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A rare original feature just removed from a house on the Lakes Estate is being offered for free to anyone who can offer it a good new home and would like to come and pick it up.
This is a window that has come out of the wall between the kitchen and hall. Lovely old reeded glass. Dimensions: 150cms wide by 122cms high.
If you are interested, please email asap with your name and phone number.
This offer is only available for the next ten days or so, after which it will go on the skip!
On Sunday 26th May a ceremony was held at the Garden of Remembrance in Broomfield Park to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the World War One Gallipoli Campaign.
To mark the centenary an almond tree was planted in the remembrance garden. Those taking part included Captain Ken Semmens, representing the Australian High Commission; the Leader of the Council, Cllr Doug Taylor; the Mayor of Enfield, Cllr Ali Bakir; Cllr Joanne Laban, representing the Leader of the Opposition, who was ill; the Deputy Lieutenant, Ann Cable MBE; Cllr Yasemin Brett, Cabinet Member for Community Organisations; Consul Mr Murat Nalcaci from the Turkish Consulate; Garry Manley from the New Zealand High Commission; and Brendon Farrell, Standard Bearer for the Royal British Legion. Several more councillors also attended, as did members of the public.
Musical accompaniment was provided by North London Brass.
A permanent commemorative plaque will be installed near the almond tree in due course..
After the ceremony the participants were provided with refreshments by the Palmers Greenery Community Cafe.
Photographs: Colin Younger
From Enfield Police:
I have been asked to try and get the word out there to “vulnerable ” groups in and around Enfield re this old scam that is doing the rounds again:-
Knock on the door from a legitimate sounding company such as Dynorod:
“Hi, we have been clearing drains in the area and found that your drains are causing the problem. It’s going to cost a lot of money to clear/repair but if you don’t get them clear/repaired they will cause damage to other properties and you will be liable for the cost of any repairs. You need to pay a deposit up front to me”
(in some cases this has been £4000 and the poor victim taken to the bank to withdraw the funds)
If they need to confirm all this they are given a phone number of “head office” (“head office” of course being another member of the fraudster team who pretends to arrange a time to get the work done to make it all sound legitimate)
,the individuals they have tried this on in Enfield were a little bit more switched on and could see it for what it was, but clearly they may try again.
Please spread the word as best you can and contact me if you have any information re this scam.
Steve Savell PC 808 YE – Faith and Communities Officer for the Borough of Enfield
Southgate Police Station/Civic Centre
– 07917 894 603 – Twitter #faithcom
A Palmers Green photographer has been featured as one of the top entries in National Accident Helpline's #FreshStartPhotos competition.
23-year old Amelia Corton, entered a photo entitled: "Rising up". She says, "It was a photo I took at the weekend on a charity walk. I have recently come out of a horrible depression and the photo depicts how I feel and that there is light waiting even in the weirdest and darkest of times."
The #FreshStartPhotos competition will be open for new entries until April 24th - visit www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/fresh-start-photos for details. You can view some of the top entries at uk.pinterest.com/ nataccidenthelp/ freshstartphotos
Once the competition has closed for entries, the photos will be judged and a shortlist and winner chosen by the team at Photography Monthly magazine. The winner will be announced on the competition entry page on May 12th.
Have you thought about joining the team of Community Volunteers at the North London Hospice who help make life pleasanter for patients and their families and carers?
You will be matched with a patient who will need someone to visit regularly, bringing a smile and much needed support.
Duties will include:
- Befriending: Providing a friendly conversation and companionship
- Sitting: Providing respite for patient and/or carer
- Good Neighbour: Providing a visit to do a specific task that could make all the difference
Please contact Cheryl-lee Broadfoot, Community Volunteer Coordinator, North London Hospice, on 020 8343 8841 or email .
Save Trent Park campaigners are warning that delay by Enfield Council in registering the Park's historic mansion as an Asset of Community Value is jeopardising its future. They fear that the former university campus might be sold to an private developer at any moment, before registration is complete.
Registration as an ACV would give the campaign a six-month breathing space, during which time it could seek a buyer for the campus who would be willing to guarantee the conditions voted for unanimously by the full Council in March: public access, protection of the heritage, and promotion of the history of the former Middlesex University Campus. However, according to Councillor Jason Charalambous, Coordinator of the Save Trent Park Campaign, time is running out - there is only one week before the deadline for registration expires and no sign yet of the working party of Labour and Conservative councillors that is due to be set up.
In a campaign update posted on its Facebook page, Councillor Charalambous says that, while it is unlikely to attract another university or be a suitable location for a school, his discussions with cultural heritage experts from around the world suggest that the site could well house a cultural and historical institute. He highlights the important role it played for British intelligence during World War 2, when "Secret Listeners" were employed to listen in to the conversations between German officers held there as prisoners of war. Trent Park would, he says, be a perfect location for a memorial and museum dedicated to this vital work, which some experts claim was a key element to winning the War.
Councillor Charalambous' latest update is reproduced below.
Next Tuesday (28th April) he Ruth Winston Centre will be the venue for the last of a series of drop-in sessions giving you advice on how to keep your home warm during cold weather.
Ruth Winston are working in partnership with Enfield Council to deliver the event, where experts from Retrofit London and Smart Homes will provide information about energy saving measures and grants of up to 75% towards the total cost of implementing them.
In addition to the grant there is a loan scheme via Enfield Council called "HEET Project" which, subject to criteria, will be provide homeowners with a 0% loan, re-payable when the property is sold, to put towards the remaining 25% for solid wall insulation, heating and double glazing.
These are time-limited offers, so act now. In fact, you must register for Smart Homes by 30th April.
You can pop into Ruth Winston between 10am and 1pm. What's more, the Centre will give you lunch for free and there will be giveaways for everyone who attends.
Enfield Council is to start looking for suitable partners to take over the majority of the borough's libraries. These libraries would become "community libraries", offering a restricted range of library services, and would be co-located with other types of service provided by the chosen partners. However, despite the use of "community" in the designation, a recent document suggests that chosen partners might include the commercial sector..
The libraries affected include Winchmore Hill, Southgate Circus, Oakwood, Ridge Avenue and Bowes Road. Palmers Green Library would, however, be among those retained, becoming a "Flagship Library".
The proposals for the future of Enfield's 17 libraries are contained in a document prepared by the Director of Finances, Resources and Customer Services, which was considered by the Council in late March. The document seeks the go-ahead to begin exploratory non-binding discussions with potential partners who would host the community libraries.
Public consultation - two options
The proposals draw on the results of a public consultation which ran from November to February. Members of the public were asked to choose between two options. Under Option 1 the Council would retain only four large libraries - Enfield Town, Edmonton Green, Palmers Green and Ordnance Road - as "flagship libraries" with extended opening hours and improved services, all others becoming "community libraries". Option 2 would be a modified version of the proposal: two more libraries - Oakwood and Ponders End - would be retained, but not upgraded to "flagship" status, and to compensate for the cost of these libraries the opening hours of the flagship libraries would be shorter than under Option 1.
Both options would involve the replacement of many professional librarians by unpaid volunteers. They would also discontinue the mobile library service, replacing it with delivery of books to people's homes (using volunteers) and the introduction of "pop-up" libraries.
When referring to potential partners who would host community libraries, the original consultation document uses the following wordings:
- "community-based organisations"
- "other services or voluntary groups"
- "community groups or alternative services".
These would be organisations that had
"a purpose and ethos that is sympathetic to the core library vision and the Council’s aims of fairness for all, growth and sustainability and strong communities."
However, the recent document introduces the idea of using "commercial sector" (ie for-profit) partners:
"The Council will seek expressions of interest from a wide range of organisations with the aim of encouraging interest from a broad range of community, statutory, voluntary and commercial sector partners. Each site will also be assessed for its location, structure and local needs as the model of a community library may vary across the borough."
Responses to the consultation
The recent document reveals that there were more than 2000 responses to the consultation and states that 62 per cent of respondees were happy with the principle of community libraries and co-location with other services, providing that the partners were acceptable. Only 18 per cent were opposed.
Curiously, the document does not state which of the options was favoured by the respondees or provide any more information about the responses. In any case, the responses are unlikely to include views on the suitability or otherwise of private sector companies as community library hosts, since this possibility was not mentioned in the consultation document.
A freedom of information act request to see the responses was submitted in February and should have been answered within 20 working days. However, at the time of writing it appears that the answer has not been provided, meaning that Enfield Council are in breach of the act.
The library changes are presented as an attempt to "reinvigorate" and "deliver a broader and deeper range of core library services", and no doubt will do so in certain respects, mainly benefiting users of the flagship libraries, though imaginative pairing of library and other services in community hubs could also yield benefits. However, it is clear that the main driver is the need to make substantial savings to the Council budget in response to swingeing reductions in money provided by central government. There are obvious downsides: smaller holdings of books in the community libraries, the withdrawal of the mobile library service and redundancies of professional librarians and their replacement by volunteers.
Public opposition to the scheme includes a petition which has been organised by a 14-year-old schoolgirl and the charge by the Enfield Alliance Against the Cuts that the changes will have the greatest negative impact upon people who are already disadvantaged.
If private sector businesses are selected as partners, that will also raise difficult questions about how unpaid volunteers will fit into businesses which are making a profit from services provided on behalf of the council. There is already growing concern in some quarters about the use of the voluntary and community sector to provide central and local government services and the pressure on the sector to adopt commercial relationships, which was the subject of a national enquiry into the future of voluntary services carried out by the National Coalition for Independent Action
The 2015 Enfield Choral and Orchestral Music Festival will run between 24th June and 12th July at venues throughout the borough (and just outside the borough - Southgate Opera, as usual, will be at Wyllyots Theatre in Potters Bar).
For full details and to book, visit enfieldfestivals.com/event/details/enfield-choral-orchestral-music-festival.
- Weds 24th to Sat 27th June at 7.30pm (Sat Mat 2.30pm)
Southgate Opera presents The Merry Widow at Wyllyots Theatre
- Saturday 27th June at 7.30pm
Summer Serenades – Enfield Chamber Orchestra at Enfield Baptist Church
- Tuesday 30th June 2015 at 7.30pm
The Lynmore Singers and Enfield Choral Society Live in Concert at the Dugdale Centre
- Wednesday 1st July 2015 at 8pm
North London Brass Live at Dugdale Centre
- Thursday 2nd July 2015 at 7.45pm
An Evening With Julian lloyd Webber at Millfield Theatre
- Saturday 4th July 2015 – 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Bella Cora and Southgate Opera Live at the Dugdale Centre
- Saturday 4th July 2015 at 7.30pm
North London Symphony Orchestra at the Palmers green United Reformed Church
- Saturday 4th July 2015 at 7.30pm
The Adoramus Choir Present 2015: A Musical Odyssey at the Alban Arena
- Sunday 5th July 2015 at 3pm
Let The People Sing with the Enfield Community Singers at The Dugdale Centre
- Sunday 5th July at 7.30pm
2 B Franck – Southgate Symphony Orchestra at Saint Mary Magdalene Church, Enfield
- Thursday 9th July 2015 at 7.30pm
The Aurora Trio present Around The World In 90 Minutes at The Dugdale Centre
- Saturday 11th July 2015 at 7.30pm
Winchmore String Orchestra Concert at Winchmore Hill Methodist Church
- Saturday 11th and Monday 13th July 2015 at 7.30pm
Songs We Love To Sing! – The Rowantree Choir Summer Concert at Enfield Baptist Church
- Sunday 12th July 2015 at 3pm
The Childrens International Voices of Enfield Present the Festival Finale at Palmers Green United Reformed Church
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in four North London boroughs are looking to improve the NHS 111 service and integrate it with GP out-of-hours provision. Residents are invited to attend public engagement events, as described below:
NHS 111 and GP out of hours services engagement events
15 April 2015
NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in north central London (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington) have a vision to ensure the voices of patients and carers are at the heart of our decision making.
We are working to improve the local NHS 111 service. This includes joining up the NHS 111 service and the GP out-of-hours services to enable them to work better. We are doing it because we want to improve patients' experience of using and accessing urgent care services, making sure they receive the best care, from the best person, in the right place, at the right time.
We will be holding public engagement events across north central London as an opportunity to hear from you. All residents are invited to come along and share your views and experiences of existing services so that we can work together towards developing the best possible service.
- Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS
Tuesday 28 April 2015, 18:00 – 20:00.
- Hornsey Central Health Centre, 151 Park Rd, London N8 8JD
Tuesday 5 May 2015, 10:00 – 12:00.
- Park View Academy, West Green Road, London N15 3QR
Tuesday 5 May 2015, 17:30 – 19:30.
- St Pancras Hospital Conference Hall, 4 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PE
Wednesday 13 May 2015, 18:00 – 20:00.
- Stephens House & Gardens, 17 East End Road, Finchley, London N3 3QE
Monday 18 May 2015, 18:00 – 20:00.
If you've ever thought about volunteering, your chance to discover the multitude of local opportunities comes up next Wednesday (22nd April), at the Enfield Volunteers Fair. And if you haven't thought about volunteering, perhaps the Fair might just make you do so.
The Fair is at the Millfield Arts Centre in Silver Street, Edmonton, and runs from 11am to 3pm. You can just drop in any time and stay for as short or long a time as you like.
An amazing range of opportunities
At the Volunteers Fair you'll be able to talk to people from thirty or more local charities and not-for-profits, who are looking for people for an amazingly wide range of different types of work. Some of the work is demanding but also very rewarding - helping cancer patients or people with learning difficulties, or assisting the recuperation of people who have suffered a stroke. But at the other end of the spectrum you might be baking cakes and serving them to customers of a community cafe, or working on a farm. And there is always a need for administrators at all skill levels.
All ages may apply
Volunteers come in all ages. There are many retired people who like to stay active and use the skills they developed during their careers. On the other hand, for younger people volunteering can help them gain experience that will come in handy when applying for jobs. Even just being in a workplace environment for a few hours a week can ready you for the day when you have to do it from 9 to 5 five days a week.
Then again, you might just fancy a change of scenery and a chance to meet new friends. And have some fun!
And, of course, as a volunteer you choose when and where you work.
Who will be there?
As of today 29 different organisations have booked stalls at the Fair:
- Carers Trust Lea Valley Crossroads Care Service
- Elevation Profile CIC
- Enfield Clubhouse
- Chance UK
- Enfield Skills Exchange
- LBE Forty Hall and Estate
- Enfield Community Transport
- Teenage Pregnancy Unit (LBE)
- Enfield Citizen's Advice Bureau
- Enfield Carers Centre
- Noah's Ark Children's Hospice
- Palmers Green Festival CIC
- Age UK Enfield
- Millfield Theatre
- Dugdale Centre
- Nightingale Cancer Support Centre
- Whitewebbs Museum
- Palmers Greenery Community Cafe
- Ruth Winston Centre
- Equals Employement Service for Adults with Learning Disabilities
- Quality Department (LBE)
- Libraries and Museums Service (LBE)
- Trinity at Bowes
- Origin Housing Association
- Carers UK (Enfield)
- One-to-One (Enfield)
- Stroke Action
To celebrate the launch of their new branch in Palmers Green, Park View Health Clubs are holding an open week for Palmers Green Community readers from 21st-28th April 2015.
Come and have a lifestyle, fitness and nutritional consultation with one of their personal trainers or a fitness/health check. You could even just use the gym facilities, maybe even try a class?
How well do you know your birds and birdsong? Les Edwins of the Friends of Firs Farm is also a local RSBP representative and is organising a bird survey in Firs Farm this month. It will require early morning visits to Firs Farm between 5 and 6 am to identify birds by sight or sound and recording when they were seen and whereabouts in the park they were.
If you have don't mind the early start and are interested in helping with this, please get in touch to find out more and the proposed dates. Contact the Friends at .
Campaigners working to improve the health of the river Lea and its tributaries have reported on the progress of their work on creating Sustainable Drainage Systems in Enfield borough.
The projects are being organised by Love the Lea, the local arm of the charity Thames 21.
Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS for short) involve measure to slow down the flow of water, particularly during rainy weather, so that high levels of pollutants are not washed into streams and eventually into the Lea and Thames.
Major sources of this pollution include run-off of chemicals and oil from roads and sewers which overflow in wet weather. An effective way of reducing the pollutants in water is for it to be filtered through reed beds and slowed down by dense vegetation.
You may be aware of the work that has been going on in the wooded part of Grovelands Park, where a previously culverted part of the stream has been brought back to the surface. As well as slowing down and filtering the water, the result is aesthetically pleasing.
The update is below. Houndsden Spinney is in the northern part of Winchmore Hill and the Glenbrook is near Worlds End Lane. The Houndsden Ditch and Glenbrook both flow into the Salmons Brook, a tributary of the Lea.
Events - What's happening this month and things you can get involved in
Love the Lea requires plenty of volunteers for its projects and holds regular events where people can help, but also learn about their work and be entertained.
- 11th April Salmons Brook Pollution Monitoring
- 11th April CANCELLED Citizen Science at Waterworks Nature Reserve
- 14th April Eel Monitoring Training
- 22nd April Glenbrook SuDS Spring Planting Day
- 22nd April Surface Tension - Rob St John in conversation
- 25th April Boyton Road Planting Day
- 3rd May Riverfest with Love the Lea, Tottenham Ploughman and Lordship Hub
- 7th May Eel Monitoring Training
- 23rd August Love the Lea Festival - watch this space for more details
We have obtained photographic evidence that the "old document" discovered by workmen in the former Southgate Town Hall does exist and its content is, to say the least, extraordinary.
The photographs, supplied by an anonymous source, show an old scroll that appears to have been found in a small wooden case. There are also photographs of the writing on the scroll.
The text of the scroll is difficult to read from the photographs. The first photograph refers to witches from Winchmore Hill and to Broomfield Park. The second part of the text refers to the "Charm of the Palmers Scream".
We don't have any information about the current whereabouts of the "Palmers Scream" scroll and handbill, but will do our best to find out as soon as possible.
This Saturday Livestock present the first of four monthly nights of Music from he Black Barn at Forty Hall Farm.
The month the music style will be Blues - and who better to supply the musicians that our own local Blues club, St Harmonica's? Details of the line-up are on our What's On page.
Lined up for May is Folk, for June Ska and Soul and for July Southern Rock. Full details are on the Livestock website.
Southgate District Civic Trust has sent Enfield Council a nomination to list the Fox pub in Palmers Green as an Asset of Community Value. The application, sent last week, refers to the Fox's history, its role as a community hub, its prominent location and imposing architecture.
Registration as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) provides increased protection against sudden changes of use or demolition of a building, though it certainly does not guarantee that neither of these will occur, as saving a pub might ultimately require its purchase by the community, as in the recent case of the Antwerp Arms in Tottenham. In view of the size, both of the building and car park, the Fox would clearly be an expensive purchase.
It needs to be emphasized that there is absolutely no evidence that the owners of the Fox intend to close the pub, change its use or demolish it. However, in common with many other pubs (possibly most pubs), it has lost much patronage in recent years so could be vulnerable. Registration would be a precautionary measure. It also indicates that local community bodies in and around Palmers Green place value in their history and their community hubs.
The small team that prepared the application comprised Sue Beard (the face behind Palmers Green - Jewel in the North), Jane Maggs (Secretary of the Southgate District Civic Trust), Joe Studman (Jaywalks), Councillor Mary McGuire and Sean Duff (President of the North London Circle of the Catenian Association).
The nomination summarises the Fox's importance as follows:
The Fox stands in a prominent position on the corner of Green Lanes and its namesake, Fox Lane. Tall and imposing, for those coming to Palmers Green from the north, it acts as a gateway into Palmers Green's main shopping area.
The Fox has a number of accolades. It is the oldest remaining pub in Palmers Green to have continuously stood on the same site – there has been a Fox on the site for over 300 years. It is also the only purpose built public house still remaining open on the main route between Wood Green and some way north of Winchmore Hill, the others being shop conversions with little architectural or historical merit.
The current building, of 1904, was built as part and parcel of the Edwardian development of Palmers Green. The size and grandeur of the building is a reminder that Palmers Green was once a place of enough significance to require a hotel and associated dining for travellers. Before the coming of the car, the Fox was the terminus of the horse drawn bus service into London, run by the Davey family of publicans who had stables at the back. Once the trams came, it was a major landmark on the journey from London. All taxi drivers still know the Fox.
The Fox, then, holds a position of huge cultural significance in an area which tends to think of itself as having a short past. It is a well loved landmark and social hub. If Palmers Green were ever to lose its landmark pub, and this landmark building, it would lose part of itself.
As a former bus and train terminus, and a hotel, the Fox has always been at the centre of Palmers Green's social and community life. June Brown, Dot Cotton from Eastenders, ran her theatre company from it, bands, including big names like Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band, have played in it, famous comedians perform in it to this day, and the famous have drunk in it – locals like Rob Stewart and Ted Ray and visitors including the famous names who trod the boards at the Intimate Theatre.
Today, as the only remaining live performance venue in Palmers Green, the Fox host a monthly comedy night attracting top Perrier nominated comedians. It hosts a community cinema, Talkies, desperately needed now that there are no cinemas for several miles. It hosts exercise and dance classes, and until recently bands and Irish music. As the only town centre room-for-hire, it has hosted wedding receptions, christenings, parties and bar mitzvahs, giving it a special place in many local people's personal histories.
The loss of the Fox, in its current form as a public house, would leave the community impoverished; the loss of the building itself would take something beloved and iconic for local people.
For this reason, we wish to make an application for the Fox to be recognised as an Asset of Community Value, so that, should it ever be threatened, it will be clear that this is a both building and social hub valued in the local area, and that local people might have some kind of option to intervene.
Southgate District Civic Trust is affiliated to the campaigning organisation Civic Voice. In collaboration with several other campaigns, Civic Voice has set up the Localism Alliance, which has published a short guide to Assets of Community Value - the A-Z of ACV.
In a recent message to its supporters the Pinkham Way Alliance (PWA) provided an update on its continuing fight on two fronts: on the one hand, it is still campaigning to prevent, or at any rate minimise, the development of Pinkham Wood; on the other hand, it continues to oppose what it considers overly grandiose plans by the North London Waste Authority for future waste incinerator capacity.
The land referred to as Pinkham Wood is adjacent to the Pinkham Way section of the North Circular and many years ago was the site of Friern Barnet Sewage Works. PWA campaigning was a very significant factor in the abandonment in 2013 of the planned construction of a large waste processing plant on this Borough Grade 1 Site of Importance for Nature Conservation. However, because of ambiguities about the planning status of this land, this did not rule out the possibility of the site being built on to provide some sort of industrial or other commercial capacity.
Haringey Council is currently considering what planning designation the site should have in future. The PWA has submitted a detailed input (available on the PWA website), which has been supported by over 1100 members of the public. Stephen Brice, the PWA Chair, has summed it up as follows:
- that the Council, through their advisors, had produced no evidence of continuing need for employment designation on the Pinkham Way site - rather, the comments pointed the other way,
- that any proposal for developing the site would anyway meet several serious constraints,
- that Pinkham Way's value as a nature conservation site is increasingly apparent, and now recognised by the Council's own advisor, who called it ' ... a rare resource for Haringey ..of high ecological value ... '
The planned new incinerator at Edmonton
Subsequent to its abandonment of its plan for a large waste processing facility on Pinkham Way, the North London Waste Authority announced its intention of replacing the current Edmonton Incinerator (also adjacent to the North Circular and currently known as the "Edmonton Eco-Park") with a more modern, larger incinerator on a neighbouring site - the plan is referred to as the NLWA North London Heat and Power Project. As well as processing waste and generating electricity, the new plant would be a source of hot water used to heat new housing at Meridian Water and New Southgate.
The Pinkham Way Alliance has serious misgivings about this proposal, as is clear from a list of questions they have posed to the North London Waste Authority (reproduced at the end of this article). Among the many points they make is
- the fact that the amount of waste the new plant would need to burn is not compatible with existing targets for increasing the proportion of waste which is recycled and with the principles of the "waste hierarchy"
- the probability that the Authority would want to "import" waste to keep the incinerator working - which is against existing policy
- the questionable business assumptions, in particular in relation to future energy costs.
As they have been arguing for years now, the PWA believes that waste processing capacity should be built up incrementally, in response to actual requirements. They clearly believe that the waste authority is working to an internally generated expansionist agenda, leading to "misguided overprovision for waste management". The Authority's submission to the new North London Waste Plan "displays a one-sided championing of an unlimited waste land bank that discredits the Authority as a reasonable, responsible public body".
A second group that is unhappy about the Edmonton proposals is Enfield Green Party. They view incineration as a wasteful and dangerous process which releases toxins into the atmosphere and destroys materials that might be used again. If there are "residuals" (ie non-recyclable waste) that do need processing, the method used should be anaerobic digestion, pyrolysis or the "Norfolk Solution", which is to use the waste to make bricks and road surfacing material.
The Greens too are concerned about the risk of perverse economic incentives not to maximise recycling. They say:
We believe that it's important that the incinerator should always be seen as a last resort. The NLWA should therefore avoid any arrangements that discourage reductions in the volumes to be burnt. Specifically:
- NLWA should avoid any heat supply commitments that require greater volumes to be burnt than the most optimistic plausible volumes.
- NLWA should commit to keeping the incinerator under public control for its whole life. A private owner would be bound to see it as a source of profit and thus seek to increase the throughput. [Source: Enfield Green Party submission re new Edmonton incinerator]
The second phase of consultation on the plans for Edmonton runs from 18 May until 30 June.
This item was amended on 5 April 2015 by adding Stephen Brice's summary of the PWA submission to Haringey Council. The headline was amended to reflect discussion of the Edmonton incinerator
The following announcement was posted on the Alexandra Palace website on 25th March.
We are delighted to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund have awarded us £18.8million of funding to restore the Palace's most significant historic spaces to their former glory and secure the Palace's future as one of London's leading heritage destinations.
Under the plans, the eastern end of the Palace, comprising the BBC Studios and the Victorian Theatre will be repaired and refurbished, together with the glazed East Court in which a new and more welcoming public entrance hall will be created.
The award of £18.8million HLF funding contributes towards the total project cost of £26.7m, with the London Borough of Haringey having pledged £6.8m and the Trust committing to a fundraising target of £1m before the start of the project in 2016.
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- Palmers Green bus garage to expand its footprint
- Railway line tree clearance work to start next month
- Hazelwood Rec to get money for multi-use games area
- Help inspire young and old to learn "difficult" subjects
- Dates announced for Cycle Enfield consultations
- A Practical Guide to Healthy Ageing
- Help find a new home for some well loved old railings
- The Enfield Bus Review - will it ever be implemented?
- 20mph speed limits becoming more widespread in London
- Make growing food a community activity
- Notes from the "Mini-Holland" meeting
- New rail franchise performing even worse than Capital Connect
- New shops coming to PG
- Were you caught up in the 27th December rail chaos?
- Business Association lists its concerns about cycling proposals
- Fancy learning a brass instrument and playing in a band?
- Could you help people speak English with confidence?
- Firs Farm transformation project shortlisted for the Big Green Fund
- Coming up this month at the Ruth Winston Centre
- Gentlemen required by Enfield Community Singers
- Poor service by new rail operator prompts complaints
- Become a Friend of Talkies
- Recycling real Christmas trees
- Chase Farm plans discussed by council scrutiny committee
- Cycle Enfield stakeholders to consider alternative to Green Lanes cycle route
- Beware the online shopping delivery scam
- 20mph campaign launched in Winchmore Hill
- Play streets in Enfield are taking off!
- Step-free access coming to Palmers Green station
- Consultation on December 2015 train service changes
- All the fun of the fair!
- Free removal of unwanted bulky objects and electrical items
- New York has become a healthier city - so could London
- Chase Farm redevelopment - application for outline planning permission
- Sewing workshops at Studio 306
- St Nicholas Fair - one week to go!
- March to mark one year since stabbing of Joshua Folkes
- Decluttering our streets to make them safer and pleasanter
- Public transport users group seeking a new meetings venue
- Downton star to discuss mid-life crisis this month at the Fox
- Council scheme to help people in long-term care lease out their home
- Healthwatch Enfield looking for volunteers
- Southgate local history publication wins award
- Further Council spending cuts - where do you think the axe should fall?
- Traffic calming: Is it needed and what are the best methods?
- Donate Christmas decorations to brighten up the North London Hospice
- Saturday Shed - Performance workshops for young people
- Join the Chickenshed Community Chorus
- "Hot Mikado" - the next FFBOS show needs you!