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Official World War One Commemoration in Broomfield Park

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Monday 4 August 2014 – 2.00pm The War Memorial, Broomfield Park, Broomfield Lane, N13 4HE

Enfield will commemorate the centenary of the start of World War One in 1914 with an event at Broomfield Park’s War Memorial on Monday August 4.

Community leaders including the Leader of Enfield Council, Cllr Doug Taylor, Cabinet Member for Community Organisations, Cllr Yasemin Brett, the mayors of Enfield’s twin towns of Courbevoie and Gladbeck Serges Deses Maison and Ulrich Roland, as well as veterans from the armed forces and members of the public will attend the event.

Garden of Remembrance Broomfield Park

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Join a focus group to discuss GP services in London

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The transformation of London’s general practice services is an agreed priority for the NHS in London. To help to understand the needs of patients and carers across London they are holding a series of focus groups with different community groups, patient groups, and users of GP services to help them understand the full range of needs.

NHS England London Region wants to hear from you. They are inviting members of the public to take part in one of their focus groups to help improve GP services across London:

  • Mums with young children (date to be confirmed)
  • Adults under 65 (14th August)
  • Adults over 65 (19th August)
  • Adults with an experience of cancer (18th August)
  • Older people who have a Long term condition (20th August)
  • Carers of young disabled children (date to be confirmed)
  • Carers (21st August) People who would describe themselves as being LGBT (27th August)
  • People who would describe themselves as being from a Black, minority or ethnic group (20th August)
  • GP Patient Practice Groups (PPG) members (28th August)
  • Please note pre registration is required to attend a focus group and participants can only attend one focus group. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest or telephone 0113 807 0481.

    More details.

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    Healthwatch Enfield seeking volunteers to help monitor health services in the borough

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    Would you like to help HealthWatch Enfield improve local health and social care services? Can you help them reach out to local communities and find out about their experiences as patients, carers and service users? Do you have personal experience, skills and enthusiasm to offer?

    HealthWatch Enfield welcomes and values contributions from all sections of the community, including people of all ages from 16 upwards.

    They are currently looking for volunteers for the following roles:

    Click on each heading to read a description of the role

    For more information, visit the Volunteering page on the Healtwatch Enfield website.

    Healthwatch Enfield will have a stall at the Edmonton Festival on Saturday 26th July.  They would like to hear about your experiences of health and social care services.  More information on this page.

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    Things for the kids - and you - to do this summer

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    summer of fun 2014
    Enfield's Council's Everybody Active and Play Development teams have prepared a pretty comprehensive programme of summer events for all ages.  There's a 26-page brochure that you can download with details of the activities and how to book.  They include:

    • Cycle training for adults and over-10s
    • Athlefit
    • Cardio Tennis
    • Horse riding
    • Golf
    • Self-defence
    • Trampolining
    • Jogging
    • Yoga
    • 50+ Swimming
    • Bowls
    • Boxing
    • Table tennis
    • Archery
    • ChaSamba
    • Basketball
    • Cricket
    • Athletics

    Some of the activities are adapted for disabled people.

    You can download the brochure or pick one up from a library or the Dugdale Centre.

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    Broomfield Blues - Five Sizzling Sundays in the Park

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    Following last August's resoundingly successful revival, Broomfield Blues is returning this year with five servings of the very best Blues and music loosely derived from the Blues.  The concerts at the bandstand in Broomfield Park will be held every Sunday in August.  Each Sunday afternoon will see a different mix of music organised by the Vintage Music Association, the people behind the local St Harmonica's Blues Club (every Friday at St Monica's Club in Cannon Hill).

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    Each concert will start with an hour-long "open mic" session - a chance for local talent to show off their skills.  Then at 2.30 the musicians from St Harmonica's will come on stage for a three hour show.

    Hot and cold food and drinks (including a licensed bar) will be available, courtesy of local traders such as Cafe Choo Choo, El Dorado and Buffalo Burgers, and there will even be home-made ice cream on sale.  Starbucks are supplying coffee for free and it will be sold by three local charities - Noah's Ark Children's Hospice, North London Samaritans and the Ruth Winston Centre

    The concerts (click on the title for details)
    August 3rd - Slide Guitar Special
    August 10th - The Real Folk Blues
    August 17th - Jazz Them Blues
    August 24th - Rockin' the Blues
    August 31st - Bringing it all Back Home

    noahsArk logoNoah's Ark Children's Hospice

    Noah's Ark is an expanding children's hospice service, seeking to serve an estimated 900 life-limited or life-threatened children or young people, and their families, living within the communities of Enfield, Barnet, Camden, Haringey and Islington.

    Our aim is to support these families, often by working in partnership with other agencies, delivering flexible services that encompass the whole family - enabling them to live positive lives and face the future with hope, following the death of their child.  These services range from practical and emotional support, ultimately through to end-of-life and bereavement care.

    Logo of Ruth Winston CentreRuth Winston Centre

    Ruth Winston Centre is a registered charity whose mission is to promote independence, well-being and activities for the over 50s in Enfield. Ruth Winston Centre has around 1100 members and offers 60 classes and/or activities per week exclusively for the over 50s. In addition to learning and staying connected with others, we promote healthy living and well-being through our faciliation of additional services such as blood pressure checks, chiropody, hairdressing, flu jabs, stroke clinic, health trainer advice and support to name but a few. Ruth Winston Centre is a place where information of interest to the over 50s may be presented and exchanged. For those who otherwise would spend their days at home alone it is a vitally important resource for the over 50s in this borough

     samaritansNorth London Samaritans

    Samaritans provides emotional support across three large north London boroughs, both inner city and suburban. Consequently, our range of callers and the problems they need to talk through covers the widest spectrum. EHB Samaritans never know who or what they are going to encounter when they answer the 'phone or open the front door to a visitor to the branch. Which is why our selection and training to become a Samaritan volunteer necessarily needs to be rigorous and thorough. However, while the work is very challenging at times, it is always rewarding.

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    PG Library closure: Changes to arrangements for extended hours at other libraries

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    Enfield Council's Library Service has modified the planned extended opening hours at neighbouring libraries which are designed to compensate for the year-long closure of Palmers Green Library from 26 July.

    There will now be extended hours only at Southgate Circus, Winchmore Hill and Ridge Avenue libraries and not at Bowes Road.  The extended hours will not start until 11 August.

      Southgate Circus Winchmore Hill Ridge Avenue
    Monday 9am-8pm 9am-8pm 9am-8pm
    Tuesday 9am-5pm 9am-7pm 9am-8pm
    Wednesday   9am-6pm 9am-8pm
    Thursday 9am-8pm 9am-6pm 9am-8pm
    Friday 9am-5.30pm 9am-5.30pm 9am-5.30pm
    Saturday 9am-5pm 9am-5.30pm 9am-5pm

    The Enfield website previously referred to a mobile library parked in the Lodge Avenue car park, but all reference to that has now disappeared.

    At the newly added Public Engagement Meeting at the Library on 22nd July members of the public will be able to question Anne Crowne from Enfield Property Services.  If you're unable to attend or would like to send in questions in advance, you can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 020 8379 3019.  

    More information on Enfield Council website.

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    Local history course returns in September

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    Locally based history walks guide Joe Studman will be running his course on the history of Enfield, Southgate and Edmonton for the third time, starting in September.  Details are given below, or you can visit the Jaywalks website for further information about Joe's walks and courses.

    An Introduction to the history of Enfield, Southgate & Edmonton

    This six-week course will introduce the student to the history of the London Borough of Enfield.

    No previous knowledge required.

    Each week will consist of two presentations, each approx 40 minutes.

    The first presentation will be a chronological history from earliest times to the 20th Century.  The format for this section will investigate:

    a) National events that impinged locally 
    b) People
    c) Places 
    d) Interesting anecdotes.

    The second lecture will explore an area or significant location to discuss its history, buildings and character.

    There will be time allocated for questions and discussion after each lecture.  Course notes will be provided.

    The next six-week course will take place in The Dugdale Centre, Enfield Town from Monday 15th September 2014. from 7:15 to 8:45.

    Cost £50.00 for the course

    To book a place email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or phone 0787 553 7295

    An optional guided walk will be available at weekends for those who want to further investigate the topics covered.

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    Find out about the plans for Palmers Green Library

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    With less than a fortnight to go before Palmers Green Library closes its doors until autumn 2015, the public will have a chance to find out what the Library will look like and what services will be available after its refurbishment.

    pg library interiorEnfield Library and Museum Service are inviting anyone interested in the future of the library to come along to drop-in question and answer sessions on Saturday 12 July 2014 between 2.30 and 4pm and on Tuesday 22 July between 5.30 and 7pm.  At the session on 22nd July a council officer will be available to answer questions about the whole Town Hall/Library redevelopment scheme.

    The Library and Museum Service reassure Library users that they should not conclude from the picture shown here that there will be very little space for traditional books.  The picture is an artist's impression designed "to give a feel for the new library and is not indicative of what the library will look like when it re-opens in 2015". The Library Service is  currently tendering for the library fit out, so nothing has been decided.  Enfield Library and Museum Service has to provide a balanced service of traditional books and keep up with ever increasing digital service demands from our customers.

    [Article revised to include the picture and information supplied by the Library and Museum Service]

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    Thieves target garden paths

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    stolen path tilesOver the past month thieves have stolen original Edwardian tiles from the front garden paths of four houses in Osborne Road in Palmers Green.  All the thefts occurred overnight.

    Tina Babbs, Coordinator of the Osborne Road Residents Association, is asking anyone seeing or hearing anything which might help find the thieves or prevent further thefts to inform the police by phoning 101 and quoting reference CAD 5215 5/7.

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    Pinkham Way campaigners warn supporters to stay alert

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    pwa stillunderthreatFollowing their major victories last year, when the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) was told to re-start the process of creating the North London Waste Plan (NLWP) and the Authority formally abandoned an extremely expensive procurement, the Pinkham Way Alliance is warning its supporters to stay alert, as they are convinced that, having bought the Pinkham Wood site, the Authority still wish to construct a large industrial plant there.  A further threat is posed by Barnet Council, who wish to use the site as a depot for its dustcart fleet.

    The Alliance is now one of the organisations which has been invited to participate in focus group meetings ahead of drafting of a replacement North London Waste Plan.  However, it considers that the Authority is not really willing to listen to opponents of its schemes and is engaging in "cynical" tactics.

    A short paper by Jeffrey Lever outlining the history and background to the campaigns relating to Pinkham Way and the North London Waste Plan was presented at the recent annual general meeting of the Southgate Green Association.  The paper is reproduced below.

    SOUTHGATE GREEN ASSOCIATION AGM 28 JUNE 2014

    OUTLINE REPORT OF ACTIVITIES RELATING TO PINKHAM WAY NATURE CONSERVATION SITE AND NORTH LONDON’S WASTE MANAGEMENT

    Background
    Southgate Green is the nearest Conservation Area to the Pinkham Way site, which is located 2 km south-west of The Green, on the south side of the North Circular Road, opposite Friern Bridge Retail Park and Alan Day Motors. In November 2009 the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) secretly bought the majority of the site from Barnet Council. In February 2011 this became known when the NLWA applied for outline planning permission to build a huge waste plant on the site to process 300,000 tonnes of household refuse per year, with Barnet Council to move its waste vehicle depot to the other part of the site.

    Experience of similar plant elsewhere in the UK indicates potential damage to Southgate Green, which is downwind of the site, from odour nuisance, air pollution and fly infestations. Other detriments would be a worsening of the congestion on the North Circular Road, which already obstructs access by road into Southgate Green from the west and, importantly, the loss of a valuable open space which contributes biodiversity, improved air quality and flood absorption/prevention to the surrounding area.

    The response
    The response has been the formation of Pinkham Way Alliance (PWA), a consortium of residents’ associations, businesses and schools in Friern Barnet, Muswell Hill, Bounds Green, Palmers Green and Southgate. Southgate Green Association has affiliated to the PWA through which we work on this matter. This work has included careful research, advocacy at official enquiries, lobbying MPs and Councillors, and organising wider public support through the PWA’s website and outreach stalls at farmers’ markets, school fairs and outside Tesco on Colney Hatch Lane. PWA is supported by all the local MPs from all three major parties.

    The two main issues
    The two main issues are (1) that the site is not appropriate for a large waste plant, and (2) that the site is not needed for waste, since there is sufficient land, comprising existing waste sites and derelict industrial land which the London Plan states are the proper location for waste management developments. Therefore our research, lobbying and publicity has been on Planning Policy affecting the site and the Joint Waste Strategy of North London’s seven Borough Councils.

    Planning Policy
    At an early stage we convinced the Planning Inspector that there was no evidence to support Haringey Council’s attempt to assign an Industrial Use to the site as part of its Development Plan. Although zoned for Employment, the site is also zoned a Grade 1 Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) of Borough Importance. Subsequently we negotiated an agreement with Haringey Council that it will not make any decision about the site until it has received the results of surveys on the environmental value of the site and the extent of need for employment land in that location. Any decision will then be made in public by Haringey’s Cabinet.

    We have been pointing out to Haringey Council (the Planning Authority for the site) that since the site’s 19th century sewage works were removed in 1963, all traces of its former use have been overtaken by nature. Planning policy therefore recognises that the site is a green open space, and not brownfield land. Greenfield sites are considered to be of high ecological value, and should not be developed when Brownfield or other industrial sites are available.

    This year PWA commissioned an expert Ecologist’s report which concluded that the site remains a good Site of Importance to Nature Conservation. The site has 1,500 trees, 25 of which are protected by Tree Preservation Orders, more than one hundred species of plant, and is the habitat of six endangered species of bird. Haringey Council has accepted the conclusions of this study as accurate. A further study, of invertebrate species, commissioned by PWA is currently in progress.

    Following the Planning Inspector’s rejection of the North London Waste Plan in 2012, a new North London Waste Plan is being drafted and is under consultation. We are participating fully in all consultations.

    A significant problem is that the NLWA bought the majority of the site for £12m based on a faulty assessment of the site’s suitability, and has since been trying to persuade Haringey Council to accept that its use for waste processing is acceptable. We will continue to present the evidence that it is not.

    North London Joint Waste Strategy
    Having studied the Waste Strategy and its associated documents, PWA concluded that the authorities’ forecasts of future waste amounts were too high by 40%, and hence they had no need for the Pinkham Way site. The authorities disagreed with us when we submitted this to the North London Waste Plan Examination in Public in June 2012. However, in a December 2012 announcement, after reviewing the waste arisings in the seven councils, they accepted our conclusion on the quantity of waste, and stated that planned facilities at the Eco-Park at Edmonton were sufficient without the use of the Pinkham Way site. In February 2013 they withdrew their planning application for Pinkham Way.

    We also discovered that the NLWA was planning to enter into two 27-year contracts under which it would pay £3-4 billion for waste services and the use of refuse-derived fuel (the “procurement”). It was this procurement that originally called for building on the Pinkham Way SINC. Further study led us to conclude that the procurement would be poor value for money. Therefore we complained to the District Auditor and asked him to make a Report in the Public Interest on this. Accordingly, his September 2013 report on the NLWA’s accounts warned that the procurement had become “a key value for money risk”, causing the NLWA to abandon the procurement and announce that they had found a cheaper way to manage the waste, by simply upgrading their incinerator at the Edmonton Eco-Park. This will be £900m cheaper than the abandoned procurement, they say. Less the £21m wasted compiling the failed procurement, and £12m on the unnecessary purchase of the Pinkham Way site, we note. The Auditor’s investigation is still ongoing.

    Conclusion
    In the past year the persistent and wide-ranging planning policy arguments that we have generated have made it less likely that the site will have a waste plant on it. And the community’s remarkable success in halting the outrageously expensive procurement can also be counted as a huge benefit for the taxpayers of all seven boroughs of North London.

    PWA has achieved remarkable success so far, but the site is not out of danger yet.

    Yet, although the NLWA “has no current plans” to develop the site, and despite that all the planning arguments are against them, they persist in trying to have the site re-designated as suitable for large scale waste processing. We, on the other hand, consider that if a developer unwisely buys land that is unsuitable for his purpose, he should not demand that the planning policies which protect public amenity be waived to spare him pecuniary loss or embarrassment – even if, as in this case, that developer is a public Waste Authority.

    Moreover, open spaces are vital to the health of our city. Once lost, they are rarely recovered.

    www.southgategreen.org.uk
    www.pinkhamwayalliance.org

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    Schools: More primary places this year after all

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    Enfield Council has announced that in order to address the shortfall of primary school places in the south west of the Borough it will be adding a new reception class from September.  The new class will be a "partner school"  managed by Bowes Primary School, which recently received an Outstanding assessment from Ofsted, but initially will be located on the premises of Broomfield School in Wilmer Way.  At some future date it will relocate to a permanent home - possibly at the site next to Grovelands Park which the Council has identified as suitable for a new primary school.

    The news comes shortly after the announcement that Ashmole Academy (located in Southgate, but just the other side of the Enfield/Barnet borough boundary) will not be receiving funding to build a new free primary school on their existing site.  The campaigning group SWEAT (South West Enfield Action Team) recently suggested that parents from Southgate would wish to send their children to the new Ashmole school because of Enfield's failure to provide promised additional places.  However, Enfield Council now claim that the new Bowes capacity will mean that there will be no shortfall this autumn.

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    "Mini-Holland" consultation - more information

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    Further information about how the Cycle Enfield project (formerly "Mini-Holland") will be implemented has been provided by Liam Mulrooney, the council officer who heads the Traffic, Road Safety and Parking Group in Enfield Council's Regeneration and Environment Department.  This confirms and supplements the information contained in a recent letter from Mr Mulrooney regarding implementation of Cycle Enfield in Palmers Green.

    On Thursday Mr Mulrooney told a meeting of the Enfield Conservation Advisory Group that Transport for London (TfL) has allocated £700,000 to fund the next stage of design and consultation. Enfield Council is in the process of hiring consultants to produce more detailed designs for Enfield Town and for main roads where segregated cycle lanes are envisaged. At the moment the plan is substantially as set out in the documents submitted to the Mayor of London late last year, but changes will come as consultation takes place and the details are worked out.

    The Council will be using its own in-house engineers to design off-road "Greenway" cycle routes. However, work on designing the Trent Park Greenway is unlikely to start before 2015.

    Addressing concerns

    Mr Mulrooney said that he was aware of concerns raised by shopkeepers, residents and motorists. The main concerns are:

    • for shopkeepers - about loss of parking, passing trade and loading and unloading
    • for residents of Cecil Road (Enfield Town) - increased traffic
    • for some motorists - the possible reduction in road capacity.

    All of these issues will be carefully considered throughout the design and consultation process and the best compromise solutions sought.

    "Golden opportunity"

    To Mr Mulrooney the funding that will be received from TfL for Cycle Enfield represents a golden opportunity to improve the "street scene" in Enfield Town and Edmonton (and presumably also in Palmers Green - though this was not mentioned explicitly).  "Design champions" appointed by TfL will act a a "critical friend", assisting the Council and its consultants in the design process, and the Council will be making use of workshops hosted by Urban Design London.

    Mr Mulrooney said he was interested to see that the Enfield Town Conservation Area Study Group has recruited Ben Hamilton-Baillie to devise alternative proposals for Enfield Town (these will be outlined at a meeting on 30th July - see this earlier report). He said that he is looking forward to seeing the proposals, and would welcome an early meeting to share thoughts.

    Timetable

    One of the first tasks undertaken by the consultants will be to produce a detailed timetable for designing and implementing the cycling improvements. The start of construction in Enfield Town and Edmonton is at least one year away.

    Consultation arrangements

    There will be separate consultation exercises for each of the individual schemes that make up the project. Details of the proposals will be provided to residents and businesses in the vicinity of each scheme (for example, by leafleting) and will be avalable online. There will be exhibitions where people will be able to question council staff or consultants.

    All responses will be carefully considered before a final design is put to a Project Board made up of senior Councillors and a representative from TfL. If the board ratify the scheme, TfL approval will be needed before they will release funding for implementation.

    However, prior to these scheme-specific public consulations, the Council will be setting up three Programme Boards, each chaired by one of the new Associate Cabinet Members (in the case of Palmers Green this will be Bambos Charalambous). The Programme Boards will include representatives of local resident and business associations, disability groups, cycle groups and the local conservation group. They will act as a sounding board for scheme proposals as they are developed.

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    Enfield abolishes area forums

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    Enfield Council has scrapped the system of publicly accessible area forums that was in operation prior to the recent council elections.

    Area forums were centrally organised and advertised and brought together councillors and residents from groups of three neighbouring wards.

    Instead of area forums there will be Ward Forums, organised by the councillors for each ward.  In a letter announcing the change, the Head of Corporate Scrutiny and Community Outreach claims that as a result the "opportunity for Councillor engagement with residents will be strengthened at ward level".

    No information is available about how the ward forums will be run and how much flexibility councillors will have.  For instance, about the frequency of meetings and whether or not agendas, minutes and other paperwork will be provided.

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    Council update on PG Environmental Improvements and Mini-Holland changes

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    Enfield Council have provided a written statement outlining their plans for consultation about implementing the "Mini-Holland" cycle scheme (now rechristened "Cycle Enfield")  along Green Lanes and carrying out "urban realm improvements" in Palmers Green town centre.  The letter clearly states that it is not the intention of the Council to "remove the Palmers Green Triangle".

    As expected, the urban realm improvements will be funded using Cycle Enfield money provided by the Mayor of London.  The results of the public consultation exercise that was carried in Palmers Green during March will "inform" the work of the traffic engineering consultants tasked with developing preliminary designs for cycling improvements in Palmers Green.  Another input into this work will be traffic survey data which is currently being collected.  The Council hope to have the preliminary design work done by November 2014, at which point they will carry out "extensive consultation with all residents and businesses in the vicinity of our proposals" (how "vicinity" is defined is not  yet clear).  However, consultation will actually start earlier than this, with the setting up of a Partnership Board, which may meet beginning in September.  The Partnership Board will have representatives from residents and business associations and groups representing disabled people and cyclists.

    The full text of the letter, sent by the Group Leader for Traffic, Road Safety & Parking to Colin Younger, Chair of the Lakes Estate Conservation Area Study Group, is reproduced below.  (Hanna Salomonsson, referred to in the letter, was in charge of the March 2014 consultation.)

    The recent Palmers Green consultation did not propose any measures but instead collected people’s views on what they thought was good and bad about the area. Notes were also taken of any measures suggested by consultees. As you know although Hanna Salomonsson is currently on maternity leave she is liaising with her colleagues to produce a report that will summarise the consultation findings. This report will then inform the design work that our Mini-Holland (now branded as Cycle Enfield) consultants will be preparing. The Cycle Enfield funding gives us the opportunity to fund the urban realm improvements in the Palmers Green section of Green Lanes that have long been sought.

    The Council is in the process of collecting traffic survey data to assist with the preparation of preliminary designs for our Cycle Enfield proposals. When we have completed these preliminary designs we will carry out extensive consultation with all residents and businesses in the vicinity of our proposals. At present we hope to start consultation on our proposals for Green Lanes in November 2014.

    In the meantime a Partnership Board will be established to allow a wide range of stakeholders to participate in the project. This will include groups such as yours and also the Fox Lane and District Residents Association, Green Lanes Business Association, Enfield Disability Action, local Councillors and representatives of other local residents associations and cycling groups. A report that recommends the setting up of the Partnership Board will be presented to Cabinet in July and we expect to hold the first meeting in September, after the summer holiday period.

    Please be assured that it is not our intention to remove the Palmers Green triangle. The design that accompanied our Cycle Enfield bid was only conceptual in nature and will change as detailed design and consultation progresses.

    Kind regards,
    Liam Mulrooney – Group Leader Traffic, Road Safety & Parking,
    Traffic & Transportation Service, Planning, Highways & Transportation Division,
    Regeneration & Environment Department, Enfield Council, Silver Street, Enfield EN1 3XD
    Telephone:020 8379 3550 Fax: 020 8379 8517
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    extensive consultation with all residents and businesses in the vicinity of our proposals.
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    Crossrail 2 may reach New Southgate

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    Last summer we reported on a consultation exercise relating to the route of the planned Crossrail 2 rail link between North London/Hertfordshire and South West London.  Subsequently TfL engineers have come up with a modified scheme, based on last year's "Regional Option", and are consulting again, but only in relation to the proposed changes.

    The changes to the earlier proposal comprise new options for stations in the Chelsea area and in Hackney and Dalston, but of most interest to readers of this website will be the proposal to extend the Turnpike Lane/Alexandra Palace branch of the line as far as New Southgate in a newly bored tunnel.

    The relevant part of the consultation document is reproduced below.

    Alexandra Palace to New Southgate

    One of the branches we consulted on in 2013 proposed trains terminating at Alexandra Palace. However, many stakeholders suggested that Crossrail 2 should be extended further north to provide additional interchange opportunities at New Southgate. An option has therefore been identified to extend the service to New Southgate, which would be at no additional cost, given the savings identified through opportunities to use existing railway land for Crossrail 2 trains.

    This extension would mean that the Alexandra Palace Crossrail 2 station becomes an underground station, rather than a station above ground, as proposed in 2013. The indicative map below shows the branch of Crossrail 2 continuing to New Southgate.

    An extension to New Southgate would:

  • Reduce journey times from New Southgate and the surrounding area to central London (see some example journey times in the table below)
  • Provide interchange opportunities with existing National Rail services, providing new journey opportunities and relief at interchange points elsewhere
  • Support plans for development around the station
  • Reduce disruption at Alexandra Palace during construction and create an opportunity to use existing railway land at New Southgate for a depot and sidings for Crossrail 2
  • An extension to New Southgate is likely to impact on the parking area and open yard to the rear of the light industrial units to the northern end of the North Circular Road. 

    Journey

    Current journey time

    Predicted journey time

    New Southgate – Euston

    24 minutes

    17 minutes

    New Southgate – Victoria

    30 minutes

    21 minutes

    Source: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/crossrail/june-2014/

    The expected opening date for the new link has been brought forward to 2029, but if you wish to comment on these proposed changes, the deadline is rather sooner - 25 July 2014. To read the proposals in full, visit the consultations section of the TfL website.

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    Could "shared space" be the solution for cyclists, pedestrians, motorists and shopkeepers?

    Written by Basil Clarke on . Posted in Palmers Green Town Centre Improvements

    The debate about the "Mini-Holland" cycling improvements along Green Lanes has so far been pretty polarized:  on the one hand, advocates of cycle lanes along the whole street, on the other some fierce defence of the right of drivers to park in Green Lanes close to the shops they want to visit.  Cycle lane supporters claim that there is evidence to suggest that reducing car parking would boost shop sales, those defending the interests of local businesses dismiss this argument as contrary to common sense.  The row started up again last week on the forums of Bowes and Bounds Connected, sparked off by the news that Enfield Cycling Campaign are planning a "cycle cash mob" in Palmers Green on 5th July..

    Wednesday 30 July 7.30pm

    Public Meeting: Mini-Holland and alternative approaches to revitalising Enfield Town Centre

    Conference Room,  Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield EN1 3XA

    Come and help shape the changes to Enfield Town Centre

    Hosted by Enfield Town Conservation Area Study Group (ETCASG).

    The speaker will be Ben Hamilton-Baillie, Transport, Traffic and Urban Design Consultant, who was consultant on a notable street scheme which has been completed in Poynton town centre. The streets have been redesigned with an informal central median strip, with courtesy crossings and extended pedestrian areas, unified through a common paving pattern.

     

    In fact, opposition to "Mini-Holland" started not in Palmers Green, but a couple of months earlier in Enfield Town, when it became known that Enfield Council's proposal was to completely remove private cars from Church Street, where the carriageway would be divided into a bus lane running west-east and cycle lanes in both directions.  Other traffic would use Cecil Road, converted from one-way to two-way.

    Shared Space

    In Enfield Town too the argument has been between advocates of cycle lanes and those who resist any restrictions on cars.  However, it appears that a third, more radical, approach is about to be proposed - "shared space" - and ideas for how it could be implemented in Enfield Town will be described and discussed at a public meeting at the Civic Centre on 30th July, organised by the Enfield Town Conservation Area Study Group.

    The main speaker at the meeting will a leading authority on "shared space" - Ben Hamilton-Baillee, who played a leading role in redesigning the town centre of Poynton in Cheshire (see the video clip below).

     The principles of shared space are a complete contrast to conventional road design, where motorists, pedestrians and (sometimes) cyclists are assigned their own particular confined spaces, which they do their best to move along as fast as possible.  Conflicts between different flows of traffic and people are controlled by lanes painted on roads, pavements, traffic lights, roundabouts, give way signs and pedestrian crossings, a source of irritation to everyone concerned.  Such an arrangements creates rivals of different types of street user and of motorists driving in different directions.  Shared space does away with all these controlling elements and changes the relationship between street users from one of rivalry to one of collaboration, making the whole experience less stressful and more enjoyable.

    On the face of it, it seems unlikely that shared space could work as described above in a country where a culture of embattled rivalry between different users of the street has built up over many years.  But the Poynton Regenerated video provides strong evidence that a well designed scheme can transform an unpleasant, traffic-clogged main road into a pleasant environment for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike - and all without causing any traffic delays on a major road.

    What about Palmers Green?

    Though the invitation to the public meeting in Enfield Town does not mention it explicitly, the involvement of Ben Hamilton-Baillie strongly suggests that the "alternative approaches" will be based on the shared space concept.  It will be interesting to see how it could be applied in a London town centre with a much higher population density and more crowded pavements than a Cheshire village.  And the question naturally arises as to whether it might be a better solution for Palmers Green town centre than the conventional approach of segregating motorists, cyclists and pedestrians and making them wait impatiently for traffic lights to change.  And might it make it possible to create a safer environment for cyclists while retaining the current level of on-street parking provision?

    Shared space was in fact proposed for Palmers Green back in 2010 by the pressure group Improving Our Place, who drew up a number of options for improving the town centre in general and the Triangle in particular.  The suggestions made at the time can still be viewed on the Improving Our Place website, though the website itself has not been updated for three or four years.

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    Mini-Holland: Cyclists aim to soothe PG shopkeepers' fears

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    The Enfield Cycling Campaign is hoping that by organising a "Cycle Cash Mob" to coincide with the Palmers Green Festival of Shopping they will be able to soothe the concerns of shopkeepers in Green Lanes about the effects of the planned "Mini-Holland" cycle improvements on their businesses.

    The Shopping Carnival will be held on Saturday 5th July and the Cycling Campaign is asking its members - and anyone else who would like to see safer conditions for cyclists in Palmers Green - to assemble in Winchmore Hill and then ride along Green Lanes to Palmers Green, where they will then spend money in local shops and join in the Carnival festivities.

    The organisers point out that research has shown that cyclists and pedestrians spend as much, if not more, in local shops than motorists.

    Would you welcome safer cycling in Palmers Green?

    Come to the Palmers Green Shopping Carnival on your bike!

    - 12 noon on Saturday 5 July -

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    Enfield Cycling Campaign are organising a short cycle ride along Green Lanes in Palmers Green during the Shopping Carnival on Saturday 5 July. We will meet at 12 noon on the junction of Green Lanes and Compton Road in Winchmore Hill.

    The idea of the ride is to:

    • Celebrate Enfield’s success in winning the Mini Holland bid to create safe space for cycling
    • Show our support for cycle lanes on Palmers Green high street
    • Encourage shopkeepers on Green Lanes that they will not lose business to cycle lanes – people can also shop by bike!

    Research in the UK and abroad shows that cycling facilities boost business in the long run. We aim to reassure our local traders on Saturday 5 July by doing a bit of shopping by bike: a cycle ‘cash mob’!

    Please come if you support safer cycling for you and your children. Cycling should be for everyone. Come even if you don’t normally cycle – and bring your friends and your children and your friend’s children and your children’s friends and your granny and your mother-in-law. Oh, and your bike!

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    Council criticised over failure to provide new school places

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    A pressure group has criticised Enfield Council for failing to uphold an earlier assurance that it would provide a new two-form entry primary school in the South West of the Borough from September this  year.

    In February the campaigning group SWEAT (the South West Enfield Action Team) stated that they had been assured by Enfield's Director of Schools and Children's Services that the acknowledged shortfall in primary school provision in the area would be plugged by opening a temporary two-form entry school this year, to be followed at a later date by a permanent school, possibly located next to Grovelands Park (see our earlier report Council moving ahead with plans to expand primary school places and build Grovelands school).

    However, SWEAT have recently been told by the Director of Schools' Stakeholder Management that the temporary school - expected to be based at the former Minchendon School building in Southgate - would not in fact be opening this year.  In response, SWEAT's Chairperson, Gonul Daniels, has written to the Director of Schools asking for an explanation and requesting that the Council hold a meeting with her group and with local parents.  In her letter Mrs Daniels also asks whether the Council has taken any steps to encourage Walker Primary School to rethink its decision not to expand its capacity.  The full text of the letter is available on the SWEAT website.

     "Playing the admission system"

    By contrast with the above, SWEAT has indicated that it fully approves a move by Enfield Council to deter what they regard as abuse of the schools admission system by parents who move into temporary accommodation in order to get their child into a particular school.  The proposed change would withdraw the provision whereby siblings can be granted places at the same school if the child already at the school was subsequently found to have gained a place "on fraudulent grounds" - a reference to the use of a temporary address.  SWEAT have said that they "hope that this will stop parents from playing the admission system and cheating other children of a school place".  See this item on the SWEAT website and the full text of Enfield Council's proposed admission arrangement for 2015/16.

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    Carnival time in Palmers Green!

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    This year the annual shopping festival in Palmers Green - to be held on 5th July - will be transformed into a Shopping Carnival and expanded. In addition to the usual children's attractions at the Green Lanes end of Hazelwood Lane, there will be two music stages - one in Green Lanes, the other on Aldermans Hill. And the Triangle will become a market place.

    The Green Lanes Business Association, which organises the Shopping Carnival, is encouraging shops, restaurants and cafes to make the most of the day by setting up stalls on the pavement outside their premises, give away free samples and generally take the opportunity to promote their business.

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