Shaping the Wards Corner CBS: Community survey, workshop recordings, and more

Over the past month, we’ve been hosting workshops for key beneficiary communities on the new Wards Corner Community Benefit Society (CBS). These were lead by Dave Hollings from Co-operative and Mutual Solutions (CMS), who were allocated to the project through the Mayor of London/Coops UK Boosting Community Business programme as an independent support provider.

It’s been great to see a growing level of interest and excitement in the future of the Wards Corner site. In the coming month, we want to keep engaging with community members. Read below for some more information on the CBS workshops, and ways you can get involved in the coming weeks.

Survey on the Wards Corner CBS

In the coming weeks, Dave Hollings will be producing a report of recommendations for the Wards Corner CBS. This will be based on community responses to key questions which were asked in the workshops.

We want to get as many community members sharing their views on this as possible. We’ve put together a survey so that more people have a chance to be part of this process.

Help Shape the Wards Corner Community Benefit Society – Community Survey

This survey will end on the 7th November (midnight).

Upcoming dates

We will be hosting a community workshop on the 24th November in the evening. At this, we will hear Dave Hollings’ recommendations for the new CBS. There will also be a chance to engage with new design work, and celebrate recent achievements together.

We’ll be circulating more information about this soon, but for now, be sure to save the date!

Workshop recordings and slides

Below are the recordings from all four community workshops.

A copy of the introduction presentation from the Trust can be viewed here in English and in Spanish. A copy of the main presentation from Dave Hollings can be viewed here in English and in Spanish.

Wards Corner CBS: Workshop for local businesses, 29th September. Many thanks to Viviana Da Silva for providing translation in the chat, and to Victoria Alvarez for last mining translation support.
Wards Corner CBS: Workshop for local residents, 6th October
Wards Corner CBS: Workshop for local businesses, 13th October
Wards Corner CBS: Workshop for market and town centre users, 20th October

Volunteering

At this important moment for the future of the Wards Corner site, we’re looking for volunteers interested in getting more involved with the project. If this sounds like you, and you have an hour (or more!) to volunteer a week, please get in touch.

Help shape the new Wards Corner CBS!

The West Green Road/Seven Sisters Development Trust is convening a series of workshops to shape the Wards Corner Community Benefit Society.

Community benefit societies are a type of organisation that conduct business entirely for the benefit of the community. Rather than profits being distributed amongst members or shareholders, community benefit societies use them for the benefit of the community. The Wards Corner CBS will be a new organisation that will restore and manage the Wards building democratically, delivering the community plan.

Wards Corner. Second image produced by Unit 38.

To inform this, we’re convening four online workshops, each one focusing on a different beneficiary community. Registration for these workshops is via Eventbrite: 

These are open to all within these different communities. Workshops will take place on Zoom, and we’ll be recording them for those unable to attend. If you are unsure which event is right for you, or wish to have some advice on using Zoom, please contact us

Statement from Seven Sisters Indoor Market Traders

13.08.2021

We, the undersigned, are traders at Seven Sisters Indoor Market, many of whom are also members of the Seven Sisters Market Tenants Association (SSMTA).

Following Grainger PLC’s recent decision to abandon their development of the Wards Corner site and confirm that the temporary market at Apex Gardens will no longer be provided, we wish to publicly state the following:

  • We support the Wards Corner Community Plan, as proposed by the West Green Road/Seven Sisters Development Trust and which received planning permission in 2019. We call on the Mayor of London and Transport for London to follow Haringey Council in supporting the plan, and to work collaboratively with ourselves and the Trust to implement it as quickly as possible. We note that the Trust is currently establishing a Community Benefit Society to democratically progress the plan on a one member, one vote basis and we look forward to playing an active role in these discussions over the coming months. 
  • We call on the Mayor to extend the financial hardship scheme for all traders – regardless of their membership of the SSMTA – affected by the ongoing closure of the market. While we are grateful for the support we have previously received, this only extended until June 2021 on the presumption that the temporary market at Apex Gardens would then open. This is no longer the case, and the market remains closed with no certainty as to when a temporary or permanent solution will be provided. This is causing extreme hardship and distress for traders and requires urgent remediation. 
  • We further stress the critical importance of the provision of a temporary market. On April 7th, 2021, traders were informed that Grainger would not be proceeding with the installation of a temporary market at Apex Gardens. Despite this, and their public withdrawal from the Wards Corner site August 5th, Transport for London has yet to communicate a concrete alternative, or the timescales involved. A temporary market has become necessary due to the health and safety issues and construction work which have forced the closure of the main market. We ask for clarity on this matter, and for a workable solution to be progressed with speed. We note that the West Green Road/Seven Sisters Development Trust have previously issued proposals, designed in consultation directly with traders, which we continue to support. 

We are ready to work with all parties to ensure the swift implementation of the above and to ensure an equitable future for Wards Corner for all those who live, work, and play in the area.

Yours sincerely,

  1. Nicholas Amayo, Unit 10
  2. Cesar F. Yunda P., Unit 56
  3. Farhad Zarei, Unit 9
  4. Juan Daniel Martinez, Unit 52
  5. Catherine Pardo, Units 32, 33, 34
  6. Yesenia Ramirez, Unit 25
  7. Hadi Sarai, Units 27, 28
  8. María Ramirez, Units 27, 28
  9. Mohsen Khangary, Units 7, 8
  10. Andres Lobo Plaza, Unit 26
  11. Juan Candelo, Units 29, 36
  12. Jose Fernando Gonzales, Carwash
  13. Pablo Emilio Tobon, Units 42, 46, 47
  14. Luis F. Esguerra, Units 13, 14
  15. Fabian A. Cataño, 53
  16. Manuel Pelaez, 40, 48
  17. Leidy Delgado Varon, 31
  18. Libia Victoria Alverez, 37, 38, 3
  19. Reginalda Lima, Unit 50
  20. Maria Osorío, Units 1, 2
  21. Sara Ocampo Ramirez, Unit 23
  22. Lucia Corina Celermac, Unit 55
  23. Theresa Brembah, Unit 16
  24. Heli Deoya Domus, Unit 29
  25. Didier Jaramillo Garzón, Unit 58
  26. Lisbeth Da Silva, Unit 24
  27. Teresa de Pina, Unit 43
  28. Bernice Taiwo, Units 11,12, 59, 60