What’s going on at Wards Corner?
by wards corner community plan
The Community Plan has been passed!
In April 2014 Haringey Council granted planning permission for a proposal presented to them by a development trust that has grown out of a group of Tottenham residents and traders known as the WCC (The Wards Corner Community Coalition).
The plan aims to:
- Renovate the old Wards Corner Department store, on the corner of Tottenham High Rd and Seven Sisters Rd, for sustainable re- use,
- provide affordable space with improved conditions, facilities and support for expansion of the existing Seven Sisters Indoor Market,
- bring the unused 2400m² of space on the upper floors and in the corner building back to life, creating space for community services, art exhibitions and events, start- up businesses and social enterprise,
- create new employment opportunities in Tottenham N15,
- respect and enhance this historic Conservation Area, and
- retrofit the building to reduce its energy use by 75%.
Q: “How can it be financed and made to work?”
A: “By cultivating a thriving Development Trust.”
The plan can be delivered by a development trust, set up to represent the shared interests of residents, businesses and groups based in and around Wards Corner. A trust for this purpose has already been registered at Companies House under the name of the West Green Road and Seven Sisters Development Trust.
Sign up here to find out more.
What is a Development Trust?
Development trusts are defined as organisations which:
- are engaged in the economic, environmental and social regeneration of a defined area or community,
- aim for financial sustainability through trading or delivering services as community enterprises,
- are not for private profit,
- are community based and owned,
- are independent yet actively involved in partnerships and alliances between the community, voluntary, private and public sectors,
- create wealth within communities and keep it there.
Seven Sisters indoor market
The Wards building, a former Edwardian department store, is currently home to an indoor market on the ground floor with traders from diverse communities including Columbia, Peru, Africa, Iran, the Caribbean and Asian countries. The market is a major destination for London’s large Latin American population (estimated one million) and other visitors from all over London.
- The trust needs to establish a large membership made up of people who have an interest in furthering the aims of the community plan.
- The trust members will democratically elect a board of trustees who, with help from members will;
- obtain funding and support from various sources,
- clarify and communicate the aims and structure of the organisation,
- further develop the business plan,
- appoint and employ contractors and paid staff,
- monitor the project to ensure that it is proceeding in line with its agreed aims.
The Community plan includes many exciting features.
This image illustrates its proposal to re-instate the original light- wells on the first floor in order to bring light flooding through from the existing sky-lights down to the ground floor.
– so we know it is possible!
Register your interest in joining the Trust
We are encouraging all local people, groups, organisations and supporters to get involved in the development trust.
We need as many people as possible to contribute their ideas, experience, skills, time and/or support!
To register your interest in becoming director, member and/or getting involved in helping to move forward with the Trust, leave your details below.
Keep up to date with the development trust by signing up here
Watch this space for the first meeting of the development trust.
How to get involved
Come to the regular WCC meetings – currently every Monday 6.30-8.30pm at the Garden House restaurant, 410 High Rd, N17 9JB
Sign up here to recieve regular on ways to help, and show your support!