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Housing jobs ‘don’t mean HDV is back’ says council’

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 June 2018

Campaigners are concerned the new jobs could be a smokescreen for HDV's revival

Campaigners are concerned the new jobs could be a smokescreen for HDV's revival

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Homes for Haringey and Haringey Council have looked to calm fears that housing jobs they’re advertising do not signal the restart of the unpopular Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) project.

A High Court judge was told today (Thursday) Haringey Council's £2bn regeneration plans would have an impact on an 'unprecedented scale'. Picture: JON KINGA High Court judge was told today (Thursday) Haringey Council's £2bn regeneration plans would have an impact on an 'unprecedented scale'. Picture: JON KING

The Homes for Haringey construction procurement manager post has been listed online since May 25.

In its description it says the role is a “brand new and exciting role that will see [them]lead on upcoming construction orientated tenders.”

The listing says they are looking for someone with a “knowledge of construction market for social housing”.

Homes for Haringey is an arms-length company run by the council to deal with its housing stock.

Meanwhile Haringey Council is looking for a regeneration communications manager.

According to the listing on the council’s website, it says the post will deal with the “promotion and successful delivery across the council’s regeneration programmes”.

The HDV was the unpopular £2billion project largely responsible for the downfall of Labour leader Claire Kober.

It planned to regenerate part of Haringe, and provide new housing. Residents would have needed to move away from their estates while houses were rebuilt, and they were worried they wouldn’t be able to return.

This led to concerns about social cleansing.

In Haringey’s Labour Party manifesto, the party pledged to stop HDV. It is believed a final decision will be taken at a cabinet meeting in July.

Gordon Peters, who launched the judicial review against the project, said he was “concerned” by the posts, and wanted the council to take action sooner than July to kill off the plans.

Haringey Council has since confirmed its own job ad was maternity cover for an existing role.

A Homes for Haringey spokeswoman said: “This post is not linked to the HDV or any similar project. Under the management agreement with Haringey Council, Homes for Haringey maintains and improves 21,000 homes.

“The construction procurement manager post will support our director of property services to ensure we are procurement compliant and reduce our use of procurement consultants.”

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