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Grovelands Park SuDs Stream Improvement

on Friday, 22 November 2013. Posted in N21 Community

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Grovelands Park SuDs Stream Improvement

 

 

As residents and park users may know the lake and stream in Grovelands Park have suffered from poor water quality for a number of years. Recent tests by water quality monitors have confirmed this. Often in warmer weather blue/green algae blooms in the lake, which can be harmful to people and animals. This happens because the lake is polluted, namely with high levels of the nutrients nitrate and phosphate.

 

Rain falling on local houses and roads runs down the drains and through rainwater sewer pipes straight into the stream and lake. Oils, grit and heavy metals form a film on the roads, and this is washed into the water too. In some cases house plumbing is misconnected, with appliances, showers, sinks and occasionally even toilets connected to the rainwater drains rather than the foul sewer. This means that waste water containing nitrates and phosphates joins the toxic cocktail from the roads, making the water even dirtier, and the stream and lake more polluted. Sadly this situation is common across our cities.


As part of our Love the Lea campaign for healthy rivers in East London we are working with Enfield Council to improve this situation.  We want to intercept this water and clean it with natural processes before it reaches the stream. 


The stream from the lake at Grovelands Park runs free for some distance, then drops into a culvert to flow hidden under ground.  Enfield Council are planning to deculvert the stream and allow it back to its natural course





We're teaming up with them and taking the opportunity to introduce some stream cleansing Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS).  These are systems inspired by nature which will treat the polluted water that enters the stream every time it rains.

 

As well as cleaning polluted water, SuDS can also help reduce flood risk, create wildlife habitat and provide new amenities for people. Our Salmons Brook Healthy River Challengeproject will see the creation of six SuDS on and next to the Salmons Brook, or by streams that run into the Salmons Brook like the one that runs through Grovelands Park.  Enfield's portfolio of SuDS will be a fantastic showcase for other London boroughs to follow suit and improve their waterways too. Road run off from Seaforth Gardens and Branscombe Gardens will be intercepted and flow into an area of wet woodland for cleaning before it continues into the new natural stream.  The water system here will be allowed back to nature.  The work is planned for this winter 2013-2014.  We’d like to know what you think of the project and water quality issues.





 

Update June 2014

 

 

Work is well underway on the SuDS at Grovelands. The first swales to intercept polluted water from pipes beneath Branscombe Drive have been dug at Grovelands Park, and the stream deculverting works are progressing. We should also be ready to plant at this site at the end of July.

 

 

To find out more:


To receive regular updates on the project to create SuDS and protect Enfield’s streams email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to thr Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge and Love the Lea mailing lists.

Call 07554 402727 to talk through the plans.


Take action!


Please check your plumbing to ensure your house is not misconnected and accidentally polluting the stream.  Visit www.connectright.org.uk  to find out how.

Kind regards,


Aimee Felus

Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge Project Manager 

Thames21 - bringing London's waterways to life


The Lock Office

Gillender Street

Bromley by Bow

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www.thames21.org.uk/salmons-brook

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lovethelea

 

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Let this mouse inspire you

on Wednesday, 06 November 2013. Posted in N21 Community

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Let this mouse inspire you

 

 Running a business or achieving any goal takes tenacity, let this little mouse inspire you!

  

 

Donating to the North London Foodbank

on Sunday, 03 November 2013. Posted in N21 Community

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Donating to the North London Foodbank

 

Every so often an email lands in your inbox that makes you stop and think. This happened to me this week, when Tessa Stevens, owner of the Tessa Stevens Health & Beauty Clinic on Masons Corner posted an appeal on the N21 Live Local Spend Local Facebook for food. The appeal was for staples - tins, cereals, rice, pasta etc which they are collecting for an Enfield food bank.

 
I wasn't even aware that there was an Enfield food bank. A quick Google search revealed that there are at least three. So, N21, we may not be feeling particularly flush at the moment, but there are people in other parts of the borough who will have been having to decide whether to heat or eat over the last few days.

And people from N21 responded to the appeal, this is just a small sample of what was dropped of at the Clinic during November 2013.

 

 Non-perishable food can be left there for the Foodbank until the beginning of Apr These are the sorts of food that can be left.

 

 

 

The North Enfield Food Bank has a very informative website that explains more about their work. They need ongoing donations and are also seeking volunteers.

 

 

 

 

 On the site are some moving stories of people and the work pf the Trussell Trust who founded their first food bank back in 1997.

 

 

 

Banks help people save money but this one is helping to save local lives. Give them your support.

 

http://northenfield.foodbank.org.uk/

Power to the people: sign up for the Big London Energy Switch

on Friday, 01 November 2013. Posted in N21 Community

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Power to the people: sign up for the Big London Energy Switch

 

 

 

Residents in Enfield have another chance to find cheaper deals on gas and electricity through collective energy switching, a scheme that helps residents club together to secure lower energy prices by using a third party 'switching provider'.. Enfield Council has joined forces with 22 other London boroughs to support London Councils deliver the next phase of the 'Big London Energy Switch' during November.

 

In April,  26,000 residents registered for the first phase of the 'Big London Energy Switch,' . It is reported that London residents who switched energy suppliers saved an average of £122 on their energy bills.

 

Cllr Chris Bond, Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment said "Energy prices are on the rise, and at a time when every penny counts I would urge everyone to look into this scheme which will help make your money go further with energy companies. "Don't get caught out by huge winter bills and register by 18th November to make the big switch, and save cash".

 

Residents have until midnight on Monday 18th November to register by going to Energy and Information will then be sent to everyone who has registered and offers are expected from 27th November. There is no obligation to accept the offer to switch energy supplier and savings are not always guaranteed – this will depend on how much energy you use and your current tariff.

 

This short video explains the concept

 

 

For more details go to http://www.biglondonenergyswitch.org.uk/

 

Sunshine Quilts creating colourful family heirlooms

on Monday, 21 October 2013. Posted in N21 Community

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Sunshine Quilts creating colourful family heirlooms

 

I'm Susie, welcome to my colourful world. I make quilts, wall-hangings, throws, and small gifts based on a variety of traditional designs and quilting techniques, from my home in Winchmore Hill.

 

 

 

In my former career I taught IT, but quilting has been my passion for over ten years. I started by creating quilts as gifts for family and friends and then people started asking to to buy them, so Sunpatch Quilts was created. This is me at work (it's a real labour of love!). I have a range of quilts and other quilted home accessories for sale and I also take commissions so you can select a design and fabrics to suit your home. Typically it would take four weeks to make a double quilt, while smaller items, such as throws, tablecloths, and table-runners normally take two weeks.

 

Here are some examples of my quilting, you can see more of my quilting designs on my website, for your bedroom, dining room and kitchen.

 

 

 A quilt called Butterflies


 

This quilt is called “You are the sunshine of my life”

 

 

I use 100% cotton fabric and batting. The price of any item reflects the amount and cost of the fabric, the complexity of the design and construction, the size and the time taken to make it.


 

I am happy to personalise any of my work by adding: embroidered motif(s) to mark a special occasion such as birthday, anniversary or for a customised Christmas gift.

The secret of happiness - can it be studied scientifically?

on Wednesday, 09 October 2013. Posted in N21 Community

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The secret of happiness - can it be studied scientifically?

              

 

 

 The Secret of Happiness - an Experiement in Gratitude

 

                              

 

 

This short video (which has had over 1.7m views on You Tube) is one of a serious of 'Secret of Happiness videos, described as "an experiment in positive psychology"

 

Is it real science or pseudo science? An excuse to create cheesy and cuddly content that gets shared - to bring in the advertisers?

 

Probably all three but some interesting messages that perhaps we all need to be reminded of in our over busy lives.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHv6vTKD6lg

What to know how to get a high score in the happiness test?

Good for sofa surfing and sharing on cold winter nights!


Death - the final taboo?

on Tuesday, 08 October 2013. Posted in N21 Community

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Death - the final taboo?

 

A recent survey by the charity Dying Matters reveals that more than 70% of us are uncomfortable talking about death and that less than a third of us have spoken to family members about end-of-life wishes. In our increasing secular society, we view death as an inconvenience, something to be swept under the carpet. Fewer of us belong to an organised religious group, perhaps because regular church attendance is a constant reminder of our own mortality. 


Death Café is a growing international movement, trying to encourage more open discussion of death and facing up to death, without fear and importantly"make the most of our (finite) lives". 

 

 

"We drink tea, eat cake and discuss death".

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Death Cafe is based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz, a Swiss sociologist, who was interested in the rites and customs surrounding funerals. He set up Cafes Mortels in Paris in 1999, to encourage more frank and open discussion about death. A decade later, Jon Underwood, who lives in Hackney read about the movement in The Independent and set up the first UK Death café in London in September 2011.  To quote from the Independent article  "The concept, although a little morbid, is straightforward enough – a dozen strangers meet to have a drink and talk about death for a couple of hours.

 

Morbid? Just another bereavement counselling session? Apparently not, according to a Independent journalist who went along to a recent Death Cafe held in London, "I was surprised to discover that the gathering of goths, emos and the terminally ill that I'd imagined, turned out to be a collection of fascinating, normal individuals united by a wish to discuss mortality... "they just want to meet up and talk about something which, let's face it, will happen to us all".

 

Jon Underwood, writes on his own website "My experience tells me that death can play a role in helping us enjoy life. I also believe that focusing on death can play a part in helping us get to grips with some big challenges - like supporting older people, climate change, a broken economic system and chronic global inequality. This may not immediately make sense but if we can face up to death we can face up to anything, no?"


There are now reported to be over 200 Death Cafes in various parts of the world, attended by several thousand people and the site provides guidance on running a Death Café..deathcafe.com

 

The Death Cafe has a Facebook page, with a gallery full of images, which reflect our current attitudes to dying; some of them will raise a smile, some are life affirming; few are morbid. Here is a small section

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Dying Matters.Org. set up by The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) "to change public knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards dying, death and bereavement and has lots of useful advice on end of life. 

 

 

 

Whilst the Death Café movement hasn't yet reached Enfield, Forty Hall is hosting a talk by medical anthropologist Natalie Tobert on October 16th (8.30pm) exploring how attitudes to death have changed from the 17th century to the present day. Booking is essential. More details here

 

If you are around Winchmore Hill during October and November, have a look at the Guy Fawkes coffin in the window of Harrisons Funeral Home.

 

 

 

 

It may not be to everyone's taste, but it is not intended to cause offence, but is another innovative attempt to encourage people to talk about death and to share their wishes with their loved ones.

 

According to Madeline Antoniazzi, who manages Harrisons Funerals on The Broadway, this is a coffin for Guy Fawkes, who never had his own coffin.


"Guy Fawkes didn't have a coffin to lie in and he was neither buried nor cremated but scattered about for birds and wild animals to devour. Although I am sure if he had succeeded in his plot he would have been blown to smithereens in any case.


Nowadays you can plan your own funeral, design your own coffin to reflect your life and personality and if you wish to be cremated there are so many options available for the final resting place of your ashes, other than being scattered by a rose tree in a local crematorium's rose garden. Your ashes can be made into diamonds and encased in jewellery for your loved ones to wear and feel close to you, or they can be sent into the sky via a rocket and last I heard even into outer space, or mixed into paint for a commissioned picture, the options and choices available to you nowadays are endless and most importantly pre arranging your funeral not only saves you money, it gives you piece of mind and saves your loved ones from second guessing what they think you would have wanted".

 

You can read Madeline's tribute to Guy Fawkes here


"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." ― Mahatma Gandhi



Express yourself

on Monday, 07 October 2013. Posted in N21 Community

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Express yourself

 

 

 

 

Download a copy of Winchmore School's Community Art programme by clicking on the image

What Makes Us Care? asks Kathryn Prescott

on Monday, 09 September 2013. Posted in N21 Community

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What Makes Us Care? asks Kathryn Prescott

Local girl Kathryn Prescott, daughter of Winchmore Hill Councillor Martin Prescott, has had a taste of the high life, even though she is only 22. Kathryn, who was brought up in Palmers Green, has had a starring role in the controversial cult E4 teen drama Skins, now in its seventh series; and has a mere 56,550 Twitter followers.

 

 

 

Kathryn is also a keen photographer, following in the footsteps of her mother, who runs PawPrints Etc, specialising in pet photography. However this talented young lady is using her personal contacts and love of photography to depict a much grittier subject – homelessness. Her exhibition What Makes Us Care, at the St Martins In The Field Crypt Gallery, in Trafalgar Square (September 18th – October 13th), depicts images of homelessness and destitution, staged by some of the actors she has worked with.

 

 

Why not just take a camera around the centre of London and other cities to take pictures of 'real' rough sleepers? Kathryn argues that when she first started planning the project she hadn't intended to use actors, but that her own experience of fame gave her the idea of blurring the lines between celebrity and anonymity, to encourage us to question our own value system – how we judge people at 'face value'. She persuaded a number of fellow actors from TV series Skins, The Borgias, Glee and Waterloo Road, to pose as rough sleepers for a new, free photography exhibition challenging the public not to ignore rising levels of street homelessness. Rough sleeping in London alone has increased 64 per cent in the last two years, according to Centrepoint, the homeless charity. Kathryn asks "why, simply because we don't know someone in need personally, has it become so easy to turn away from them?

 

"Most people are no longer shocked when they see someone living on the streets. In fact, many people simply walk by without so much as a second thought. I can't imagine a single person doing so if walking past a person they even faintly recognised from some area of their own life, past or present, in a similar state. By using familiar faces looking damaged and destitute, we hope these images help to break down stereotypes about those without homes; to see them as people rather than simply part of the scenery of modern life or pests to be ignored. These people living on the streets could have been friends they once knew, colleagues they could have known in future; they are people who have somehow fallen through the gaps and found themselves, often through unimaginable circumstances, on the cusp of existence. In another reality, this could easily be me or you."

 

By using 'cool' teen stars, Kathryn hopes to break down that barrier and get viewers, especially the young, who will be most familiar with the actors who have participicated in the project; to relate to the problems of homelessness. "I know people who have been without a home for ages and lots of my friends are sofa surfing because they are in between jobs or saving for degrees and other studies — paying £500 rent every month is just not feasible for them."

 

Kathryn has spent time researching the problems of homelessness, including interviewing a number of Big Issue sellers. She is also interested in how homelessness has been depicted in books and films, including George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London and Andrea Arnold's 2009 film Fish Tank.

 

She is keen to support charities that help the homeless, who often have multiple problems and will be donating all the proceeds from the sale of the prints sold at the exhibition to Centrepoint and The Big Issue.

 

"A friend told me she was once warned by a security guard not to give a homeless man food because 'it will only encourage him'. That really stuck with me, how often society views people without homes as nothing more than pests rather than human beings on the cusp of existence, in need of care or just acknowledgement of their own humanity."


Wise words from someone so young.

 

 

What Makes Us Care? is at St Martin-in-the-Fields Crypt Gallery, WC2 (020 7766 1100, stmartin-in-the-fields.org), September 18–October 13 2013.

Open Mon, Tues & Fri, 8.30am-1pm and 2pm-6pm;

Weds, 8.30am-1.15pm and 2pm-5pm;

Thurs, 8.30am-1.15pm and 2pm-6pm;

Sat, 9.30am-6pm; Sun, 3.30pm-5pm;

 

Admission free. 


kathrynprescott.co.uk


http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01fjvlp/Jo_Good_Voiceovers_and_Kathryn_Prescott/

Are you accidentally polluting Houndsden Stream?

on Tuesday, 27 August 2013. Posted in N21 Community

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Are you accidentally polluting Houndsden Stream?

Dear N21 Resident

 

Are you accidentally polluting Houndsden Stream?

It's your legal duty to check

 


This is the outflow into the Houndsden Stream at the Spinney


Sometimes it runs with polluted water from toilets and washing machines, killing the stream. This pipe takes rainwater from 74 houses on Eversley Crescent, Green Dragon Lane, Maplin Close and Wades Hill. Is your house is one of them?. Even if you live elsewhere, this could still be a problem,up to 10% of houses in Londom have misconnections, polluting a local stream or river,  so please check your house for plumbing misconnections. 


The rainwater from roads and roofs flows directly into your local stream. Dishwashers, showers, washing machines and toilets should be connected into the foul sewer which leads to the sewage treatment works. Sometimes they are accidentally connected into these rain drains instead. When these plumbing misconnections happen your local stream is polluted. It smells and looks unpleasant and wildlife cannot thrive. Please check to see if your plumbing is misconnected and you are accidentally polluting the stream. It is your legal duty to do this, and rectify the misconnection if you find one.

 

We are an independent waterways charity raising awareness of plumbing misconnections as part of our Love the Lea campaign for clean rivers in East London. The Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge is part of this campaign; a project to highlight how we can protect our rivers by creating natural buffers to filter pollutants. We are restoring the wet woodland in the Spinney on Houndsden Rd to naturally clean the water in the Houndsden Stream, hence our particular interest in this misconnected pipe.

 

We are very happy to help you check whether you are accidentally polluting the river.  We can come and have a look at your plumbing to see if we can identify a misconnection and give you further information on protecting your local streams and rivers. Thames Water will also be pursuing this misconnection in the future.

 

You can also get more information and advice on how to check for misconnections:

 

Visit: www.connectright.org.uk

 

Contact: Charles Le Besque, Principal Environmental Health Officer at Enfield Council on 0208 379 1000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

For more information please contact me on the details below. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and check your house.

 

Kind regards,

Aimee Felus

Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge Project Manager

Thames21

Registered charity number: 1103997

E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. W: www.thames21.org.uk/salmons-brook

T: 0207 0936 382 M: 07554 402727

Twitter: #lovethelea Facebook: facebook.com/lovethelea

 


The Power of Just Doing Stuff

on Wednesday, 31 July 2013. Posted in N21 Community

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The Power of Just Doing Stuff

 

 

So what do you think?

Trying Not to Lose The Plot

on Monday, 29 July 2013. Posted in N21 Community

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Trying Not to Lose The Plot

 

Let's face it – allotments have become cool. Our preconceptions of them and their keepers have changed. Today, you are more likely to see a young, suited, city-gent watering his globe fennel before work, or a yummy-mummy and her child after school, picking cherry tomatoes on their plots, than you are to see the flat-capped, senior citizen we commonly associate with allotments. This hackneyed image of a plot holder, a vestige of the Dig for Victory, golden age of allotments, has all but departed and been replaced by a more contemporary breed, capturing the Zeitgeist, keen to grow their own food and get closer to nature.

 

 

 

Allotments have been with us for hundreds of years, coming to the fore under the rigour of rationing during World War II so that people could supplement their diets with fresh produce. So why have they endured? Why are waiting lists for plots so long? And do we still have a need for them?

 

In today's economic climate, undoubtedly we do. The take-up of allotments seems to increase in times of recession, and no more so than now, when food banks are more in demand than ever before and food prices are rising. Food and cookery programmes have much to answer for too. 'Foodies', in their search for tastier and more unusual ingredients, disappointed by the limited choice, turn to their allotments, as farmers and supermarkets focus on fewer varieties and often allow flavour to play second fiddle to fruit and vegetables that will travel, store and present well on a shelf.

 

This new breed of plot holder also extols the fact that growing your own reduces food miles and promotes seasonal eating. But the benefits of allotments go further than the production of seasonal, flavoursome and environmentally low-impact food.

 

When I took over my own plot, it was during a period of convalescence following a back operation. I have no doubt that working on the allotment improved both my physical and psychological health. Not only was I revitalised, I was swiftly accepted into a welcoming community: a community full of eccentric characters from diverse backgrounds and cultures, united by a love of the land, of growing fruit and vegetables and nature. The rehabilitative benefits of allotments and horticulture can be attested to by many: Thrive is a charity which uses gardening to transform the lives of those with disabilities; prisons use gardens as a means not only to teach new skills, but to provide a space for calm and reflection.

 

The social benefits of allotments should not be understated. Social gatherings –barbecues and end of season shows - are commonplace. And though allotments and their ubiquitous sheds are celebrated places to escape your wife, some have hooked-up with their future partners on the plot; couples and families are prevalent.

 

Of course, allotments are not without their difficulties. Where communities form, conflict follows, and site managers are often called upon to resolve neighbourly disputes. Thefts of tools and produce are unfortunate but regular occurrences.

 

For many plot holders it is the spectre of eviction; the possibility that the local council will take away all that is dear to them and build high-density housing, that troubles them most. Many fear that councils are raising rents in an effort to drive people off the land and, in effect, preclude those who most need the tranquillity of an outdoor space.

 

Do we still need allotments? Resoundingly – yes. Mankind has detached itself from the earth. "To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil, is to forget ourselves," said Ghandi. We grow fat and sluggish in offices, trading pseudo-commodities, futures, derivatives, figures: mere representations of the very things we have forgotten how to grow. We need to get closer to the soil and learn to appreciate where our food comes from.

For many, allotments are not only necessary – they are vital. Allotments endure as the tribulations of life endure.

 

Allotments are a haven, a diversion from monotony and misfortune. They comfort and succour those in need. They endure as our love for the outdoors, for community and for the love of nature endures. Central and local governments should not only seek to preserve existing sites, they should dedicate more land to allotments.

 

 George Mournehis is a local writer whose ebook – The Mulberry Tree – is published on Kindle and is available from Amazon.co.uk.


The Mulberry Tree follows the adventures of the morally reprehensible Marcus Lamb, and how his life takes a different path after he inherits his grandfather's allotment.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Mulberry-Tree-ebook/dp/B00CXSYYJK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1369599182&sr=1-1&keywords=mournehis

Enfield Council outlines plans to build a school in Grovelands Park

on Monday, 22 July 2013. Posted in N21 Community

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Enfield Council outlines plans to build a school in Grovelands Park

 

On Thursday July 18th, afternoon, Gary Barnes, the Council's 'School Scout' (Assistant Director Regeneration, Leisure and Libraries) addressed a meeting of a hundred plus people, to present an outline plan to build a new two form entry primary school in the South West corner of Grovelands Park.

 

Whilst the proposed site is within the boundary of the original Repton designed estate, the eight acre site being proposed is partly owned by Thames Water, with the remainder of the belonging to Enfield Council, and is overgrown and poorly maintained. Gary Barnes was quick to point out to a largely hostile audience that this is a 'concept', but new school places are urgently needed in this part of the Borough and the Council hasn't identified any other suitable sites (although members of the audience were able to come up with a couple of suggestions).

 

The first hurdle the Council faces is English Heritage approval, because the land was designated a "2-star park" designed by Repton & Morson – one of only five such parks in the country. A fuller public consultation process will not start until there has been a historic parks survey and a full management plan, so it could be at least six months before there are more concrete plans.

 

Mr Barnes admitted that the Council had not wanted the 'concept' in the public arena at this stage. However the anti-school campaign is wasting no time in marshalling troops.

 

You can view the Council's concept drawings by clicking on the image.

 

 


 

 

FRANK FARMER HAS WRITTEN A RESPONSE TO THE MEETING ABOUT 'GROVELANDS PARK IMPROVEMENT PROPOSALS'

 

Gary Barnes, Assistant Director Regeneration, Leisure and Libraries faced a crowded, and sometimes hostile meeting of residents as he presented outline proposals by Enfield Council to build a new two-form entry primary school within Grovelands Park and the Priory Hospital grounds and other developments that would include current sporting facilities. It was clear from the outset that many of those present were angry because they had not received the invitation letter when they live close to the affected areas and had only heard that it was taking place by word-of-mouth. Of those who did receive the letter, there were complaints that many were at work at four o'clock in the afternoon and that the meeting should have been held at a more appropriate time. Mr. Barnes did not help his case by being ill-prepared and by not creating a proper structure which would have allowed a formal presentation followed by questions. In fact people were interrupting him from the start and unfortunately many of the questions and answers were missed.

 

Mr. Barnes was pressed on the rumour that houses were likely to be built in the grounds. He strenuously denied this and added that until English Heritage had given their approval, nothing could be progressed because the land was designated a "2-star park" designed by Repton and Morson – one of only five such parks in the country – and that English Heritage would not give its approval until it had seen an historic parks survey and a full management plan. He admitted to having been surprised that English Heritage had not dismissed the proposals 'out of hand' but acknowledged that there would be at least six month's work before such plans could be ready for submission.

 

Aerial pictures of the site were on view but the majority of the audience could not see them, so Mr. Barnes' comments regarding location were largely lost on the audience. Clearly, a properly thought-out presentation would have provided for wide-screen slides to be shown to allow people at the meeting to follow the points he was making regarding the likely positioning of new buildings and access to them. It was unfortunate that the meeting lacked structure because there were people present who are directly affected by the lack of school places in a borough whose population continues to increase. Others, without school-age children acknowledged that there is a need for more school places but questioned the suitability of the site. It was pointed out that Southgate College itself was likely to dispose of that part of its site which occupies some of the old Minchenden School land – ironically closed some years ago because of the lack of demand for places. Mr. Barnes could not discuss that idea. Neither was he able to tell the meeting at what stage the negotiations have reached with Thames Water or what the likely cost of that land would be. He did say, however, that the proposed school would be 'built underground' – something that caused a certain amount of puzzlement among the audience. He also said that any such school would have to be built under the Government's 'Free School' programme but he didn't explain the ramifications of such an idea.

 

Many people expressed their concern that the proposed school would be adjacent to the Priory Hospital which provides in-patient care for people with drug and alcohol problems. Mr. Barnes assured the meeting that all schools have security systems in place but one regular user of the park insisted that patients did enter the park and had been known to insult members of the public and cause a nuisance. Others questioned access, a possible new road leading into the grounds and likely increased traffic problems. Mr. Barnes said that a traffic survey and report could not be undertaken until the main plans were approved.

 

All in all, this was an unsatisfactory meeting. It did little to resolve genuine concerns of local residents and even parents of likely pupils at the proposed new school were unclear as to the likelihood of it ever being opened. But Mr. Barnes and his colleagues from Enfield Council would have been left in no doubt that they have a hard task ahead of them to convince the majority of local residents that this is a workable and acceptable idea. We will await further developments and various 'action groups' look ready to respond, so it will be interesting. Certainly the Council should now be aware that they cannot ignore seriously held concern among the very people who pay their wages and elect them!

 

 Frank Farmer 19.7.13

Update on The Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge

on Tuesday, 02 July 2013. Posted in N21 Community

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Update on The Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge

 

 

 

We've been continuing to work hard on the Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge, with the goal of bringing the stream up to a good standard of water quality and make it a thriving, clean stream to be proud of. The Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are so desperately needed to stop some of the terrible pollution blighting the Salmons Brook, although it is a long term process, but the project is progressing well.

Aquatic invertebrate surveys.

 

The first aquatic invertebrate survey sadly, found very few species of water creatures, and those that they did find were able to tolerate high levels of pollution. We didn't find any species that only live in clean water, such as mayfly nymphs or caddis fly larvae. The worst site was the upstream site at the Lonsdale Drive stream, where only 2 different species were found – hog lice and midge larvae, and many of the hog lice were actually dead. This is very nearly a lifeless stream.

 

                                                                                                                                           Hog Louse                      Midge Larvae 

 

 

A recent Ecology Report concluded that the SuDs project would enhance the sites for wildlife by improving water quality, providing new ponds and seasonally wet areas, and opening up the woodland canopy to allow more sunlight through for ground plants to flourish. The following is recommended:

 

1. Design ponds, scrapes and wetlands to maximise their value for wildlife - plan a variety of depths, and a shallow uneven edge, and complex of small ponds/wetlands is better than one large pond/wetland.

 

2. Leave the wetlands to colonise naturally where possible, or ensure that plants are of native UK provenance.

 

3. Where the stream is re-profiled scallop the edge to provide a better wildlife rich area.

 

4. Consider coppicing trees around the edge of the new wetland areas (for the Spinney).

 

Because The Spinney is designated as a flood storage area, the Environment Agency (EA) must ensure that there will be no risk of flooding and the flood storage area will function properly. Then the designs will be signed off by the EA and the Council.

 

 

 

 

 

At Lonsdale Drive we have listened to concerns and the paths, benches and play features at Lonsdale Drive/Boxers Lake have been removed as a result. Informal routes will be created around the wetlands to allow for maintenance access, so anyone who wants to will be able to use these paths to get close to the new wetlands, but the natural feel of the woodland will remain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please do get in touch and let us know what you think of the updated designs. You can email, call or write to me on the details below. There will also be a chance to chat with us on the following evenings:

 

Monday 8th July – 5.30-7pm: Find us in the wooded area by the stream on Lonsdale Drive North

Wednesday 10th July – 6-7pm: Find us next to the Houndsden Stream in the Spinney on Houndsden Rd

 

You can find more information about the project on our website      http://www.thames21.org.uk/salmons-brook/

 

Aimee Felus

Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge Project Manager

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'The Magic of Venice' fundraising for Cure Parkinsons Trust

on Monday, 24 June 2013. Posted in N21 Community

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'The Magic of Venice' fundraising for Cure Parkinsons Trust

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retired butcher Micheal Peatchey, is a Parkinsons Disease sufferer. He uses his twin passions, cycling and photogrpahy to raise money for Cure Parkinsons Trust..

 

 

Michael has created a series of photographic canvasses, 'The Magic of Venice' to sell for the charity. Priced at £30 (incl p&P), a selection are displayed on the Cure Parkinsons Shop on the website here

They can also be bought directly from Michael   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

"As a keen photographer for over 15 years it came as a bit of a shock three years ago when I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Initially I thought my days of travel photography where over, however with courage, determination and the support of my family and friends I went back to Venice to complete my work on The Magic of Venice Gallery. Profits from all my work will go to The Cure Parkinsons Trust. This year I retired from my business and now I will concentrate on my next project The Splendor of Tuscany"


Venice canvas 17



Venis canvas 19



Venis canvas 8


Venice canvases 6 & 11



Venice canvases 9 & 16



Venice canvas 10


Venice canvas 23