West Green Road and Seven Sisters Development Trust

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We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated and community orientated people to help the trust to deliver its objectives.

 

The Trust’s Objectives:

 

Promote the West Green Road and Seven Sisters area as the ´Gateway´to a multi-cultural rich diverse Tottenham. Promotes, supports and facilitates the local community to take part in and deliver this vision.

 

Acquire, hold and manage assets, and actively seek out opportunities to deliver regeneration within the WestGreenRoad/Seven Sisters area for community benefit.

 

Promote social enterprise  and sustainable economic development via supporting local business, start-up’s and facilitate training.

 

Manage Seven Sisters Indoor Market, and the public realm surrounding it.

 

 

What the Trust Does

 

Promote the West Green Road and Seven Sisters area as the ´Gateway´ to a multi-cultural rich diverse Tottenham. Promotes, supports and facilitates the local community to take part in and deliver this vision.

 

This will include;

• Community-led development with the social, environmental and economic sustainability of the area as the main driver – Create opportunities for the local community to be part of the development, via direct financial investment with financial return as benefit.

• Connect and partner with local, London-wide and international networks for the benefit of promoting the best interests of the local community.

• Engage with the community via events, publications and meetings to stay in touch with and report to the local people.

Acquire, hold and manage assets, and actively seek out opportunities to deliver regeneration within the West Green Road/Seven Sisters area for community benefit

 

This will include;

• The Trust will actively seek out avenues of delivering community lead development in the area, by approaching Responsible Social Landlords to work in partnership to provide social housing in the West Green Road and Seven Sisters area.

• The Trust would work with all businesses and land owners on the Wards Corner site brokering partnerships to ensure they commit to enhance the area, work within agreed Trust covenants and contribute to the costs of upkeep of the site including the active management of the Town Square via a Town Management Team.

• The Trust will work in partnership with a consortium of investors – which may include a local small and medium developers – accessing finance from the open market for development of the Wards Corner site plus subsidy from specialist funders.

• Allowing the local community to buy in to, and have a share of their local development, it will help protect against the inevitable gentrification that follows prosperity, and the rent rise that comes along with that.

Promote social enterprise and sustainable economic development via supporting local business, start-up’s and facilitate training.

 

This will include;

• Provide support to local businesses on how to improve their existing premises and methods of operation to increase trade.

• Encourage social enterprise, through connecting with existing organizations already performing this (The Selby Trust, The Enterprise Centre 639 High Street)

• Run and manage the Business Incubation Hub

• Work in partnership with other existing organizations (TTP, FSB, LBH) to promote Tottenham and all the businesses within, as a multi-cultural rich diverse destination

• On the second floor of the market it is proposed that there are small incubation spaces for fledgling businesses, so that start-up’s can be given the opportunity they need to prosper. This will include desk space to hire at a reasonable per hour price, offices to rent on a monthly basis.

• Create regular networking where the existing and start up business can share knowledge and experience for mutual benefit.

Manage Seven Sisters Indoor Market, and the public realm surrounding it

 

This will include;

• The Development Trust will seek at least a 40 year lease with TFL for the management of the existing market and the lease of the first and second floors with a view to retrofit and expand the market for community benefit. A long-term lease will be necessary to make the retrofitting of the market financially viable, enabling for a reasonable payback time on investment. This will be informed and developed by negotiations with TFL and based on the costs associated with the associated works.

• To improve street presence and indoor amenity in the market to increase footfall and bolster profits to allow for the current business to expand and hire more local staff.

• Local people will be able to invest in the retrofitting of the market, via Community Shares, giving them all an equal vote in the running of it regardless of the amount invested. This grantees real community participation, fostering citizenship in a diverse and deprived area. The benefit of such a system is that local people will literally have a stake in the restoration of their own neighbourhood, encouraging more local spending and a sense of pride on collective achievement.

• The current market licence holders will remain in the market, and the licences will be renewed on a rolling monthly basis, with a months’ notice necessary before vacating a unit. The financial operations of the market manager will be made transparent to the licence holders. This will ensure that the management team is held accountable to the licence holders it serves.

• The corner building will be set aside for leisure and or dining use, on the ground and first floor to increase the footfall in the building, further reinforcing its identity as a destination.

• There will be a Community Hub on the second floor, allowing for various groups and clubs to gather to have events and meetings. This will be part of the incubation unit (also on the second floor) and there will therefore be business support available in this space.

• Art Gallery – There will be an art gallery on the first floor to promote the work of local artists. This will be ran by a part-time curator, openings to exhibitions will bring people into the market further promoting it as a cultural destination. The will be opportunities for artists and artisans to work in the market providing them greater outreach into the community.

• Stage – The area beneath the central staircase will be a stage, to showcase and support local talent. This will act as an auditory hook in the day to draw people in and with evening performances, create a convivial atmosphere after dark.

• Manage and Up Keep of the Public Realm – The curtilage will be put over to seating with little street clutter to allow for ease of access to the market. The up-keep of this space will provide another source of income for the trust and enable greater scope for providing training and work-placements.

• Appearance – The management team will ensure that the rules governing the appearance of the various market stalls is in accordance with the terms set out with and agreed by the Development Trust.

• Controlling the waste management and deliveries to the market to ensure smooth running with least disruption to customers.

• Opening hours – Opening hours will be extended, both in the morning, to take advantage of the large volume of foot traffic as people go to work, and in the evening to encourage a night-time economy in the area. The market will also be open on Sundays, to facilitate leisure shopping and browsing of art, and taking in of organized cultural events. Monday to Friday 7am – 11pm Saturday and Sunday 9am – 11pm

 

There are more details upon request and items may change depending on financial and community aspirations and demands. However if the aims and objectives of the trust seem like something you can get behind and help deliver we would be interested in hearing from you.


Advisors

The Trust has been working with the organisations below to gain support and advice to guide the formation of the trust.

    • Locality
    • Just Space
    • New Economics Foundation
    • Various Iberian-American Consulates/Embassies
    • Pedro Achata Trust
    • Locality
    • Planning Aid for London
    • Wessex Community Assets
    • Pueblito Paisa, Multicultural Traders Association,
    • Tottenham Traders Association (TTP)
    • The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
    • English Heritage
    • Wards Corner Community Coalition (WCC)
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