Full Council
Thursday, 14th March, 2024 7.30 pm

Venue: Tottenham Town Hall, Town Hall Approach Road London N15 4RY

Contact: Ayshe Simsek, Democratic Services and Scrutiny Manager 

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To receive apologies for absence


To ask the Mayor to consider the admission of any late items of business in accordance with Section 100B of the Local Government Act 1972


Declarations of Interest

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To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 4th of March 2024 pdf icon PDF 445 KB

To follow


To receive such communications as the Mayor may lay before the Council


To receive the report of the Chief Executive pdf icon PDF 189 KB

Designation of the Council’s Section 151 Officer under the Local Government Act 1972.


Draft Council Calendar 2024/2025 –to follow.


To receive the report of the Monitoring Officer and Head of Legal Services


To receive reports from the following bodies pdf icon PDF 312 KB

a)    Audit Committee – Appointment of Independent Advisors to the Committee

b)    Cabinet  - Adoption of the Community Safety Strategy  - cover report to follow following Cabinet on the 12th of March 2024

c)    Overview and Scrutiny – Annual Report  -  To follow

d)    Standards Committee – To follow

This will contain recommendations on approval of the Member Allowances Scheme 2024/2025 and  Changes to Council Standing Orders.

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Thirteenth Annual Carbon Report pdf icon PDF 351 KB

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Mayoral Debate: Celebrating Haringey through sport and the Arts.

Haringey has achieved great things in recent years in the sports and the arts: back to back London Youth Games for the first time ever, a fantastic music service that enables young people to learn musical instruments as well as fantastic performance venues like Bernie Grant Arts Centre and Jackson’s Lane showcasing international talent.


The objective of the debate is to discuss the importance of extracurricular activities for young people and how supporting cultural provision provides positive experiences for young people.


To consider requests to receive Deputations and/or Petitions and, if approved, to receive them


To answer questions, if any, in accordance with Council Rules of Procedure Nos. 9 & 10 pdf icon PDF 221 KB


1.    Cllr da Costa to Cllr Carlin

Reporting from Haringey Community Press has shown that the council is relying more and more on agency staff, with an increase of 12% between 2021/22 and 2022/23 meaning that more than a third of the workforce is on temporary contracts. Would you not agree that this over-reliance on agency workers, which the cabinet member has admittedly previously is worse than other comparable councils, is a huge waste of taxpayers’ money?



2.    Cllr Liam Carroll to Cllr  Gordon

I was glad to visit some of our council house building projects around the Borough, see the quality of the new homes being built and to hear that we are on track to build 3000 council homes by 2031. Can you provide us with an update on the next steps of the programme? 



3.    Cllr Cawley-Harrison to Cllr Ahmet

Our enquiries recently resulted in an admission from the council that “we do not currently have an accurate up to date list of all commercial property owned by the Council”, over a year since the independent property report flagged this as an issue, and the same report cited poor data management practices. If you can’t get something as basic as a list of what the council owns right, how can residents have confidence that their taxes are being spent responsibly?


4.    Cllr Johnson to Cllr Arkell

The council is bringing its leisure service back under democratic control later this year. Would you agree that direct control is the only way we can create a genuinely co-produced leisure service, one that is properly responsive to residents and reflects our diverse communities in Haringey?


5.    Cllr Barnes to Cllr Williams

The council’s performance on void properties means we are losing thousands of pounds in taxpayers’ money every day, and vulnerable people are being denied permanent accommodation unnecessarily. What are you going to do to get a grip on this programme?



6.    Cllr Sheila Peacock to Cllr Chandwani

Can you explain how the Household Support Fund impacts residents in Haringey?



To consider the following Motions in accordance with Council Rules of Procedure No. 13 pdf icon PDF 126 KB

Motion F



Protecting Haringey’s Libraries, and increasing library footfall and revenue


Proposer: Cllr Connor

Seconder: Cllr Rossetti


Council notes:

  • The overwhelming opposition to library cuts submitted as responses to the 2024/25 budget consultation;
  • That no libraries have been closed since 2010, and recognises that this leaves the borough in a better place than some neighbours. However, this cannot be used to deflect from the fact that the recent decision to cut hours will negatively impact Haringey’s residents in a multitude of ways;
  • That, despite opposition, Haringey Labour closed the mobile library service in Haringey in 2014, retaining only the housebound part of the service;
  • Following a review in 2016, council announced plans that would have seen the closure of Highgate Library and Muswell Hill Library, but were forced to reverse the decision due to overwhelming public opposition;
  • The significant capital investment in Haringey’s libraries since 2018 to improve library buildings and facilities, with a target that the investment would increase library use, accessibility and footfall to library buildings;
  • That cuts to council libraries are a political choice, not a financial necessity, and the proposed cuts for this year and beyond could have been avoided by approving the Liberal Democrat Amendment to the 2023/2024 budget;
  • That the Director of Culture, Strategy and Engagement, and the Lead Cabinet Member for Libraries conceded at a Budget Scrutiny panel in December 2022 that the only two options explored in the options appraisal for libraries were the cuts as proposed, or the closure of some council libraries;
  • The preliminary equalities assessment presented to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee predicted that cuts to libraries would have a negative impact on young people, older people, the disabled, parents of young children and those with the lowest socioeconomic status;
  • That the cuts to council libraries are being carried out before an up to date library strategy has been published.


Council believes:

  • Libraries are the only way that many children living in the borough have access to books, the only place for many of Haringey’s young people to study to ensure that they can maximise their full potential in life;
  • Libraries provide essential internet access for those without it, especially those that are jobseekers, elderly, or living in financial hardship;
  • Libraries provide a warm and safe space for many residents that would otherwise not have one, and so help prevent loneliness and poor health;
  • Libraries are an open-door arts and events venue, providing a vital community space for a large number of events and local groups at all hours;
  • That instead of cuts and reduced hours of access, council should be searching for opportunities to expand the number of services which can be delivered from libraries in an effort to improve footfall and increase the number of library users in the borough;
  • That libraries are being severely underutilised, particularly in regards to revenue-raising opportunities, and that there has been a lack of strategic direction in maximising existing spaces in council libraries and a lack of support provided to library  ...  view the full agenda text for item 14.

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