corner – this is not a plan to remove the market from Seven Sisters. It is a plan to temporarily move the market to a site over the road, in order to build a sustainable new long-term market, deliver new homes and business space. When the market moves back to the site, returning traders have a clear list of commitments, including reduced rent and the guarantee of equivalent space made by Grainger.
Since 2007 the Wards Corner agreement with Grainger has been subject to approvals from Cabinet and the CPO has been subject to an inquiry where all aspects of the scheme are closely examined. Discussions about the market’s future did not begin on the day we got the CPO decision.
We will continue to work with the traders to help them get the market that they want and will offer any further support that we can.