Decision Maker Response
Boris Johnson’s response
Jul 7, 2015 — Dear Petitioner
Re: Wards Corner, High Road, Tottenham N15
Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the proposed relocation of the Pueblito Paisa.
London Underground (LU) owns the former Wards Department Store building, which is located above the ticket hall of Seven Sisters station and houses the Pueblito Paisa. The current tenant leases market space to traders directly.
We are aware that Haringey Council has had aspirations to regenerate the area since 2004 and, to that end, has been promoting a scheme that will transform the area. LU supports this ambition and has been working with the Council to deliver it, although no decisions have yet been made regarding the future of the Wards Department Store building.
There are currently two extant planning permissions for this site and Transport for London (TfL) is in discussions with both parties to ensure that any decision made to implement either of them delivers the best value for those working in, living in and visiting the area, and also protects the infrastructure of the station.
It should be noted that the Mayor decided in 2012, that the planning application submitted by Grainger plc, the borough’s development partner, would be subject to a legal obligation on Grainger to provide financial support to help the small businesses to relocate temporarily while Wards Corner is regenerated. Grainger is still in the process of undertaking the land assembly necessary to deliver its scheme. However, this relocation would only be temporary and the intention is that those businesses in the Pueblito Paisa will move back to Wards Corner once the works are complete.
Public Liaison Unit