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Community hub or crematorium:

Enfield Council must decide


Response to the Local Plan








The Fox Lane LTN consultion has closed.

Enfield Council was given an undertalking that

the LTN trial will be evaluated based on:

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


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


* Data on the speed of motor vehicles in the area


* Impacts on the primary roads surrounding the area


* Bus journey time considerations through discussion with Transport for London


* Outcomes of ongoing dialogue with the emergency services.


Cllr Maria Alexandrou:

The chaos caused by the LTN scheme


Winchmore Hill councillor Dinah Barry

explains that LTNs are:

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



Stop The LTNs - Fox Lane & Enfield

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Concerns over 26-storey tower block

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

How can this be acceptable?

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

asks Bambos Charalambous in Parliament?"


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





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


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


This ambulance could not get through to Fox Lane


watch the video








Consultation on outdoor dining

on Winchmore Hill Green




Help ensure this open space remains open

and enables people to continue to meet on the Green


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Radcliffe Road resident explains to Enfield Council why the Green Lanes cycle lane consultation is unsafe

on Friday, 09 October 2015. Posted in N21 Community


Radcliffe Road resident explains to Enfield Council why the Green Lanes cycle lane consultation is unsafe


Dear Councillors, Mr. David Burrowes MP and Cycle Enfield.


I would like to bring your attention to what I see are serious flaws in the Consultation Process for the A105 (Green Lanes) Cycle Scheme.


Publicising the Consultation

The first flaw concerns lack of information provided to residents. With almost 350,000 residents in Enfield, the council decided it was necessary to directly inform only 14,000 residences of the A105 cycle scheme. This figure came from an email from Rachel Buck of Cycle Enfield on 27th July 2015 in which she states:


"We made our best efforts to inform residents living within 400m of the proposed route. Letters and brochures were delivered to 14,000 residencies. Unfortunately, due to the scale of this it does appear that some flats/houses were missed, perhaps yours was one of them."


Having enquired of households in our road, none had received any information directly from the council, even though some are within 20 metres of Green Lanes! How many other roads were "missed"?

Perhaps Cycle Enfield don't realise that Green Lanes is used by ratepayers other than those who live on its fringes.


The Feedback Mechanism

There are also a number of factors that have made it very difficult for residents to submit their views. The main Consultation feedback is computer-based. Many people don't have computers and many that do are not computer literate enough to navigate to, and cope with, what is an overcomplicated website.


Paper copies of the consultation feedback form have not been available for the whole period of the consultation process. Only late in the consultation period have paper copies of the forms been available. Even then, their existence or availability has been denied to some of those requesting them.


These paper consultation forms in themselves consist of many pages and are overcomplicated. They do not include plans on which to base comments.


After having gone to the trouble of putting my comments in an email to Cycle Enfield and councillors, I was still left with the impression that only web-based feedback would be "officially recorded" - again this is taken from Rachael Buck's email:


"Please can I encourage you to take part in our online consultation, so that all your views can be captured and officially recorded."


This gives me the impression that any "views" given in emails, letters and comments made at exhibitions or forwarded through councillors will not be considered.


The Information Events

Furthermore, there are severe concerns about the clarity and amount of information provided about the proposed scheme. The information displays at The Fox in Palmers Green (and more recently at The Dugdale Centre) presented plans that were understandable only to persons with knowledge of technical drawings.


Staff available to answer questions on the displayed plans were behaving like salesmen; neither inviting questions (often even deflecting them) nor giving satisfactory answers. Surely as part of the consultation, they should have been noting suggestions and criticisms, rather than dismissing these. (Some advice: get your staff to make notes – at least it makes them look as if they are interested in visitors' views!)


My Conclusion

The Council have shown plans, produced artist's impressions and made statements on the benefits to businesses, the environment, transport and the local communities. However, objector groups have also made counter claims on these aspects. Despite this, it appears that Impact Assessments on these aspects have not been completed or made available by the Council. Without these, the whole scheme has as much credibility as their artist's impressions. (If I am mistaken, then please direct me to where I can view these.)


So in essence, we, the ratepayers, residents and electorate have been asked to make decisions on a scheme without being presented with the necessary facts on which to base those decisions. If that is not bad enough, the feedback system is (perhaps deliberately) over-complicated, badly designed and not useable by a large number of residents. More people have heard of the scheme from groups who oppose it than from the Council who would happily use our rates to disrupt our lives for a small number of cyclists, rather than spend it on maintaining services which we all need.


I believe a reasonable consultation has not been performed despite almost £2,000,000 of Enfield ratepayers' money already having been spent.



Radcliffe Road

Winchmore Hill

Whitechapel Cycle Superhighway is a mess - why we don't want this to happen in Green Lanes

on Thursday, 24 September 2015. Posted in N21 Community


Whitechapel Cycle Superhighway is a mess - why we don't want this to happen in Green Lanes

“Cyclists in London are typically white, under 40, male, with medium to high household income”







This article 'Whitechapel High Street cycle superhighway bus stop bypass is a mess" has been reproduced from the Guardian and looks at the first cycle superhighway through a local high street, in Whitechapel, East London, on the fringes of the City. This is the closest example to the proposed route along Green Lanes and also through Enfield Town.


The conclusions?


"One of the more conspicuous of Boris Johnson's cycling infrastructure initiatives is doing little for the East End high street it has carved up"


"The introduction of segregated facilities may attract more commuting cyclists, but won't achieve its other expressed objectives - namely use by 8 to 80 year olds,

not clad in lycra, and a reduced casualty rate. Tilting the balance further in favour of movement (primarily high speed cycle commuting) will not attract more, slower cyclists"



Here is the article reproduced in full, with key issues which are highly pertinent to Green Lanes and the Enfield Town scheme highlighted in red.


One of the more conspicuous of Boris Johnson's cycling infrastructure initiatives is doing little for the East End high street it has carved up





Should London's streets be designed for facilitating traffic movement or enhancing them as attractive places? The right answer is generally some variant of both, and takes different forms according to the type of street and the priorities of the people making the decisions.


Boris Johnson is, of course, such a person thanks to his much vaunted Vision for Cycling and its ongoing, high profile implementation on many of the capital's roads. The hard part is getting the combination right because that is where the arguments begin. Some of the most fraught are about where cycling should fit in. Here's a view from the author of the Cycle And Walk Hackney Blog about a major street in his borough:


Dalston's Kingsland High Road is a thriving shopping street by day and one of London's most important (and coolest) night time economy destinations. It's a busy bus corridor and arterial road into central London. It was regenerated only a few years ago to give the street an uplift. Whilst nominally a TfL road, the borough, Hackney, and the local cycling group had a great influence on its redesign. Result?


"It is now still a busy motor vehicle street and an important bus corridor, but the balance between movement and place has been tilted in the direction of its 'place' function. The pavements have been widened, paving material improved, clutter removed along with the removal of the central white line. Its now a more pleasurable street for people to visit, shop, linger and enjoy...It is regarded as a good cycling environment by the local cycling group - the lane width is wide enough (4.5 metres) for cycle to safely pass bus and bus to pass cycle. Formal pedestrian crossings are provided for, while informal crossing is also easy".


The author of this appreciation is perhaps a little biased: he is Vincent Stops, a Labour councillor in Hackney for the past 13 years and chair of the borough's planning committee for the last nine. That said, Stops is also a policy officer with London TravelWatch, the body funded by the London Assembly to represent the interests of all transport users in and around the capital as a whole, and a London cyclist for almost two decades. He was also the organiser of a lecture given last January by the famous Danish urban designer and cycling advocate Jan Gehl, which drew a full house to the Hackney Empire despite the fact that I chaired the event.


As you'll have grasped, Stops is a strong believer in street design meeting a multiplicity of needs including those of cyclists, bus users and pedestrians, and with the "place function" to the fore. He goes on to contrast what Hackney has done with what is happening on Whitechapel High Street in Hackney's neighbour Tower Hamlets, where major works are taking place to bring about the segregation of the mayor's Cycle Superhighway 2:


Like Kingsland High Road, Whitechapel High Street is a busy bus corridor and arterial road into central London and most importantly, is also the local high street, with the diverse mix of shops that should be found in any thriving high street environment. However...unlike at Dalston the balance between movement and place has been tilted further in the direction of movement. Pavements have been narrowed, reduced to six feet (narrower than many residential streets) along some sections where there is a huge amount of pedestrian movement.


Stops takes particular exception to a very conspicuous piece of cycling infrastructure that's been installed – a big, blue bus stop bypass


It is the first busy street in London in which cycles are routed around the back of newly installed bus stops - so that cyclists cycle between the pavement and those getting on and off the bus. These so-called bus stop bypasses are designed to facilitate high speed cycling with cycle priority, so that cyclists do not need to slow down or need to overtake a bus which has paused to pick up passengers.


The outcome seems to be good for youthful cyclists hurtling through Whitechapel to and from the Square Mile but not so good for everyone else - that's certainly been my impression the couple of times I've been down to have a look. Stops says that "visually impaired pedestrians and [bus] passengers will be most disadvantaged" by the bypass and that off-peak car parking within the street's bus lanes "will mean slower bus journeys and more congestion off-peak".


As for the "place" function:


There is less space on the street now to stop or linger. Informal crossing of the street is made more difficult because of multiple additional raised kerbs on which one must perch before crossing. Wheelchair users, buggy pushers, luggage pullers and cycle pushers can no longer informally cross the street without having to navigate these additional obstructions...Boarding and alighting from the bus now means dodging cycles travelling at speed. The consequences for those with businesses on Whitechapel High Street remain to be measured, but the street is being made a less pleasant environment in which to linger - so it is conceivable that fewer people will visit to shop.


Can't say I disagree with that description either. The bypass is a wide, blue gash carved through the pavement, a litter magnet and already disfigured with skid marks. A lot of cyclists just ignore it. It hasn't enhanced that section of the High Street at all. It looks a mess.





Section of cycle bus stop by pass, Whitechapel High St. Photograph: Dave Hill


Stops's conclusions include this:


The introduction of segregated facilities may attract more commuting cyclists, but won't achieve its other expressed objectives - namely use by 8 to 80 year olds, not clad in lycra, and a reduced casualty rate. Tilting the balance further in favour of movement (primarily high speed cycle commuting) will not attract more, slower cyclists.


He argues that cycling campaigners have successfully shifted London's street management policies away from measures that simultaneously assist all "sustainable modes" and foster truly living streets towards favouring a certain sort of London cyclist at the expense of everyone else


You can read the original Guardian article here

and the Cycle and Walk Hackney blog on which it was based here



This is another video from the blog that show that


"cyclists dip into the cycle lane depending on traffic conditions.

Some use the new lane, others prefer to stick to the cariageway. All maintain their speed"



Author of the blog Vincent Stops describes "a new breed of pedestrian is developing on Whitechapel High Street - the percher, pusher-througher and up-and-over-mum"





If you want Enfield Council to put a halt on the Green Lanes cycle route before damage to the local community is done, please take part in the consultation.

There needs to be an alternative route.

If you are unsure how to do this go to the,uk website







Enfield Road Watch - Green Belt land at risk

on Monday, 21 September 2015. Posted in N21 Community


Enfield Road Watch - Green Belt land at risk


Wildlife, Mature Trees and Green Open Space is now at risk!






UPDATE MARCH 24th 2016

Dear Supporters

We'd like firstly to thank all of you who took the time to complete the Local Plan Consultation. The full results won't be out for another few weeks, but the statistics have been analysed and you spoke loud and clear! It was the largest Local Plan consultation response that Enfield has ever received and 82% of the respondents strongly disagreed with building on the Green Belt. Developing industrial land and around town centres were the top two options chosen. We hope the Council will take note. The Local Plan process will continue throughout this year along with a Green Belt boundary review. Enfield RoadWatch [ERW] will continue to monitor this, keep you informed and, most likely, ask for your help along the way.


As we advised you last month, Wren Enfield Academy was approved by the Department for Education and is now in its pre-opening phase. This includes working with the Education Funding Agency to find and secure a suitable site for the school. However, it appears that Wren is focusing all its efforts on the Enfield Road fields, and continues to state that the land is available for development. ERW is pursuing a number of strategies to try to locate the school elsewhere.


As part of the pre-opening phase, Wren is required to consult with the public, and this is where we need your assistance again. Please take the time to complete the survey on their website:


This is a good way to document how many people consider the Enfield Road/Oakwood site to be the wrong location for the school. Your views will be taken into consideration before final decisions are made by the proposers and the government and added to Wren's statutory consultation. Information on the Wren proposal is updated regularly on our website:


In preparation for when the planning application is submitted, ERW would like to conduct ecological, drainage and other surveys of the fields so we will have our own data to combat the reports provided by the developer. However, our requests for permission to access the fields were firstly ignored, and then categorically denied by Fairview New Homes, with no reason given. We will try again but, in the meantime, you are our eyes and ears on the fields. Just this week a young badger was killed on Enfield Road near the Jolly Farmers and a red kite was seen circling the fields and Boxers Lake. Please report any interesting sightings in or near the fields, and photographs would be especially welcom




News Release from Enfield Council Conservative Councillors


Enfield Road Watch and Highlands Ward Conservatives see off any proposed development on the Green Belt...for now


- The decision not to proceed with an Enfield Road school application leaves the Labour run Council serious questions to answer about its School Places strategy –


Following an unprecedented display of local opposition, organised by the Enfield Road Watch and fully supported by the three Highlands Ward Conservative Councillors, it is understood that Fairview New Homes Ltd will NOT be progressing with a planning application for housing and a secondary school on Green Belt land at Enfield Road.

Officers from the Planning Department at Enfield Council have informed Conservative Councillors that no formal pre-application advice has ever been given to Fairview because they have not progressed the planning application.


The reason Councillors were given?

The Greater London Authority informed the developments promoter, over the course of two meetings, that there are no special circumstances that could be used to justify the plan for 200 or so homes on the Green Belt.


It is understood that the land owner and applicant will now be using the new Local Plan review process to try and get the green belt allocation reviewed so future development can occur on the site.


The Highlands Ward Conservative Councillors are now going to urge local residents to engage with the Local Plan review, which ends on February 12th, and say why the Enfield Road site should remain as Green Belt land. The Conservative Party in Enfield will also formally be making this point as part of their submission to the Local Plan review.


Cllr Glynis Vince, Highlands Ward Conservative Councillor, said:

"I am delighted that the GLA has listened to the views of local residents and the Enfield Road Watch and seen off this attempt to build houses and a school on the site. It was speculative and the houses are clearly not needed given the fact Enfield is on target to meet its housing delivery targets. The battle may have been won but it is clear we still have a fight on our hands. We will now be urging all local residents to engage with the Local Plan review process and make sure the Council does not cave in to the pressure and reallocate this land as suitable for development."


The decision not to progress with the application puts further pressure on Enfield Council to act over the looming shortage of secondary school places for children in Central Enfield.


The Cabinet Paper of October 21st 2015 makes it clear that the Labour run Council was seeking a residential development to pay for the new secondary school, even going so far as to identify the Enfield Road application.


Chase Ward Conservative Cllr Nick Dines who has been working closely with parents in central Enfield concerned about secondary school place provision, said:


"The Council has lost at least a year in planning for much needed secondary school places by putting its faith in this planning application delivering them a school. How a development that would have broken Enfield's Local Plan, contravened the London Plan and smashed national planning policy could be cited as 'a good example' is beyond me. The Council urgently needs to inform residents in central Enfield who were expecting this school to open in 2019 what it is proposing now its Plan A appears to have been taken away from them."





Residents of N21 you may have seen that Fairview Homes want to build on ancient Green Belt land on Enfield Road. This is the main route from Enfield Town towards Oakwood tube station (post code EN2 7HX).


Fairview would have us believe that this is almost a "done deal" – THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT THE CASE. A Planning Application has NOT yet been submitted and we will do everything in our power to ensure that any application is declined.




Fairview Homes public exhibtion of the plans at St Peter's Church

You can view the planning application on Enfield Council website here


and see the plans on




It is not only local residents who are against these potential plans, we also have the support of; Highlands Ward Councillors Glynis Vince and Lee David-Sanders, The Enfield Society, The Federation of Enfield Residents' & Allied Associates (FERAA), The Western Enfield Residents Association, The Campaign for Rural England, The London Green Belt Council, The Green Party and The Trent Park Conservation Committee.





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Volunteers needed for the Palmers Greenery Community Cafe

on Thursday, 23 July 2015. Posted in N21 Community


Volunteers needed for the Palmers Greenery Community Cafe


The Palmers Greenery Community Cafe 



watch the video, a great community project but seeking more volunteers to keep the cafe open for longer hours

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Fundraising For Emily

on Wednesday, 15 July 2015. Posted in N21 Community


Fundraising For Emily




Hello my name is Sarah I'm 34 years old and a mother and I'm asking for a little help.


I have lived in Winchmore Hill all my life and have been a support worker for adults with learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues for 17 years.

10 months ago my husband to be and myself had a beautiful daughter Emily.


However, Emily suffered a lot of trauma during birth, leaving her with severe disabilities with global development delay, cerebral palsy and epilepsy. As you can imagine the last 10 months have been very hard and emotional but my beautiful girl astounds me every day with her strength.


Emily can have up to 40 seizures a day however, continues to be a happy little girl. She is a true fighter and an inspirational little girl. I'm a very proud mum.

As any mother, I want to give my daughter the best possibilities in life and would do anything to ensure she reaches her full potential and has maximum quality of life.


My days are devoted to my little girl ensuring physio and development are maximise at home, attending appointments and monthly physio sessions with the NHS. However as a family we feel Emily would benefit from more professional input.


Emily has been accepted into the Bobath Centre in Finchley, a centre for children with cerebral palsy. They will do intense physio, speech and language therapy and help with her development delay. This would have a massive impact on Emily quality of life and help reach her full potential.


However we are self-funding this and this is where I'm asking for a little help.


We have organised a sponsored Cricket match between the two local clubs Edmonton Cricket club and Winchmore and a fun day which will include games, bouncy castle, Children's face painting, raffles and a BBQ on the 30th August 2015 to be held at Winchmore Cricket Club.


We also have a justgiving page at


We are currently having leaflets made up for the day however, would appreciate being able to put some raffles prizes on them. I would hugely appreciate any support either attendance or donations for raffle, or having the leaflets in your businesses once done for distributions etc... any help we can receive would be great.


I have left my contact details if anyone has any questions or would like to help us.

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Save The Sidings

on Tuesday, 30 June 2015. Posted in N21 Community


Save The Sidings






My name is Graham Hill and I am the owner of the Sidings at Winchmore Hill and along with Trevor and Shelly who run the Sidings we are in the process of applying for planning permission to continue with the current weekly farmers market at the Sidings and to extend the current trading days to include Sunday 9am – 4pm Saturday 9am – 7pm and weekdays 12am – 7pm.


Obviously we have no intention of opening 7 days a week for such long hours and realistically we will only be opening 1 - 3 days a week over shorter periods however the planning application allows us the versatility to use the Sidings for different uses on different days as well as the current farmers market on Sundays which we will continue to run.


Some of the future uses we plan are events such as Antique fairs, Craft markets, Art exhibitions and Street food days as well as many other community uses. Wouldn't it be great for Winchmore Hill if we had regular such events using this perfect location right in the centre of the Green that would not only be a real community asset but also hopefully bring much needed customers to the shops of the Winchmore Hill. At this point as we understand there is a lot of support for the Sidings and we have proven over the last six months of trading the Sidings operates with absolutely no impact to surrounding highways and in a safe manor, however there are the very small minority that seem to shout the loudest and they are objecting to our application. For this reason we have suggested we trade under a temporary planning permission for a one year period to categorically prove that the Sidings can trade without any adverse effect to the surrounding areas and so hopefully this will help with our application.


However if this application does not go through and the market does close can anybody suggest what this piece of land could be better used for right in the centre of the community. As a Garden centre it wasn't economically viable and with the current rent it wouldn't be suitable to be a car park unless there was a car wash attached, which surely can't be good for the area. Also it wouldn't be suitable for a Playground, Skate Park or similar use as once again it wouldn't be economically viable unless there was some sort of Café attached. So the question is could there be a better use for this piece of land than its existing use. We have had so many positive comments and we know from the local residents we meet that it is really loved and we believe it enhances the Green and is definitely a community asset. So please if you want the Sidings to stay don't be one of the silent majority and support our application and don't let the odd couple of loud objectors win.


Email the council using the link attached and thank you for your support.




Cycle Enfield Consultion is now underway

on Thursday, 18 June 2015. Posted in N21 Community


Cycle Enfield Consultion is now underway


The final designs for the Cycle Enfield/Mini Holland cycle superhighway were unveiled at the Fox Pub, (July 16th - July 18th) to build a continuous segregated cycle route along Green Lanes, from Enfield Town to Broomfield Lane, in Palmers Green. The consultation on whether this project should go ahead runs until October 9th 2015.



Initial verdict?


The plans run to seventeen pages, they are difficult to interpret, but a guide to each section of the route will be compiled by an expert traffic engineer to help you to understand the proposals. Here is the 'unofficial' guide to what is proposed.


 Click on the image to read it and also to participate in the consultation on either one or more sections of the proposed route.

Firstly the timeline


Public Consultation July 17th – October 9th Oct 2015 (12 weeks)

Enfield Scheme Approval – December 2015

TfL Scheme Approval – March 2016

Detailed Design December 2015 to May 2016

Scheme Build – May 2016 to October 2016


In the guide, you will see each section of the proposed route, plus an analysis of the changes that are being proposed. 


Here are some of the problems that the Cycle Enfield consultation is NOT going to tell you about.


Significant loss of parking


*  Under these plans there would be massive loss of parking along the route, for households and businesses, from Palmers Green to Enfield.


*  Very little residential parking on London Road, Park Avenue, Village Road and Ridge Avenue.


*  Completely changing the nature of the service roads on London Road, between Roseneath Walk and Lincoln Road, and on Ridge Avenue (at Avenue Parade) plus the removal of parking on Bush Hill Road.


*  No parking on the west side of Winchmore Hill Broadway between Compton Road and Station Road.


*  The removal of the Compton Road triangular island, the small roundabout and both roads slip roads at the junction with Station Road and Ford Grove.


*  Removal of parking on the east side of Green Lanes between Hazelwood Lane and Lodge Drive in the Palmers Green shopping centre.


*  Removal or relocation of the iconic local landmark The Triangle at the Green Lanes /Aldermans Hill junction in Palmers Green and its possible replacement with a characterless "Dutch style shared space roundabout".


*  Removal of service road on Avenue Parade (Ridge Avenue) and removal of parking on Bush Hill Road.


This would make it very difficult for businesses and residents who reside in these properties, as well as for visitors, deliveries, rubbish collections, tradesmen, skips etc.


In some instances new parking spaces are "relocated to side roads". However, most of these side roads are already widely used for parking.


There is no guidance provided on how any new parking bays in side roads could be reserved for the use of residents, business owners and visitors who would previously have parked on the A105. This could only be achieved by creating one or more Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) but there is no mention of any plans to do this.


The parking figures provided on the drawings do not always relate to the area being shown on the map and no indication has been provided on the methodology used to provide data on 'average' number of cars parked. Many people who live and work in the area who have looked at his analysis believe that it is a gross under-estimate of kerbside parking usage.


Economic risk assessment

Cycle Enfield has provided no assessment of the economic risks to businesses that could arise from:

*  Reducing the on-street parking


*  Making it harder for people to cross roads


*  Restricting the flow of traffic in the locality


Crossing points

A number of traffic islands would be removed, and zebra crossings moved.


*  Most of these existing crossings are located at points where the maximum number of people would want to cross – close to bus stops, adjoining roads, shopping parades and other destinations such as churches, theatres, shopping parades and health clinics.


*  Removing or relocating would not only inconvenience pedestrians but would also be likely to encourage more people to risk crossing the road at locations where there is no crossing.


Footway Crossways


There are literally hundreds of dropped kerbs on this route, where residents and business owners/visitors will have to cross/reverse in or out across the cycle lane to park on or exit from their property.


Whilst Enfield Council currently has had a policy of refusing planning permission for new footway crossovers (for environmental reasons), it is understood that new applications to allow off-street parking to take place will be looked on favourably to compensate for the lost of on-street parking.



*  If continuous cycle lanes were to be installed on both sides of the A105 route there would be increased congestion for other road users. This is because most of the road would then not be wide enough for more than two lanes of traffic.


*  It is proposed that the northbound bus lane on London Road approaching Enfield Town would be removed as would part of the southbound bus lane on Green Lanes approaching the junction with North Circular Road.


*  If a bus or another vehicle is stopping or a vehicle is turning right, following traffic would be unable to pass. For example this would be the case at the junction with Barrowell Green. Enfield's only waste recycling centre is located in this road.


*  As stationery traffic is a major pollutant, air quality in the area would suffer.



It is proposed that most of the bus stop yellow road markings would be located in the main carriageway, so that a stationary bus would cause an obstruction to following traffic. This would occur at 28 (82%) of the 34 proposed bus stops on A105 between Cecil Road and Palmerston Crescent.


*  At 26 (76%) of these proposed bus stops bus passengers would have to cross a cycle lane to board and alight from a bus. This is obviously a potential safety risk, especially for people travelling with young children and the elderly.


*  Some bus stops would be moved and even removed, including stops which are currently widely used by school children and elderly residents. TfL guidelines regarding bus stops state that "generally they should be situated near places of particular need, such as local shops, libraries, clubs, health facilities and sheltered housing". They also state that "an ideal spacing for bus stops is approximately 400m, although a closer spacing in town centres and residential areas may be necessary to meet passenger requirements".


Also, "an ideal spacing for bus stops is approximately 400m, although a closer spacing in town centres and residential areas may be necessary to meet passenger requirements".It is proposed that the bus stands at the left turn slip roads from Green Lanes into Fords Grove and into Hedge Lanes would be removed. This would mean that buses would no longer be able to turn around those two locations. No proposals for of any alterative turning arrangements have been agreed because with TfL and the bus operating companies.

What will the new cycle lanes look like?


The town centre designs ie Palmers Green and The Broadway will use shared space principles, with the cycle lane and footway adjacent to each other at the same height with different materials to indicate separation, reduced kerb heights are also used between the parking and traffic lanes. Here is the design that was presented.



The problem in Winchmore Hill is that our 'town centre 'is a pinch point. The Broadway dates back to the 1900s, when a shopping parade was built along the tramway.This means that the place where  street parking is most important, under the current designs 11 of the 41 parking spaces (25%) are set to disappear.  There will be no on-street parking on the west side of the Broadway from Compton Road to Station Road. Sorry you won't be able to drop off your charity donations to the North London Hospice shop any longer. Broadway Butchers will have to wheel carcasses of beef across the road; the lovely guys from Autostore won't be able to help customers with small jobs for their cars as they do now. They sell bikes but they are definitely not keen on what is being proposed.


The design team say that overall, the parking close to The Broadway will actually increase. The Fords Grove car park will become pay & display – so that it will be available for short stay use rather than filled up with commuters cars – something Broadway businesses have been asking for for years,


Perhaps the Fords Grove parking will help to compensate for the loss of on-street parking. The businesses what rely on casual impulse shopping (especially goods & services that can easily be bought down the road at Sainsburys) are most at risk.


However even at this late stage there was an admission at the Partnership Board meeting that there has been no economic risk assessment to the businesses.


  • What if some of the lose 10% of their turnover, 20%, when will the tipping point come when they will just shut up shop?


  • There are already several empty premises from the cormer opposite the Green Dragon and along the Broadway, will the proposed cycle lanes encourage or discourage business owners to invest in setting up new businesses along Green Lanes?


  • What about the local ladies who are the main customers for most of the businesses along The Broadway?  Can they be persuaded out of their cars? Persuaded to park at Fords Grove or Sainsburys car parks and still use the Broadway?
  • Could the route be send round the back of Queen Anne's Drive rather than along the Broadway?


  • Will there be any compensation for loss of income?
  • Will businesses receive any reduction of business rates?
  • If the project goes ahead and is a white elephant – what remedial steps would be taken?


These are all questions residents and business owners will need to consider when consultation starts shorly.


 "Low level of parking in residential area" (apparently)




During the presentation we were told about the low level parking during the day. Yet nobody seems to have taken into account the churches, doctors surgeries, dental surgeries and other health practitioners, libraries and other premises attracting short stay parking requirements,along much of the residential sections of Green Lanes. 


The planning team reported that in the residential areas:


  • "the maximum occupancy on the A105 corridor is 57% of the available space, with an average of 34%


  • Formal spaces have been provided for 71% of the average


  • The remainder would be relocated to spare occupancy on the side roads, which is approximately 30 vehicles on average


Only 30 cars displaced along the whole length of Green Lanes?  These findings do not tally with the detailed parking surveys undertaken by retired traffic engineer Robert Taylor.

You an read his parking analysis in Why parking is important for Green Lanes businesses

and Why Green Lanes business owners need to be afraid, very afraid

Scaremongering?  No, a traffic engineer who actually has an indepth knowledge of the local area and really cares for his community.


  • Have you tried to find a parking space in a side road in close promximity of Green Lanes recently?


  • What are residents going to think about the additional pressure on their limited parking space?


  • How will this parking displacement fit with the proposed 'Quieter Neighbourhood' proposals?


These are vital questions that you will need to consider, because they are going to have a huge impact on your quality of life. More congestion not only equates to more stress, reduces the quality of life for many people but can actually worsen air quality, as standing traffic is higly polluting.
N21 and N13 we mustn't be nimbys, you will have to decide for yourselves whether you want this scheme to go ahead; what modifications you would like to see happen. However, you have no idea just how much disruption this is going to cause to your life. You have two choices – either you take an active part in the consultation and if you don't like what you see, you ensure that your voice is heard, or accept that it is going to happen and get on your bike –because it is going to get much more difficult navigating your way around the area in your car.




Why is the Cheyne Walk "Open" Space still CLOSED?

on Thursday, 28 May 2015. Posted in N21 Community


Why is the Cheyne Walk







We are well into 2015 and the open space should be open to the public by now - but it remains an unfinished building site, fenced and locked to the public. No work has taken place at the site this year despite the notice saying quite clearly that the landscaping would continue in "early 2015".





With rubbish left by the contractors still visible, vast bare patches of cracked, barren earth and the path that used to run round the field now blocked, the residents and users of this treasured resource have a right to complain.





EA: Wake up and finish the job!






Enfield Council: Kick the EA into action – NOW!



An open to Cycle Enfield from Malcolm McGrath of Keymakers

on Sunday, 17 May 2015. Posted in N21 Community


An open to Cycle Enfield from Malcolm McGrath of Keymakers


I write as a director of Keymakers (London) Ltd, the locksmiths business situated in Green Lanes, Winchmore Hill, near the junction with Compton Road.


We have been established for many years and currently have ten people on the payroll. I am most concerned that the proposed scheme would have a very detrimental effect on businesses and residents in the area.


The proposed segregated cycle lanes would so drastically reduce the road space available to motor vehicles that the flow of vehicular traffic would become unacceptably slow. I believe that Green Lanes Winchmore Hill and Palmers Green would become a permanent feature of our city's traffic reports. The surrounding residential roads would become "rat runs". On the West side of the A105, Bush Hill, Green Moor Link etc., Hoppers Road and the roads through the Lakes Estate would be used by motorists to avoid the congestion. On the East side- Wellington Road, Firs Lane etc. and Wolves Lane would be used to the same end.


The removal of valuable parking spaces would render many businesses unviable and our high streets would deteriorate accordingly. In short, the scheme would make this stretch of Green Lanes unfit for commerce and the nearby residential roads unpleasant to live in. These might even become dangerous places to live and work when one considers the much impeded response of emergency vehicles to fire, accident, sudden illness and crime.


Many of our local churches are sited along the main road and parishioners take advantage of the Sunday parking rules. The replacement of roadway with single yellow lines by cycle lanes will make life more difficult for worshippers, particularly the elderly. Nothing in the proposals would seem to address the needs of the growing number of wheelchair and mobility vehicle users. Would some of these people be allowed to use the cycle lanes or would the scheme discriminate against them?


Generally, this ill-considered scheme would jeopardise thousands of jobs and cause much unpleasantness, or worse, to many residents – all for the sake of adding a modicum of convenience to a few cycle journeys. Most local people like the area as it is and the notion that tens of millions of pounds of public money might be squandered on spoiling it is beyond comprehension.


Consideration should be given to using the relevant part of the New River as a cycle route. This, I am sure, would provide much more enjoyable cycling than the main road (with which it intersects at several points). I have walked along its banks and have seen no obstacles that could not be overcome and I believe a better outcome could be achieved with considerably less expenditure. Otherwise, why not spend the money available in other parts of the borough which are run down to the extent that they might actually benefit from such a scheme. Whilst running a busy shop, I talk to dozens of people every day and find that these proposals are deeply unpopular with all that might be affected by them.


Yours Faithfully,

Malcolm McGrath,



Tel. 0208 360 6464

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Save the Green Dragon: An Open Letter to Enfield Councillors

on Wednesday, 13 May 2015. Posted in N21 Community


Save the Green Dragon: An Open Letter to Enfield Councillors



Open Letter to Mayor Patricia Ekechi and the elected Councillors of Enfield



The Save The Green Dragon campaign group and supporters have gathered at the Civic Centre today because we urgently need our voices to be heard regarding the recent rejection of the Asset of Community Value nomination for the Green Dragon, by decision makers in Enfield Council.

Enfield Council has stated that it is committed to involving the local community in local planning, yet has ignored the massive support that our campaign has received.  The Save The Green Dragon petition has collected nearly 4,500 signatures, has had the cross-party unanimous support of Enfield councillors; businesses & residents in the immediate vicinity of the pub, local MPs and even Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

The Green Dragon site is an important local landmark, with a 300 year history (and the current building is 125 years old). It has for generations been the centre of the local community, used for weddings and functions, and by a wide range of local groups and sports clubs- that is, until it was taken over by the Orchid Group.  The companys lack of investment in, and poor management of the Green Dragon was the reason for the Dragons recent dilapidated state and poor turnover.

We strongly disagree with the Councils decision - we feel it is clear that the Green Dragon Pub IS an Asset of Community Value, as demonstrated by the overwhelming support of this campaign to save it. The purpose of the legislation is to protect in situations such as this and we remain unconvinced that a pop up shop within a magnificent pub building such as this prevents it from ever being a pub again! 

To our new Mayor and our elected Councillors, we ask you to respect the wishes of the local community that you serve, and support us in seeking to ensure that:-

  1. The ACV processes in relation to this application are reviewed with Enfield Councillors and Council officers to ensure that application of the Localism Act 2011 in this decision was consistent with the aims of the legislation, existing precedent and all applicable levels ofWe believe the legislation provides ample scope for Enfield Council to offer ACV protection for the Green Dragon.  We refer you to Public Houses: How Councils and Communities Can Save Pubs (Published by CAMRA and LGiU, the Local Democracy Think Tank)
  2. There is a full and transparent investigation undertaken as to whether Green Dragon is realistically viable as a pub. This has NOT been done to date. We cannot rely on the assertions of the people who stand to profit from the development of this site to provide this information. The Public HouseViabilityTest sets out best practice guidance to be applied both in Government Planning and local planning authorities in determining the issue of "viability".
  3. That the new (as yet unregistered) owners of the Green Dragon, Green Lanes Investments (who have no connection with the local area) are encouraged to be open and honest with the community regarding their current and future intentions with regard to this site.


In reality, if we CAN achieve ACV status, there ARE companies who are in touch with our campaign who would consider providing the sizeable investment required to bring the Dragon back to its former glory as a pub, and it would also trigger a right to bid as a community to run it.  The granting of ACV status is critical in allowing Enfield planning officers the opportunity to intervene on the communitys behalf in any future planning application brought forward for the site.  It offers the opportunity to consider whether a 300 year old local tradition should be allowed to continue, and it is an opportunity for the Green Dragon to draw in the crowds and flourish, once more, in the heart of Green Lanes,Winchmore Hill.


With best regards

Sharon & Mike McClean

on behalf of the Save the Green Dragon Campaign


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Why Green Lanes business owners need to be afraid, very afraid

on Thursday, 23 April 2015. Posted in N21 Community


Why Green Lanes business owners need to be afraid, very afraid





On Monday April 20th all of the businesses on Green Lanes received a three page letter from Enfield Council. This was primarily about its plans to "relocate road space to incorporate cycle lanes" on this road.


The letter has been written in a carefully contrived non-confrontational and even sympathetic style. However the sub text is that the Council certainly intends to try its best to impose this highly controversial scheme on the businesses and residents of Green Lanes, who seem to be mainly opposed to it.


The letter mentioned the "concept designs" which formed a central part the Council's successful bid for £30m of funding for cycle schemes from Transport for London. It stated that the Council was aware that some of the local business community had "understandable concerns" about these designs.


What, you may well ask, has been included in these "concept designs" which has caused these "understandable concerns"?

Well for a start the "concept designs" show the existing zebra crossing on Green Lanes, that is near the junction with Station Road and Fords Grove, being moved to the south i.e. away from this junction. This seems to be for or no discernible reason. The effect of this change would be that zig zag lines would be installed in front of most of the shops in Winchmore Hill Broadway.


Of course this is just what the cycling lobby, who tend to have a somewhat blinkered approach to these matters, would want. The zig zag lines would, of course, prevent parking at all times thus leaving the road clear for cyclists to use unimpeded.


On top of that, another large chunk of parking space in Winchmore Hill Broadway would be eliminated by the relocation of the bus stop for buses going towards Palmers Green. It is proposed that it should be moved from its present location outside Capital House back into the shopping centre.


You may recall that this bus stop was moved out of the shopping centre a few years ago mainly because of problems caused by some of the school children who used it. Their unruly behaviour, while waiting for buses, led to a number of complaints from shoppers who felt intimated.


The net effect of these two measures would be to reduce the amount of car parking spaces in The Broadway by almost two thirds – from 22 to eight.


Would this really matter? The answer to that question, to quote a well know national politician, is "Hell, yes". A pilot survey of local businesses' customers, carried out by the N21 Live Local Spend Local Business group, n21online (together with the Green Lanes Business Association, based i Palmers Green), found  that 93% of customers using a cross section of businesses on Winchmore Hill Broadway travelled to and from the shops by car.


Surely this must be more than enough to make the Winchmore Hill Broadway shopkeepers' blood run cold!


If you are not particularly concerned about car parking then you might like to think about the proposal shown in the "concept design" for the Green Lanes / Station Road / Fords Grove junction. About thirty years ago this was converted from a priority junction to a small roundabout. This was done to reduce accidents and it has worked – there are fewer accidents than there were previously


However the "concept design" shows that this roundabout should be removed and the junction would revert to priority control. This would obviously lead to a huge increase in accidents as traffic flows are now much higher than they were thirty years ago. How brilliant is that?


Of course Enfield Council has not yet produced its actual proposals for cycle lanes on Green Lanes. It will not be doing this until later this year.


Let us fervently hope that all of these half baked ideas for Winchmore Hill Broadway, which formed part of the "concept design", are completely abandoned at that stage.


But is it not very worrying indeed that such ridiculous ideas were even considered by Enfield Council as being suitable for inclusion in its bid document?


One dreads to think that the actual proposals may well contain some equally impractical ideas. This is because the people responsible for producing them will probably be the same ones who dreamt up these manifestly stupid "concept designs".


Be afraid - very afraid!


Winchmore Hill resident and retired traffic engineer



Rob's Rays of Sunshine Appeal

on Thursday, 26 March 2015. Posted in N21 Community


Rob's Rays of Sunshine Appeal






Hi I'm Rob Graham, Winchmore Hill resident. I am running the marathon in just under a month now for a fantastic charity in the name of Rays of Sunshine.  The aim of the charity is brighten the lives of seriously sick or terminally ill children by granting wishes and putting on events for them. The charity receives no government funding so is fully dependent on the support of external fundraising such as mine.


A recent example of a wish granted was for a young boy to meet Batman and Spiderman!




I have been training hard since signing up to run the marathon back in January. Before agreeing to run the marathon on April 26th, I really didn't do any running. However in that time I have run over 325 miles, many of which have been around the hilly area we live in - along Wades Hill, the length of Green Lanes, numerous laps around Grovelands Park). I've have battled the changing elements of rain, wind and snow, had numerous blisters and have so far had one toe nail fall off!


There are 40,000 children and young people living in the UK with a serious or life-limiting illness. Any help that the people of N21 can give to bring some fun into the lives of just a few of these children would be greatly appreciated. You can make a donation via my fundraising page.


Kind regards


Rob Graham

Why parking is important to businesses along Green Lanes

on Thursday, 19 March 2015. Posted in N21 Community


Why parking is important to businesses along Green Lanes


Robert Taylor, retired highways engineer wishes to share a letter that he has sent to the Enfield Independent, to refute the claims that parking is of minor importance to the businesses along Green Lanes.




A couple of weeks ago the Enfield Independent local newspaper published a letter from Roger Kingsnorth which was about Enfield Council's plans for cycle lanes on Green Lanes. This latter referred to referred to the amount of on-street car parking spaces in the Palmers Green shopping centre and suggested that the cycle lanes scheme would not cause any problems for local shops.


In fact a survey that was conducted for the Green Lanes Business Association and the N21 Live Local Spend Local business group showed that in the whole of this shopping area (including the Fox Lane to Hedge Lane and Aldermans Hill to Broomfield Lane sections) there is room to park about 78 cars. What Mr Kingsnorth also conveniently failed to mention is that the "pay and display" parking system means that most of these spaces are used by several cars during every hour of the working day.


He also did not mention that the Council has published plans showing its preliminary cycle lanes proposals for Green Lanes with the bid document that it used to obtain the £30m of funding for Borough-wide cycling facilities, from the Mayor of London. These plans show that there would be only about 50 car parking spaces in Palmers Green (a 36% reduction) and that the parking spaces in Winchmore Hill Broadway would be reduced by almost two thirds from 22 to eight.


He also referred to the spare parking spaces that exist in the Lodge Drive Car Park. However he did not mention that they would, of course, be of no use whatsoever to customers of businesses in the Fox Lane to Hedge Lane section of Green Lanes. And, of course, at Winchmore Hill Broadway there just are not any spare spaces at all in the Fords Grove Car Park.


In the previous week's Enfield Independent a another letter on this same subject in which Britt Doughty-Godchaux claimed that there was only "handful of parking spaces along each shopping parade" and suggesting there was a "very limited amount of customers produced by these few spaces".


The pro-cycling/anti-motorist lobby often claim that shopkeepers exaggerate the numbers of their customers who use cars. In order to establish the truth the Green Lanes Business Association, N21 Business group and n21 online,carrie d out a pilot survey, amongst a representative sample of businesses along Green Lanes. No less than 37 Green Lanes businesses and 1110 of their customers participated in this survey.


The results showed that 87% of customers in Palmers Green and 93% of customers in Winchmore Hill travelled to and from the shops by car. Not exactly a "very limited amount".

So it is hardly surprising that the strongest opposition to these proposed cycle lanes at the Council's recent exhibition of plans at The Fox came came from local traders - many of whom may well stand loose their livelihoods if the Council's currently published plans were to be implemented. The survey, in which every customer was asked how they had arrived at the business, over a four week period in Novermber 2014, can easily be repeated should the Council dispute these findings.


Let us hope that when Enfield Council finally gets around to publishing its revised A105 cycling facilities proposals for public consultation - later this year - it manages to produce a scheme that would not have such a devastating effect on Green Lane businesses.


Please feel free to add your comments.


Robert Taylor

Campaign to Save Trent Park Mansion

on Wednesday, 11 March 2015. Posted in N21 Community


Campaign to Save Trent Park Mansion


Over the past few years it is been sad to see how the Trent Park Mansion has stood unused and now that it is not to become a Malaysian university, this Grade II listed building is at risk, unless a new and benevolent owner can be found.





A group of committed people with passion, armed with a website, twitter and Facebook accounts and an online petition, have kick-started Save Trent Park, to put pressure on Enfield Council to ensure that a new owner will retain the property as a public space and the public right to roam over the grounds.


To quote the campaign chairman Peter Gibbs:

"The threat of inappropriate development in the hands of a successor freeholder hangs heavily over the 50 acre site"


In a matter of days the Save Trent Park petition has gathered nearly 3,000 signatures. The aim s to collect enough signatures to trigger a debate at Enfield Borough Council and list the building as an asset for the community.You can sign the petition here


On March 10th The Friends of Trent Park held a public meeting to explore how to secure the long term future of the Mansion and the grounds, which over 400 people attended. 

 English Heritage has deemed the site at 'high risk' and is said to have moved forward its visit to the site.


The Mansion, its terrace and the Park, which are both Grade ll listed, arealready on the English Heritage At Risk register, 

A spokesman for English Heritage at the meeting said "We have arranged a site visit for later this month, which will be an opportunity for us to assess the condition of the house and determine how we can best support the council in securing the future of both the house and park."


Could the Mansion be registered as an Asset of Community Asset?

Could it be feasible to launch a community fund to buy the Mansion, perhaps with lottery funding?


Cash strapped Enfield Council won't be able to contribute and there is a real danger that the Mansion could go the same way as Broomfield House unless urgent action is taken.


Watch the video on the campaign website here





This is a cause worth fighting for, but it needs many thousands more people to get behind it.