At last night’s Full Council meeting, Labour refused to deny that a controversial scheme to build a £12million new civic centre in Wood Green has been resurrected by the Council.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Jim Jenks asked questions about Haringey Council’s Plan for 2012-2014 where it sets out regeneration proposals that include a “plan for the Civic Centre, Wood Green” before next March (page 11, “Priority 2″ in this document). Liberal Democrats asked whether this would include past proposals to move the Civic Centre to Woodside House at an enormous cost but Labour Leader Claire Kober refused to even answer the question.
Labour’s previous plans in 2008 to spend £12 million on a new civic centre at Woodside House were abandoned after an outcry from local residents and strong opposition from Liberal Democrat councillors.
Cllr Richard Wilson, comments:
Spending £12million of local taxpayers’ money on a new Civic Centre was wrong in 2008 and it is wrong now. If Labour do not have a plan to resurrect these proposals then why didn’t they say so last night?
I hope the Leader of the Council will let taxpayers know as soon as possible that her administration does not want to spend so much on a building for councillors to sit in.
The Council needs to spend all its resources on frontline services for residents – not grand new offices.