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Symphonic Tots: new classes start next week

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Symphonic Tots - Mondays at Baskervilles

Weekly 40 min classes cover all areas of the early years foundation stage.

Class sizes are small to maintain quality and interaction with every child and carer, chance to try a small instrument and develop active listening skills. Quality percussion kits for each child, orchestral instruments are introduced by Marianne and her team of professional musicians throughout the course, alongside live Cello & Kodaly Method musical training.

Symphonic Tots was created by professional musician and teacher Marianne Tyler Brown www.mariannetylerbrown.com Live Harp, Cello, Violin, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Trumpet, French Horn with mini instruments to try for this course alongside quality percussion kits and lots of fun!

Book early for current rates for our next 5 week course at Baskerville's Tea Shop Palmers Green Sept 22, 29 Oct 6,13, 20! Come and try a class first! Other venues/days also available please see our website!

Baskervilles Tea Shop, 66 Aldermans Hill, Palmers Green, N134PP

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http://www.symphonictots.com 

£7.50 (1st child) £4.50 (siblings)

Monday mornings starting at  10.15 & 11.00 am

0 months to 5 years

 STOTS-WKLY-SEPT2014

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PG Festival 2014 - a tremendous success!

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pg festival on the dancefloorWow, what a wonderful Festival!  Thanks to the brilliant team of organisers and helpers, stallholders and the public, who turned up in droves and joined in the fun (especially the dancing).

pg festival volunteers with mayorThe Festival organisers estimate a turn out of nearly 10,000, ranging from babes in arms to those of us who are enjoying our "third age" and truly reflecting our diverse community.

pg festival enfield voluntary actionA new feature this year was the Community Friendship Zone, organised in conjunction with the Ruth Winston Centre. Yvonne Quiqley, manager of the Centre, commented that the Community Friendship Zone had been “a wonderful place for people to come and gather information and advice from a number of organisations in the borough and hopefully solved some of their needs and those of their loved ones. The Community Friendship Zone was  an excellent opportunity for us to work together to break isolation and engage with the older community in the hope of encouraging them to join in an activity or group across the borough and seek the companionship they need.  We look forward to carrying on our work throughout the year together on many projects.”

pg festival dance demonstrationThe Festival would not have been possible without the support of local sponsor, Winkworths estate agents, and the huge team of volunteers who turned out on the day.  One volunteer from Palmers Green, Amrit Sagoo, said, “I volunteered at this superbly organised event, right down to the softly shining sun!  It was good to part of it but more than that to give something back even if only my time to a place where I’ve lived for almost 12 years.  A big well done and thank you to all those involved.” 

(Oops, nearly forgot to mention the ice cream!)

Photographs:  Phil Rogers

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St Nicholas Fair 2014 - a call for helpers

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Just up the road in Winchmore Hill the N21 Festival people are planning this December's St Nicholas Fair, to take place on Winchmore Hill Green on 13th December.  This is a big event and needs help - both money and people.  See below.

The N21 team have been busy throughout the summer planning the N21 St Nicholas Festival which is to be held on The Green on the 13th December 2014 from 11.00-19.00 

st nicholas fair 2014 square

Our thoughts and dreams ...

There will also be an ice-rink, an amazing grotto, an ice mountain maybe, plenty of stalls, a large stage, carriage-rides, childrens party, St Nicholas and much much more

We need Money !

To pay for road closures, refuse, toilets, stages, generators ...zzzzzz
But at the same time we can promote your business - see our amazing offer here
We are looking for people who would like to sponsor or make a donation towards the costs. Without this , it may not happen.

We want you !

As before we want to include everyone.

As in previous festivals we can not do this without calling upon you all to help in which ever way you can.

There will be a large stage, the same as the summer festival, with music and dancing.  If anyone would like to be involved with this part of the festival please get in touch. Perhaps you are a musician, a roadie , impressario or just keen to get involved in music - get in touch !

If anyone knows someone who could help with putting together a brochure for the event we would be very grateful. Sitting at home on your own ? Come and meet new people !  

Also helping our facebook and twitter team would be a great asset.

Can you create an ice mountain on The Green or know someone who could - get in touch!

We will be having three meetings in the Kings Head before Christmas the dates of which are 11th September, 16th October and 26th November upstairs in the Kings Head.  Come along to any of the meetings and have an informal chat and let us know any ideas you may have to make the day very special.

As always we need plenty of help on the day for how ever long you can spare – we need to spread the load.

We need help with

  • Design
  • Structures
  • Photography
  • Film making
  • Admin
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Running the stage
  • Running attractions
  • Delivering Leaflets
  • Being on the stage
  • Marketing
  • A number of humans who can ask - how can I help ?

If you feel you can help in any way please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07979853520 or come along on Thursday.

Stalls are now available 

We are expecting thousands of people on the day - The application form for the stalls is now on the N21.net website here.

st nicholas fair 2014 stallholders

Could you have an agents board outside your property before the event ?  Great, let us have your details here.

Dont forget the meeting - this Thursday 11th September in The Kings Head at 8.00pm

Look forward to hearing from you or seeing you soon

Best wishes,

Ann and Hugh

@N21festival     www.facebook.com/N21Festival

St Nicholas Fair December 2012 Winchmore Hill

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New WEA courses start this month: 100 Years of Cinema, Introduction to Social Anthropology and more

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WEA Enfield launches its 2014/15 courses later this month. There are three different venues:  Enfield Baptist Church, the Burford Centre in Palmers Green and Southgate House (the Beaumont Centre) in Cannon Hill.

100 years of cinemaNew members are always welcome to join a class at any time during a term and can take advantage of the "taste and see" policy for five, ten or twenty week courses by attending their first session free.

C2417610 - Introduction to Social Anthropology Part One 26/09/2014 to 05/12/2014 for 10 sessions, Fri 10:00 Tutor: Yasmin Hales-Henao

C2417597 - Film Studies: One Hundred Years of Cinema 22/09/2014 to 27/10/2014 for 6 sessions, Mon 19:00

C2417596 - Literature: Ripe for Rediscovery - Some Neglected 20th Century Writers 22/09/2014 to 23/03/2015 for 20 sessions, Mon 14:00 Tutor: Michael King

C2417598 - Art History: The Art of World War 1 23/09/2014 to 02/12/2014 for 10 sessions, Tue 09:15 Tutor: Mark Banting

C2417601 - Geology: Geological Maps and Mapping 23/09/2014 to 24/03/2015 for 20 sessions, Tue 14:00 in Palmers Green Tutor: Michael Howgate

C2417602 - Music Studies: Operas, ballets and their composers (1870-1920) 24/09/2014 to 25/03/2015 for 20 sessions, Wed 13:45 Tutor: Alan Mills

C2417609 - Art History: Art and Social Context 1890-1910 25/09/2014 to 04/12/2014 for 10 sessions, Thu 10:30 Tutor: Peter Harrison

C2417646 - Georgian London: palaces, portraits and pleasure gardens 25/10/2014 to 25/10/2014 for 1 sessions, Sat 10:00 Tutor: Mark Banting

For full details visit wealondon.org/enfield.

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Government consulting public over changes to planning laws

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The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a public consultation about proposed changes to planning laws which are aimed at "streamlining the planning system".  The proposals are described in Technical Consultation on Planning (click on the title to download).  This is a complex 98 page document, but its proposals are summarized by the Department as follows:

We are seeking views on proposals which will:

    • make it even easier for residents and business to come together to produce a neighbourhood plan, drawing on the experience gained from over 900 neighbourhood areas which have already been designated by local authorities
    • expand permitted development rights, further reducing red tape, supporting housing and growth; these proposals will help ensure the planning system is proportionate and full planning permission is only required where this is genuinely justified
    • improve the use of planning conditions and enable development to start more quickly on site after planning permission is granted
    • improve engagement with statutory consultees so they are consulted in a proportionate way on those developments where their input is most valuable
    • remove unnecessary bureaucracy and reduce the cost and time taken to get planning permission, by raising the environmental impact assessment screening thresholds for industrial estate and urban development projects which are located outside of defined sensitive areas
    • expand the number of non-planning consents which can be included within a development consent order

The main effect of the proposed changes would be to make it easier and quicker for land and property owners to carry out new build, alter existing buildings or change the uses of buildings and land.  This general principle includes making it easier for shops, restaurants, banks etc to convert from one use to another - with two important exceptions:  the Department is proposing reduced flexibility where owers wish to convert shops or offices into betting shops or pay-day loan offices

Anyone wishing to express views about the proposals is invited to complete an online response form and write to or email the Department.  The deadline is 11.45pm on 26 September 2014.

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"New Jarrow" March to pass through Palmers Green on Friday

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The People's March for the NHS (also known as the "New Jarrow March") will be passing through Palmers Green on Friday afternoon (5th September) on its penultimate leg, which begins in St Albans at 9am and finishes in Fore Street, Edmonton, where it is expected to arrive at around 5.30pm.

People's March for the NHSThe March has been organised to protest against the Coalition Government's NHS reforms.  It set out from Jarrow (near Newcastle on Tyne) on 16th August and will finish at Trafalgar Square this Saturday afternoon.  The route is very similar to that taken by the marchers who took part in the Jarrow Crusade in 1936.

On Friday the march will reach Palmers Green and Edmonton via Chipping Barnet, New Barnet, East Barnet, New Southgate and Arnos Grove station.  It will pass along Bowes Road, Clockhouse Junction, the Cambridge Roundabout, Silver Street, Angel Corner and finish at Broad House in Fore Street.  On Saturday it will start from Edmonton Green at 10am, stop for luch in Clissold Park, Stoke Newington, and arrive at Trafalgar Square by 3.30pm.

Among supporter of the march who are expected to join it during the final two days are members of the Enfield Alliance against the Cuts.

For more information see the People's March website.

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PG Library closure - update on alternative arrangements

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library closureEnfield Library and Museum Service has provided updated information about arrangements during the closure of Palmers Green Library.

The library will not reopen until autumn 2015.  In the meantime, opening hours have been extended at Winchmore Hill, Ridge Avenue and Southgate Circus libraries - click on the image to see the official notice.  In addition, a mobile library will be open in the Lodge Drive car park every Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

The Library and Museum Service has a web page with information about the library refurbishment programme and alternative arrangements.

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Palmers Green Festival - not long to go!

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Not long to go now till the 2014 Palmers Green Festival in Broomfield Park on 7th September.

climbing wallAs before, there will be events, activities and stalls to suit all ages and tastes:

  • NEW Music on the Green – from 12 noon local bands and singers at the new performance area on the old Bowling Green, organised by Lester Clayton;
  • Music on the Bandstand returns with an exciting lineup put together by Dexxmaster & DJ Slamz – including Choirs, folk, belly dancing, soul and more!
  • free dance lessons all day in the Dance Zone for all ages & abilities organised by Salsactricity – being at 12 noon with a Salsa for All line up;
  • NEW Community Friendship Zone – groups & activities helping older people get involved in the local community
  • Lots of stalls featuring many local community groups
  • A fantastic array of international cuisine;
  • Pimms & Beer tents;
  • Stalls with local traders and therapists;
  • Biddles Fun Fair, Climbing Wall and Bungee Fly and more for kids;
  • The Jubilee Park Dog Training School – bring your dog along to join in!
  • Special events in the Conservatory (plants for sale and Celtic music) and Orchard.

The festival website has full details, including a list of acts performing at the Bandstand and on the Bowling Green and a list of the range of food that will be on offer (including, as is now traditional, Hungarian Chimney Cakes!)

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Report concludes that North Mid "requires improvement"

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A report based on the findings of a Care Quality Commission inspection into the services provided by the North Middlesex NHS Trust has assigned an overall rating of "Requires Improvement".  However, 60 per cent of services were rated as "Good" and Healthwatch Enfield appears to view the findings as encouraging.

Overall summary & rating: Requires improvement

Inspection areas

  • Safe: Requires improvement
  • Effective: Good
  • Caring: Good
  • Responsive: Requires improvement
  • Well-led: Requires improvement

Checks on specific services

  • Accident and emergency: Requires improvement
  • Medical care (including older people’s care): Requires improvement
  • Surgery: Good
  • Intensive/critical care: Good
  • Maternity and family planning: Good
  • Services for children & young people: Good
  • End of life care: Requires improvement
  • Outpatients: Requires improvement

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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Requires improvement
Inspection areas

Safe

Requires improvement

Effective

Good

Caring

Good

Responsive

Requires improvement

Well-led

Requires improvement
Checks on specific services

Accident and emergency

Requires improvement

Medical care (including older people’s care)

Requires improvement

Surgery

Good

Intensive/critical care

Good

Maternity and family planning

Good

Services for children & young people

Good

End of life care

Requires improvement

Outpatients

Requires improvement
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Planning permission refused for McDonalds drive-thru

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Enfield Council have refused planning permission for a proposed McDonalds drive-thru restaurant at 188 Bowes Road (on the northern side, nearly opposite the end of Warwick Road and near Ritz Parade).  The refusal notice cites eight grounds for refusal, including the proximity of Broomfield School, "unacceptable break and disruption of the shopping frontage" and the fact that its construction would pre-empt long-term development objectives for this "key opportunity site" that are set out in the North Circular Area Action Plan.

The refusal represents a success for the campaign organised by the Broomfield Home Owners' and Residents' Association, which resulted in the Council receiving more than 60 letters of objection.  However, the developers have the right to appeal.

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New waiting restrictions at Bourne Hill/Hoppers Road junction

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Enfield Council have notified the public of their intention of introducing some new waiting and loading restrictions at a number of locations, including Bourne Hill.  See the text below.

ANGEL CLOSE N18, CAMBRIDGE PARADE GREAT CAMBRIDGE ROAD EN1, GATER DRIVE EN1, HALLSIDE ROAD EN1, LAVENDER ROAD EN1 LAUREL BANK DRIVE EN1, LOCKFIELD AVENUE EN3 and
NORFOLK AVENUE N13 - NEW 'AT ANY TIME' WAITING RESTRICTIONS
BOURNE HILL N13 - NEW 'MONDAY TO FRIDAY 7AM - 6.30PM' WAITING RESTRICTIONS
CHURCH LANE N9, ST. JOANS ROAD N9, WINCHESTER ROAD N9 and WIMBORNE ROAD N9 - NEW 'AT ANY TIME' LOADING RESTRICTIONS
Further information may be obtained from Traffic and Transportation:-
•    020-8379 3474 for the Angel Close N18, Cambridge Parade Great Cambridge Road EN1 and Hallside Road EN1 proposals,
•    020-8379 3566 for the Gater Drive EN1, Laurel Bank Road EN1, Lockfieki Avenue EN3 and Church Lane N9 area proposals, and
•    020-8379 3553 for the Lavender Road EN1, Norfolk Avenue N13 and Bourne Hill N13 proposals.
1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Council of the London Borough of Enfield (the Council) propose to make the Enfield (Waiting and Loading Restriction) (Amendment No. *) Order 201• under sections 6 and 124 of and Part IV of Schedule 9 to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
2. The general effect of the Order woukl be to:
(a) introduce new "at any time waiting restrictions in parts of the streets specified in the first paragraph of the heading to this Notice, which are mainly at the junctions in those streets;
(b) introduce new Monday to Friday 7 am to 6.30pm on the south-west side of Bourne Hill opposite its junction with Hoppers Road; and
(c) introduce new "at any time" loading restrictions in parts of the streets specified the final paragraph of the heading to this Notice, which are mainly at the
junctions of those streets.
3. A copy of each of the proposed Order, of maps indicating the locations and effects of the proposed Order, of the Council's statement of reasons for proposing to make the Order and any other relevant documents can be inspected at the Reception Desk. the Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield, Middlesex. EN1 3XD during normal office hours on Mondays to Fridays inclusive.
4. Any person desiring to object to the proposed Order. or make any other representations in respect of them should send a statement in writing to that effect, and in the case of an objection stating the grounds thereof, to the Head of Traffic and Transportation, the Civic Centre, Silver Street. Enfiek1, Middlesex, EN1 3XD, quoting the reference TG52/1254. by 3 September 2014.
5. Under the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985. any letter you write to the Council in response to this Notice may, upon written request, be made available to the press and to the public, who would be entitled to take copies of it if they so wished.
Dated 13 August 2014
DAVID B. TAYLOR Head of Traffic and Transportation
www.enfield.gov.uk

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Bus passengers warned about "free oyster cards" scam

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scam letter on bus stopsBus users are being warned not to be taken in by a notice which has appeared on some London bus stops (see photograph).  The notice claims that TfL is giving away 10,000 oyster cards valid for five years or one year.  In actual fact, it appears to be a scam aimed at collecting people's email addresses.

For more information see this article on the Evening Standard website.

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Aged 18 to 24 and unemployed? Talent Match is there to help you

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Discover Your Talent is a new employability programme offered by Collage Arts in partnership with KORI, Rinova, Enterprise Enfield and Metropolitan.  It is available to young unemployed people living in the boroughs of Enfield, Haringey or Waltham Forest.

Discover Your Talent will be holding an open day at the Chocolate Factory in Wood Green at lunchtime on 4th September.

Talent Match London has been designed by young people and is a new approach to tackling youth unemployment.  It aims to:

  • ­ Connect young people to opportunities
  • ­ Build trust and confidence
  • ­ Nurture talent and develop skills
  • ­ Shape productive careers and pathways
  • We're holding an Open Day for young people to come in and talk to us to find out how we can help you. You have to fall in ALL 3 of the categories below:

  • ­ Aged 18-­24
  • ­ Unemployed
  • ­ Live in Haringey, Enfield or Waltham Forest
  • When: Thursday 4th September
    Time: 12pm ­ 2pm
    Where: Collage Arts, Chocolate Factory 2, Coburg Road, Wood Green, London, N22 6UJ

    This is a free event. There will be signs to show you where to go.  

  • Nearest tube: Wood Green
  • Rail: Alexandra Palace
  • Buses: 29*, 67*, 121*, 141, 144, 184, 221, 130*, 232*, 243, 329, W3*, W4*
  • *Wheelchair accessible buses
  • Bus Stop: At or near Wood Green station
  • Once you're on our program, we can help with the following:

  • ­ Develop skills
  • ­ Offer work experience
  • ­ Offer career coaching
  • ­ Support entrepreneurs
  • ­ Improve your CV and interview skills
  • If you fall into the above categories and need some help in getting into work or training, then come along to the Open Day.  

    Further Information:
    With a particular emphasis on supporting those young people facing the biggest barriers aged 18­-24 years old, Talent Match London is delivered through a collaboration of over 30 third sector partner organisations across the capital. The programme is part of the Big Lottery Fund’s £100 million nationwide Talent Match initiative.
    The team in North London are offering an innovative #DiscoverYourTalent model incorporating Creative Industries and Innovation, Youth Work, Mentoring, School of Life, Career Coaching and Entrepreneurial Support encompassing Five Pillars that have been identified by young people as missing for those furthest away from the job market: targeted outreach, personalised support, transferable skills, job ready skills and employer engagement.

    Website: http://www.collage­-arts.org/talent­match­london/
    Blog: http://talentmatch.blogspot.co.ukTwitter: @aspire2be_uk
    Facebook: /discovertalentmatch

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    Conservation group campaigning for a "shared space" approach to "Mini-Holland" scheme in Enfield Town

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     A local conservation group in Enfield Town is to launch a campaign to scrap plans for cycle lanes in Church Street and to instead opt for a radical rethink of the road network in the town centre. Some local campaigners in Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill are also thinking along similar lines.

    The Enfield Town Conservation Area Study Group (ETCASG) opposes the plans put forward by Enfield Council to turn Church Street into a buses and cycles-only road and instead will be asking the Council to use the opportunity provided by the "Mini-Holland" funding to implement an alternative scheme based on the principle of "shared space", which they consider would improve conditions for everyone using the town centre - shoppers, customers of cafes, restaurants and pubs, local businesses, pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and people using the town centre simply as a social space.

    Earlier this week the Study Group issued a report on a public meeting which it organised with the aim of spreading awareness of the principles of shared space and initiating discussions of whether they could be applied in Enfield Town.

    The large number of people attending the meeting was evidence of the degree of interest in the subject. As well as residents of Enfield Town there were visitors from Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill, concerned about the impact of Cycle Enfield on their town centres and interested in whether or not Shared Space might be an option there too.

    The main speaker at the meeting was Ben Hamilton-Baillie, a leading transport, traffic and urban design consultant, most famous for his innovative redesign of the centre of Poynton in Cheshire.

    Mr Hamilton-Baillie began by saying that, because of competition from out-of-town retail centres and the Internet, town centres would have to change and become inherently attractive, or they would become redundant and "die".

    He described the process by which over recent decades central and local government have been introducing ever more measures to control and segregate vehicles and pedestrians in town centres through the installation of barriers, traffic lights, painted lines and signs. Their aim has been to speed up movement and reduce accidents. However, in his view the evidence points to their actually slowing down traffic and increasing the number and severity of accidents. This may seem contrary to common sense, but, he said, it actually corresponds to understanding of human psychology and the way that people behave in real life.

    The alternative approach of "shared space" removes much of this enforced segregation and prompts drivers and pedestrians to become aware of situations and adjust their behaviour appropriately.

    The meeting report includes examples of successful implementation of shared space principles and thoughts about how the current layout fails to make the most of the attractive buildings and public spaces in Enfield Town.

    The report concludes with some thoughts about how best to campaign for a shared space scheme in Enfield Town and a call for other groups and individuals to participate.

    The Enfield Town Conservation Area Study Group can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Full text of the report.

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    Planning Inspectorate to hear Turret Court appeal on Tuesday

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    The long-running saga of the "Turret Court" building in Aldermans Hill will reach another milestone on Tuesday 19th August, when the Planning Inspectorate will be hearing an appeal from the developers, Ballater Investments, against an order issued by Enfield Council requiring them to make a number of changes to the building which, in the view of the Council, had been in breach of planning permission.

    110-112 Aldermans Hill before demolition110-112 Aldermans Hill before demolitionTurret Court (110-112 Aldermans Hill) is on the site of two very large semi-detached houses which were demolished in 2010 to make way for a planned block of flats.  The demolition took place under 2007 permission which was still vaild, but after the declaration of the conservation area. The Planning Committee agreed to give retrospective Conservation Area Consent for demolition - though this is still a controversial issue -  subject to approval of a redesigned building in keeping with the conservation area and not in the style agreed in 2007.

    Unfortunately, the appearance of the rebuilt building, christened "Turret Court", differs significantly in some respects from that of the original houses and of several other similar very large neighbouring houses.  As a consequence, there has been an ongoing dispute between the developers and two local residents groups - the Lakes Estate Conservation Area Study Group and the Fox Lane and District Residents' Association - which have been urging the Council to order Ballater Investments to make changes.  Earlier this year the Council did just that.

    The argument is, after various later applications, whether the property as built meets all those applications and whether it does preserve or enhance the conservation area.  The two may not of course be the same thing, and it remains to be seen how the Inspector rules.

     The case will be heard at the Civil Centre in Baker Street, Enfield Town, at 10am on 19th August.

    The photographs below show some of the disputed points.

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    Chickenshed Community Chorus for adults and acting workshops for over 60s

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    Chickenshed Theatre is again running a series of theatre workshops for people aged 60 and above.

    The workshops will be on Mondays from 5pm to 6.30pm for six weeks, beginning on 8th September. The normal cost is £45 for the six weeks, but arrangements are possible for people who cannot afford this much.

    Participants will be offered free entry to two Community Chorus workshops, on 10th and 17th September at 6.30pm. Unlike the theatre workshops, these are open to younger people - the minimum age is 21.

    For details and to book see these pages on the Chickenshed website:

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    Could you foster a child?

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    Enfield Fostering Service are looking for foster carers for children of all ages.  If you think you might be interested, please read the following information or come along to one of the regular Fostering Information Days and Fostering information Evenings held in Edmonton and Enfield Town.  Download a list of upcoming Fostering Information Events.

    Who needs fostering?

    Children or young people aged 0 - 18 years old living in Enfield who experience a serious family breakdown to the point where their own family cannot care for them, may need fostering.

    When this happens children are referred to as 'looked after'. For children and young people who need to be looked after by Enfield Council we believe that foster families are the best way to help these children.

    Enfield has many religious and ethnic communities so we invite people from all sections of the community to apply to become foster carers. Single children, children with disabilities, siblings (brothers and sisters) younger and older children may need fostering at any time so we want to have good foster families available who can step in and care for these children when they need it most.

    All the children we look after will have had difficult experiences. Some of them may have experienced physical and sexual abuse or neglect, which means that they need adults who are patient, warm and understanding to foster them.

    • Children under five - If there are concerns for their safety, young children can be taken into care very early on. These children usually require short-term care, as the preference is always to reunite them with parents. If this is not possible, then adoption would be our aim. Your role as foster carers would be to nurture and care for the child until their future plan is secured.
    • Children up to 12 years – Primary school children may require either short or longer term care (until they are adults). Enjoying school, eating healthily and encouraging friendships is really important at this age, plus lots of stimulating play.
    • Teenagers – If a young person is unable to return home, they may need longer term foster care until adulthood. You’ll be helping them to work through personal issues, gain qualifications and develop practical skills, such as cooking, and this role can be incredibly rewarding.
    • Black and mixed heritage children – If you’re black or have a mixed heritage partnership, we would be keen to hear from you, as we have a high proportion of black children who would benefit from being placed with carers who can meet their cultural needs.
    • Sibling groups – Staying together with brothers and sisters is very important to children who’ve had to cope with difficult experiences. They need the comfort of each other, as well as you. If you’d like to care for sibling groups, let us know.
    • Disabled children – We have a small number of children in care who have a disability. This can be anything from a minor hearing impairment to a more serious physical or mental disability. This rewarding role would include helping them access community facilities and widening their social network for a better life.

    If you want to find out more about fostering, please visit http://www.enfield.gov.uk/info/1000000437/fostering. Alternatively, you can contact us in a number of ways:

    • Register your interest using our online form
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    • Free Phone: 0800 038 1313
    • Tel: 020 8379 2831

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    New flats behind Southgate Town Hall - residents say their concerns about parking have been ignored

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    A Resident's Questions about Car Parking for the new Flats
    behind the Town Hall

    Why are there only six parking spaces allocated to the 19 “Affordable Housing” properties at the rear of Southgate Town Hall?  As a resident also living in an “Affordable Housing” development, I know that everyone owns at least one vehicle. So it is inevitable, there will be more cars than parking spaces for properties at the rear of STH. 

    15 spaces which are council owned are "offered" these residents after the hours of 9:30am to 6pm, when they are not used for the public using either the library or the proposed doctor’s surgery.  But where are these cars meant to go between the hours of 9:30am and 6pm?

    Non-residents are strictly forbidden to use the bays in Davey Close or in Shapland Way as they will be trespassing on private land. 

    The only available parking on Shapland Way is either near the Library or near the junction of Davey Close.  There are approximately 5 street parking spaces which are usually taken up by local residents. 

    Despite all the parking measures that will be in place in response to the Southgate Town Hall development,  it is likely that people will ignore the warning signs and park illegally in bays which belong to local residents. The general consensus from residents is no one can fathom where the overspill will be absorbed.

    Despite contacting the local Palmers Green councillors about these concerns over a week ago, all have failed to respond.  Their silence speaks volumes.

    According to residents living in streets close to Southgate Town Hall, the planned construction of a new block of flats behind the former municipal building, which was approved by Enfield's Planning Committee this spring, does not provide for anything remotely like the amount of car parking space which the new flats will require.  However, they complain that protests to local councillors about this have been ignored (see the inset document outlining their concerns).

    The new block (see the drawing and artist's impression below) will comprise 18 "affordable" flats - six one-bed, nine two-bed and three three-bed.  However, only six parking spaces within the Town Hall/Library complex will be allocated to these new flats.  In contrast, there will be a parking space allocated to each of the new flats (not classified as "affordable") that will be created within the former Town Hall building.

    Though some additional Council-owned car parking will be available on site outside of working hours, the residents point out that there will inevitably be immense pressure on already stretched street parking space in the vicinity.

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    town hall building at rear

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    WW1 Centenary commemorated in Broomfield Park

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    The centenary of the outbreak of World War One was commemorated by Enfield Council at a ceremony held in Broomfield Park on Monday 4th August.

    Last post counded in Broomfield Park to commemorate centenary of WW1The Last Post is sounded in Broomfield ParkThe ceremony took place in the Garden of Remembrance, where the Mayor of Enfield, Councillor Ali Bakir, unveiled a visitor information board prepared by the Friends of Broomfield Park.

    The Friends of Broomfield Park website has more photographs taken at the WW1 commemoration as well as photographs of the opening of the Garden of Remembrance in 1929.

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    Sun and Fun in the Park

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    sunday in the park2The sun came out for the special Love Parks Week events in Broomfield Park last Sunday, and so did the people.

    In Broomfield Conservatory, Marc Harris played and sang while visitors admired the Angels' Trumpets and many other plants.

    In the Community Orchard, there were apple cakes, apple wine, country dancing and "Celtic Folk Americana" played live.

    At the Bandstand, Bowes Park Folk Club gave their first event north of the North Circ.

    On the former Bowling Green, people were able to play croquet, badminton and quoits and take part in a tug of war.

    All these special events were organised by the Friends of Broomfield Park.

    There'll be special events for the next six Sundays.  Five Sundays of Broomfield Blues during August, followed by the Palmers Green Festival on 7th September.

    Photograph by Colin Younger.  To see a selection of photographs from last Sunday in the Park, visit the Friends of Broomfield Park online photo galleryy.

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