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Housing Haringey Council accused of social cleansing over plans to replace homes with state-of-the-art civic HQ

HOUSING campaigners accused Haringey Council of social cleansing today over its plans to demolish social homes while building a new state-of-the-art civic HQ.

Residents lobbied the north London council’s cabinet on Tuesday night in support of 300 tenants who live in two housing association estates — Page High and Sky City — above a shopping centre and a car park in Wood Green.

Haringey Defend Council Housing (HDCH) said councillors must explain redevelopment plans which would see sell-offs of its existing Civic Centre and council offices along with Wood Green’s library.

HDCH said in a statement that 6,400 “new, unaffordable homes” are planned for Wood Green and warned that higher house prices would drive locals out.

Secretary Paul Burnham said: “These are massive increases, affecting those on low pay, or with limited savings, or in debt. This can only lead to social cleansing.”

The council’s cabinet member for economic development Joe Goldberg said affected residents will have a guaranteed right to a replacement home in the new development.

Under the proposals a new, more modern library will also be built, the council insisted.

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