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A public meeting on the second anniversary of Mark Duggan’s death and the twentieth anniversary of Joy Gardner’s death will be held on Saturday 3 August 2013, from 18:00 to 21:00 at North London Community House, 22 Moorefield Road, Tottenham, London N17 6PY.

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Local residents in Tottenham are organising to try and prevent the Antwerp Arms from being shut down, and to turn it into a community pub. They are holding a public meeting on Monday 22 July at the Lancasterian School, N17, from 18:00 to 19:00 so that people can find out more.

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The Council, backed by property developers and big business, are promoting their ‘Plan for Tottenham’. They want to force us to accept large-scale profit-driven development, increased rents, more unaffordable housing - and the loss of some independent local shops and community facilities. This will seriously affect our lives and our communities, and rising rents will force many local people out of the area.

This is unacceptable. It doesn't have to be like this. Together we are very powerful.  We call on local people to speak out for our real needs, and to defend our communities.

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Teachers and parents at Heartlands High School in Wood Green are organising to oppose a move by the school's Governing Body to “further investigate” converting to academy status, and they are calling for more support.

One of those against the Governing Body's proposal, who did not want to be named, told Haringey Solidarity Group that parents, teachers and staff are concerned about “loss of accountability, future funding, the prospect of becoming a sponsored school and the impact on curriculum, admissions and staff.”

Anyone with any experience or knowledge of academies – schools run by private sponsors – is urged to attend the community consultation meeting at 18:00 on Wednesday 14 November at the school, in Station Road, Wood Green N22 7ST. The meeting is open to anyone from in or around Haringey, and particularly parents who are considering Heartlands High School for their children.

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The council-run Development Management Forum, for Grainger's resubmitted Wards Corner site planning application, ended abruptly on Wednesday night. Members of the public walked out when it became clear there was no one present who could answer their questions.

Two hundred people from many parts of Tottenham's local community came to express their views about this controversial proposal and have their questions answered. It quickly became apparent that Paul Smith, the Haringey planning officer chairing the meeting, and the developer's representatives, were not going to address the legitimate and heartfelt concerns of residents and traders facing eviction. Grainger did not send any of their senior development staff and the council officers refused to answer why they were continuing to back the scheme when they are currently legally obliged to uphold their planning decision last year to refuse Grainger.

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