West Green Road/Seven Sisters Development Trust presents in detail its first project and action plan for the Wards Corner Community Plan

In the second public meeting held by the trustees of West Green Road/Seven Sisters Development Trust on 16th July at Tottenham Chances, a thorough presentation of the plans for the implementation of the Wards Corner Community Plan was made, calling on local people and traders to join in the project.

The Development Trust, which was set up in 2007 (Registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee in 2008) and developed after wide consultation with local stakeholders, aims to further the long-range campaign led by the Wards Corner Community Coalition to block Grainger’s developmenCIMG6097 CIMG6095t project for Wards Corner and the disposal of the existing indoor market. The Development Trust’s first project will be to deliver the community plan for Wards Corner produced through collaboration between traders and many local communities. The Community Plan received planning permission by Haringey Council in April 2014 with the support of hundreds of people who recognise that the existing market is a fascinating place with massive potential to be a magnificent hub for the neighbourhood.

The Trust has recently been accepted onto Locality’s First Steps programme, providing funding, training and support to develop an action plan. The Trust’s action plan will focus on four priority areas that will be essential to delivering the Community Plan has been divided into four sections: 1) business plan and funding; 2) feasibility studies; 3) stakeholder engagement and communications; and 4) governance. The Development Trust is calling on local organisations and people across Tottenham to join in and get involved in one of these different working groups, according to the knowledge, skills and time resources of each person. In addition, there will be a Steering Group responsible for the coordination and supervision of the First Steps project itself. The deadline to express interest in the Steering Group is 24th July 2015.

The Development Trust attempts to be a progressive and enduring initiative to bring together the communities of their neighbourhood, prompting a common framework of exchange, solidarity, mutual support, learning and development of community assets to deliver regeneration for the benefit of the community. As it was explained in the meeting, the scope of the Development Trust goes beyond its first project for the restoration of the Wards building. The Development Trust seeks to encompass the further revitalisation of the West Green Road and Seven Sisters Town Centre, which has been neglected by the local authority over the last decade. It aims to promote an inclusive development that takes into account all the groups living and working together in Tottenham, including the Latin American and African communities.

The Trust’s First Steps project

The Trust has recently been accepted on Locality’s ‘First Steps’ programme, run by the Community Development Foundation (CDF). This gives us £2,500 to develop a community action plan to guide our future work, skills and leadership training and four days’ support from Alice Wilcock, director of CDF. Further details about the Trust’s First Steps project are in this slidepack, presented at the Trust’s public meeting on 16 July. Watch this space for announcements for the First Steps launch event in September!
The Trust is currently seeking expressions of interest for:
A) The steering group that will lead the project, supported by a paid worker. The steering group members will be 6-12 people who can bring time/skills/experience to lead the project between August 2015 and March 2016. The group as a whole will be drawn from the Trust’s representative communities: market traders, independent businesses, local residents and those who use the town centre, plus others with relevant skills and experience and who support the aims of the Trust.
Expressions of interest in joining the steering group should be sent to n15developmenttrust@gmail.com by Friday 24 July, explaining why you would like to join.
B) The paid worker who will support the steering group in delivering the project. This amounts to 6 days work at £150 per day.
Expressions of interest in this role should be sent to n15developmenttrust@gmail.com by Friday 24 July, including a CV and cover letter.
C) The working groups that will progress the Trust’s four priority areas:
1) Business Plan and Funding
2) Feasibility Studies
3) Stakeholder Engagement and Communications
4) Governance
For more information, see the attached presentation. If you would like to join one of the First Steps working groups, please email n15developmentrust@gmail.com. There is no deadline for doing this – if you prefer, you can wait until the First Steps launch event in September, where there will be more information about the groups and initial discussions about the four themes.