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This Week in N21

support Mark who is making his mark


READ HERE

 

"I love this newsletter, I read it as soon as it pops into my inbox!"


"thanks for reminding me that we are so lucky to live in this great place"


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The Winchmore: lets end the water crisis together 


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more details here

 


 

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 Read the June issue

 


 


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Community Award

 


 

Do you have any toys or children's books

to donate to School Aid

to support children in Malawi & Zimbabwe?

 

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More details here

 


 

IL Falcone

win international window competition


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more details here


L FALCONE 



 

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SUMMER COURSES

more details here

 


 

Grange Park Horticultural Society

Trading Hut open to the local gardening community

 

 Trading hut

 Saturday & Sunday 10am - noon

Compost & garden sundries at competitive prices

Membership £3

 

 


 

Check out who is building what near you

 

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here

 


 

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 more details here


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https://bhpgc.com/women-s-golf

 


 

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Rugby Tots

  


 

Enfield Council undertakes

Retail 

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and the 'patient' is poorly

a cause for concern?

more details here

 


 

you can make a difference 

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Join the Park Run

in Grovelands Park


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www.parkrun.org.uk/grovelands/

 

Lots of other sporting activities

to join in N21!

more details here


 

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Bush Hill Park Residents Association


Enfield Town Residents Association


Fox Lane & District Residents Association


Grange Park Residents Association


Grovelands Residents Association


Western Enfield Residents Association

 

Winchmore Hill Residents Association 

 

 

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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

 


 

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Are you thinking of starting a business?

 

Are you unemployed?


www.enterpriseenfield.org

 


 

 

New & Updated Business Pages

 

Anokhi Restaurant

Armour Security

Barber El's

Chi Chi's Coffee & Waffle House

Create Life Space

Espresso & Co

Fortitude Dance Company

Gadget Bees

Going Greek

Hair 21

Mi Homes

More Yoga

Nourished Naturally

 PH Sports

Punto

The Sacred Tree

S.E Beauty

Siobhan Cosgrave Herbalist & Naturopath

The Southgate Club

Swiss Care Clinic

Winwell Financial Consultancy

                            


    

Have your say on proposed

Boundary Commission

ward boundary changes

for Grange Park and Winchmore Hill

 

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 more details here

 


 

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Your feedback on the trial No Entry in Stonard Road

(Fernleigh Road Area Quieter Neighbourhood)


Stonard Road Point No Entry 2


Stonard Road Experiment explained 

 


 

Volunteers sought to test the safety of the A105 cycle lanes

for people with disabilities and mobility issues 


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more details here

 

Read the article

'Mini-Hollands' are creating 'real distress' for visually impaired'

http://londonroadsafetycouncil.org.uk/mini-hollands-creating-real-distress-for-visually-impaired/

 


 

Fox Lane planters to be removed


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more details here

 



Have you tripped over or hit one of these

whilst walking, driving or cycling?


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 REPORT IT TO ENFIELD COUNCIL

https://consultations.trafficandtransport.co.uk/traffic-and-transportation/incident-reporting/   


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https://www.change.org/p/london-borough-of-enfield-tell-enfield-council-to-take-the-orcas-out

 



Enfield Council say orcas are safe - really?


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Read this research published

in the Evening Standard

here

  


 

Segregated cycle lanes are putting patients' lives at risk

medical leaders have warned

 

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

read the Telegraph article

here

 


 

Check out pollution levels today

  

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http://www.londonair.org.uk/

 


 

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CHECK OUT WHAT WE CAN RECYCLE HERE

 


 

Can you help your local community?

 

 

n21online is a community portal

for the Winchmore Hill postcode 

 

If you have a news story about life in or around Grange Park and Winchmore Hill, or wish to communicate with people in the local area about an activity, business, campaign or local event; please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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The Friends of Firs Farm would like to hear

your views

on Firs Farm Park & Wetlands

 

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Take the survey



 

 

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DO YOU LOVE GARDENING?

Could you help to run garden groups at the North London Hospice in Barrowell Green?

More details here

 


  

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2 Conway Road, N14

1 September

 

95 Woodland Way, N21

8 September


 


 

Save The Intimate Theatre

 

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Sign the petition

 

The Intimate Theatre has been added

to the 'Theatre At Risk' register

more details here

 

https://www.facebook.com/TheIntimateTheatre/

 


 

BAMBOS CHARALAMBOUS MP

FOR ENFIELD SOUTHGATE

https://www.bambos.org.uk/

 


 

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Bush Hill Park councillors here


Grange councillors here


Winchmore Hill councillors here


https://new.enfield.gov.uk/

 


 

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Winchmore Hill ward

June newsletter

download here

 

Grange ward

June newsletter

download here

 

 

Winchmore Hill Police 

CONTACT HERE

 


 

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Southgate Homebound

and Disabled Association

 

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 more details here

 


 

Ruth Winston Community Centre

 

 

 ruthwinstoncentre.com


 

Winchmore Hill Community Care

 

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more details here  


 

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Dementia Cafe

at St Peter's Church Hall

on Fridays

More details here

  


 

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www.noahsarkhospice.org.uk



Chickenshed Theatre 

 


 

The Fontliners Book Club

meets once a month in the Winchmore

 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 READ OUR 2019 NEWSLETTER

 

The Highlands Village Book Group

invites new members

 contact Kate on 07944 756757

 
Winchmore Hill Book Club
 


Grovelands Park
Facebook Group

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Winchmore Hill & Palmers Green Memories 
Facebook Group

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Winchmore Hill Families 
Facebook Group
 


 

N21 Community

Demolition and division in Old Park Ridings

on Saturday, 10 September 2016. Posted in N21 Community

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Demolition and division in Old Park Ridings

 

A number of Old Park Ridings residents are up in arms because they fear that the character of their home area is changing. The large family properties at the Enfield end of Old Park Ridings are outside the Grange Park conservation area, so are not protected from redevelopment. 

 

In April 2016 permission was granted for 124 Old Park Ridings - which used to be known coloquially as the 'pink house', to be demolished and permission granted for "the subdivision of site and erection of 2 x 2 storey 5 - bed detached single family dwellings with mansard roof, balcony at rear and basement with habitable rooms and garage with lift access and barrier".

 

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Yet no work has started and neighbours believe that the developer is reapplying to build eight flats on the site, although there is nothing uploaded yet on the Enfield Council planning application portal.

 

It appears the same developer is about to acquire 128 Old Park Ridings, providing planning permission can be granted to demolish and build eight fltas on this site. You can view the planning application here

 

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128 Old Park Ridings

 

 

These redevelopments are not completely without precedent, as the property at 126 Old Park Ridings was demolished and the site divided into two town houses around 2006.

 

Further down the road, permission was granted in July 2016 to convert 82 Old Park Ridings from single family dwelling into "4 flats comprising 3 x 3 bed and 1 x 1 bed

involving new pitched roof over existing two storey side extension, extension of lower ground and lightwell, part single part two storey rear extension and rear dormer".

 

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This former family home has seen better days and perhaps is not the most attractive property on the road.

 

Across N21 and beyond there is a growing trend to demolish larger houses and subdivide the land into smaller houses or blocks of flats. Is this better use of land at a time when we have a serious housing shortage or should more care to be taken to conserve these older Grange Park properties.

 

What do you think?

 

Why not leave a comment?

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Save Our Green Lanes Judicial Review to go to appeal

on Tuesday, 23 August 2016. Posted in N21 Community

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Save Our Green Lanes Judicial Review to go to appeal
 
The Save Our Green Lanes campaign group has been refused permission to apply for judicial review - on the grounds that Enfield Council does NOT have to listen to the views of its residents. In his judgment, Mr Justice Ouseley stated that the council can make assertions about safety, traffic congestion, improved local economy, etc., without evidence, even if those claims later turn out not to be true. Secondly in his judgment, the council has given us a second opportunity to make comments at the statutory consultation.
 
In the recent A105 statutory consultation there were a large number of objections lodged - the report on the Statutory Consultation has yet to be published, yet Cllr Daniel Anderson is intending to plough on regardless. 
 
SAVE OUR GREEN LANES (SOGL) IS IN THE PROCESS OF APPEALING ON THIS DECISION.
 
The judge concluded that it is acceptable for a local authority to make claims for which there are no grounds, and to then not tell residents the truth when later analyses show those claims to be false.
 
The judge had gone through the claims made by Enfield for the A105 Cycle Enfield scheme in some detail, including the claim that the scheme would result in ‘a better Enfield for everyone’ During the hearing the very great gap between what was claimed by Enfield in its publicity for the scheme and the truth reported in the later impact assessments was revealed. Air quality would be worsened at many points along the A105 and any ‘regenerative’ impact on shops is likely to be negligible at best, or more likely negative.
 
Indeed, Mr Justice Ouseley concluded by saying that “There will be winners and losers” if the Cycle Enfield plans for the A105 go through. Despite this, however, he concluded that this did not mean that the claims made by Enfield Council during the consultation that the scheme would lead to a ‘better Enfield for everyone’ were ‘unfair’.
 
Despite SOGL providing many witness statements from people who had been denied access to a paper copy and from visually impaired residents who testified to the failure of the council to provide consultation materials in accessible format the judge also concluded that 'no-one who had asked for a paper copy had not received one' and accepted the council's claims that materials had been provided in accessible format to visually impaired people.
 
The judge also did not consider the independent report that SOGL had commissioned on air quality that found that the data used by Enfield for their air quality report had been seriously flawed and the report exaggerated the likely benefits.
 
Following the hearing Costas Georgiou, deputy Chair of SOGL said:
 
"We had supplied many sworn witness testimonies showing the council failed to make paper copies of the consultation available on multiple occasions, and testifying to the illegibility of the council's supposedly accessible format materials. The judge did not even mention these issues during the hearing, and chose instead during his summing up to just read from the report to the Cabinet – a report whose lack of accuracy has been the subject of a formal complaint to the council which remains unresolved.”
 
If left unchallenged the decision leaves Enfield residents facing the scheme being bulldozed through by a council that is determined to ignore the damage the scheme will cause to residents and businesses. The decision also appears to give Local Authorities carte blanche in future to make unsubstantiated claims for any scheme they decide to pursue. This potentially has wide-reaching implications for local authority governance.
 
Mr Georgiou said:
 
“SOGL is therefore appealing this decision. We also call on Enfield Council to hold an independent Public Inquiry as required by highways law.”

Putting parking outside cycle lanes is dangerous - see for yourself

on Thursday, 21 July 2016. Posted in N21 Community

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Putting parking outside cycle lanes is dangerous - see for yourself

 

What happens when you locate parking bays outside of a cycle lane so that people have to cross over a cycle lane to get to the pavement?

 

ACCIDENTS - watch this shocking clip taken of a recent accident in Rusholme, Manchester. Note the cyclist riding on the pavement to avoid 'the obstruction'. The elderly lady was knocked unconscious.

 

 

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This CCTV footage shows an accident actually happening

 

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This video takes you along the Rusholme cycle route, through residential areas as well as the famous 'Curry Mile' and other local high streets. It is shown at double speed (sorry) but gives you some idea of that is proposed for the A105, Green Lanes through to London Road, from Palmers Green Libary to Enfield Town.

 

 

Most city cyclists are commuters, wanting to get from A to B as fast as possible. By putting the cycle lane alongside the kerb, inside of parked cars it is inevitable that they will come into conflict with pedestrians. 

 

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How many cars will be crossing over the cycle lane every day?

watch this video to show that accidents are already happening

 

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Firs Farm Wetlands Festival - a day to remember

on Wednesday, 20 July 2016. Posted in N21 Community

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Firs Farm Wetlands Festival - a day to remember

 

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July 16th dawned, warm and dry

 

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More than two thousand people made it to the Firs Farm Wetlands, for what was a glorious celebration of this major environmental regeneration project.

 

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 Here are a few highlights. 

 

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 " We are always at our strongest when we are working together"

Cllr Bernadette Lappage, Mayor of Enfield

 

 Mayor Lappage's official charity is 'Enfield Sounds Great', celebrating musical talent across the borough.


The green space where East and West Enfield meet was full of music from noon til night.

 

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 Wetlands means water in lots of different ways

 

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with plenty of liquid refreshment

 

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and activities for young and old

 

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The political 'tug of war' continued 
watch the video to find out whether Labour or Conservatives win

 

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the Conservatives won the tug of war but Labour won the penalty shoot up!

 

 

 

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 Family moments, sitting in the sun


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or quietly contemplating our wonderful new space 

 

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 Congratulations to Mark Nolan on winning the Firs Farm Wetlands Photography competition


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Now that the crowds are gone, peace has returned, a special to celebrate any day of the year.

 

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Congratulations to Toni Guiver and the Friends of Firs Farm Wetlands,

with a little help from Enfield Council and Thames Water.


http://www.firsfarmn21.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The A105 cycle lanes statutory consultation has begun

on Thursday, 07 July 2016. Posted in N21 Community

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The A105 cycle lanes statutory consultation has begun

 

On Thursday July 6th Enfield Council announced the formal statutory consultation on the A105,

from Enfield Town to south of Palmers Green.


Residents who are against the cycle lanes are being given just 24 days to lodge their objection to Cycle Enfield.

 

Perhaps you have seen the notices on lamp posts?

 

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 Is this designed to communicate what is happening along the route?

 

We are told that there will be thousands of leaflets will be distributed shortly. Here is the leaflet - urging you to object to the Draft Traffic Management Plan 

 

Please read - what does it tell you?

 

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What does it NOT tell you?

 

* That it is planned to put cycle lanes running parallel to the pavement from Enfield Town to south of Palmers Green

 

* That all the street parking next to the kerb will be removed

 

* That the limited parking and delivery bays for businesses and residents will be located outside of the cycle lane. Where such cycle lane schemes already exist there have been scores of accidents

 

* That buses will have to stop in the middle of the road

 

* That if the cycle lanes are installed, there will only be one lane for all other traffic, so it will lead to hold ups

 

* That bus passengers will have to cross the cycle lane to get on and off a bus. Again there have been scores of accidents where these bus stop arrangements already exist

 

This short presentation is designed to take you through range of potential problems with the A105 cycle lane scheme




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 Click on the image to view the leaflet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Save Our Green Lanes has lodged a judicial review with the high court, but are awaiting a decision.
Surely Enfield Council should be waiting for the outcome before launching the statutory consultation?

Why Cycle Tzar Andrew Gilligan thinks local knowledge is important when planning road schemes

on Friday, 01 April 2016. Posted in N21 Community

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Why Cycle Tzar Andrew Gilligan thinks local knowledge is important when planning road schemes

 

In December 2009, Andrew Gilligan, the Mayor of London’s cycling tsar wrote an article for a local Greenwich website, vehemently criticising Greenwich Council’s plans to reconfigure Greenwich Town Centre.

 

In the article, he argues that:

 “any close examination of the proposals shows them to be damaging, if not indeed unworkable”

 

He goes on to argue that:

the suggested changes will only remove traffic from a relatively small part of the centre.

But they will impose extra traffic on the rest of the centre ­ and across a far wider area”


Isn’t this exactly what Mr Gilligan is proposing to do in Enfield?


In this article Mr Gilligan also expresses concern about the impact on bus services in Greenwich. To quote:  

 

“Most options proposed will also devastate Greenwich's bus service, hardly conducive to a car­free future.

The only one which doesn't do this will, as the council admits, lead to extra congestion”. 


So Mr Gilligan how come this isn’t acceptable for bus passengers and residents in Greenwich but acceptable for the residents of Enfield?

 

Under the Cycle Enfield proposals, bus passengers in our borough will be adversely affected in many ways. Bus stops are to be removed, with passengers forced to board or alight from a bus across a bike lane. There will be delays to bus passengers and other road users because of the removal of bus lanes entering Palmers Green and Enfield Town. As the A105 (Green Lanes) is narrow, buses will have to stop on the carriageway whilst passengers get on or off, resulting in a build up of traffic behind buses.

 

Would Mr Gilligan accept this level of disruption for bus passengers in Greenwich?


The "victims” – Mr Gilligan’s choice of words “will be local residents and nontourist businesses".


So if Mr Gilligan can understand the problems for residents and businesses in Greenwich, why is he so blinkered to the problems that his cycle lane scheme will create for residents and businesses in our local area?


Mr Gilligan pours scorn on:

 “a loaded questionnaire”


 “a public exhibition lasting all of three days, tucked away in a room down a back corridor of a building accessed via a path leading off a side street” 


“no data to back up their claims”

 

“They say some of the pedestrianisation options would reduce overall congestion and pollution, but the people at the exhibition admit that no modelling has in fact been done on how the proposals will affect traffic flows”


This is all starting to sound awfully familiar. Mr Gilligan do you think that these accusations could also be levelled at your cycle lane proposals for Enfield?

 

The people of Enfield have likewise been ‘sold’ cycling as a panacea for the problems of congestion and failing high streets. We have been told that the proposed cycle lane schemes will reduce congestion and pollution, without a shred of evidence to back up these assertions.

 

Mr Gilligan clearly has an in-depth local knowledge of Greenwich and can see few advantages for the proposed road scheme.  He argues strongly against pedestrianisation.

 

Pedestrianised streets can be bleak, particularly at night. Pedestrianisation would probably lead to a rise in Greenwich's already growing problem of drunken anti­social behaviour”

 

Yet Mr Gilligan seems perfectly happy to “pedestrianise” Enfield Town. If you take away parked cars and through traffic from Church Street (except for buses and cycles) almost certainly there will be a worsening the problems with antisocial behaviour and lack of footfall that already exist.

 

As the Enfield reader peruses the article (see link below), the parallels between Greenwich and Enfield become ever stronger.  Mr Gilligan can forsee:

 "additional traffic congestion" 


“because buses turning right at St Alfege Church and stopping on Nelson Road to pick up passengers would significantly slow down the traffic flow through the town centre, causing major jams”

 

With his detailed local knowledge of Greenwich, he can also predict that: 


“traffic and pollution would be spread over a wider area. Even if the total number of vehicles does not change, most drivers coming from the east and south will have to use more roads and drive significantly further to pass through the area. This means more pollution for everyone, and more traffic for many”.


Mr Gilligan can envisage that:

there will also be traffic jams in new places”


“many local journeys will become very long and convoluted” 


“more rat­-running by locals”


If Mr Gilligan can understand perfectly the problems that these proposals would cause for Greenwich, why does he choose not to understand that these are EXACTLY the problems that will result from installing segregated cycle lanes along Green Lanes, (from Enfield Town to the North Circular), Southbury Road and around Enfield Town.

 

Perhaps he believes that it is acceptable because it is not in his backyard. Our local area (not his) can be sacrificed for this ill conceived Mini Holland scheme.

 

Mr Gilligan’s conclusion?

 

“ Unsatisfactory as it is, the status quo remains the least worst option. The latest proposal seems yet another of the council's ill­-thought through Olympic­ related schemes. Its benefits are modest and its drawbacks far greater”

 

Ditto the Cycle Enfield proposals!

 

Enfield Council, TfL and the GLA must call a halt to these similarly ill-thoughout proposals before they inflict the problems that Mr Gilligan can so clearly envisage in his own locality.


Is hypocrisy Mr Gilligan's middle name?

 

 

http://www.greenwich.co.uk/andrew-gilligan/02483-town-centre-pedestrianisation/

This is what cycling in Enfield SHOULD look like

on Wednesday, 16 March 2016. Posted in N21 Community

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This is what cycling in Enfield SHOULD look like

 

The Netherlands are often held up as an example of how cycling can become a travel mode for many more people. If we had cycling lanes like this who wouldn't want to use them?

 

However Green Lanes can't be like this, it is too narrow, the cycle lanes won't be properly segregated. 

 

Surely this is what the Mini Holland money should be spent on?

 

 

 

Councillor Daniel Anderson, who is leading the scheme has said about the Enfield Town scheme which was resoundingly rejected in the Cycle Enfield consultation:

 

"As we have always said we will listen carefully to what people have told us and revise the plans to best meet the community's needs – as we have done with our proposals for Palmers Green.........We will address any significant issues that have come out of these consultations and seek TfL's support in agreeing revisions, which address residents' views and concerns. Nonetheless, we remain committed to the principle behind the schemes, simply because

there is no sustainable alternative."

 

What changes have the Council made to meet the community needs in Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill?

 

Enfield Council is having to rethink the proposals for Enfield Town, surely they should also be rethinking the  A105 too?

 

 

Firs Farm Wetlands is officially open

on Friday, 11 March 2016. Posted in N21 Community

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Firs Farm Wetlands is officially open
 
 
The Friends of Firs Farm are pleased to announce the official launch of Firs Farm Park, one of Europe's largest Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDs) schemes, wetlands and cycleway took place on Wednesday 9th March.
 
 
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Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson and Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, Matthew Pencharz officially opened the project which aims to tackle pollution, prevent flooding, bring wildlife into the park and make it easier for visitors to access the area. Councillor Sarah Doyle, Associate Cabinet Member, Bambos Charalambous and representatives from Thames Water and Environment Agency, were also present.
 
The new £950,000 project will see whole parts of the park landscaped to create not only a wetlands area to prevent pollution, but a woodland watercourse and walk plus educational features such as an outdoor classroom and ‘dipping platform’ for schools and community groups.  To date, 30,000 tonnes of soil have been moved, over a hundred trees have been planted, shrubs, bulbs, marginal water plants and wildflower meadows have been seeded.
 
The new 600 metre path and cycleway, now links the east and west points of the park and provide access for all sections of the community such as cyclists, pedestrians, those with buggies and disabled people. It will be an attractive route for local children to get to and from school, and help people travel to and from their places of work.
 
Funding for the scheme came from the Mayor of London, Thames Water, Enfield Council and the Environment Agency.
 
Toni Guiver, Chairman of Friends of Firs Farm, who kickstarted the project says
 
“The success of the wetlands is a perfect example of how a local community can work together to achieve something amazing.  Aside from enhancing and utilizing a redundant piece of land for the benefit of the local community, it addresses a very real issue– flood relief. SUDS mimic nature and typically manage rainfall by slowing water down before it enters streams, rivers and other water courses and providing a natural storage facility.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Council, Environment Agency, GLA, Thames Water and Thames 21 for their support, as well as all the volunteers from Thames Water, Sony DAB, SSE Utilities, Interlek and our local community.  We forward to further collaboration in the future to ensure the success and long term future of Firs Farm Park. “
 
Cllr Anderson added:
 
“I am delighted to open this new wetlands and cycleway and to see how the entire park has been transformed. From just a bare piece of land to over 2.4 hectares of improved space; this park is now not only a welcoming retreat for native wildlife but also for local people”.
 

 

 

Firs Farm Wetlands will host a major community festival on Saturday July 16th.

 

The Friends of Firs Farm meet weekly to continue clearing, planting and maintaining the new park. Volunteers are always welcome.

 

More information can be found on our website and Facebook pages

 

http://www.firsfarmn21.org/


https://www.facebook.com/FirsFarmParkN21

 

https://www.facebook.com/FirsFarmParkN21  

 

Why are the long suffering people of Winchmore Hill not employing tactics of non co-operation? asks Robert Taylor

on Friday, 11 March 2016. Posted in N21 Community

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Why are the long suffering people of Winchmore Hill not employing tactics of non co-operation? asks Robert Taylor

 

Robert Taylor, who has lived in Winchmore Hill all his life and is a former traffic engineer with Enfield Council Highways Department is probably more knowledgeable about the Cycle Enfield proposals for the A105 (Green Lanes) than even the Council's own officers, councillors or consulting engineers. He can marry in-depth technical knowledge of traffic management with real local knowledge of his home area.

 

He has written this article because he believes it is important that the residents and business owners are fully aware of what is being proposed in our local area, regardless of the wishes of local people.  


A prelude to a more formal call to action?

 

Read on:

 

At Enfield Civic Centre on Wednesday evening (March 9th) there was meeting of the Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee. At this meeting arguments were put forward by Cllr Daniel Anderson (Lab) and Cllr Terry Neville (Con), as to why the Council's Cabinet decision (taken on 10th February) to progress further with the A105 (Green Lanes) cycle lanes scheme should or should not be ratified.

 

As this Overview and Scrutiny Committee had four Labour and two Conservative voting members the result of the vote was foregone conclusion - the previous Cabinet decision to progress the scheme further was approved. Naturally this does not mean that the bulldozers will be moving in to Green Lanes today. Local government does not work like that! The next stages of the process will be the publication of the legal Traffic Orders. Any written objections to these Traffic Orders must be considered by Enfield Council.

 

In practice only new objections, which have not previously been submitted to the Council, will only considered. This will, of course, make it difficult for anyone to raise objections to the scheme because most of its predicted adverse effects (of which there are many) have already been brought to the Council's attention - and often ignored or just brushed aside.

 

By that time the election for a new Mayor of London will probably have been held and the odds are that either Zac Goldsmith (Conservative) or Sadiq Khan (Labour) will be the new Mayor.

 

If it is the former there is some hope that he might insist that Enfield Council go back to the drawing board. The reason for believing this is that he is knowledgeable about Mini Holland schemes because one is planned in his Richmond Park parliamentary constituency. However it has not encountered anything like the problems that have occurred in Enfield. This was because the Richmond cycling schemes, unlike the Enfield ones, have been designed in such a way that local peoples' views were really taken into account.

 

Unfortunately Zac Goldsmith has not made an absolute commitment to stopping Enfield Council's present A105 scheme if he were to become Mayor. Specifically has not said that he would undertake to ensure that a new design was produced which not only complied with the diktats of the overbearing TfL organisation but was also fully in accord with the wishes of local residents and businesses. But he might well do so if enough local people made it clear to him that this is what they would like him to do.

 

On the other hand, it seems to the case that if the new Mayor of London were to be Labour's Sadiq Khan there would be very little chance that he would do anything at all to stop the Labour controlled Enfield Council from proceeding with its current A105 scheme.

 

Boris Johnston, the current London Mayor, has recently written to David Burrowes MP, stating that the only further consultations that are now necessary for the Green Lanes cycle lanes scheme to go ahead relate to the details of environmental improvements in Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill (Probably he has The Triangle in Palmers Green and the section of Compton Road near to the junction with Green Lanes in mind).

 

He suggests that these designs should "be developed in conjunction with the local community through co-design workshops this spring".


The question now arises if anyone who lives in the area should actually co-operate with Enfield Council by participating in these proposed "co-design workshops". To do so would only serve to help to legitimize one aspect of the overall cycle lanes scheme that the Council is trying to impose on local people and businesses that overwhelmingly do not want it to be constructed. Why should anyone be of any assistance at all to an overbearing Council which has treated local peoples' views with such contempt?

 

Possibly some people might hold the view that this is a rather extreme position. The answer to that view is to point out that it is exactly the same tactic as the one used by the Enfield Cycling Club and the London Cycling Campaign in relation to the referendum organised by David Burrowes MP, at the end of last year, which showed that 75% of local people were opposed to this scheme.

 

Obviously those two organisations were (quite rightly) so worried that this referendum would produce results that would be unhelpful to their case that they refused to co-operate with David Burrowes by providing him with statements expressing their support for the cycles lanes scheme - and he had to use their previously published material.

 

Why should we long suffering Winchmore Hill people not employ the same tactics of non co-operation?



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Robert Taylor


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Letter to mayoral candidates about Cycle Enfield

on Thursday, 03 March 2016. Posted in N21 Community

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Letter to mayoral candidates about Cycle Enfield

 

Dr Linda Miller, who is Chair of the Enfield Town Residents Assocation has written a letter to the the two mayoral candidates Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith, asking for their views on the Enfield Town cycle lane proposals


Here is Sadiq Khan's reply - will be honour this commitment now that he is Mayor of London?

 


 


I want to be a Mayor for all Londoners and central to that is making London a greener, healthier City and improving opportunities for cycling are important in delivering this ambition.


Schemes such as Mini-Hollands are designed to be transformational and there is an important role for public consultation so that changes can be made if necessary, and groups such as yourself listened to. I am really glad you've been active in raising issues and it's important that all views are taken into account when deciding on a scheme that will benefit Enfield Town and its residents - it must be a workable scheme that takes into account the needs of disabled users among others.

 

 

I understand that the Enfield Town section of the scheme is still being considered and that the London Borough of Enfield and Transport for London are reviewing the proposals in light of the consultation responses and you would expect them to bring forward a final scheme that is workable, benefits residents and that takes into account the needs of disabled users among others.

 

 

My manifesto, which was published recently, included a commitment on cycling Quietways, which are continuous cycling routes running through parks, alongside waterways and down quiet backstreets – to broaden London's safe cycle network. I also am committed to completing the roll out of current town-centre cycling improvement plans, and beginning a new round of schemes. But in all this, the needs of local residents affected by the schemes must be paramount, in particular disabled residents. We must learn from the recent cycling schemes across the city, and make sure we do not repeat the same mistakes.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sadiq Khan

 

Labour's Candidate for Mayor of London


 


 

Dear Mr Khan

 

Invitation to provide written statement for circulation to residents in Enfield

 

I am writing to invite you, as the two main Mayoral candidates, to provide a short statement for circulation in the Residents Newsletter sent out weekly to members of the Enfield Town Residents Association. You are probably aware that in the last Mayoral election Enfield was one of the boroughs that voted for Boris Johnson.

 

Enfield residents will be particularly keen to hear from you as Enfield is one of the boroughs selected to receive funding under Boris Johnson's 'Mini-Holland' funding stream. While none of us are against initiatives to ensure safer cycling facilities, in Enfield we find ourselves confronted with proposals that will worsen bus services, deny access to the town centre to blue badge holders, cause real problems for local businesses and re-route 10,000 additional vehicles through a road in one of our conservation areas.

 

Regarding bus services

 

The schemes include proposals to remove a bus lane along a main access road and, in our main shopping street, to hold all buses in a single segregated lane unable to overtake. As there are 50 buses an hour on services along that road at present, stopping at three bus stops, you can imagine the very detrimental impact that this will have on services.

 

Problems for businesses

 

The proposed changes will cause problems for businesses too; over fifty shops in the town have no access other than through their front door, and the proposals very much limit local parking and loading facilities.

 

Local businesses have overwhelmingly rejected the proposals because of the real difficulties these plans will cause them with deliveries; indeed one large business has called the plans 'a threat to our investment in Enfield Town' .

 

No parking for blue badge holders

 

At present blue badge holders are able to park in the main shopping street and the two adjoining main roads in Enfield Town. There is additionally a single parking bay for disabled people. Under the plans all parking is to be removed, including the disabled bay; blue badge holders will be allowed to be set down in loading bays but will not be able to park. Obviously this is only of use where a disabled person is driven by a companion; furthermore we question whether any socially aware individual would consider the idea that being dropped off in a loading bay was an appropriately dignified way to treat people.

 

Traffic will be made very much worse in a residential area

 

Under the plans all through traffic will be routed away from the main shopping road and onto a road in one of Enfield's conservation areas, doubling traffic and air pollution. The reason for these changes is to enable two, two-metre wide cycle lanes to be sent along our main shopping road. Disabled people are being excluded from the town centre to benefit the fittest members of society.

 

Furthermore the changes will not actually improve cyclist safety – the main roads involved in the scheme have seen no reportable accidents involving cyclists for at least the last three years (in other words, they are already amongst the safest in the borough). Yet this scheme was selected by TfL for £4.3 million expenditure as part of the borough's Mini-Holland proposals.

 

Did it have to be like this?

 

No. Following their selection for funding London Borough of Enfield in fact put forward six alternate design options. There was one that had the support of residents, businesses, churches and community groups. This was 'option 4', which put the cycle lanes along the parallel residential road now destined for traffic chaos under the current proposals. It avoided problems for shops. It did not require disabled people to be 'cleansed' from the town centre.

 

Why didn't Enfield take this option forward?

 

Because TfL, under the direction of Andrew Gilligan, rejected the option as being insufficiently 'transformational' In reaching this decision they paid no heed to the needs of residents or any other group other than cyclists.

Enfield residents have just overwhelmingly rejected the options selected by TfL for Enfield Town in a consultation. All residents associations in the borough have expressed their opposition to the plans. Nonetheless Enfield appears intent on proceeding with the plans because, according to the Lead Councillor for the scheme, "it is the option that TfL will fund".

 

So we have a situation in which residents and businesses are being confronted with proposals that will bring them no benefits and in fact will significantly damage quality of life, economic viability and public transport. It is fair to say that this is the over-riding concern for residents and businesses at present. It is one of the key issues in this area that will decide how people vote on May 5th.

 

I am therefore writing to invite you to provide a statement outlining your position on the Mini-Holland plans to help inform our residents' voting decisions. In particular we seek your views regarding:

 

  • Whether you will continue to approve the TfL Mini-Holland grants or call them in for review

 

  • Whether, if you decide to continue with these grant allocations, you are willing to re-consider the options on the table in Enfield and seek 'win-win' resolutions that will benefit residents and shops as well as cyclists?

 

  • Whether you will instruct TfL commissioners and administrators to take the needs of disabled people into account when approving all future proposals for infrastructure change, including those funded under the Mini-Holland schemes?

 

Yours sincerely,

Dr Linda Miller

Chair, Enfield Town Residents Association


 


 


We await a response from the two candidates


Should you wish to write to them about the Green Lanes proposals or any other matter, their emails are

ZAC GOLDSMITH -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


SADIQ KHAN - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 


 

Historic England do not support building of a school in Grovelands Park

on Saturday, 20 February 2016. Posted in N21 Community

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Historic England do not support building of a school in Grovelands Park

 

In 2014 Enfield Council applied to Historic England for pre-application advice on proposals to build a new primary school within the old boudary of Grovelands Park, with access to the site from The Bourne in Southgate. Here is a link to the proposals

 

 

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The council received a reply on October 29th and The Grovelands Residents Assocation acquired a copy from Gary Barnes, the officer responsible for the project. The key paragraph is on page 5:-

 

"Historic England strongly discourages your Authority from pursuing the option of developing Grovelands Park for school use. In the event of an application being made on the basis of the existing information currently available, Historic England would object to the proposals".


and 

 

"Grovelands Park, and the house at its centre, are heritage assets of the highest significance,and represent a rare surviving landscape of two of the most pioneering Artists of the 18th century: Humphry Repton and John Nash. The proposals for a new primary school on an area of significant, but degraded parkland have not in our view been adequately justified as required by National and Regional Planning Policy, and have the potential to cause irreversible harm to the grade II* park and the grade I listed villa at Grovelands. Historic England is not currently persuaded that the public benefits would convincingly outweigh this harm, and is unable to recommend that your Authority pursues this as an option for meeting school place requirements within Enfield"

 

You can read the letter in full here

 

The Grovelands Residents Association who have been monitoring the proposals, report that that a high level meeting between the council and Historic England in December 2015, at which  it was agreed that if the council carried out some further tasks, Historic England would reconsider its position. These tasks include demonstrating that there is no alternative site for a school and that the presence of a school would not be a bar to obtaining Heritage Lottery funding to assist with the wider Grovelands estate."

 

The GRA note that "Historic England also rejects the argument that the Bourneside land was of no significance in the Repton design. The council's argument is that the original drive was further to the east, joining the road somewhere near the bend opposite Bourne Avenue (which may well be true though this is largely based on a few contemporary records rather than physical evidence). Furthermore, the eyes of visitors to the house would have been drawn towards the lake and valley, thus the land on the other side of the drive was comparatively unimportant. Historic England rejects this line of argument, pointing out that Repton aimed to use the wider landscape as part of his design and that the house was sited in such a way as to take advantages of wider views to the north and east".

 

For more details, please see the Grovelands Residents' Association website.

 

In February 2016, The Lime Trust, a Multi Academy Trust, based in Essex advertised a public consultation in relation to the building of two new primary schools, on the Chase Farm deelopment site and in the "Grovelands area".  However, the Grovelands project has disappeared from the Trust's website. 

 

 

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Further information may be available following the consultations, to be held at the Dugdale Cente, on February 22nd, with meetings at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 6.30pm

Enfield Council press the green button but the road ahead is far from clear

on Saturday, 13 February 2016. Posted in N21 Community, N21 Business Blog

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Enfield Council press the green button but the road ahead is far from clear

 

 

On February 10th Enfield Council's Cabinet voted to proceed with the proposals to build segregated cycle lanes down both sides of the Green Lanes, from Enfield Town to the North Circular.


THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED SHORTLY WITH MORE NEWS ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN SO ENCOURAGE ENFIELD COUNCIL TO CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE ROUTES WHICH WOULD HAVE LESS OF AN IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN THE LOCAL AREA


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This is despite:

 

* Questionable results from the public consultation;

 

* David Burrowes' referendum results amongst people who actually live on or close to Green Lanes (instead of in Aberdeen or Bristol, as was the case with the 'official consultion;

 

* Submissions against the proposals from the Winchmore Hill, Grange, Fox Lane & District and the Enfield Town residents associations and other community associations including the Over 50s Forum;

 

" Submissons from Green Lanes businesses and the Green Lanes Business Association;

 

* Hundreds of emails, letters and social media posts from people who believe that Green Lanes is too narrow and congested to accommodate these cycle lanes and that insufficent attention has been paid to the needs of residents, shoppers and business owners.


* Boris Johnson's suggestion that the plans are halted for two months to allow for further modelling of the impct of these proposals. This has already been done in Kingston upon Thames, another 'Mini Holland' winner.

 

Enfield Council has 'misrepresented' reports commissioned to 'demonstrate' that the cycle lane proposals would not have a negative impact on Green Lanes businesses, lead to more congestion, a worsening of air quality and make it harder for people with limited mobility travel around their local area. 

 

WHAT NEXT?

 

Grange ward councillor Terry Neville OBE, who heads the Conservative opposition group writes:

 

"This is not however the end of the line.The next step will be a call in for scrutiny during March. If that fails there must then be statutory consultation on the plans which will begin probably not before April, and only then if the Tfl board agrees to release the money to Enfield. Meanwhile, David Burrowes and I are continuing to press Boris Johnson to re consider the release of the money very carefully, having regard to the strong opposition and the fact that the case for this expenditure is weak in the extreme"

 

LEGAL ACTION


Enfield Council is anticipating that their decision to proceed will be challenged in the courts. Evidence is currently being assembled and put before a barrister, to ascertain that there is a good grounds to challenge these proposals, on the basis that the consultation process was flawed and that the scheme will not have a negative impact on the local area.

 

Once this has been established, Enfield Council will be served notice of the intent to call for a judical review. 

 

Key points for consideration will be:

 

The online consultation process was open to abuse. It was possible for anyone to complete the questionnaire from anywhere in the world, without any knowledge of the local area. It was also possible for people to submit made up questionnaires as no personal details were required, other than a postcode in the borough. In other TfL cycle lane consultations respondents are required to provide their name.

 

Regeneris, who were commissioned to undertake an economic risk assessment argued that the A105 cycle lane scheme was unlikely to achieve its objectives in encouraging more people to shp locally by bike and that it was not sufficiently "transformative" to have any positive uplift for the local economy in either Winchmore Hill or Palmers Green.

 

For this 'in depth' study the Regeneris team talked to ten local businesses, none of them from the 53 restaurants, bars and takeaways along the route that operate in the evening, when the loss of parking on single yellow lines will be most keenly felt. Even so, they' miraculously' found that in their estimation the most likely outcome would be a drop in turnover of around 1%.


What is COMPLETELY MISSING from this report is any projection of the loss of turnover the business might suffer during the three - six months when the cycle lanes are being built, even though the consultants discuss the risks that customers might shop elsewhere. During the construction stage up to forty parking spaces could be lost in the proximity of Winchmore Hill Broadway, yet argue that over the year the loss of income will be negligible.


Here is a link to the full Regeneris report LINK


And this submission made on behalf of Winchmore Hill business owners here 

 

Similarly the Environmental Impact Analysis found that even if the council achieves its aim of converting five per cent of car journeys to travel by bicycle the impact will be just a .01 per cent reduction in air pollution. Breathe deep everyone, you're really going to notice that! Oh, except they only modelled the impact taking into account journeys going north/south along the A105, they did not include the additional delays likely to be created on the east-west cross routes at road junctions in their calculations. So, that report should also be taken with a pinch of salt.You can read the report here

 

The report of the Equalities Impact Analysis was not circulated until just prior to the Cabinet meeting to 'decide' on whether the scheme should continue. Removal of all the central crossing refuges, two sections of bus lane, around 70 kerb side parking spaces, will all make it harder for people with mobility problems to move around their local area. A more detailed analysis of the main flaws of the scheme will be appended to this article shortly.


DOES THE CYCLE ENFIELD 'PROPOGANDA' BREECH THE CODE OF RECOMMENDED PRACTICE ON LOCAL AUTHORITY PUBLICITY?


The Code requires that local authority promotional material should be

 

Lawful

Be cost effective

Be objective

Be even-handed

Be appropriate

Have regard to equality and diversity

Be issued with care during periods of heightened sensitivity


Read the code here



WHY NO 'TRIUMPHANT' PRESS RELEASE?


"Cycle tracks along main roads can enourage people to stop, shop and spend money on their local high streets"

Cycle Enfield 


Sorry this isn't what your experts are saying



A week after the Enfield Council cabinet meeting, there has been no press release announcing that the scheme will go ahead - perhaps they can see that the road ahead is very congested?

 

Perhaps Enfield Council now realises that this is a 'road to nowhere'?  

There is no way that Haringey Council will allow it to proceed down their section of Green Lanes.

 

 

 

 

Petition to curb speeding on Old Park Ridings

on Tuesday, 02 February 2016. Posted in N21 Community

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Petition to curb speeding on Old Park Ridings
 
As a resident of Old Park Ridings for many years Sally Mason has seen a dramatic increase in the speed and number of vehicles travelling up and down Old Park Ridings.
 

After several recent accidents caused by drivers driving too fast Sally decided to get a petition up in an attempt to get Enfield Council to do something that will resolve these problems. Every house in Old Park Ridings has now received two letters urging them to get involved by signing and returning the petition to her and writing about personal experiences relating to speeding issues.

 

Sally has now had over half of the signed petitions returned but she needs everyone to respond in order to have a chance of getting Enfield Council to act. Residents have written about having to assist injured drivers out of their wrecked cars, their own cars being written off, cars being damaged by hit and run drivers, front walls being knocked down and many wrote about their pets being run over and killed on the road. Almost all the people who have responded so far have witnessed at least one serious accident on Old Park Ridings.

 

In recent years there have been at least three people killed on Old Park Ridings. When residents have tried in the past to get something done about the speed on the road they were informed that there had not been enough deaths to warrant the expense of speed cameras. What a sad indictment of society today that more people need to be killed before the council will install speed cameras. What price are they putting on a life?

 

 
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Vera Avenue/Park Drive junction, the site of numerous accidents

The speed activated signs installed several years ago have had little effect. From time to time the community police teams conduct speed checks and have reported that most of the drivers 'caught' live locally. It is irrelevant where the drivers live it is the fact that they are speeding that is of concern to the residents and the fact that very little is being done about it.
 

Should the cycle lanes be built on Green Lanes, it goes without saying that many motorists would use alternative roads. Old Park Ridings, being the main north – south alternative would almost certainly face more traffic and more frustrated drivers.

 

Unless action is taken by Enfield Council such as installing permanent speed cameras, there will be more serious accidents and possible fatalities.

 

Please scan and return your signed petition to Sally at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or pop them back through her letterbox if you haven't already done so and if you have witnessed or experienced any dangerous speed related incidents on Old Park Ridings Sally would be interested in hearing about them. All the evidence she can collate and submit to Enfield Council will help with this campaign.

 
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Cycle Enfield - the sums DON'T Add up

on Wednesday, 27 January 2016. Posted in N21 Community

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Cycle Enfield - the sums DON'T Add up

 

  

On January 21st the West Enfield Partnership Board met to review plans for the A105 (Green Lanes) cycle lanes, following the official consultation.

 

Cllr Bambos Charalambous chaired the meeting, which comprised members of the Cycle Enfield project team and their consulting engineers; councillors and council officers; David Burrowes MP, as well as representatives from a number of local business, community groups and charities - appointed to act as 'critical friends', 

 

The meeting was held after David Burrowes' referendum results showing the best evidence to date that a large number of local people do not support the proposals to put segregated cycle lanes down Green Lanes, regardless of the questionable claims being made by Enfield Council - that "the slient majority" are overwhelmingly behind the cycle lane proposals.

 

The meeting was after the statement from Boris Johnson that he was recommending to Enfield Council that they will halt the 'Cycle Enfield' scheme's formal approval process for the Green Lanes and other schemes for 2 months pending "more intensively and extensively" engaging with residents and businesses.

 

At the start of the Partnership Board meeting Cllr Charalambous read out a second letter from Major of London Boris Johnson which stated that he would give Enfield Council discretion to decide how to proceed.

 

So it appears that Enfield Council is planning to plough on, despite being fully aware of the scale of local opposition to Green Lanes, Enfield Town and almost certainly the Southbury Road stages of the cycle lane scheme as well.

 

If you click on the image below you can view the presentation which was shown at the Partnership Boad.

  

 

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Please note the 'perceived positive impacts'

To make cycling safer

•More attractive improved public spaces, more liveable, improved town centres

•Improvements to public health / fitness / wellbeing, tackling obesity

•Better air quality / environmentally friendly, less pollution

•Positive impact on passing trade, local shops

•Reduce congestion, more efficient use of road space.

 

You can read a report of the meeting here - note these are not the official minutes

 

Further presentations will uploaded to n21online in the next few days from 'experts,' on traffic patterns & potential congestion arising from the scheme; air quality and the impact on our local economy

They did not contain a jot of evidence that the A105 cycle lane proposals can achieve these objectives


When viewing the presentation above also note that numbers of people who had N21 and N13 postcodes are shown but no results - why not?

Also without names and addresses how can anyone be sure that these votes were from actual local people?

 




On Monday January 25th Enfield Council issued a press release on Green Lanes which has been reprinted in full


The amended A105 Cycle Enfield scheme goes to Cabinet for approval by Enfield Council on 10 February following significant revisions in response to feedback from the many residents and businesses who took part in last year's extensive consultation.


The revised scheme will transform the centres of Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill, which will benefit from more trees, enhanced landscaping, safer cycle routes and more car parking to encourage people to shop locally. There will also be segregated cycle lanes running from Palmers Green, allowing people to cycle more safely and securely to Enfield Town.

 

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said:


"The revised A105 Cycle Enfield proposals going to Cabinet for decision, will, if approved, create enhanced town centres in Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill with improved public spaces, less street clutter, safer junctions, a more cycle and pedestrian-friendly environment and extra car spaces, including some free 30 minute parking and additional zebra crossings. These major improvements are all designed to create vibrant town centres – which encourage people to shop locally.

 

Cllr Daniel Anderson added:

"I was delighted that so many people responded to the consultation and these revised proposals also include significant changes in response to the views expressed by residents and businesses."


These revisions include:


• keeping Vicars Moor Lane and Hazelwood Lane two-way at their junctions with Green Lanes and retaining the left turn from Green Lanes into Station Road;

 

• improving parking provision for shoppers in Winchmore Hill and Palmers Green;

 

• adding a raised pavement to nearly all of the proposed bus boarders so passengers don't step straight on to the cycle path, when getting off the bus;

 

• allowing blue badge holders and dial-a-ride vehicles to set down and pick up passengers at any point along the route;

 

• moving parking bays to the outside of the cycle lanes to give extra protection to cyclists;

 

• introducing additional zebra crossing by Regency Court on Park Avenue and by St Monica's Church;

 

• adjusting some bus stop proposals in response to views from the community.

 

If the revised plans are approved by Cabinet, Enfield Council will seek approval from Transport for London to proceed with the revised proposals, which have been shaped around the views of local people. The next step would be a period of statutory consultation before the detailed design work would begin. This would include, for example, consideration of the needs of those with disabilities in the choice of construction materials used.

 

During this period, there would be further public engagement to explain the detail of the revised proposals, including co-design workshops where the community will be able to influence the look and feel of some of the key public spaces, for instance The Triangle in Palmers Green and new public spaces in Winchmore Hill.

 

Cllr Daniel Anderson added:


"As I have always said, Cycle Enfield is about so much more than creating safer and more cycle friendly streets. Preliminary analysis indicates that this scheme will not only enhance the town centres in Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill, but reduce the growing pressure on our roads, improve air quality for our residents and create a healthier more connected community.


"If approved, these plans will enable people to enjoy the new segregated cycle lanes and improved A105 town centres from this Summer onwards."


ENDS

 

 


 

 

 On the same day Enfield Council issued a second press release to say that they would be progressing with the Enfield Town and Southbury Road cycle lane schemes.


To quote:

 

"Two high profile Cycle Enfield proposals will be revised and considered for approval in response to feedback received from residents, businesses and other groups. A fantastic response saw over 3,400 people participating in the recent Enfield Town and Southbury Road Cycle Enfield consultations".


No detailed statistics were provided, although in a phone call to the Enfield Council Press Officer he stated that 60% of people who voted in the Enfield Town consultation were against the cyle lane proposals.


So Enfield Council is not admitting that the consultation has gone against them


So it isn't suprising to read that Boris Johnson is 'anxious' about the Mini Holland schemes in Enfield. 


To quote:

"My impression at the moment, and I have seen some of the polling evidence, certainly for the scheme in Enfield Town Centre I can say there is very substantial opposition."


60% - against?


No says David Burrowes - more like 75% against


"A senior source at City Hall has informed David Burrowes MP that 75% of over 3400 people who took part in the Council's consultation oppose the plans for Enfield Town. This level of opposition matches the 75% who voted against the cycle lane plans for the A105 in David Burrowes referendum of 17000 households in his constituency"


"It is clear to any reasonable observer that the Council is steamrollering through to approval of the A105 scheme. Their attitude and approach to the last Partnership Board smacked of intransigence and arrogance. The grounds for approving the scheme look weaker as more information comes to light. The lack of reliable evidence of community support and positive impact on high street businesses is significant. The Council's irrational approach to the public is becoming all too clear and open to political and legal challenge."


WHAT NEXT?


a week is a very long time in local politics - watch this space?


 


 

 

 


 

Boris agrees to halt approval of Green Lanes cycle scheme following David Burrowes' referendum

on Tuesday, 19 January 2016. Posted in N21 Community

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Boris agrees to halt approval of Green Lanes cycle scheme following David Burrowes' referendum

 

STATEMENT FROM DAVID BURROWES

 

David Burrowes MP has welcomed Mayor Boris Johnson's decision to halt the 'Cycle Enfield' scheme's formal approval process for 2 months pending "more intensively and extensively engaging with residents and businesses".

 

The meeting followed the decisive outcome to David Burrowes referendum of over 17000 households in his constituency, when 75% opposed the A105 cycle lane scheme. At a meeting between Mr Burrowes and Mr Johnson, the Mayor affirmed that it was the responsibility of the Council to come up with an acceptable scheme. It was also noted that broad community support was a basis of the original bid. The Mayor also affirmed his continued commitment to the principle of the cycle lane scheme and in its "potential to deliver transformational benefit to Enfield residents".

 

Following the meeting the Mayor wrote to David Burrowes MP and noted the "substantial concerns in Enfield with the scheme as currently proposed" and that "more discussion is crucial".

 

Following the meeting David Burrowes said: "Boris respected the views of my constituents from my referendum and my representations about the significant opposition to the A105 scheme. In his letter he recognised my "work in drawing attention to the issues both residents and businesses in the area are raising". Boris has in effect called for a 2 month halt to the Council's approval process to enable more engagement with my constituents to see if greater confidence and consent can be achieved for an A105 Cycle Enfield scheme. I welcome the Mayor listening and acting upon the concerns and opposition expressed in my recent referendum of the A105 Enfield Cycle scheme. I look forward to details of the engagement process with my constituents during the 2 month review. I also hope that the Council will respond more constructively than it has previously to my constituents concerns."

 

Read the letter from Boris Johnson here

 

Zac Goldsmith Conservative Candidate for Mayor added:

"With a rapidly growing population, increasing pressure on our roads and a serious air pollution problem across London, it's clear that we need to improve cycling provision to make it safer and more attractive. But it's important that communities are consulted and that their approval is sought for the big schemes, like Mini Holland. If communities are properly involved, I have no doubt these schemes will be more successful."