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Posted by Administrator (admin) on May 18 2017
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I know many will have already contributed to the crowdfunding for the legal case against the HDV, but we are now into a second phase where we have a new site - legally advised - and a need to get another £4k on top of what we have raised so far to get us into court - and put the case, through barristers, for calling a halt, hopefully before the Cabinet on 3 July.

So very grateful for any further effort in this regard, and of course forwarding if you can to anyone whom you think might be able to and want to contribute.

Thanks and best wishes, Gordon

On Tuesday, 16th May at 11.am, an appeal is being launched by Gordon Peters* concerning Haringey Council’s plan to transfer their whole property portfolio to the Haringey Development Vehicle – or HDV – in a 50/50 partnership between the Council and Lendlease, a private developer with a very chequered history. The financial risk is immense – potentially £2 Billion - and is on a scale unparalleled in any other Local Authority in the UK. That’s why we are asking for your help!

This new appeal is being launched on CrowdJustice – a money raising organisation which believes that the law should be available to everyone, big and small, rich and poor. CrowdJustice is built for legal crowdfunding. Because they verify that appeals have a lawyer already in place, donors can be confident any donations go to a real legal case.

www.crowdjustice.com/case/stop-hdv

Over £8000 has already been raised on JustGiving – and thanks again if you were one of those generous donors – but unfortunately excellent legal representation is not cheap. Gordon’s lawyers (www.leighday.co.uk) are well known for challenging Local Authorities over public law, civil liberties and human rights. They are pursuing various legal arguments with Haringey Council but it looks as though they may have to go all the way to a Judicial Review – an expensive route but ultimately the only thing that will stop this risky and undemocratic scheme.

PLEASE… help get this unparalleled and dangerous project overturned. Go to the CrowdJustice site and make whatever donation you or your organisation can afford. Then FaceBook, Twitter, Email or simply talk about the HDV to as many people as possible in Haringey but elsewhere too. If the HDV gets the go-ahead, it’s only a matter of time before it’s emulated by Councils up and down the country.

*Gordon Peters is a Retired Director of Social Services, a former fellow of the King's Fund and a health & social care consultant for UK and overseas governments. He Chairs the Haringey Older Peoples Reference Group; and is active in Haringey Over 50s; the Unite Community TU; the Green Party - and his allotment!

For further information about the HDV, please check these links:

Guardian Article 

GreenN8 

Crowdfunder for Judicial Review 

Change.org petition 

OpinioN8

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