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Response to the Local Plan









The Fox Lane LTN consultion has closed.

Enfield Council was given an undertalking that

the LTN trial will be evaluated based on:

* Residents' views on how the benefits of the project compare against the disbenefits


* Data on the volume of motor vehicle movements in the area


* Data on the speed of motor vehicles in the area


* Impacts on the primary roads surrounding the area


* Bus journey time considerations through discussion with Transport for London


* Outcomes of ongoing dialogue with the emergency services.


Cllr Maria Alexandrou:

The chaos caused by the LTN scheme


Winchmore Hill councillor Dinah Barry

explains that LTNs are:

 "a bit more complicated than blocking off a few roads"



Stop The LTNs - Fox Lane & Enfield

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Concerns over 26-storey tower block

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The Friends of Grovelands Park

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Become a Friend of Firs Farm

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Gardening Friends

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Grange Park Horticultural Society

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North London Organic Gardeners

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Woodcroft Wildspace

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Winchmore Hill Community Care


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Winchmore Hill Book Club

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Southgate Green a Friday afternoon, but it could be any afternoon – same congested traffic, kids playing oblivious of the fumes, traffic crawling from Waterfall Road, Cannon Hill, and the Green, all the way to Southgate Circus

How can this be acceptable?

 "Is the lack of consultation part of the problem?"

asks Bambos Charalambous in Parliament?"


"Has not that been caused by the Government's insistence that the schemes be implemented straightaway within an eight-week period, not allowing any consultation with communities or very limited consultation at best?"





"this is the road my son walks to school along"


watch the video

"does this look like better, safer streets to you?"


This ambulance could not get through to Fox Lane


watch the video








Consultation on outdoor dining

on Winchmore Hill Green




Help ensure this open space remains open

and enables people to continue to meet on the Green


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Firs Farm acquiring new friends

on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. Posted in N21 Community


Firs Farm acquiring new friends

Firs Farm, the open space south of Firs Lane, primarily used as playing fields by local football teams, is undergoing something of a makeover. (Also familiarly known as the "Dog walking park")




April 2015


 "20 volunteers, plus materials donated to the Friends of Firs Farm Park by Travis Perkins and Edmonton Rotary Club. How lovely is that? Good old community spirit - we cannot do without it. Long may it continue in our lovely leafy Winchmore Hill."


March 2015


The Mayor's Big Green Fund is investing £900,000 in projects across London to improve local green spaces


and bring other benefits such as recreation, better walking and cycling routes and reduced risk of flooding.


Firs Farm in Winchmore Hill is one of the shortlisted sites. 




The hours of standing in the foyer of Sainsburys; dropping flyers through local letterboxes; posting messages on social media sites has paid off - The Firs Farm team's bid has been awarded £175,000 in the Mayor of London's Green Poll, to develop Firs Farm Park into a wetland habitat and community park (with Greenways cycle path)!


The team, led by Toni Guiver, who masterminded the bid, (pink jacket, on the right of Cllr Chris Bond) secured an amazing 20% of all the votes cast across more than a dozen projects.

The grant will be used to create a new wetland habitat, capable of storing 30,000 cubic metres of flood water, that will reduce flood risk to parts of Edmonton. It will also restore 500m of river to the park creating an interesting and varied landscape and improving the ecology of the park.


What Toni Giuver has achieved since September 2014, through the formation of The Friends of Firs Farm is a case study in effective community action.


Toni would like to say A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who voted from the surrounding communities, local businesses, and community groups all who helped to promote the voting. She describes it is a community effort and it is a great example of people power -but Toni was the catalyst.


Find out more about the results here



More details here


Would you like to become a Friend of Firs Farm?


Toni Guiver, who lives opposite Firs Farm has galvanised local residents to set up a Friends of Firs Farm group. To quote Toni:


"Many local dog walkers, keep-fit enthusiasts, along with a number of sports groups, use this space and currently it is going through a number of changes in relation to the recently publicised flood relief works. Would you like to know how you can contribute to these changes and in how our park will be used? Join the Friends Group for Firs Farm Park. N21 2PJ. Friends Groups represent the community's interest in their local park or open space. You can get involved in how our park is managed and maintained, hold events, raise funds, develop small projects and work with the Council in various ways for the benefit of Firs Farm Park"

Toni is a community organiser par excellence. She was one of the Grovelands Park Centenary organisers, responsible for galvanising a medley crew of enthusiastic volunteers into action. She is now hoping to encourage people living in the vicinity of this green space, to take pride in this local parkland. She is keen to hear from people who would like to help her to form the group; would like to join, as well as people who are prepared to distribute leaflets and promote the idea to their neighbours. Once the group is established, the Friends will work with the Parks department to devise a management plan, with the aim of improving the appearance, facilities, conservation value and safety , to help clear litter, vegetation management and other small jobs to improve the habitat.


Toni is also hoping to involve local schools in the new project, encourage them to get involved in conservation tasks in the grounds and start to see it somewhere more than just somewhere to kick a ball around, throughout the changing seasons.



Toni can be contacted at 253 Firs Lane, Winchmore Hill, London N21 2PH

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 Click on the image below to download a joining form



Toni has set up a facebook page, which you can view by clicking on this link 




The Only Place For Pictures - an open letter to Enfield Council

on Monday, 22 September 2014. Posted in N21 Community


The Only Place For Pictures - an open letter to Enfield Council

Letter written by David and Teresa Colman of The Only Place for Pictures in Palmers Green hae written an open letter to Enfield Council officers on September 17th, explaining their concerns regarding the Mini Holland/Cycle Holland Project.




We are writing to you regarding the Mini Holland proposals which we understand will involve a cycle lane being introduced in Green Lanes from Enfield to Palmers Green Library and the consequent removal of pay and display car parking and bus lanes along this part of Green Lanes.


We have been resident in Palmers Green for over 30 years and had a retail shop and picture framing workshop, in Green Lanes, opposite the Fox Pub for the past 10 years. The implications of the Mini Holland proposal fills us with dread and this is not an anti cycling response but a genuine fear that it is a leap in the dark, that can only have a negative effect on the health of an already suffering High Street in Palmers Green.


Our key concerns are broadly as follows:-

1. The Effect on Buses

Whilst cycling does provide an alternative to the car we understand that only 0.7% of Enfield's residents currently cycle, and whilst it is hoped to increase this figure to 4% plus, this still means over 95% of residents will not be cycling. The real viable alternative to the car is the bus and the only way that they can operate efficiently is as a result of bus lanes; without which traffic congestion would be even worse.


2. The Effect on Trade for Local Shops

Many shops including our own sell products that cannot be easily and safely transported by bike. A 60x80 cm picture framed with glass is simply not a safe option on two wheels. We therefore have to accept the reality that the car and bus are the best means of travel and based on projected figures will be so for over 95% of the population. Therefore bus lanes and parking are essential.


You have only to look at the amount of land that Morrisons in Palmers Green and Sainsburys in Winchmore Hill allocate to parking, to realise the importance that these two incredibly successful companies place on providing adequate parking for its customers. We understand that the pro Mini Holland supporters have statistics that say that removing High Street parking will not have a detrimental effect on trade for local shops. If this were the case they why don't Sainsburys and Morrisons remove or greatly reduce the amount of car parking space that they offer and increase the size of their retail space as an obvious way to increasing revenue. They won't do this because they know they would lose customers and lose sales – just as we will in the high street if parking is reduced in Palmers Green.


3. The Health of the Community

We all recognise the problems of obesity in children and adults alike – diet and exercise are a key factor in resolving this issue. However, the provision of a cycle lane in the Enfield section of Green Lanes is not going to result in children/adults leaving their computer games and other gadgets and suddenly jumping on a bike – be real!


4. The Safety of Cyclists

Two of our employees currently cycle to work – one across the Borough from Edmonton and one up Green Lanes from Holloway. They both say they are relatively happy with the current overall arrangements, but the biggest problem is the poor physical state of the roads. In particular, poor drainage and pot holes – both of which can cause the cyclist to suddenly swerve without having time to signal or check that the road is clear and result in a collision.

Also we understand that Haringey will not be introducing cycle lanes on the stretch of Green Lanes in their Borough, which means that the cycle lane in Enfield's stretch of Green Lanes will literally be a road to nowhere!


5. The Cost of the Project

I appreciate that funding or part funding is from the Mayor's budget but ALL public expenditure is basically tax payers, i.e residents money. We as individuals and businesses provide ALL the money that you spend on our behalf. I simply cannot believe that the cost of stripping out bus lanes, pay and display street car parking, changing road junctions and the amount of Council time debating and communicating the issues of this project that is designed to help 0.7% rising to 4% plus of the residents is good use of OUR money. I do not wish to ignore the needs of any minority but I genuinely feel that more consideration should be given to the needs of the 95% plus of the residents including disabled and elderly people who physically cannot cycle, who can only be negatively affected by the impact of the Mini Holland proposals.


I understand that you are entering the consultation stage of this process and ask that we are invited to attend all relevant meetings to express the view I outlined above.


Yours sincerely,

David Colman

The Only Place For Pictures Ltd

Mini Holland: Translating the bid into bike lanes

on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. Posted in N21 Community


Mini Holland: Translating the bid into bike lanes













Enfield Council's Cabinet has now agreed the governance arrangements for the delivery of the £27m Cycle Enfield project, formerly known as 'Mini Holland'. They have appointed Ringway Jacobs, highway infrastructure engineers to undertake detailed planning and modelling of the cycle routes, a process which has already started, but will take a number of months.


Ringwood Jacobs must advise on where the North – South Route will run. Whether this will be along Green Lanes, or "an alternative alignment that leaves the A105 somewhere south of Green Dragon Lane and uses quiet residential roads to Bounds Green".


There will be a public consultation, but there is concern that what is proposed by Enfield Council is insufficient, given the magnitude of this project, despite the Council’s assurances that it will consult widely. The consultation will be undertaken via Cycle Enfield Partnership Boards, one for each project. Here is who the Council is proposing to invite to participate.





Areas of Concern arising from the above proposals


Residents are not being fully consulted

Inviting ward councillors and local residents groups to represent residents is insufficient. Whilst residents associations do an excellent job, only a minority of residents actually belong to them. Schools, parents, groups like Age Concern, The Over 50s Forum should and must be consulted. Some of the proposed changes, such as removal of bus lanes in favour of cycle lanes, could make it much harder for parents with young children, the elderly and people with disabilities to access buses.


All residents who live along the routes and who live in Palmers Green, and Winchmore Hill must be given the right to have their views considered during the design process.Surely the residents should take precedence over cycle groups who cater for a tiny minority of residents/rate payers?


The assumption, stated in the bid document, that all residents should be able to undertake journeys of up to 8 miles by cycle, just doesn't stack up with how we live our busy lives, our desires and capabilities or the needs of anyone wishing to purchase anything larger than can be carried in a backpack or cycle pannier.


Insufficient consultation with businesses along the proposed routes


Enfield Council is proposing that Enfield Business & Retailers Association represent local business interests. Yet EBRA is directly funded by the Council, so is not fully independent. The phrase "not wanting to bite the hand that feeds you" springs to mind. The Council's document claims that "The Mini-Holland project will contribute to the growth agenda by regenerating the town centres that the main cycle routes pass through". At this stage it is unclear how the cycle scheme will achieve this.


It is unclear what additional risk assessment – if any - the Council intends to undertake to assess the economic impact on the business base along the routes of the proposed continuous cycle lanes. Should the designs result in cycle routes which hamper customers' access to local businesses, this could result in a significant reduction of turnover of many of the businesses along the routes, leading to degeneration not regeneration.


David & Teresa Colman of The Only Place For Pictures in Palmers Green have written an open letter to Enfield Council explaining thier concerns, which you can read here


Improving the health & wellbeing of Enfield residents


Enfield Council has suggested that the cycle highways will "significantly improve the health and wellbeing of Enfield residents". However, it could be argued that the benefits that will be derived from the cycle network are being overstated. The target is to get 5% of journeys undertaken by cycle (currently 0.7%). Therefore, only a very small minority of residents are expected to utilise the new bike routes. They are unlikely to include residents whose health is most at risk, such as the obese and those with multiple problems associated with deprivation.



Moreover, if the flow of traffic through the borough is restricted, because of the reductions in carriageways, traffic congestion could worsen air quality and hence health of residents in the areas affected.


Local people must be involved during the design process.



Residents and business owners not fobbed off with a one-off consultation once detailed plans are drawn up.


Enfield Council has a history of ignoring the outcome of other public consultations, so local communities must be given a real say in the planning. This must not be a tick box consultation. This is a major project which represents an opportunity to improve the quality of our streets, get more people to cycle and help to regenerate many of our local high streets, by making them more appealing to local people. 



As yet there is nothing about the next steps for the project on the counil's own Cycle Enfield website, to quote


"We will rejuvenate these town centres and create much improved environments not just for people who cycle, but for everyone".


We hope so, yet there is still a significant risk that whilst Enfield Council's proposed scheme is removing barriers to cycling, they are actually be putting up barriers, preventing people from having easy access to places they want to visit, along these routes.



Would you like to turn your street into a play street?

on Thursday, 28 August 2014. Posted in N21 Community


Would you like to turn your street into a play street?





August 2014


Dear play street resident


Play streets funding

Over the next three years London Play will be working in 12 boroughs to support play streets across the capital. In order to add a special and unique flavour to each play street, there is a pot of money available to fund on street activities.


What can we fund?

We are open to any ideas residents may have. We can fund anything from a circus skills workshop, to a team of playworkers for the day, or we can buy a range of play equipment for children to use in the street, it is up to you! Have a chat with adults and children on your street about what they would like and get in touch.


How to apply?

To apply for funding of up to £400 for your street, simply complete the attached application form detailing what you would like the money for. All completed forms should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively by post to London Play, 89-93 Fonthill Road, London, N4 3JH.


Once we have received your application we will get in contact with you within two weeks to inform you if funding has been approved.


We look forward to receiving your applications


Rich and the London Play team

Park at my house

on Friday, 15 August 2014. Posted in N21 Community


Park at my house


A number of people in the local area have signed up to this website




The concept behind Park At My House (now rebranded as Just Park) is simple, it connects users with empty drives with motorists who need a parking space.


To quote from the website on 14/8/14


"Have you considered renting out your parking space? Car parking near Winchmore Hill is in high demand and many of our parking space owners are earning a significant second income. Making money from your empty driveway, garage, car park or parking space couldn't be easier and we have thousands of people looking to compare Winchmore Hill parking or searching for cheap parking to rent all over the country.


We have Winchmore Hill parking spaces available to rent today.


So far we've gathered 82 Winchmore Hill parking reviews from our previous customers and with a customer satisfaction rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 we're confident that you'll have an incredible parking experience.Our prices are regularly the cheapest parking at Winchmore Hill. Book the cheapest parking available and you could pay as little as £4.50 to £11.50 per day from over 93 parking spaces - now that's a bargain!"  has calculated that in London the rental value of a driveway with parking spaces could be worth £2,040 a year on average.


Whilst it won't solve our local parking problems, it is an idea worth sharing, a win win situation for driver and home owner, which apparently has already been tried by over half a million drivers. 



 There is an app which you can download, to use Just Park wherever you want to park.

What could Enfield Council achieve if they bring in Ben Hamilton-Baillie to get Enfield moving and socialising?

on Friday, 01 August 2014. Posted in N21 Community


What could Enfield Council achieve if they bring in Ben Hamilton-Baillie to get Enfield moving and socialising?



On a hot, sultry evening in late July Enfield Civic Centre Conference hall was packed to overflowing, with hundreds of people, who had come to listen to a man called Ben Hamilton-Baillie. Most had never heard of him before, but like me, came away feeling inspired and excited about the possibilities to re-invigorate our borough, based on radical but simple ways of "reconciling people, places and traffic".


If you google Ben Hamilton-Baillie, who will find him described as the leading exponent of integrated street design in the UK. He was involved in the highly successful transformation of Exhibition Road in South Kensington, as well as traffic re-engineering projects and urban design projects across the country, including the little Cheshire town of Poynton.




The work undertaken by Hamilton-Ballie Associates in reconfiguring Poynton Town Centre has attracted interest from around the world and won the 2014 Urban Transport Street Design Award, not just because of its success in improving traffic flow across the centre of the town, but also for breathing new life into the town.


You can view Poynton Regenerated here.





There are a lot of similarities between Poynton and Enfield. Both have a high volume of traffic passing through high streets, which have seen better days. The internet and the growth of out-of-town shopping have reduced the need for many people to visit a town centre, but as Ben H-B points out in his presentation "streets are immensely important in defining our economic and social wellbing". Whilst they are highways, they are also "public realms" and problems arise where the two collate.


We do not yet know how far Enfield Council will follow through with the scheme outlined in the Mini Holland document. We have been told to wait for the public consultation to begin. However Ben H-B's work excited just about everyone in the conference room to alternative approaches to the Council's stated objectives of getting people to be less reliant on their cars, improving traffic flow and regenerating our high streets. Even get people on their bikes.


The examples shown in the presentation demonstrated very clearly that putting cycle highways through our public realms, ie. Enfield Town, along Green Lanes through Winchmore Hill and Palmers will exacerbate their problems. To quote Ben, our local streets "are important in articulating our values". They must reflect the values of the majority of the people that use them, not a tiny minority. The objective behind the Mini Holland, now rebranded as Cycle Enfield is to get 5% of people cycling, what about the remaining 95%?


The shared space schemes advocated by Ben H-B are based on the pioneering work of the late Hans Monderman, who has been described as the "traffic engineer who hated traffic signs". These ground breaking shared space projects are based on the premise that the over use of traffic signalling has de-skilled driving and turned drivers into automatons. Perverse as it may sound, if you take away the conventional traffic 'indicators', such as road surface markings, kerbs, traffic signs and crossings; you can actually increase traffic efficiency, and improve safety. Taking away the 'rules' means that drivers have to start to think and pay much closer attention to their surroundings.




To quote from Ben's presentation "it is speed that determines the usability of our streets". Drivers slow down and are much more conscious of the movements of pedestrians and cyclists.


The other benefit, is that once these town centres are made more attractive, stripped of ugly street furniture and become easier to negotiate, people come back to them. People linger, visit more often and shop for longer periods of time. This in turn encourages retail and other businesses to invest in the area.


In a recent article co-written by Ben Hamilton-Baillie, he says "Parking and accessibility are key aspects of town centre performance...... The classic village or town car park in France with its trees, rolled scalping's surface, benches, and boule court shows how shared space can work well"


"Attractive streets attract people. People underpin the local economy and towns will only survive if they are places that people want to be, rather than where they have to be".

Here is the slide Ben used to illustrate the distinction between highways and public space.




The meeting was organised by the Enfield Town Conservation Area Study group and sponsored by The Enfield Society, who are as concerned about the Mini Holland proposals for Enfield Town as many residents and business owners are for Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill.


Ben H-B was taken on a whistle stop tour of Enfield and showed a number of slides to illustrate just how cluttered are streets are; with poor traffic engineering, inefficient traffic signals, ugly and under-utilised public space.




After only a brief visit to the borough, Ben would not be drawn on detailed solutions, but the ETCASG and the Enfield Society have done us a great service by opening our eyes to some exciting possibilities. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Enfield. Together Enfield Council with the help of Ben Hamilton-Baillie could have the world talking about Enfield not just as the home of the cash machine but for its exciting regeneration programme.


You can read the Enfield Town Conservation Area Study Group more detailed report of the meeting here





Woodcroft Super Summer Sunday (or when Bob met Dani)

on Tuesday, 15 July 2014. Posted in N21 Community


Woodcroft Super Summer Sunday (or when Bob met Dani)



How do you get hundreds of people to turn up on a Summer Sunday afternoon to a 'secret' location to which few of the people attending have ever been to before, or even knew existed?


If you are organising a community event, the answer is through the children. Lay on lots of fun activities, spiced up with some good music, food, craft beers and Pimms and you have a recipe for success. The first Woodcroft Wildspace Family afternoon was a resounding success. The beautiful, sun bleached Wildcroft made the perfect backdrop for the relaxed afternoon, exploring the site, joining in activities, soaking up the sun and the atmosphere. .


It was back in March, one damp evening, when Bob was first introduced to Dani, who is setting up a fledgling events organisation business. Whereas in the past it was relatively easy to organise an impromptu community event, these days, you have to navigate your way through a whole raft of licensing, health & safely, risk assessment hurdles; let alone commit hundreds of pounds upfront to hiring portal loos, which nobody will use, if it pees with rain.


The objective was to raise money for the North London Hospice and the Nightingale Cancer charity and increase awareness of the Woodcroft Wildspace, as a space for everyone in the area to enjoy; which has been transformed from derelict playing field, into a diverse natural habitat and eco-educational resource, in a little more than a decade, by Bob and Amada Ladell and a smallish group of volunteers.


It was a chance for charities, small businesses and community groups to connect with their local community. Whilst social media was instrumental in making the day happen, it is no substitute for real community engagement, when people with different passions come together to make something happen. Have a look for yourself.






Woodcroft Wildspace is evolving as an eco-educational resource, where children can come to learn more about a wide range of environmental issues and commune with nature in the way that isn't so easy to do in an urban environment. It was only fitting therefore that the Food Gatherer should be present to showcase local food producers.


In the Organic Sensory Garden Bernie and Martine were extolling the virtues of no dig gardening, enthusing a couple more gardeners to take up the challenge. it is a chance for children to get a better understanding of how things grow.



Plenty of activities to keep the children amused.









And a change to explore the wilder places.



 Of course face painting is de rigeur in any kiddie activity day; but this was a day for all the community, pleanty of fun for the grown ups as well.






A chance to have a go at Zumba and Cha Samba




The newly built eco gym was put through its paces.




Families came out for a day of fun




and relaxation



 If it wasn't for Bob Ladell, there wouldn't be a Woodcroft Wildspace and it it wasn't for Dani Gavriel there wouldn't have been a Woodcroft Wildspace Super Summer Sunday.



 Well done Dani and Bob


Will you do it again next year?


Well done also to Tracy Annunziato of the North London Hospice and Carole Stanley of the Nightingale Cancer Trust, keep up the good work ladies


Thanks to Andew Prod for the majority of the photographs.

The Landmark Clock marking time in Palmers Green

on Friday, 04 July 2014. Posted in N21 Community


The Landmark Clock marking time in Palmers Green






The Green Lanes Business Association (GLBA) are very excited to announce the arrival of the long awaited Landmark Clock just in time for the Palmers Green Shopping Carnival this Saturday (July 5th 2014).


The black clock, which has three faces and stands 5.5 metres tall, has been installed at The Triangle, at the junction of Aldermans Hill and Green Lanes. The GLBA hope it will become a landmark that will draw more people to the area. Most of Palmers Green's shops were built in 1904 and they want to commemorate the 110th anniversary of our area with this landmark. The clock's design is the result of collaboration between the GLBA, Mark Leaver, of the Enfield Business and Retailers' Association, and graphic designer Kareen Cox incorporating aspects from the local area, buildings and the history of Palmers Green.


The body of the tower was manufactured by Dave Plummer, of Triangle Metal Works, which is based just around the corner in Green Lanes, while the clock has been made by the Hawkins Clock Company, in Peterborough. The project has been funded through the council's Residents' Priority Fund.


The clock comes four years after the chestnut tree which stood in The Triangle had to be felled because it was dying. Palmers Green has been promised a replacement tree however this has been delayed due to planned works on The Triangle. The GLBA are still campaigning and working with the London Borough of Enfield to get another tree for The Triangle and we will keep you up to date on any new developments.


Tony Ourris, Anthony Webb


On behalf of the Green Lanes Business Association

Can you help Chris to raise the bar?

on Thursday, 03 July 2014. Posted in N21 Community


Can you help Chris to raise the bar?



Have you ever heard of Chris Kandu?


No, well fingers crossed you will know the name well by the time of the next Olympics in 2016. Chris, aged 18, a pupil at Enfield Grammar, is a high jumper, who has competed for England and Great Britain and is ranked no 2 in the Under 20 class in the world. Last weekend he jumped a new personal best of 2.24m at the England Athletics U20 / U23 Championships winning the competition, just narrowly missing the 2.28m world record.


Chris is an Enfield lad, who lives in Ponders End, along with his sister and  their mum, a single parent. He describes himself in self-deprecating terms as "not the brightest of pupils, inclined to misbehave, not focused on my studies"..Whilst sport is his number one priority Chris is studying Business Studies and IT for A Level. However, as most year 13 pupils are counting the days until the end of term, Chris will be embarking on an intensive summer of training and competing. Unfortunately he has had to turn down a place to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, as it clashes with World Junior Championships in Portland Oregon, where he a strong prospect of a medal. These junior championship provide Chris with important opportunity to compete at world level, with less than two years to the 2016 Olympic Games.




The education watchdog, Ofsted has reported that sportsmen and women who attended private schools continue to dominate sport at the elite level, particularly in athletics. Despite fewer than one in 10 pupils attending fee-paying schools, more than four in 10 of the British athletes who won medals at London 2012 were schooled privately. Perhaps this is hardly surprising, with access top quality facilities and training opportunities and parents who can afford to take them  to compete across the country and more abl to help them to gain scholarships and sponsorships.


Life hasn't been quite so easy for Chris. Whilst he  has been fortunate in receiving excellent support from the School and has received some funding from Sports Aid, he narrowly missed out on receiving a grant from British Athletics. As a result there have been events and training opportunities with top athletes that he has had to miss simply because the family couldn't afford the expenses.


A number of local companies and charities have provided Chris with sponsorship this year, to help him with his travel and training cost;, including the Enfield Charitable Trust, Barnfields estate agents, Enfield and Edmonton Rotary Clubs, Fairview Homes and the Jean Pickering Olympic scholarship. This scholarship has been awarded to five British Olympic athletes who are believed to have medal potential, to help them to develop their potential. The Enfield Chiropractic Clinic on Ridge Avenue has also provided him with free treatment for a back injury, which was interfering with his training


As we follow Chris's performance over the summer, what can Enfield do to support this talented young man who is having to jump through too many hoops to further his career, at a time when he should be concentrating solely on the high jump?


A relatively small amount of funding could catapult his career to the next level. No apologies for the sporting puns, Chris Kandu can do, with a little help from Enfield.


Donations to help him further his career are being managed by Lauren Solomon at Enfield Grammer. If you, your company or community group is able to make a small donation to help Chris to achieve his sporting visions please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


You can read more about Chris Kandu's competition career here

Caroline Green: the Dark Ride to publishing success

on Wednesday, 02 July 2014. Posted in N21 Community


Caroline Green: the Dark Ride to publishing success
When you are commuting into town in the mornings from Grange Park and Winchmore stations do you ever wonder what the people sitting opposite you in the carriage do for a living? Are they accountants, creatives, IT whizzes or even an award-winning writer? Meet Caroline Green, who has made the transition from commuter journalist to 'proper author, making up stories' (her description) and she is indeed the winner of a number of awards for her teenage fiction novels.

Caroline, lives in Winchmore Hill with her husband, two sons, and "daft" chocolate labrador, Monty. Whilst an avid reader and a professional journalist, writing for a string of leading newspapers, she says that the road to publication of a novel was long and hard. Her very first novel was for adults, followed by a children's book. It wasn't until her boys were growing up that Caroline says that she became interested in writing for young adults. "It was discovering what great books were out there for this age group that made me want to try and write one myself".


Dark Ride was her first Young Adult (YA) novel, published in 2011 and has gone on to win a number of literary award, including the RoNA Young Adult award (Romantic Novel of the Year). Since them she has managed to produce a novel a year; Cracks in 2012, Hold Your Breath in 2013 and her latest book Fragments was published in Spring this year.


Here is Caroline reading Chapter One from Dark Ride (gripping stuff)




Writing for teenagers requires a different approach and style to writing for adults; a fast pace and strong plots are needed, to keep a young reader's attention, whether it is a story about growing up, first love or something darker. Her books are dark, psychological thrillers, "made up", and not drawn from true life. The protagonists, teenagers, find themselves in difficult situations; whether moving to an unknown part of the world, which triggers a mysterious series of events in Dark Ride, described as a "compelling dark mystery"; to hiding from ruthless counter-insurgency and anti-terror squads in "paranoid, near future Britain" in her latest novel, Fragments, described as a "a taut, suspenseful and fast-paced thriller" on the Lovereading4Kids website.


On her website are some You Tube trailers for her novels, which set the scene and draw the reader in. Marketing for the You Tube generation.






Caroline describes herself as living proof of that it is possible to get a novel published and find a market, if you "never give up", "after several years on the slushpile". Caroline admits that it took a long time to get her first book published. finding time to write a book whilst working on paid writing assignments and looking after two children wasn't easy. She has described the process as "a bit like knitting a scarf: if you just do a little bit whenever you can, before you know it, you'll have something growing in a satisfying way before your eyes".

Now that she has been able to give up the day job, to focus on her books, Caroline enjoys visiting schools to give readings of her novels, sharing her deeply held passion for both reading and writing. It is an age when many young people, especially boys read very little fiction, despite the success of blockbusters such as the Twilight series. One school that has recognised the value of having a living author to work with children is East Barnet,where she is Author in Residence and Caroline would enjoy forging links with other local schools.


She is also keen to support other budding novelists and offers a manuscript writing service for a small fee; as well as contributing to Strictly Writing, a blog on creative writing.


Can she be found with her laptop in our local cafes or pubs, aka JK Rowling, or musing over story lines whilst walking Monty in Grovelands Park?


And the film rights? Perhaps one day we will see this Winchmore Hill lady picking up an Oscar.



Ask N21 Residents - Making the Green the heart of the community again

on Friday, 13 June 2014. Posted in N21 Community


Ask N21 Residents - Making the Green the heart of the community again


Less than a century ago, Winchmore Hill Green was the heart of the community. It could be argued that the new heart of the community is the foyer of Sainsburys, as this is where you are most likely to meet people you know.


In the past few years we have had a number of well organised and highly success local events on the Green;  the N21 Festival, the Christmas Fair and carol concerts which are planned again for this year and a number of small arts, crafts and music events. All have brought the Green to life, bringing in more people to support the local businesses, vibrancy and colour to this lovely little space.


Organising an event on the Green is a bureaucratic and expensive and very tightly controlled. Whilst it is important that the use of the Green is strictly maintained as an attractive open space, a local business would like to know what you would feel about having a few tables and chairs on the Green, during Summer weekends, when the weather is fine?


For this to happen there would have to be a change in licensing arrangements and a full consultation with local residents and business owners in proximity to the Green.


Is this a good idea?  Please share your views, both pro and against so it would help business owners on the Green to gain a better understanding of whether there is potential interest in the idea of making the Green a community meeting place on a more regular basis.


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Felicity's Meringue Mission

on Thursday, 05 June 2014. Posted in N21 Community


Felicity's Meringue Mission

Winchmore Hill Mum, Felicity Barnum-Bobb knows a thing or two about good food, as she is Food Editor of Woman magazine.



As well as conjuring up new recipes Felicity is on a MERINGUE MISSION!



She is going on a mission trip, with her 11 year old and 16 year old daughters in August with MISSION DIRECT, who help the worlds poorest. The family are going to the Dominican Republic to help build homes for people that lost everything in the Haiti earthquake. We are desperately trying to raise money to make this possible and help build the homes.

"Please spare a few moments to have a look at the Mission Direct website, which will help you to understand why my kitchen won't be a sugar free zone this summer!"

"We are taking a massive step of faith and hope local businesses or events may consider selling my fabulous meringues - all proceeds going direct to this charity".

"We are selling 1 litre kilner jars of meringues - these would be £5 and also individual pavlovas and mega meringues are also available at £1 each.

Choose from vanilla, coconut, raspberry ripple, choc chip and her gorgeous new creation – cappuccino meringues".

Could you buy some as a special family treat?

Could you take a box to work?

Could you stock our meringues in our shop, pub or restaurant?


For more info on how you can order please go to my fundraising page, details of local stockists will be published shortly. If you would like to order please contact me

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Thanks for reading







Discovering wildlife in Oakwood Park

on Monday, 02 June 2014. Posted in N21 Community


Discovering wildlife in Oakwood Park


I'm Brenna Boyle, experienced zoologist, environmental teacher and nature guide.


Do you know that London is the greenest major city in Europe?  I set up Wild Capital because I wanted to show people the secrets of London's hidden wild side... London is a city bursting with natural life, if you know how to look. Within our city's green spaces wildlife is surprisingly diverse and abundant.




In March this year the Oakwood Park Family Wildlife Club began. Thanks to funding from Enfield Council and the Friends of Oakwood Park the club sessions are free to attend! Designed for children aged 5 to 12 and their families, club sessions involve wildlife discovery, games and activities that are fun for adults as well as kids.


This first session, 'Spring into Spring', focused on spring time goings such as bird song and involved a bird spotting walk, birdsong bingo and games including 'sparrows and hedgerows'.


The second session, 'Beneath the Surface', began with a pond dip and finished with a mayfly life cycle relay race. Wild Capital creates exciting and educational wildlife activities for adults, families, communities and schools within London.


The next session, 'Fabulous Flowers', is on Saturday June 14th, 12 – 2pm in Oakwood Park. Sessions are free but booking is required as places are limited. For more information, or to book a place, contact Brenna on 07716 372668 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




If you are reading this after June 14th, check up on my website and for news of my next family fun clubs and also events for grown ups too.


Time to get the boots on for some good old fashioned outdoor fun!



Fears grow for Grovelands land

on Friday, 30 May 2014. Posted in N21 Community


Fears grow for Grovelands land

Fears Grow for Grovelands Land

Joint statement by Grovelands Residents' Association and Friends of Bourneside Sports Ground


We are increasingly concerned about the fate of open land on and around the Bourneside site, part of the historic Grovelands estate. A plan of the site made available by the council has mystified us by describing part of the council-owned portion of the site as having "no public accessibility".


We are of course aware of council plans for a primary school on part of the site. We stand together opposing this. Better sites are available to meet the undoubted educational need with a less destructive impact. The land should be revitalised to retain and enhance its existing sporting use.


However, the attempt to earmark the rest of the site (adjoining Queen Elizabeth's Drive) as having no public accessibility is of great concern to us. Local residents have been using that part of the land for many years without any hindrance, in the same way that they have used the land on which a school would be situated. We fear that the move is intended to make it easier to sell the land for some form of development in the future, over and above the proposed school, completely changing the nature of the area.


Southgate has lost too much open space over the years, not least the former school playing fields at Minchenden. We should protect and nurture our remaining green space along with the wildlife and recreational needs that depend upon it.




Michael Clary

Joint Chair

Grovelands Residents' Association

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Tel: 020 8882 4679

John Kaponi


Friends of Bourneside Sports Ground

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Mobile:  07875 542 969

Twitter: @BournesideSport

27 May 2014

Helping our hedgehogs

on Wednesday, 14 May 2014. Posted in N21 Community


Helping our hedgehogs




The People's Trust for Endangered Species in association with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) have created a simple list of 10 ways for all of us to contribute to securing a future for our prickly national wildlife icon:


1. Rescue hedgehogs – sick or injured hedgehogs can be saved by expert care. If you see an animal of concern, put it in a box with a towel and call the BHPS on 01584 890 801


2. Create a wild corner – Allow a corner of your garden (or more if you can spare it) to grow long or sow a mix of native grasses and wildflowers (lesser knapweed, ox-eye daisy, yarrow, cocksfoot) so it provides the perfect daytime nesting area


3. Turn allotments and vegetable beds into havens – As long as you avoid chemicals and don't fence your plot with netting or chicken wire, hedgehogs can provide the best pest control


4. Breakdown barriers - open up your garden to your neighbours and adjacent habitat by cutting 13cm x 13cm holes at the bottom of fences or make small tunnels underneath. These will be too small for pets but big enough for hogs


5. Offer extra food – Supplement natural foods with meat based cat/dog food, crushed unsalted peanuts, mealworms or raisins. (Most important in November – March, the usual hibernation period)


6. Provide nesting places – Create a natural woodpile against the edge of your garden and suitable habitat – this will provide invertebrate play and a place to nest


7. Avoid chemicals – Go chemical free, using weedkiller reduces the availability of earthworms (a key prey item) and slug pellets can also make hedgehogs very ill


8. Plant a tree – If space allows, plant an oak, beech, hornbeam or lime tree (from a reliable native source) as these trees provide the ideal leaf size for hedgehogs to make their winter hibernation nest


9. Make a compost heap - They provide fantastic invertebrate prey habitat. Start a mound of decaying plant matter in a spot that's accessible to hedgehogs an open to the elements (not covered heaps or bins)


10. Spread the word – Hedgehog conservation is all about working together and connecting landscapes so pass this message on and encourage others to do the same


Remember if you see a hedgehog to send your sightings into the local record centre (which in Enfield is GiGL: so that this information can be used to inform management plans and avoid adverse impacts to hedgehog populations by developers.


For more information visit: and take part in the national survey at


Sophie Hinton

Biodiversity Officer*

Regeneration & Environment

London Borough of Enfield

PO Box 56, Civic Centre

Silver Street

Enfield EN1 3XA

Tel: 0208 379 5460