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Real Coffee. Real Food - the Hopper & Bean promise



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View planning applications

in the N21 postcode in 2017






 Fitnesshub21 opens in Winchmore Hill 



more details here



Join the Park Run

in Grovelands Park





Lots of other sporting activities

to join in N21!

more details here




Bush Hill Park Residents Association

Enfield Town Residents Association

Fox Lane & District Residents Association

Grange Park Residents Association

Grovelands Residents Association


Winchmore Hill Residents Association 






Another golden year for N21


see all our gold winners here

The Friends of Grovelands Park

more details here

Become a Friend of Firs Farm

find out how to join here

Gardening Friends

more details here

Grange Park Horticultural Society

more details here

North London Organic Gardeners

more details here


Woodcroft Wildspace

more details here





Ten reasons why you

should Live Local Shop Local






N21 Experts

The inheritance tax nil rate band has been raised to £1m?


True or False?


 George Ttouli of Burlington Wealth Management explains

more details here



Four tips for first time buyers



Mark Edwards of Mortgages & Insurers

provides tips to help buyers get on the property ladder

more details here 




Preparing your house for sale




Havilands provide some simple tips

more details here










Are you thinking of starting a business?


Are you unemployed?






New & Updated Business Pages


AM Developments (Landscaping)

Aroma Tea & Coffee House

Big Seff


The Little Green Dragon

Hair 21

Hopper & Bean

Mesa Kitchen & Lounge

The Nail Station

N21 Carpentry & Joinery

N21 Repair Service

N21 Roofing & Construction

PH Sports

S.E Beauty

Smooch Wine Bar & Restaurant

Swiss Care Clinic

Winchmore Hill Speakers Club 




Smooch Wine Bar & Restaurant

opens for Christmas

have a browse





reproduced from the Enfield Independent







TfL's Guiding Standards on the design of cycle lanes 

and how they have been applied to the A105


Read the article here 



Beware the hidden hazards on the A105





Bike lanes don't clog up our roads, they keep London moving

says Will Norman, London's walking and cycling commissioner


Read the Guardian article here

Are Enfield Council preparing for trams?

(if only)




Have you tripped over or hit one of these

whilst walking, driving or cycling?



Report it to Enfield Council 



Download an incident report form 









 Another tyre damaged on the A105 cycle lanes





Why are Enfield Council ignoring safety risks?


 What safety risks have TfL identified

on your section of the

A105 (Green Lanes)?





Stage 2 Safety Audit

 why is LBE risking our residents?



Segregated cycle lanes are putting patients' lives at risk

medical leaders have warned



Ambulance on the wrong side of the road opposite Sainsbury's


read the Telegraph article




Enfield Council says that orcas

(plastic cycle lane dividers) are safe



Watch the video

Your decide


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Congratulations to the Churches of Winchmore Hill, local businesses and residents, who together raised £2500 for Crisis, at Carols On The Green 





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N21 star Nikki Christou launches


with Prince William






Train Services from Grange Park Station

are STILL under threat


more details here



Local Heritage List


29 properties in the

N21 postcode

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January Newsletter 



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Winchmore Hill Police 





more details here






 Through the hatch of a café kiosk at the train station on Platform 1 of Palmers Green station, the film unearths the treasures of the everyday.

 People who make the early morning daily commute, half asleep and pensive, reveal personal stories, hopes and fears.



Southgate Homebound

and Disabled Association



 more details here



Ruth Winston Community Centre





Winchmore Hill Community Care




more details here 

Your local good neighbour scheme, sponsored by the seven churches in Winchmore Hill, is looking for a part-time paid administrator to work 6 hours per week, based in our office in the  Friends Meeting House, Church Hill, N21. 

For further details please contact the office on 0208 882 7824 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Dementia Cafe

at St Peter's Church Hall

on Fridays

More details here





Chickenshed Theatre 



The Fontliners Book Club

meets once a month in the Winchmore

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The Highlands Village Book Group

invites new members

 contact Kate on 07944 756757

Winchmore Hill Book Club

Grovelands Park
Facebook Group


Winchmore Hill & Palmers Green Memories 
Facebook Group


Winchmore Hill Mummies 
Facebook Group



N21 Community

Capital Growth - how urban food is a growing movement

on Monday, 11 April 2016. Posted in N21 Community


Capital Growth - how urban food is a growing movement





Capital Growth, set up in 2012  is London's largest food growing network. It is a partnership initiative between London Food Link, the Mayor of London and the Big Lottery's Local Food Fund, which now has over 2,000 community growing spaces, allotments and private gardens registered, throughout the city.




The objectives are not greatly different from the war time 'Dig For Victory' campaign; to encourage people living in the capital to grow their own food. Joining the network is free and Capital Growth have an extensive calendar of events, publications, training and support programme, discounts & offers, suitable for everyone, from beginners to the expert horticulturalist. The Capital Growth website is an invaluable resource for schools and a number of local schools, including Eversley, St Paul's and Hazelwood Infant and Junior School are members of Capital Growth;our last big dig a fantastic event where all the family enjoy getting involved to make the school a lovely environment.


Naomi Greig who is involved in the Hazelwood Wild Garden says:


"Capital growth is a fantastic resource to be part of, the information for schools are incredibly useful. The handout for Growing in schools is particularly good to help ensure the best crops within the school year. The courses which are run through the year have been inspiring and knowledgeable, this has given us the confidence to pass on information to other teachers and really engage the children with learning outside"


Here are some families working in and enjoying the wildlife garden.






Another important local Capital Growth member is the Broomfield Community Orchard, which was awarded a 'Community Tree Award', in the London Tree and Woodland Awards 2015.





Located next to the bowling green off Aldermans Hill, the orchard was planted in December 2014 and is a good example of the kind of community growing projects that Capital Growth is keen to promote. Initally started by the Friends of Broomfield Park and the Fox Lane and District Residents' Association, with the support of Enfield Council, more than sixty people have been involved in the project. To date it has been planted with more than seventy fruit trees, along with hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel, wild plum and spindle in the surrounding shrubberies. As the orchard mature, the fruit will be available to local people, schools and community groups.


Across the borough there are around 80 community garden spaces registered and the organisation is now opened its membership to people who grow their own produce. Capital Grow are keen to expand the urban growing movement. Their biggest event of the Capital Growth calendar is The Big Dig, Now in its fifth year, on Saturday April 16th 2016, Capital Growth want to encourage hundreds of volunteers to pull on their wellies and help a community garden get ready for the new growing season. 


The Friends of Broomfield Park are seeking volunteers to build a new pond in the park, from April 13th - April 16th.




Typical jobs will include shovelling compost, building trellises, planting seedlings and getting more involved in the growing urban food movement.





The Capital Growth photo gallery shows people of all ages getting stuck in, working with friends and neigbours transforming underused land into urban growing space








Sign up to Capital Growth, it may be a cliche but this is a growing movement!







The power of video to tug at the heart strings

on Thursday, 31 January 2013. Posted in N21 Community


The power of video to tug at the heart strings


This video has been watched over 5 million times and shared around the globe.

Jim Stenson put the music to it. "I found this video online, I did not film it but I thought it was so special I had to put a song behind it"

If you agree with Jim, share it, but be warned it won't leave you dry eyed!.

Boxers Lake A Cause For Concern

on Friday, 14 December 2012. Posted in N21 Community


Boxers Lake A Cause For Concern



The aim of the project is to reduce urban pollution such as road run-off in the Salmons Brook by creating sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) in 6 locations along the brook and its tributaries, including Boxers Lake on the edge of N21.. Thames 21 tests showed that there are very high levels of phosphate,Phosphate can cause algae and duckweed to grow very vigorously, which can then cover the surface of water, block out sunlight and reduce oxygen for other plants and fish. Sometimes the algae can be dangerous too, in the case of blue green algae, which can be seen in some other lakes in the borough. The water here is also warmer than elsewhere, which suggests that outfflow from misconnected pipes from houses near the lake is causing the problem. Thames 21 Project Manager Aimee Felus, who conducted the tests says that that misconnections, whereby a property is plumbed incorrectly are common,.


Thames 21 estimate that around 10% of homes are misconnected and this is a problem along the whole of the course of the River Lea. This means waste water from washing machines, showers or toilets is going down the drainpipe instead of into the sewer pipe. Drainpipes are just meant for rain – many lead to local rivers. With thousands of properties polluting their river it adds up to a heavy burden on the environment. For example a washing machine or dishwasher (dishwasher tablets are high in phosphates) might be connected to the drain meant for rainwater (which goes straight to the local stream) instead of the sewers (which go to the treatment works). A Lonsdale Drive resident has noted that the swans and geese appear to be spending less time in the lake than in the past and have been waddling up the road awy from lake, causing a potnential accident hazard. People can check if their house is misconnected using the checker on the ConnectRight website and Thames 21 will contiue to work with residents, Enfield Council, Thames Waterand


The Environment Agency to ensure that there are improvements in water quality. http://www.connectright.org.uk/ As part of the treatment Thames 21 are SuDS, which are 'green sponges', which are being planted and will naturally intercept and remove pollution, provide storage for flooding, and create new areas of wildlife habitat. All the work will be done alongside local people, and sites will only be selected if local people want to have SuDS there. Key to the success of this project is ensuring we collect excellent data to establish current levels of pollution and show the positive effects of SuDS installation, which we are doing in collaboration with University College London. Thames 21 are looking for volunteers to help with its projects. This presentation provides an update of the SuDS project, wih plans for creating new wild spcaes that local residents can use. Click on the image to view. If you are interested in finding out more about the Boxers Lake and Salmon Brook projects contact Aimee Felee Thames21 - bringing London's waterways to life


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Congratulations to the St Nicholas Fair team

on Wednesday, 12 December 2012. Posted in N21 Community


Congratulations to the St Nicholas Fair team


A great community event, congratulations to all the organisers.

Photo courtesy of the Enfield Independent

Taken by Bob Ludlam

to view a time lapse video go to n21.net

A war memorial for Winchmore Hill?

on Friday, 12 October 2012. Posted in N21 Community


A war memorial for Winchmore Hill?
Many, if not most, towns, villages, suburbs and parishes erected memorials in the aftermath of the First World War. These were almost all funded by public subscription and bore the names of those from that place who had been killed in action in the war. To these memorials were added new names after the Second World War.
In Winchmore Hill I understand that plans were drawn up for a memorial to be cast in bronze and erected inside the parish church of St Paul. However, for whatever reason this did not happen and I have no idea whether a public subscription was ever taken up.
We are now two years from the centenary of the beginning of the Great War and I have been in conversation with one or two of you over the last year or so about whether this would be a good opportunity to consider raising funds and commissioning a public memorial not only to the First World War but to all those who suffered and continue to suffer as a result of war. There are some rolls of honour and other memorials around in Winchmore Hill, for instance the 3rd Southgate (St Paul's Winchmore Hill) Scout Group has one, as do Winchmore Hill Baptist Church and Winchmore Hill Cricket Club, but there is no public memorial.
Initial thoughts about the site for such a memorial have been to place it somewhere on Winchmore Hill Green. The planning of such an enterprise is going to be long and complex and will involve the local authority planning department, local groups and organisations and the public at large. I am writing to you as someone who is involved with the community at this level to gauge initial support. If it seems that there is some enthusiasm for such a project then we will call an initial meeting to take counsel together with others who are interested.
Rev Dr Will Adam, Vicar, St Paul's Winchmore Hill
020 8886 3545
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George Ttouli raises £1,000 for The North London Hospice

on Friday, 12 October 2012. Posted in N21 Community


George Ttouli raises £1,000 for The North London Hospice


Congratulations to George Ttouli of Burlington Wealth Management, based in Highfield Road has handed over a cheque for £1,000 to Natalie Gordon at the new North London Hospice Day Cente in Barrowell Green. George raised th money through a sponsored cycle ride from Winchmore Hill to Tour in France, natually finishing in the Mumm champagne tasting room!



George is a member of the newly formed N21 Support Group.

Find out how you could get involved with the Group here

Winchmore Hill Quakers launch £33,000 appeal for historic meeting house and grounds

on Tuesday, 25 September 2012. Posted in N21 Community


Winchmore Hill Quakers launch £33,000 appeal for historic meeting house and grounds



Quakers originally met in a barn, built their first Meeting House in 1688, making them the oldest religious foundation in Winchmore Hill. The current Meeting House was built in 1790. A number of nationally famous people are buried in the grounds.


The Quaker appeal leaflet says "The Meeting House and gardens/ Burial Ground are a very special place of tranquillity and reflection in our busy lives. The gardens are open to the public and the Meeting House is let to local groups. It is an asset for everyone. It is the centre of our Quaker community, an open and accepting spiritual group, which has no dogmas or creeds, but which tries to live out our testimonies in the modern world"


Our Meeting House is built on clay,

The walls have cracked, we have to pay;

Five times the roof has lost its lead,

We need to find a plan instead;

Windows and doors have now gone rotten,

Our planet too is not forgotten,

Our welcome is warm but not carbon free safe, green and friendly - that's our plea.


A Georgian island in a sea of calm,

A place of peace and prayer and balm,

Where noble trees view ancient graves.

Here love moved us to free the slaves.


The rows of stones show faithful lives,

Luke Howard's science named the skies,

Two schools were founded, that spared the rod,

For loving our neighbour is the breath of God.


In times of strife and times of need,

There is more to life than war and greed.

For some the beauty, for some the history,

Some moved by love, the greatest mystery...


The Quaker story – still long to run

There's more to do and more to come

Come those of faith and those of none

Together we are not weak but strong! 






From Lands End to Grange Park: Cycle For A Cure

on Wednesday, 22 August 2012. Posted in N21 Community


From Lands End to Grange Park: Cycle For A Cure




Micheal Peatchey of Peatchey's Fine Foods returns to a hero's welcome, with over a hundred customers, friends, family and members of the Cure Parkinsons charity at the shop in Grange Park to welcome him home. Michael was sponsored by Paul O'Sullivan of Le Peloton Cycles, who loaned him a light-weight bike for his gruelling 330 cycle ride from Lands End to Grange Park.

Michael has already raised over £6,000 and you can still sponsor him at the shop or using this link to his sponsorship page 



Michael's Jubilee recipe sausages (delicious, I can vouch for them) are on sale over the weekend, with proceeds to Cure Parkinsons




Creating local edible landscapes

on Friday, 10 August 2012. Posted in N21 Community


Creating local edible landscapes


Boys & girls come out to play

on Thursday, 15 August 2013. Posted in N21 Community


Boys & girls come out to play



Two years after this article was first written, Winchmore Hill has it's first play street. Orpington Road was closed for play for the first time on Saturday July 18th, for three hours between 2pm and 5pm.


The verdict?

"Loads of families with children and lots of grandparents with their grandchildren were out spending time together and as a community. We met loads of people we had never spoken to before and the children just loved running around and playing games in the street. There was lots of traditional games as well as just scooting up and down the road and even some Dad races at the end! It was a real 'street' event with everyone helping out and tidying up. Well over 90% of residents were able to move their cars which we were delighted about and very thankful that people have been so supportive".




It wasn't just the kids who had all the fun.  


There will be four more play street days in Orpington Road over the next twelve months. 

Shouldn't play streets be commonplace?






Devonshire Road in Palmers Green has become the borough's first Play Street. The street is now closed to traffic one Sunday a month, from 2pm - 5p, to allow children to play out on the street..



Drivers tend to use Devonshire Road as a rat run to avoid the traffic lights on the high street, but on the afternoon of Sunday 1st June 2014 , barriers will be placed at both ends and supervised by volunteer stewards. Only residents' cars will be allowed in and out at walking pace – and children will have the freedom play in the road as they choose.


This is a new scheme for Enfield – Devonshire Road is the borough's first 'play street'. The idea comes from Playing Out, an organisation started by two mothers in Bristol who wanted their children to play outdoors with the same freedom they had enjoyed growing up. As more streets take up the idea, local authorities across the country are offering road traffic orders like the 'Temporary Play Street Order' that Devonshire Road has successfully applied for.

'We had a one-off trial a couple of years ago,' says Devonshire Road resident Clare, a mother of two. 'The children were so excited to have the freedom of the whole road to play in. One mum told me she was amazed that her son spent three hours running around outdoors instead of playing on his X-Box. We're looking forward to doing this once a month.'


Richard, father of two and a town planner, is also looking forward to reclaiming the street. 'Streets should be much more than just conduits for cars and parking. When we use it as a social space to play and meet our neighbours it changes the dynamic on the street completely.'


Neighbours will use the first play event to discuss ways to calm traffic on the street permanently.


For more information on play streets, see www.playingout.net, or contact Devonshire Road organisers via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Here are the dates agreed so far


6 July 2014, 3 August 2014, 14 September 2014, 5 October 2014, 2 November 2014, 7 December 2014, 11 January 2015, 1 February 2015, 1 March 2015 12 April 2015, 10 May 2015


Read more about the project on the Devonshire Road Facebook page here





In the middle of August comes the timely announcement that councils across London are planning temporary road closures to allow children to play outside their homes in a safe environment. This follows on from lobbying by a number of pressure groups and an interesting experiment in Bristol where a group of mums persuaded the Council to close a street for three hours a week. It proved so popular that Bristol's third Play Street has recently been added. You can read about the Bristol project by clicking on the image.



These are the ladies who have got it started.




 London Play has broadly the same objectives, and this group will be releasing details of a study entitled Explore. Play. Connect - in the City in October






Play England have just released the results of a new study into children playing outdoors which found that whilst 50% of the parents interviewed reported playing out at least seven times a week when they were growing up, less than a quarter of children (23%) to do today. Yet, 40% of the 3,000 children who took part in the survey said they would love to spend more time playing outside.




So what's stopping them?

Concerns about traffic and 'stranger danger' were high on parents' reasons for not encouraging their children to play outside. However 28% of parents cited intolerant neighbours as a major barrier stopping children playing out where they live and a concern that children playing out in the street would upset the neighbours.


In addition, a lack of dedicated community space was also cited as hampering children's opportunities to play, with almost a third of adults (32%) and a fifth of children (20%) saying that more spaces to play within their local community would get more children playing out.


Play England argue that "play has the power to bring communities together" If ways can be found to enable children to play out on the streets, it gets them into the fresh air, away from the telly and 'digital play', children make new friends, get to know children who are both older and younger and it helps families to get to know each other; which can only be good for fostering stronger community ties.

Cath Prisk, Director of Play England writes "It's up to all of us to turn around the creeping disappearance of children from our streets, parks and communities. We all have role - as families, neighbours, and friends. We can all do something to say we love kids playing outdoors, that we want to live in communities that actively welcome kids playing out. There always was and always will be some people who want to squash kid's fun - but there are far more that really want kids back outside playing, not stuck indoors, especially over the summer holidays! Play is fundamental to our children's enjoyment oheir childhood; it can't be taken for granted. All of us, from parents to planners, from neighbours to policy makers have our part to play in allowing and supporting children's play as it is vital for our children's health, learning, development and happiness.'

So what is Enfield's Policy? 


Nothing has been announced yet but the person responsible for road closures across the borough is Elliott Parkin 020 8379 2126.


Devonshire Road in Palmers Green is already kickstarting a local campaign. Here are some of the pictures from the Devonshire Road Facebook page.




So what are you waiting for?    


Playingout.net have produced a useful manual which you can download by clicking on the image.




Lets get the boys and girls out to play!





Jubilee party fun

on Wednesday, 06 June 2012. Posted in N21 Community


Jubilee party fun


Jayne Poole and Tanya Lugli organised a very successful street party in The Orchard N21.


"Its was a fantastic day and great fun was had by all.  We only encountered one downpour and a little shower of rain so were very lucky.  This started out as a small event and as the day approached more and more neighbours wanted to take part.  We had over 150 people attend. 


We wanted to organise one as we felt it was too great an opportunity to miss to get to know neighbours at the other end of the street we had never met, this was definitely achieved.


We have met a good number of our neighbours who have now become firm friends. We had country dancing, a couple demonstrating Latin American dancing and also a Tai Chi demonstration.


Thanks to all those who helped to make this such a successful event, particularly Denis the DJ, Tez and Paul the men on the BBQ's.

What's that I hear "Can we have one every year?' - What a fabulous idea!

Fifty shows with ELODS

on Tuesday, 08 March 2011. Posted in N21 Community


Fifty shows with ELODS






On 22 March Mark Newport will take up the baton for his 50th show with Winchmore Hill based amateur theatre group ELODS, conducting Thoroughly Modern Millie.  The show will run from 22-26 March at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar. 

Mark’s 26 year personal commitment to ELODS is mirrored in his professional life where he’s spent nearly 20 years working on the hit musical Les Miserables.  In that time he’s had a variety of jobs including conducting the show on tour and a spell as Associate Musical Director at the Queen’s Theatre, the show’s West End home.  He’s been involved in several community activities for Les Miserables, including concerts of the show, master classes, TV competitions and school productions as well as regular rehearsals for cast changes and understudies.  And he’s also worked on a string of other hit musicals, including Sunset Boulevard, Phantom of the Opera, Starlight Express, Cats and Chicago.  

Performing so many different musicals with ELODS means that every six months Mark has to learn a new score and coach principals and chorus members through the songs.  He also has to recruit an orchestra of professional musicians to play for the week the show is running.  But Mark thrives on this constant challenge. 

“The cast will rehearse with me for months before each show” Mark says about his rehearsal schedule.  “But the musicians only join us the week the show goes on.  That makes the two days before our opening night pretty intensive, but also great fun as the orchestra learn their parts and the cast get used to singing with them.  Their professionalism always shows through, and they always pull off a great performance”. 

For Mark, it has always been important to work with his local community.   He has taken his enthusiasm for music making into teaching in primary and junior schools, college, University and some of the country’s top drama schools.  In November last year Mark organised a concert at his local school in aid of Children in Need.  In typical style, he drafted in soloists from Les Mis as well as from ELODS to sing with the school choir.  For all involved it was a fun and very special day.  He has also used his West End contacts to bring the Resident Director of Les Miserables to North London for a master class in musical theatre with ELODS.  

“It’s surprising how many of the same basic ideas and techniques can be used throughout”, Mark said about his professional work and his role with ELODS.  “Les Miserables has given me lots of experiences that hopefully I can pass on to ELODS, but equally I have learned things at ELODS which have helped me in my West End career.” 




Fancy a role in the next ELODS production? Could you help out with make up, lighting or props?


Get in touch with ELODS



















TfL's Guiding Standards on the Design of Cycle Lanes and how they have been applied to the A105

on Friday, 08 December 2017. Posted in N21 Community


TfL's Guiding Standards on the Design of Cycle Lanes and how they have been applied to the A105

Tfl London Cycling Design Standard: The Six Guiding Design Principles & How They Are Applied on the A105 has been prepared by retired civil engineer Peter Johns, who has used his experience to point out scores of failings to the scheme; including the flooding risks on Winchmore Hill Broadway and opposite the Waitrose/former Green Dragon. 



The Tfl London Cycle Design Standards is comprised of eight chapters. In addition Tfl have also published other guidance such as Pedestrian Comfort, Bus Stops and Kerbside Loading but LBE do not refer to these in answering a Freedom of Information request to name design guidance used on the A105 project. In fact quite the opposite. In the case of kerbside loading. Not only are Tfl recommendations not followed, but legal requirements have been circumvented by claiming that the whole project has "experimental status" and LBE is not therefore required to follow legal procedures when making changes to delivery bays.


CHAPTER 1 Design requirements 

CHAPTER 2 Tools and techniques   

CHAPTER 3 Cycle-friendly streets and spaces    

CHAPTER 4 Cycle lanes and tracks      

CHAPTER 5 Junctions and crossings

CHAPTER 6 Signs and markings

CHAPTER 7 Construction

CHAPTER 8 Cycle parking



Clause 1.1.5 in Chapter 1 establishes six desirable design outcomes. These are the guiding principles:



It is stated that "Good infrastructure should help to make cycling safer and address negative perceptions about safety, particularly when it comes to moving through junctions."

There are problems at junctions. Give way lines for vehicles are set too far back making it impossible to ensure, from the give way line, that it is safe to enter the junction. Moving forward to a point where sight lines are good makes the vehicle block the cycle track/lane. Priority at junctions is not clear as there is no signage. The recommendation that a cycle lane/track be set back from the main carriageway at a junction to ensure that the above does not happen has been found to be impossible because of lack of space.


Pedestrians are also more at risk with the removal of centre road refuges plus the increase in number of lanes. Instead of the previous one lane at a time, pedestrians must now often cross a four lane highway in a single movement. This manoeuvre has also been made more dangerous by granite setts and orcas being installed in such a way as to provide trip hazards. See section on attractiveness below for more details.


Low level kerbs without bollards also constitute a hazard to all road users. These will be especially dangerous at night and in bad weather where poor visibility makes these obstructions almost invisible and after heavy snowfall they may be completely hidden, as shown here, after the first snowfall of the winter on 10 December 2017.





It is also stated "Space for cycling is important but a narrow advisory cycle lane next to a narrow general traffic lane and guard-rail at a busy junction is not an acceptable offer for cyclists". Throughout the route, due to lack of space, vehicle lanes are made 400mm narrower than the recommended minimum and cycle tracks/lanes are also narrower than the recommended minimum of 2m. And in some places is as narrow as 1.2m.


Moreover, in many places the width of remaining footway has been severely reduced below recommended levels in order to make space for the cycle tracks/lanes. Pedestrian safety in crossing the road has become seriously compromised by the removal of central road refuges. Before these works the pedestrian could cross a two lane road one lane at a time. Now the pedestrian must cross four traffic lanes in one go.


The safety of movement of the blind has also been severely impaired by the removal of raised kerbing. Not only is this unsafe, it is, we believe, illegal.


In the Tfl Road Safety Audit Stage 1 for this project 75% of road safety concerns identified by the auditor have been rejected by LBE and its designers. The frequency of accidents on the A105 has increased as a result.



It is stated that "Routes must be logical and continuous, without obstacles, delays and diversions, and planned holistically as part of a network".


This has not been achieved. Although it is recognised that the A105 project is one early part in establishing the network, there are too many convoluted routes especially at major jjunctions. There are too many routes for both pedestrians and cyclists that it is very unlikely that they will be followed. See figs 9 & 10 in the coherence section below.



 Fig. 1. Showing the pedestrian route to and from the Bus Stop as set out in tactile paving (solid red)

and the Desire Line for pedestrians to and from The Broadway (dotted red).


At the other end of The Broadway directness is similarly lacking. Pedestrians walking north along the western side of Green Lanes must turn right and cross the cycle track whilst looking behind themselves to check that there is not a cyclist coming. They walk about 20m. And then must turn left to cross the cycle track again in order to reach Station Road. Cyclists also must suffer a detour in order to approach this road junction.


On the eastern side of The Broadway a pedestrian walking north with a push chair or a disabled person in a wheel chair or on a mobility scooter has problems because there is no dropped kerb to allow the crossing of Fords Grove. Neither is there a pedestrian phase at the traffic lights even though one has been provided for cyclists. It is also stated that "Cyclists often choose to stay on carriageway rather than take fragmented routes with built-in delay".


We agree but now this is less safe because of the extremely narrow vehicle lanes. Also the ill thought out phasing of traffic lights, such as the one at the Sainsburys junction, results in cyclists leaving the cycle lane and joining the vehicle lane to avoid unnecessary hold up.



  Fig. 2. The Traffic Lights at the Sainsburys Junction at Traffic Lane at Green but with the adjacent Cycle Lane Held at Stop.



It is stated that "Riding surfaces for cycling, and transitions from one area to another, should be fit for purpose, smooth, well constructed and well maintained."

This has often not been achieved especially at the entry and exit to raised bus boarders Workmanship standards are, most politely described as, 'variable' with manhole covers and drainage gully gratings often set in at the incorrect level making the ride in the cycle lane far from smooth. See Figs 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8




For poor maintenance see the section on attractiveness below.


It also stated that "Uncomfortable transitions between on-and off carriageway facilities are best avoided, particularly at locations where conflict with other road users is more likely."

At many raised bus boarders, poor workmanship has resulted in this recommendation not being achieved. See Figs 7, 9 & 10 above show examples of badly constructed ramps.



It is stated that "Infrastructure should be legible, intuitive, consistent, joined-up and inclusive. It should be usable and understandable by all users."

Evidence is that this is not happening on the A105. Cyclists ride both ways down one way cycle track/lanes, pedestrians ignore the tactile paving and follow desire lines and the blind complain that the absence of raised kerbs makes mobility difficult are just three examples of this.


Even for able bodied pedestrians, cyclists and motorists the desire to reduce street clutter to a minimum but this has been taken to the point where the total lack of signs results in much confusion existing as to who or what has priority or right of way where the various groups come into conflict.


Tactile paving is both not understood and lacking the force of law. Traffic policing is at an all time low and because of fiscal stringency is facing further cuts. Many cyclists are now using this to their advantage by their anarchic approach and lock of consideration to other road users.



Fig. 11. A cyclist riding the wrong way along a cycle lane.


It is also stated that "Neither cyclists nor pedestrians benefit from unintuitive arrangements that put cyclists in unexpected places away from the carriageway".

We agree.



It is stated that "Infrastructure should not be ugly or add unnecessarily to street clutter. Well designed cycling infrastructure should enhance the urban realm. Sometimes well-intentioned signs and markings for cycling are not only difficult and uncomfortable to use, but are also unattractive additions to the streetscape."

We agree. However the lack of signage is causing cyclists to ride the wrong way along cycle tracks/lanes and causing confusion and conflict at road junctions and the raised bus boarders.



Items such as street cleaning have become much more complicated and therefore more expensive as a result. mechanical street cleaning is almost impossible where kerbing suddenly changes direction. Cycle lanes are also often not swept resulting in broken glass causing punctures and many cyclists, as a result choosing to continue to use the now narrower vehicle lanes.


The granite sett borders to cycle track have often been laid with the sett protruding more than 20mm above the surrounding pointing. This results in cigarette ends and other debris collecting between the setts and being almost impossible to clean by traditional sweeping. These raised setts also constitute trip hazard



Figure 12 is taken from a catalogue and shows how granite setts should be laid.

The other figures are of photos of the cycle track buffer strips taken along the A105.

Figure 13 shows the setts laid well.

Figures 14 & 15 show setts laid to a variable standard

Figures 16, 17 & 18 are from areas where the setts have been laid to an unacceptable standard.


As laid, these setts constitute trip hazards as defined in LoHAC contract conditions. The very uneven surface also harbours rubbish and Figure 19 was from an area where this has happened.



It is stated that "Cycling infrastructure should be designed to accommodate users of all types of cycle, and an increasing numbers of users over time."


Because of the extreme narrowness of cycle lanes/tracks in many places this is now impossible. It is also stated that "Where streets have been engineered primarily for use by motor vehicles, it is difficult to make infrastructure for cycling that is legible and adaptable."

We agree, and the lamentable efforts of LBE and its designers and contractors bears witness to this statement. Instead of abandoning the A105 for this type of modification and looked for alternative routes, political ideology has rode roughshod over good engineering practice.


In conclusion

The result is a road that no longer is safe, attractive or easily understood. The desirable design outcomes, as set out in the London Cycling Design Standards are sensible standards necessary for the safe and comfortable functioning of the A105. The failure by the designers, the contractor and ultimately the London Borough of Enfield to adhere to these standards is a direct result of the wrong route being chosen on which to attempt to build cycle lanes. Major corrections need to be urgently made to bring Green Lanes back to an acceptable standard.



The Author of this analysis Peter Johns is is a former Chartered Engineer, Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers. He has a BSc Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham.