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Lumiere London 2018


Published: 17/01/2018   Last Updated: 17/01/2018 15:07:07   Tags: Fun, Things To Do, London, News, Art, Design

Lumiere London

Prepare to be mesmerised!
Lumiere London is back and it’s brighter, bolder and more magical. Join us on January 18-21, 5.30-10.30pm, and see King’s Cross transformed into a spectacular, nocturnal art show that will lift your spirit.
Paul Simon are proudly sponsoring student photographers from Tottenham and Wood Green

Stamp Duty cut


Published: 28/11/2017   Last Updated: 28/11/2017 13:26:34   Tags: Landlords, Property, News, Info, Stamp Duty, Buyer

Stamp Duty cut: 

first-time buyers rejoice, but experts warn of price rises

First time buyers may be emboldened to make an offer following the Stamp Duty cut announced yesterday, but industry figures and experts warn it's only a sticking plaster.

If Chancellor Philip Hammond thought his Stamp Duty cut for first time buyers announced during yesterday’s Budget would get a unanimous thumbs up, then things definitely aren’t going to plan.
Firstly Robert Cote, Chairman of the Office for Budget responsibility, revealed that his organisation thought the tax cut would push up prices by 0.3% and that “the main financial gainers will actually be people who already own properties, rather than first time buyers themselves”.
Treasury Chief Secretary has subsequently dismissed the OBR’s prediction and just a “minor increase”.
But Mark Hayward, Chief Executive of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA)  also sounded a note of caution saying that although overall it was a positive move, it would increase house prices by pushing up demand for first time buyer properties.
“We have seen this in areas where Help to Buy is offered, as it attracts a great deal of interest from first time buyers,” he said.

Sarah Beeny, TV presenter and founder of online agent Tepilo , also weighed in, saying she thought the measures would not make a huge difference to the market.
“Cutting stamp duty for first time buyers is unlikely to do much – the majority of first time buyers don’t pay anything or only a small amount presently, so it won’t make a huge difference to the masses,” she told The Express.
“The only people it will really help are first time buyers purchasing high worth properties, who already have the funds to do so.
“Essentially, it strikes me as a bit of a PR stunt designed to generate headlines, but something that will actually make very little difference to the market.”

Surveyors weren’t impressed either – Lewis Johnston, RICS’ Parliamentary Affairs Manager (pictured, left), said the thought “scrapping Stamp Duty for first-time buyers may stimulate activity at a time when the market is subdued, but this does not tackle the underlying problem and is something of a distraction from the need to increase supply”.
Alison Platt, CEO of Countrywide (pictured, right), however, didn’t think the Stamp Duty cut went far enough.
“It is activity among movers that is most critical to the growth of transactions in the wider housing market,” she said. “While first time buyers face affordability issues, so do movers and without making it easier for these second steppers to move on the supply of property to buy will always be limited, adding more to price pressures.”

House of the Year


Published: 27/11/2017   Last Updated: 27/11/2017 16:11:03   Tags: Property, News, North London, Info, Landlords

House of the Year

Inside the 'spaceship' house in Highgate longlisted for Grand Designs 


If you go down to Highgate Wood today you're sure of a big surprise. On a leafy lane just behind the Tube station it looks as if a spaceship has docked in north London, wedged in between the houses on either side. The curved, steel-grey hull seems to float above the pavement, while a sloping metal gangway allows passengers on and off the vessel.

This is the home of Mike Russum, an architect, and his partner Sally Cox. It has been longlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) House of the Year award, which is the subject of a four-part series on Channel 4; the winner will be announced in the final episode on Nov 28.

It's the sort of house that makes people stop and stare. "If I see someone standing outside looking, I invite them in and give them a tour," says Russum.

The couple were living in nearby Highbury when they both inherited some money and decided to build their own home. Plots are in very short supply in the area, so when this one came up – originally the side garden of one of the neighbouring houses – they put in a successful bid of £276,000 at auction.

That was in 2006. It took the best part of a decade – via planning hold-ups (it took two years and an appeal to get permission), neighbours' objections and construction delays to finish the job.

The tiny plot, just 22ft wide, dictated the shape of the house. "We had to have a parking place at the front, so to compensate we extended the upper floors out towards the pavement, which gives it the appearance of a vessel in dock," says Russum. The whole of the upper two floors was constructed in a factory and the pieces craned into position. The lower section, built from grey engineered bricks infilled with concrete and supported by steel beams, acts as a plinth for the upper storeys.

If I see someone standing outside looking, I invite them in and give them a tour"I like houses to be a series of unfolding surprises," says Russum. The first is Sally's study on the upper ground floor, with a glazed back wall that opens on to a full-width terrace overlooking the garden and trees beyond. Sally, a retired interior designer, creates designs for her wood sculptures here.

They had to dig into the hillside of the sloping plot to create their fourstorey home. Two en suite bedrooms are "below decks", on the lower ground floor, and the main bedroom is flooded with morning light from sliding doors that lead straight on to the garden.

The nautical theme spreads through the house, with design details such as steel wiring along the stair balustrades and a porthole window in the cloakroom. The wow factor really kicks in when you emerge into the main double-height living area, suffused with light from both ends. On the street side, the stairs continue up to full-height glass doors opening on to a roof terrace, but the garden side has the pièce de résistance.
A floating conservatory is suspended above the living space; it has a circular yellow floor and a curved blue structure that is part seating and part planter filled with tropical foliage. The glazing curves up into a dome ceiling, with views over gardens, trees and the city.

"It's like sitting in a tree canopy up here," says Russum. "It's a great place to come for a sundowner, and at night you can see the moon very clearly. This is a small house – 1,345 sq ft – but I wanted the main living space to be as grand as possible, so we devoted the two upper floors to open-plan living and made it double height."

The furniture in this space is bespoke, designed by Birds Portchmouth Russum, Russum's firm, with ideas from Sally. A window seat curves against the wall, as does the sleek white kitchen, and hidden storage is incorporated neatly throughout the house. The bench near the front door doubles as a storage box and an ice bucket is built into a side cupboard.
"This is a great house for summer parties, everyone spreads out onto the terraces and up into the conservatory," says Russum. The final outdoor space is a balcony jutting out from the living space, suspended over the garden like the prow of a ship.
"We call that the Kate Winslet balcony," says Cox, "as in Titanic."

Europe’s biggest urban wetlands opens


Published: 22/11/2017   Last Updated: 22/11/2017 13:46:10   Tags: North London, News, Nature, Things To Do, Info, Tenants

 Europe’s biggest urban wetlands opens

We’re strolling along Songbird Walk, beneath a row of waterside poplars very like ones Monet painted in Normandy. The October sky is grey but the footpath is lined with colourful wildflowers: yellow gorse, purple knapweed, white campion. With a liquid twittering, a flock of goldfinches swoop overhead, then a clear, penetrating song bursts from the bushes to one side. “Ooh, a Cetti’s warbler,” says wetlands director Veronica Chrisp.

The remarkable thing about this peaceful scene, though, is that it’s not some corner of rural England but a former no-go area in the Lee valley, between downtown Walthamstow and gritty Tottenham in north London, a few miles north of the Olympic Park. For decades, this group of reservoirs was out of bounds to everyone except, basically, a bunch of anoraks: fishermen and birders who obtained the necessary permits. 
Now, after a £10.6m investment by the London Wildlife Trust, Waltham Forest council, Thames Water and the Heritage lottery fund, Walthamstow Wetlands, Europe’s largest urban wetland reserve, is ready to open to the public.
Owned by Thames Water, it is still operational, supplying 3.5m households. But from 20 October, the 211-hectare site, with 13 miles of footpath and cycle track between 10 reservoirs, eight islands, and London’s largest heronry, will open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. London already has a well-regarded wetland reserve, in south-west London but a family ticket to the Barnes centre costs more than £30, while this one is free. (There is a parking charge but it’s walking distance from several tube and overground stations.)

At the main gate, on Ferry Lane, an 1885 building that housed the steam-driven pump engine is now a visitor centre with cafe, shop and exhibition space. From its viewing platform, we look down on swans gliding along the pretty Coppermill stream, then over three 19th-century hand-dug reservoirs, looking like natural lakes with their organic shapes and wooded banks. More modern reservoirs further out are less attractive but, we’re told, their large stretches of water and islands are important to the overall ecology of the site.
Walthamstow Wetlands expects to see 250,000 human visitors in its first year, but other kinds of guest have been coming to this site of special scientific interest (SSSI) for years: waterfowl such as pochard, gadwall and shoveler ducks overwinter here; and it’s a stopover for migrating sandpipers, redshank, lapwings and more. The “common” kingfisher (which is anything but) breeds here, and every year cormorants rebuild a colony of sticks and branches on the larger islands to rear their downy chicks.
The engine house’s Victorian chimney has been rebuilt as bijou accommodation for winged visitors: 50-odd small openings up and down its flanks are perfect nesting sites for swifts, aerobatic whizzes who sleep on the wing and only stop flying to breed, but whose numbers are threatened by urbanisation. Slits on its south side are a des res for the site’s large bat population, for whom lighting levels at night are kept suitably low. The newly-planted reed beds we see as we head south on Heron Walk enhance the look of reservoir one, but also make a great habitat for bitterns and bearded tits.

It was important, says Veronica, to keep it feeling wild – a place primarily for nature: there are no big information boards, and signage is all ground-level and low-key. As we round a bend past a bird hide, an excellent view of the Shard, the Gherkin and other City towers is a sharp reminder that this is not, in fact, deepest Suffolk.

Further down the stream is the rather older Coppermill Tower. There has been a mill on this site since at least 1086 (it’s in the Domesday Book), producing paper and gunpowder as well as copper, but this mid-Victorian building, with its Italianate loggia, wouldn’t look out of place in Siena. Now also open to the public, it offers panoramas south to the Olympic Park and Canary Wharf, and west across Hackney Marshes to central London.

With 500,000 people living within two miles of the reserve, and millions more under an hour away by public transport, excitement about the opening has been widespread. Photographers will relish the watery sunsets, cyclists welcome a new GLA-funded route across the Lee valley to Tottenham, naturalists look forward to seeing mating damselflies in the spring, and twitchers to spotting everything from little grebes to peregrine falcons (particularly once the first bird hide is renovated – a second is awaiting funding).
But those of us who are none of the above can, as Wetlands Steve says, just enjoy this “beautiful, therapeutic and tranquil place”. Anoraks not compulsory.

Rising Rental Income


Published: 25/10/2017   Last Updated: 25/10/2017 15:51:24   Tags: Landlord, Tenant, News, Rental Market, Property, Income

Rental income continues to rise,

 despite increase in supply

THE underlying strength of the rental market has been emphasised once more by new statistics that show rental prices are continuing to rise, despite more property stock becoming available to tenants. 

  Rightmove’s most recent Rental Price Tracker shows asking rents outside London in the second quarter of 2017 were 2.8 per cent up on the previous quarter. While some may expect a rise in rents to be at least partially a result of low supply, the opposite was in fact true with property availability up by seven per cent in comparison with Q2 in 2016. 

Wood Green is the new Shoreditch?


Published: 28/09/2017   Last Updated: 28/09/2017 15:47:27   Tags: Wood Green, Art, North London, News, Info, Property, Rent

Blue House Yard
A unique creative hub in the heart of Wood Green

Blue House Yard is a redevelopment and re-imagining of an empty and underused site a few minutes from Wood Green station.High Street Works in partnership with London Borough of Haringey will transform the site into a place for local creatives, entrepreneurs and residents for the meanwhile use period of 5 years.
The redevelopment will create both private space for rent and a new public space for meeting friends, discovering events and interacting with local designer makers.

Offshore income and assets

Published: 01/09/2017   Last Updated: 10/05/2019 10:47:07   Tags: Haringey, Housing, Landlords, Tenants, News, Council, North London, HMRC, Tax, Income

If you have money or other assets abroad, you could owe tax in the UK

Things are changing – the tax world is becoming more transparent

• HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is getting tougher on those not paying the right amount of tax across their offshore tax affairs.

• From 2016, HMRC is getting new financial information about our customers from more than 100 jurisdictions – including details about overseas accounts, structures, trusts, and investments.

• HMRC is already using information, supplied by overseas banks, insurers, and wealth and assets managers, to identify the minority who are not paying what they owe.

Are you confident that your UK tax affairs are up-to-date?

You need to regularly check that you have declared all of your UK tax liabilities and, if needed, bring your tax affairs up-to-date. 
This is your responsibility.

Personal circumstances change. For example, you may have recently inherited assets overseas. 
Tax laws change too. 
All of this means that previous advice can be out-of-date, with costly consequences.

• If you are confident that your tax affairs are up-to-date and complete, then you don’t need to do anything further.

• If you are unsure, we recommend that you speak to a tax adviser to find out if you need to take action now.

• If you find that you need to bring your tax affairs up-to-date, it can be easier than you think. You can choose
to do this now using HMRC’s straightforward online disclosure facility at 

If you have not paid the right amount of tax and choose not to take action now, you need to know that:
• HMRC will find out about your money and assets overseas through new information from more than 100 jurisdictions.

• Penalties are increasing for those who are not paying the right amount of tax on their offshore assets, and you can even face criminal prosecution. Under new rules, you could face further penalties based on the value of the asset as well as the tax due, resulting in potentially life-changing consequences.

If you choose to delay in coming forward, it’s very likely to cost you more and there is also more chance that HMRC will come for you.

Come to us before we come for you
• If you are confident that your tax affairs are up-to-date, and you have declared all of your UK tax liabilities, then you don’t need to do anything further.

We are already using early financial information to identify the minority who are not paying what they owe.

If you need to bring your tax affairs up-to-date, it is your responsibility to do so – act now at

Diana the 'People's Princess'


Published: 31/08/2017   Last Updated: 31/08/2017 16:02:57   Tags: Haringey, Housing, Landlords, Tenants, News, Council, North London

The 'People's Princess'

The iconic royal, Diana Princess of Wales, would be 56 now. Diana was an inspiration to so many, and she was aptly dubbed the 'People's Princess' owing to her kindness and compassion. Although Diana sadly passed away 20 years ago, her legacy continues to live on through her children, William and Harry, and her grandchildren, George and Charlotte, of whom we are sure she would be immensely proud. 

On what is likely to be a reflective day for our royal family, we also reflect on the wonderful life she led. Here, we look back at the most memorable moments that truly capture Diana Princess of Wales as a style icon, philanthropist, and - of course - a loving mother.

1. Princess Diana's Wedding in 1981
Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 1981 in what was called 'the wedding of the century'. Her memorably large dress was designed by David and Elizabeth Manuel, consisting of huge puffed layers of taffeta, topped with lace, sequins and tens of thousands of pearls.

2. Her first appearance with her son, William
On June 21st 1982, Princess Diana appeared on the steps of St. Mary's Hospital to introduce the new heir to the throne, Prince William. 2 years ago, William welcomed his very own heir on the same steps, alongside Kate Middleton who also donned blue polkadots.

3. Diana's first major tour 
In 1983, Diana accompanied Prince Charles and tiny baby William for her first major tour. The young royals visited Australia and New Zealand, meeting representatives of the Maori people. It was here that Diana first demonstrated her kindness to the people she met, leading to the nickname she held throughout the rest of her life of being the 'People's Princess'.

4. The birth of Prince Harry
Just two years after the birth of her first child, Princess Diana welcomed Prince Harry to the world on September 15th, 1984. Today, Harry follows in his mother's footsteps as a philanthropic figure.

5. The Travolta Dress
Princess Diana was quickly becoming a style icon, and her appearance at a White House Gala cemented her in this role. While visiting President Reagan, Diana wore a stunning midnight-blue evening gown designed by Victor Edelstein. The dress was dubbed the 'Travolta Dress', as she danced with American heart-throb John Travolta at the gala, and the pictures of them gliding around the room circulated widely. In 2013, the dress was auctioned for £240,000, making it the most expensive auctioned dress.

6. Her role as President of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
Princess Diana was involved in many charitable causes, but one of her most notable was the work she did with children. In 1989, she became the president of the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, and she regularly visited the hospital and supported them in their new developments.

7. The Leonardo Prize
In June 1995, Diana visited a children's hospital in Moscow that she had previously supported through her charity work. While in the Russian capital, Diana was awarded with the Leonardo Prize, given to the most distinguished patrons and people in the arts, medicine and sport. This was to be the first in a series of prizes rewarded to her for her philanthropic work.

8. Her work with AIDs victims
In the 1980s and early 1990s, there was a huge stigma attached to those with HIV and AIDS, and they suffered immeasurably. Princess Diana played a huge role in de-stigmatising AIDS, first by shaking hands with an AIDS sufferer in 1987 when it was still unknown whether the disease could be contracted by physical contact. In 1989, she opened the Landmark AIDS Centre in South London, where she continued to work closely with the patients. Although this venture did not have the support of the royal family, her work continues to be recognised today as an act of extreme kindness and compassion towards a highly stigmatised group.

9. Her work with the Red Cross
Among Diana's other notable charitable causes was the Red Cross, of which she became a patron in 1988. This role led her to travel the world in support of Red Cross projects. Here, she is pictured visiting the Red Cross centre in Nepal in March 1993.

Pros & Cons of Green Lanes restaurants


Published: 25/08/2017   Last Updated: 29/08/2017 13:24:41   Tags: Haringey, Housing, News, Council, North London, Local, Business, Restaurant

Residents say giant new Turkish restaurant on Green Lanes flouts rules to preserve the high street

Residents campaigning to shut down a Turkish restaurant that opened unlawfully in London’s “Little Istanbul” say a rapid rise in the number of places to eat and drink is killing their high street.
Sira Vanadokya, which opened at the weekend, takes up three shopfronts along Green Lanes in Harringay, which were knocked into one without full planning consent.

Objectors accuse the owners, who have been refused retrospective planning permission, of flouting rules designed to preserve the balance of the street scene. Fifty have written to Haringey council, saying traditional retailers have been squeezed out of Green Lanes over the past decade, leaving the street a “ghost town” by day.

However, the restaurant owners say the venue enhances the street’s reputation as a destination for Turkish and Kurdish cuisine, drawing parallels with foodie destinations such as Chinatown and Brick Lane, which attract customers from across the capital.

Michael Anderson, who has lived in the area for 33 years, said: “Fifteen years ago when we started to get restaurants around here I welcomed it because it had become deserted.
"But now it seems everyone has the same idea. A  lot of the ordinary trading shops are dying. We are at a tipping point.” Council figures show restaurants, pubs and takeaways comprise a quarter of the 142 units on the mile-long strip. 

Hugh Flouch, founder of community website Harringay Online, said: “I do use the local restaurants and it’s great we have a vibrant restaurant economy but I don’t want that to be all there is.
"People have talked about wanting a more diverse high street offer including things like a fish shop, a book shop and a stationers.” 

The Sira is made up of three units which the owners successfully applied to convert into three individual restaurants one by one over the past 12 months.
However, an overall application to permanently combine them into a single diner of 5,000 square feet, open from 7am until 2am daily, was refused last week. Objectors have complained about noise, cooking smells and public disorder from the bigger outlet, equivalent to the size of two tennis courts. 

One wrote: “We have no need of any further huge restaurants on this stretch of Green Lanes. To grant retrospective planning permission would send the message that local planning law is to be flouted by simply ignoring it.” In another objection sent to the council, Ian Sygrave, of residents’ group the Ladder Community Safety Partnership, accused the owners of using “dubious and murky” tactics in their attempt to change the building’s use. He added: “Every new loss of a shop undermines the viability of existing outlets and helps to reduce daytime footfall in favour of the night-time economy.”
In their council application, the owners said the venue was part of a cultural tradition of Turkish and Cypriot restaurants in Green Lanes which “will enhance the vibrancy and vitality of the town centre, particularly during festival times”. In a letter backing the new restaurant, Shefik Mehmet, chairman of Harringay Traders Association, said: “We like to draw similarities with Chinatown and Southall. Green Lanes is the Turkish equivalent.” 

Councillor Ali Ozbek said: “The exciting restaurants have not only added economic improvement but also helped neighbouring units to benefit.”

Haringey council said: “We are aware the site has started trading as a restaurant without planning permission and have passed this on to our enforcement team who are investigating further.”

The BEAST at Alexandra palace


Published: 24/08/2017   Last Updated: 24/08/2017 14:54:24   Tags: Haringey, Things To Do, News, Ally Pally North London, Fun, Bank Holiday


It's the world's largest inflatable obstacle course, and it's coming to Ally Pally 

At 272 metres long, with 32 inflatable obstacles, a DJ and epic light displays, this ain't your standard bouncy castle in a pub garden. 
This is serious.
That's why it's called The Beast.
The monster inflatable is being blown up at Ally Pally this August bank holiday

Street food vendors, including Saucy Chip and Taco Revolution, will also be on site, alongside bars with cocktails, craft beer and prosecco on tap. 
Our only advice is to indulge after and not before you take on The Beast. 
Definitely not before.

The Beast will be at Alexandra Palace from Friday August 25 to Monday August 28
It'll be open between 10.00am and 11.00pm, with morning sessions for kids and families. 
Please note the following age restrictions:
10am-10:45am 11-15 years old only
11am – 11pm Adults only (ages 16+)
The Beast is a physical obstacle course, so we advise to wear comfortable clothing.

Yes. Sessions on The Beast inflatable are ticketed yes and will run through the day in 15 minute blocks from 10.00am to 11.00pm. You will need to purchase a ticket in advance to experience The Beast.
However, the food, drink and party areas will be open to the public throughout and you don’t need a ticket to access these areas.
Tickets are limited so don’t miss out by booking yours today. The Beast sessions are ticketed and will run through the day in 15 minute blocks from 10.00am to 11.00pm, with morning sessions for kids. Each ticket costs £20 (plus a £2 booking fee) and includes one full circuit on The Beast. The food, drink and party areas will be open throughout your experience

Afraid so – for the adult sessions which will run from Midday to closing at 11pm each day, you will need to be 16 or over.
There are morning sessions for kids each day from 10am, but these will only be for 11-15 years olds.

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Landlords will be required to report quarterly to HMRC


Published: 22/08/2017   Last Updated: 19/09/2019 16:53:31   Tags: Haringey, Housing, Landlords, Tenants, News, Council, North London

LANDLORDS - Are you aware from April 2018 you will be required to report to HMRC quarterly?

Hmrc has confirmed the timetable for the rollout of quarterly reporting and a year end reconciliation under Making Tax Digital with the first tranche of taxpayers, including buy-to-let landlords and the self-employed, set to kick in from April 2018

The changes will affect most businesses, including micro and small businesses. This includes over three million self-employed individuals (including around 900,000 buy-to-let landlords), 1.6m companies, over 400,000 ordinary partnerships, and about 600,000 businesses with income from different sources (for example, both self-employment and property).
The requirement for quarterly reporting and a subsequent year end reconciliation will be mandatory for all businesses by 2021, although the introduction is being staggered depending on the size of business so that larger incorporated businesses will not be drawn into the system before 2019 at the earliest.

Quarterly reporting for landlords and the self employed will start from 6 April 2018 although the threshold of £10,000, suggested in the original proposal documents, is still up for review, with the government yet to confirm whether this will be raised to exclude more of the smallest unincorporated businesses and sole traders. This arbitrary figure has come in for criticism as it is even below the current tax free threshold for individual taxpayers.

There is also some discussion about whether the deferral threshold will also be changed which would give a one-year exemption to some businesses.
A decision on both threshold issues will be made by the middle of the year at the latest, but it will definitely have to be taken before the Finance Bill 2017 is laid in July. There is likely to be more consultation on this particularly complex issue.

Theresa Middleton, HMRC director of Business Customer and Strategy told CCH Daily: ‘We have not included the exemption threshold and deferral threshold as the government has decided that it needs more time to consider these issues, but they will be confirmed before July 2017 when the legislation is laid.’
From next year – 6 April 2018 - businesses, self-employed people and landlords will be required to start using the new digital service. 

The key dates are:
  • April 2018 if profits chargeable to income tax and pay Class 4 national insurance contributions (NICs);
  • April 2019 onwards VAT falls under Making Tax Digital, so anyone registered for VAT will report and pay this through the new system; and
  • April 2020 for corporation tax payers.
Individuals in employment and pensioners will be exempt from digital tax reporting unless they have secondary incomes of more than £10,000 per year from self-employment or property.
It has not been confirmed what the cut-off threshold for larger companies under Making Tax Digital will be as yet, although tax experts are expecting that businesses with annual revenue over £10m and larger partnerships will not be within the scheme as their tax affairs would be too complicated to report in this way.

In the consultation, the government said that it was considering exempting more of the smallest unincorporated businesses from the requirement to keep digital records and report earnings.
Larger partnerships with income exceeding £10m are likely to be exempted from Making Tax Digital as their tax affairs would be too complex to report through this system.

It was also considering deferring the mandatory start date of Making Tax Digital (MTD) by one year for the next tier of small unincorporated businesses and landlords with annual incomes of above £10,000, but below a threshold to be determined. Final decisions will be made before legislation is laid later this year.

Changes to your waste service


Published: 21/08/2017   Last Updated: 22/08/2017 16:03:34   Tags: Haringey, Housing, News, Council, North London, Good To Know

Haringey Council blames cuts for changes 

to waste collection

Haringey Council has defended its approval of changes to the collection service given to residents.
Haringey Council approved changes to Veolia’s waste collection system on June 30.

These changes include charging £25 for four bulky items from July 24; charging £30 for replacement bins from July 31; and, charging £75 for garden waste from October 23 and distributing wheelie bins to those who subscribe.

Councillor Peray Ahmet, Haringey Council cabinet member for the environment, said: “After years of council funding reductions, we still need to find another £20 million of savings across the borough, which unfortunately means making some tough decisions.

“We are committed to delivering a good waste and recycling service and understand this is important for residents.
“These charges will allow us to continue to provide that service while helping us to continue to make budget savings and allow more of our remaining resources to go into other essential areas such as adult social care, libraries and children’s services.”

In an e-petition opposing the implementation of changes located on the Haringey Council website, it is argued that the potential impact contravenes the council’s five-point corporate plan for the period 2015 to 2018.
The e-petition suggests the changes could result in the increase occurrence of fly-tipping, with some residents unwilling to pay the extra charges.

Further counter-arguments to the changes target specific points of the plan.
It is pointed out that with most residents already having more than one bin, increasing the number further will go against point 3 to ‘make our streets, parks and estates clean’.
And, it is argued that increased trips to recycling centres will counter point 4 to ‘reduce emissions across the borough’.

A further dispute is over the amount to be charged for garden waste.
Some boroughs charge between £50 to £60, whereas Haringey residents are to be charged £75.

Haringey residents already pay the eighth highest council tax of 33 London boroughs.

Waste collection company Veolia does offer alternatives to the 240 litre bin for garden waste, but an outreach officer must visit each property before a smaller bin is considered.

There is also dismay at mention of a £30 fee for replacing a lost or stolen bin, and replaced when broken by operatives, which opponents say could be open to interpretation; operatives may not realise they have broken bins on their busy routes.

Child genius from North London


Published: 20/08/2017   Last Updated: 22/08/2017 17:00:59   Tags: Barnet, News, Information, School, North London

A 12-year-old boy from north London has been named Child Genius 2017

  Rahul, from Barnet, was the last child standing on the Channel 4 show after he swept to a 10-4 victory in a head-to-head final with nine-year-old Ronan.
Cheered on by competitive father Minesh and pharmacist mother Komal, Rahul impressed host Richard Osman with his specialist knowledge of the work of English scientist Edward Jenner in the semi-final.

He clinched the title after answering a question on 19th-century artists William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais' involvement with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

On his win, the youngster said: "I am extremely delighted to win, well done to Ronan and all the other competitors. Thank you."

He was entered into the show by Minesh, an IT manager, who called the win a "phenomenal achievement".
His father had earlier said: "We're a family who are used to winning and doing well in exams and competitions and things."

Rahul captured the imagination of audiences during the competition after he gained full marks in a spelling test and correctly memorised the order of a pack of cards.

He had been expecting to do battle with 11-year-old Joshua but Ronan's knowledge of 1666 London saw him secure a spot in the final.
Both the grand finalists scored 15 in their specialist fields, with Rahul focusing on Edward Jenner's medical innovation and methodology in 
18th-century England.
Joshua, from Staffordshire, came in fourth behind 12-year-old Dylan in third while the only girl to reach the final, Aliyah, 10, placed fifth.

Cashless Parking


Published: 17/08/2017   Last Updated: 17/08/2017 16:28:12   Tags: Haringey, Housing, Landlords, Tenants, News, Council, North London

Cashless parking

The following has been sent out by Haringey Council:

Our on-street Pay & Display (P&D) machines are up to 20 years old and some are in poor condition with high maintenance costs.  They are also susceptible to cash box theft, vandalism and, on occasions, complete removal.  This has been apparent of late as approximately 50 machines have already been taken out of service as a result of vandalism - or being at risk of vandalism.

Replacing a P&D machine costs up to £5,000 for supply and installation; so replacing damaged machines is costly. This doesn’t include the costs associated with future cash collections and ongoing maintenance. 
On top of this, we have been advised that it would cost nearly £100,000 to convert all of our P&D machines to take the new £1 coin. It is increasingly difficult to justify such expenditure at a time when the Council is experiencing extreme financial pressures and so a decision has been made to move towards cashless parking and commence a programme to phase out P&D machines across the borough and only offer ‘Pay by Phone’ parking. We understand that a number of other London Boroughs are going through the same process.

Pay by Phone parking has been operating successfully in Haringey since 2012 and all our recently introduced CPZ's are already ‘cashless’ (Woodside West, Bounds Green East, White Hart Lane, Bruce Grove East & West). 
Cashless parking payments can be made by using a simple smartphone app, calling a telephone number or by texting the location number, all of which are given on parking signs. An account would need to be set up but this only takes a few minutes and can be done in advance at home. The system offers a wide range of benefits to customers including choice of payment method, reminders that their parking session is about to end and the option of extending their parking session. Users have also said the biggest advantage is not having to carry lots of coins.

We acknowledge that some users may not have access to a smart phone or they may simply prefer to use cash and so we will be introducing a cash payment option via PayPoint. This allows users to pay for their parking session in a PayPoint enabled local shop. A message then gets sent to civil enforcement officers (CEO's) to note that payment has been made for a specific vehicle (the parking session automatically starts and the CEOs handheld will note payment as it would if you were to text or pay for the session using the app). This means that you don’t have to walk back to your vehicle to display a ticket. This PayPoint cash payment system is well established across London.

We have been working with our Communications Department to develop a comms strategy, which will include publishing articles in Haringey People, adverts on street and posting information and guidance on Pay by Phone parking on our website. We will also be engaging with the business community to ensure that they are aware of our intention and reassure them that customers will continue to be able to park locally and conveniently. An advantage of the PayPoint system is that users have to walk into shops to pay for their parking sessions and so this is an obvious way for businesses to generate footfall through their premises.
Some businesses have also asked us if they can pay for their customers parking session and this is something we are working with Pay by Phone develop.

We intend to start decommissioning P&D machines from the beginning of September and hope to complete the programme by 15 October, which is when the old £1 coin will no longer be legal tender.

Further information on cashless parking and setting up a Pay by Phone account can be found at or if you have any questions please contact

N22 Open Studios

Published: 15/08/2017   Last Updated: 15/08/2017 09:18:10   Tags: Haringey, Art, Creative, News, Council, North London



Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September 2017 - 12 noon-6pm

We are putting the artists of Wood Green on the map!
Unbelievably this is the 21st Chocolate Factory N22 Open Studios and this year it’s part of the new Love Wood Green Festival!
The Open Studios map shows 3 studio buildings Chocolate Factory 1, 2 and 3 where over 100 artists are opening their doors. We also have exhibitions of portraits by Michelle Eva May at Karamel, and abstract paintings by Joanna Wilkinson at The Green Rooms in Station Road, Wood Green N22.
The studios in Chocolate Factory 1-3 are home to painters, print-makers, photographers, designer-maker, jewellers, sculptors and ceramists. So, whether you are looking to liven-up your wardrobe or your living space, you need to check out the talent in Wood Green.
Collage Arts, the promoter of the N22 Open Studios and Love Wood Green Festival, has been at the cornerstone of the Wood Green Cultural Quarter for over 30 years. During this time they have created opportunities for thousands or creative people to get established. The latest programs show how diversity has been indelible etched on the ethos.
Making Creativity Work supports young people with a passion for fashion. Create Your Future is working with a group of Kurdish Women to turn their textile skills into enterprises. You can see what they have produced in the market stalls at Studio 28. If you think that the stalls look opulent it is because they will form part of the set for our spectacular Great Gatsby Christmas Party – you will not want to miss that.
Our inclusive programs are central to making Wood Green work for everyone.
Enjoy the Open Studios and Love Wood Green!

Free and family friendly.

Love Wood Green Festival! Featuring the 21st annual N22 Open Studios, studios, stalls, art exhibitions – now part of four days of live music, dance workshops, childrens’ theatre and more. 

Wednesday 20 September to Sunday 24 September 2017.

Start and finish times:
12 noon-6pm

Event contact details:
Tel: 020 8365 7500 | email:

Price details:

Event category:
Advice, jobs and training
Art and crafts
Children and families
Community events
Food market
Theatre and dance

Karamel RestaurantChocolate Factory
4 Coburg Road
Wood Green
N22 6UJ

Marvellous Myddleton


Published: 14/08/2017   Last Updated: 14/08/2017 16:12:34   Tags: Haringey, Housing, Landlords, Tenants, News, North London

In Victorian times, Myddleton Road – tucked away behind Bowes Park Station – was a bustling terrace of shops, restaurants and homes. Thanks to the fantastic efforts of new independent traders and a strong sense of community spirit, the area is enjoying a renaissance as one of Haringey’s best-loved destinations, drawing visitors from across the borough and beyond. Local traders – such as independent bar the Step, Greek grocery Hellenic Gourmet and Italian deli La Coppia – have taken care to preserve the street’s character while making improvements, and the Myddleton Road Community gardens are a haven of calm at the centre of the area. Now a local artist has captured Myddleton’s special heritage through two beautiful 7.3 metre-long panorama artworks – using traditional techniques to capture the street for future generations. Gabriela Schutz’s ‘A Walk in Myddleton Road’ – on display at Bruce Castle Museum until late October – is an installation of two drawing panoramas that record Myddleton Road and a third drawing of the New River, which flows openly near the street. The panoramic format was popular in the 19th century, when people would go to see huge immersive panoramas of landscapes and historical events in a kind of early version of 3D cinema. Gabriela said: “The panoramas of Myddleton Road represent many walks in the road. Hopefully they will serve as an historical document of the street as it was in 2016/17. “Drawing the street, rather than viewing via Google Earth or Streetview, is about slowing down and looking properly at things – and that is true for myself, the artist, and for the viewer. “These days we spend so much time on our phones, exchanging information and communicating with distant people – yet at the same time being by ourselves. It is the personal and physical connection with a place which is the heart of this project. It is about being part of a local community and engaging with reality. “Drawing is a way of observing the world and being totally present. I have been intrigued by the changing architectural styles along the street, by the shop fronts representing different periods of time, diverse cultures and distinct aesthetic tastes.”

Haringey - Biggest annual house price gains


Published: 01/08/2017   Last Updated: 15/08/2017 09:20:54   Tags: London, Haringey, Property, House Price, Landlord, News

London house prices:

Haringey enjoys biggest annual house price gains while Islington named the biggest faller

Sales of London homes to the end of April were 29 per cent lower than the same period last year, according to Your Move’s latest England and Wales house price index.
House prices in the capital continued to rise, up 2.7 per cent in the year to April 2017, but this is the second lowest annual rise seen in London since March 2012. The average house price in London at the end of April stood at £615,838, up 0.1 per cent on the month before.

Haringey was named the best performing borough, with house prices up 12.5 per cent annually thanks to an increase in prices of flats. In contrast, Islington was the worst performer with house prices down 10.4 per cent following a surge in sales of terraced houses ahead of the three per cent stamp duty surcharge on second homes introduced last year.
The index also found that prime property in the capital registered strong growth on an annual basis.

Kensington and Chelsea, where average prices stand at £1.9m, enjoyed annual growth of 8.8 per cent while house prices in the the City of Westminster rose by 9.7 per cent. Meanwhile, the City of London saw the biggest monthly increase up 9.6 per cent to £998,709.

Meanwhile, average house prices in England and Wales during May reached new peak of £303,200 despite "General Election uncertainty", Your Move said.
Transactions in the north east (up 10 per cent), North West (six per cent), Yorkshire and Humberside (seven per cent), East Midlands (four per cent), West Midlands (six per cent) and Wales (13 per cent) are all higher in the three months to the end of April 2017 than the same period in 2015.

Meanwhile, transactions in greater London and the south east are down by 19 per cent and seven per cent respectively.
Oliver Blake, managing director of Your Move and Reeds Rains estate agents, said: “There was a lot of talk about housing from the parties in their election manifestos, it’s now time for those words to be put into action.
“The market remains resilient and there’s encouraging activity in the north, but we need to urgently address the serious blockages in house building holding back labour mobility and economic competitiveness in too many areas of the country.”

RANKLONDON BOROUGHApr-16 (£)Mar-17 (£)Apr-17(£)Monthly changeAnnual change
1KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA£1.83m£1.95m£1.99m2.1 per cent8.8 per cent
2CITY OF WESTMINSTER£1.62m£1.75m£1.77m1.1 per cent9.7 per cent
3CAMDEN£1.03m£1,03m£1.07m3.5 per cent3.5 per cent
4CITY OF LONDON£978,300£911,046£998,7099.6 per cent2.1 per cent
5HAMMERSMITH AND FULHAM£924,728£870,635£850,121-2.4 per cent-8.1 per cent
6RICHMOND UPON THAMES£787,671£759,416£768,3011.2 per cent-2.5 per cent
7WANDSWORTH£779,290£776,782£765,262-1.5 per cent-1.8 per cent
8ISLINGTON£793,998£726,011£711,374-2 per cent-10.4 per cent
9BARNET£638,817£649,619£672,4273.5 per cent5.3 per cent
10HARINGEY£574,186£647,189£645,872-0.2 per cent12.5 per cent
11MERTON£628,355£625,435£641,7542.6 per cent2.1 per cent
12SOUTHWARK£646,663£652,751£623,206-4.5 per cent-3.6 per cent
13LAMBETH£593,444£599,002£598,081-0.2 per cent0.8 per cent
14BRENT£550,006£569,111£583,6122.5 per cent6.1 per cent
15HACKNEY£592,321£577,075£571,739-0.9 per cent-3.5 per cent
16EALING£527,086£562,858£558,959-0.7 per cent6 per cent
17KINGSTON UPON THAMES£565,193£536,596£538,0360.3 per cent-4.8 per cent
18HOUNSLOW£507,108£527,306£535,5691.6 per cent5.6 per cent
19HARROW£495,212£539,875£528,555-2.1 per cent6.7 per cent
20TOWER HAMLETS£485,493£541,603£521,627-3.7 per cent7.4 per cent
21BROMLEY£469,537£486,981£493,6601.4 per cent5.1 per cent
22ENFIELD£444,711£469,098£472,2200.7 per cent6.2 per cent
23HILLINGDON£450,907£462,411£462,014-0.1 per cent2.5 per cent
24WALTHAM FOREST£434,126£455,296£452,757-0.6 per cent4.3 per cent
25LEWISHAM£447,725£451,719£451,8380.0 per cent0.9 per cent
26REDBRIDGE£420,450£445,638£449,0660.8 per cent6.8 per cent
27GREENWICH£439,019£431,684£420,661-2.6 per cent-4.2 per cent
28SUTTON£398,310£399,118£404,9361.5 per cent1.7 per cent
29CROYDON£377,330£397,070£393,490-0.9 per cent4.3 per cent
30HAVERING£352,493£375,895£377,2910.4 per cent7 per cent
31NEWHAM£361,310£373,505£365,573-2.1 per cent1.2 per cent
32BEXLEY£338,756£353,308£352,643-0.2 per cent4.1 per cent
33BARKING AND DAGENHAM£289,577£297,827£298,2240.1 per cent3 per cent

ALL LONDON599,661614,971615,8380.1 per cent2.7 per cent

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Haringey Housing sell-off

Published: 25/07/2017   Last Updated: 25/07/2017 16:33:43   Tags: Haringey, Housing, Landlords, Tenants, News, Council, North London

Labour MPs urge Haringey council 

to rethink housing sell-off 

North London MPs David Lammy and Catherine West call for pause in £2bn plan, amid fears residents could be forced out
                                                                                                     Housing in Haringey     
Housing in Haringey, where the council is planning the biggest sell-off of its kind ever. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo 

Two Labour MPs have made a dramatic last-minute intervention in a London council’s plans to privatise £2bn of council houses, public buildings and land.
Under the scheme, public assets will be transferred into a new company, the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV), owned 50/50 by Haringey council and private firm Lendlease, in a deal set to last 20 years.
On Monday evening, the Labour-run council will vote on the largest sell-off of its kind ever undertaken by a UK local authority. But earlier in the day, two local north London MPs sent the council’s leader, Claire Kober, a strongly worded letter.
David Lammy, for Tottenham, and Catherine West, for Hornsey and Wood Green, reiterated concerns that include the affordability of the homes, the bidding process, the financial risks to the council and the lack of oversight.
Their intervention came as protesters planned to march peacefully on Haringey Civic Centre in Wood Green on Monday evening.
The letter reads: “In addition to reiterating these concerns, in light of the fire at Grenfell Tower we write today with the utmost urgency to urge caution and call on the cabinet to pause and reflect further on whether entering into a public-private partnership is the correct decision for the borough and its residents.
“In our view no decision should be taken on the HDV until a fully updated business case is evaluated and further work is carried out by an external adviser or auditor to analyse and review the risks relating to the HDV.”

Kober wrote back to Lammy and West, saying the HDV proposal had been debated three times by the Haringey Labour group and on each occasion it had agreed to move forward.
“It is therefore the clear policy of the group to support the HDV and pursue this as an opportunity to deliver thousands of desperately needed new homes and jobs in Haringey,” she wrote.
Kober said the issues raised by the disaster at Grenfell Tower did not justify “reneging” on the local manifesto pledges to build new homes. “The Haringey Development Vehicle – a 50/50 partnership between the council and developers Lendlease – is an innovative approach to regeneration that will deliver change local people can benefit from,” she added.
The council plans to demolish whole streets of publicly owned buildings as part of a vast regeneration project in which 6,400 new homes will be built.

Local councillors estimate that up to 20 Labour councillors, out of 49 in total, oppose the scheme, as well as all Lib Dem members, the two constituency Labour parties, plus trade unions and a number of local activist groups. The council’s scrutiny committee has twice in the past six months called for an immediate pause to the plans.
The MPs urged the council to consider a recommendation by the authority’s overview and scrutiny committee to use a wholly council-owned housing company to purchase and manage the HDV social and affordable homes “to ensure that there will be no overall reduction in the number of homes in the borough that are wholly owned and managed by the council”.
Public-private partnerships have come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze.


Published: 19/06/2017   Last Updated: 21/06/2017 14:39:52   Tags: London, Tottenham Hale, News, Haringay

Tottenham Hale is to be London's next great neighbourhood - a bustling new centre with an uinternational transport hub, residnetial quarter and thousands of new job opportunities. In this section you will find out about Haringey Council's plan to create a new centre for Tottenham Hale, deliver new housing and improve streets, and green and open spaces.

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