£1mil funding to put residents at the heart of regeneration

Dedicated action to put some of north Tottenham’s residents in the driving seat of shaping the future of first-class healthcare, education and jobs was given a £1million boost today.

Residents in Northumberland Park ward will work with Haringey Council, together with The Prince’s Charities and leading addiction charity Blenheim CDP on social regeneration projects after receiving the backing from the Transformation Challenge Award funding scheme.

The programme aims to help residents to tackle some of the immediate day-to-day problems they face while ambitious long-term plans for new homes and community facilities take shape, and residents have already been directly involved in deciding where the money should be allocated.

The council’s 20-year plan for Tottenham, the Strategic Regeneration Framework, sets out a commitment that regeneration is more than about new buildings – with a revolution in education and training, access to employment and healthier communities central to ensuring residents have access to the best opportunities in London.

Councillor Alan Strickland, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing, said:

“Families in Northumberland Park are rightly proud of their community, and we want to put power in their hands to make sure they get access to the best opportunities in our city.

“Our 20-year regeneration plan will bring huge benefits in high-quality housing, access to employment and better transport links. While that long-term work is taking shape, this funding will help us to work together quickly to deliver the ambitions of the community today.

“Putting power in the hands of residents demonstrates that local people are at the heart of our regeneration plans, and together, we can make a positive difference to the day-to-day lives of local people.”

Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE, Special Adviser to HRH, the Prince of Wales, said:

“Having led the Prince’s Charities engagement in Tottenham in the last three years – we are all excited at the new opportunities to support the Northumberland Park residents in their determination to shape their neighbourhood, raise achievement and aspiration in schools, and encourage enterprise, employment and skills for the future.”

Martin Brown, Business Development Director at Blenheim CDP, said:

“Blenheim are excited to be a member of the partnership team for this unique project that will promote community empowerment and target opportunities for early interventions with local residents associations and communities.

This fantastic investment for the community will provide an opportunity for collaborative work with local people that will leave a lasting legacy and provide a model of good practice in social improvement programmes for Haringey.”

Residents in Northumberland Park ward face greater health challenges, a lower likelihood of gaining qualifications and suffer from higher levels of crime than elsewhere in the borough.

As part of regeneration plans, families in High Road West have been consulted on ambitious proposals to build 1,200 new homes, a huge new public space and better community facilities and transport links.

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