TOWARDS A COMMUNITY LED VISION & ACTION PLAN

The council will ensure that the borough's town centres are vibrant, vital and valued, being successful in social and economic terms. Town centres act as community focused hubs and destinations through their distinct character, offer and connectivity to their surroundings

Nesil Caliskan, Leader of Enfield Council (13.7.19)

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WINCHMORE HILL: Why action is urgently needed

more details here

This Week in N21

We need action to save our businesses and potentially save lives.


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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THIS WEEK IN N21 IS BACK IN SEPTEMBER


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Check out who is building what near you


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more details here


 


 

The quirkiest house in N21 is for sale


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more details here

 


 

Capitol House - going, going, gone

 

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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 August issue

 


 

 

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 Admin/bookkeeper sought

for Bush Hill Park office

 

 More details here



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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

 


 

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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

 

 


 

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 more details here


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

 


 

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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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

MK & Co

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

                            


    

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Inflatables Tuesdays at Bury Lodge Park

Bush Hill Golf Club Junior Summer Holiday Fun

Chi Chi's Craft Cool Club Summer Workshops

Chi Chi's Wednesday Morning Movies

Firs Farm Nature Activities 

Firs Farm Summer Tennis Courses 

Kalo Sports Camps at Hazelwood Sports Club 

Monkey Music Summer fun 

Muddy Mutley Junior Canine Workshops

Saracens Youth Summer Rugby

The Secret Garden Childrens Crafts

Kids@Stitch

Talkies Outdoor Cinema presents Jungle Book

Vicars Moor Tennis Club Summer Camps 

Winchmore Hill Cricket Colts Camps 

Winchmore Hill Football Camps

Winchmore Hill Tennis Club Summer Camps

 

 Summer Uni - 1000 free places for

young people aged 11 - 19

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 more details here

  


 

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Welcome beryl - how long will 'she' stay?


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third time lucky?

https://beryl.cc/bikeshare/london


HAVE YOUR SAY ON BERYL BIKES


 


 


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/

 



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

 

 


 

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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



 


 

Can you help your local community?

 

 

n21online is a community portal

for the Winchmore Hill postcode 

 

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The Woodman tree blown down (30/7)

fortunately nobody hurt


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The Felix Project: Good Food For Good Causes


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Can you help?

More details here

 


 

Stolen bike

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Voodoo Aizan mountain bike, stolen

from Chyene Walk Open Space area on 25/7.

£50 reward for its return

07900 491849

 


 

Everyday our ears are bombarded with noise. The roar of traffic, the banging of building sites and DIY, the wail of sirens, the beat of music from cars, phones and houses. All day, everyday.


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Where can you go to escape?

not far



 

 

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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

July newsletter

download here

 

Grange ward

August 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
 


 

Has the A105 'Experiment' worked?

on Tuesday, 04 December 2018. Posted in N21 Community

 

STOP PRESS: Why has Enfield Council launched a consultation on the A105 Experimental Traffic Management Orders

when they have supposedly already made the traffic management orders permanent?

 

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     Suffering from 'Consultation Fatigue'?

     

      Probably and that is certainly what Enfield Council is hoping. On 13 December 2018 Enfield Council has launched a new consultation

      for the A105 cycle lane scheme.

 

      Having told the world that the traffic management orders were now made and tough, there was nothing you can do about it.

 

      Surprise, surprise it now seems that they have been forced to admit that key elements of the scheme were built utilising

      Experimental Traffic Orders and you have until June 2019 to submit your comments.

 

     

 

17,000 copies of this leaflet were supposed to have been delivered to homes and businesses along the A105 (Green Lanes) and roads in close proximity in the week before Christmas.  In case ution you haven't seen the leaflet, including many people who live in the so-called distribution zone, who can't recall receiving it;  this is what it says:

                     

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       Construction of the Cycle Enfield scheme on the A105 is now complete. However, some elements of the schme are supported by

       experimental management orderss so that we can assess their impact further. consider representations and make amendements

       if necessary.  A six month period has now commenced during which anyone may object to these orders continuing indefinitely.

       In due course, the Council will consider whether the provisions of the experimental traffic orders should be made permanent.

       To read more about the elements supported by experimental traffic orders and to find out how to let us know your views visit

        www.cycleenfield.co.uk/a105eto


       SO WHY NO MENTION THAT THESE EXPERIMENTAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT ORDERS

RELATE TO CHANGES IN PARKING AND LOADING?

 




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        The reverse of the leaflet does not provide anymore detail on these very important changes but instead invites you to take part in a 

        CYCLE LANE GUIDED RIDE

        Come and explore Enfield's new cycling infrastructure with our qualified instructors.

        This ride will guide you round the new cycle route and this A105 show you how to make the most of it on your day-to-day journeys                by bike!

        For more information or to book, plase visit www.cycleenfield.co.uk

 

        STRANGE CHOICE OF LOCATION FOR THIS PHOTO AS SOME OF THE BUSINESSES

ON THIS STRETCH OF WINCHMORE HILL BROADWAY HAVE SUFFERED

A SERIOUS LOSS OF INCOME SINCE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS CYCLE TRACK

        

 

 

 WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?

 

In 2016 there were more than 1600 objections to the construction of this A105 cycle lane scheme lodged during the Statutory Consultation. Save Our Green Lanes lodged an injunction in the High Court in September 2016 as such a large number of objections should have triggered a public inquiry. However, to avert a public inquiry the presiding judge was told that this scheme was being build using experimental management orders relating to the changes that would be required to parking and loading along the road. It is not possible to challenge changes made under an Experimental Traffic Order, as it is deemed to be temporary and thus reversible. However:

 

Experimental Traffic Management Orders need to be evaluated before they can be made permanent.


In July 2018 David Taylor, Head of Highways at Enfield Council published notices that the traffic management orders for the A105 had been made permanent but seems to have 'forgotten'  that they are experimental. 


After extensive lobbying by Save Our Green Lanes, Enfield Council has now had to backtrack and open this new consultation, which runs for a six month period, until 13/6/19, but it would seem that yet again an attempt is being made to limit engagement.

 

HERE IS A LINK TO THE ONLINE CONSULTATION 


 https://consultations.trafficandtransport.co.uk/traffic-and-transportation/a105-eto/consult_view/


You have to delve deeply into the Cycle Enfield website to find this consultation. 


IS IT NOW TIME FOR A PUBLIC INQUIRY TO FULLY EVALUATE THIS CYCLE LANE SCHEME?


21.2w6          The changes to parking and loading has had a major impact on residents and businesses              along the A105. 

          This is a quote from Transport for London's own Kerbside Loading Guide.


                       Deliveries are vital for a thriving and vibrant local economy.             

                       Without deliveries, there would be no goods to buy in shops;

                       no home deliveries; no food or drinks in bars and  restaurants;

                       offices would have no stationery and waste would pile up.

                       Without local shops and facilities, residents have to travel further

                       for the things they need, increasing the demand for travel on

                       already congested networks.


          This is the same TfL that is refusing to recognise the consequences of its 'Experiment'.


 



An overview of Experimental Traffic Management orders and how they have been mis-used by Enfield Council

 

Experimental adj.: The Oxford Dictionary Definition: "based on untested ideas or techniques and not yet established or finalised."

 

This definition (of a word we are all familiar with) postulates that if something is the subject of an experiment, then it is monitored and then evaluated to determine whether it has been a success or failure.

 

Turn back the clock to to 6 July 2016, when David B Taylor Head of Highways at the London Borough of Enfield posted notification of changes to road traffic acts to be undertaken along the A105 (Green Lanes) in The Gazette, the official journal, in which Road Traffic Acts are logged, which included the following statement:

 

"Waiting & loading restrictions and designated disabled persons parking places will be introduced on an experimental basis

as part of separate proposals at various locations in Green Lanes N13/N21, Ridge Avenue N21, Village Road EN1, Park Avenue EN1 And London Road EN2

(between Ecclesbourne Gardens and Cecil Road"

 

To consult adj.: The Oxford Dictionary Definition: "seek information or advice from (someone, especially an expert or professional)".

 

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What followed was a three week Statutory Consultation over the school holidays (timed to minimise participation?), whereby streets in close proximity to Green Lanes received a leaflet describing the proposed scheme as a project which "is about transforming our high streets and town centres. Its about improving our health. Its about creating safe cycle routes for everyone"

 

More than 1600 people lodged objections to the proposed cycle lane scheme, in particular the changes to parking and loading; because of the impact this would have both on local businesses and people's homes. This was an unprecedentedly high number of objections for a local highways scheme.

 

Local residents were enraged but LBE was not deterred. Instead they had the audacity to authorise the start of building the A105 cycle lane project during this statutory consultation period.

 

READ THE STATUTORY CONSULTATION LEAFLET HERE 

 

As a result of the huge opposition from most residents, businesses and community groups and churches, Save Our Green Lanes, a local campaign group, sought an injunction in the High Court. Save Our Green Lanes (SOGL) were calling for a public inquiry into the viability of the project, in the light of fierce opposition and the somewhat suspect conclusions arising from the Council economic impact modelling, traffic & air quality projections and the lack of consideration of the impact of the proposed changes on the least able, including blue badge holders and those residents with limited mobility who rely on local parking and convenient places to cross the road.

 

The injunction to halt construction was unsuccessful primarily because Mr Taylor, through his barrister informed the Court that as the changes to parking, waiting and loading as a result of the building of the cycle lane scheme was being undertaken under an 'Experimental Traffic Management Order'. This meant that the proposals could not be challenged and even if there was opposition there was no requirement to hold a local public inquiry.

 

The 'Experimental' nature of this scheme had also been explained to councillors by Mr Taylor and recorded in the Minutes of an LBE Council meeting held on the 8th September 2016).

 

David Taylor stated that the waiting and loading restrictions would be introduced on an experimental basis to enable them to be modified in the light of feedback and operational experience. As this is an experimental order there was no requirement to hold a public inquiry".

 

So what exactly is an Experimental Traffic Management Order?

 

Here is an explanation put forward by a highways expert:

"Experimental Traffic Orders (ETOs) are part of the decision-making process and therefore allow us to trial things in a "live" situationand is the key part of the consultation process. In short, rather than the consult then decide approach of the permanent process, the experimental process is the implement and see what people think and gather data on this approach".

 

The law states that Experimental Traffic Management Orders (Section 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984) can only stay in force for eighteen months before the council must decide whether or not to make the changes permanent.

 

It is not possible to lodge a formal objection to an experimental traffic regulation until it comes into force.

 

Once it is in force, objections may be made to the order being made permanent and these must be made within six months of the day that the experimental order comes into force.

 

Now leap forward to July 2018, when most of the construction of the cycle lanes and junctions had been completed. Mr Taylor posted notices in the local press, on lamp posts along the A105, announcing that the Road Traffic Management Orders relating to the A105 cycle lane scheme were to be made permanent.


However, strangely, Mr Taylor seems to have 'forgotten' to mention that an Experimental Traffic Management Orders had been used to push through this deeply unpopular scheme and that there are significant differences in the procedures for making of the Orders for Experimental and Permanent schemes, including the notification to be given to people in the local area.

 

* So where is the evaluation of the A105 cycle lane scheme?

 

* Why haven't people been given the opportunity to say what they think about the 'Experimental scheme'?

 

* Where is the data that should have been systematically gathered to evaluate the 'Experiment'?

 

Key considerations which might need to be evaluated could be the impact of the very many changes to the highways introduced by the council which includes:

 

* Alarming congestion which is now commonplace through the heart of Winchmore Hill and Palmers Green; especially between Bourne Hill and Station Road due to the installation of two new sets of traffic lights, outside Sainsbury's the biggest destination in Winchmore Hill and Palmers Green and also the Station Road and Fords Grove junctions.

 

* Extended bus journey times.

 

* Rat running by drivers to avoid the area.

 

* Poor air quality.

 

* Significant rise in accidents and falls as a result of the cycle lane infrastructure.

 

* An alarming downturn in trade experienced by many local businesses.

 

* Reduced accessibility for emergency services.

 

 

Has the law been broken?


That question has been put to LBE's Director of Law & Governance, Jeremy Chambers, who has failed to answer this question for more than six months.

 

Now the question is "what should we do next?"

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