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Wanted: A Silverfit Ambassador for Broomfield Park

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As already announced, Silverfit Silver Fridays are about to be launched in Broomfield Park.

Silverfit, a charity that promotes exercise and healthier lifestyles for older people, is looking for a volunteer to act as a "Silverfit Ambassador".

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Volunteer Positions: Silverfit Ambassadors

Hours: 3 hours/week

Silverfit isa charitable organisation promoting exercise and healthier lifestyles for older people. We need enthusiastic, highly motivated, enterprising individuals to be our Silverfit Ambassadors to set up and share in the support of our weekly Silver sessions. We are currently seeking a Silverfit Ambassador in Broomfield Park, Enfield.

Silver Fridays are weekly fun and fitness sessions for Over 45s – Silverfit’s innovative solution to meeting the key needs of our expanding but sedentary older generation by increasing physical activity and social inclusion, and volunteering. Our recipe is simple – meeting up for 30 minutes for introductions, warm up together, do an activity of choice for an hour, then back to the Cyril Smith Court to share, care and have fun. Activities in available at Broomfield Park will include Latin American Dance lessons, Nordic Walking and a guided walk. Our key message: have fun, support others and be Silverfit!

Areas of responsibility:

  • Recording registration of members every Friday, organizing tea, coffee and refreshments, socializing with members
  • Liaise with staff at Silverfit to identify potential activities / instructors
  • Help to recruit other volunteers to support Silverfit Days
  • Liaise with Silverfit for content of local flyers,social networking, website etc.
  • Establish contact with local walking clubs, running clubs, Local Authority, Health services, individual GPs, gyms, libraries, cafes, voluntary agencies, churches etc. for future marketing
  • Explore local events such as walks, runs, swims, bike rides into which Silverfit individuals or teams could be entered

You need to be passionate about the benefits of an active lifestyle for over 45s. If are looking for a fun and rewarding experience within the charity sector, email   or ring Eddie on 07976 547717 to discuss.

 

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A new threat to Pinkham Wood, as the Edmonton incinerator consultation nears its end

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The Pinkham Way Alliance has today sent an urgent message to its supporters warning of a new threat to Pinkham Wood.

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HERE WE GO AGAIN...

I’m very sorry to have to inform you that plans for a huge waste plant at Pinkham Way are back.

This is a very serious turn of events, and on Tuesday 14 July, we must briefly attend a council meeting in Wood Green to let Haringey know how angry we are.

ANOTHER WASTE PLANT?!

Barnet Council aims to relocate its 6-acre Cricklewood Waste Transfer Station (WTS) to the PW site, working again with the North London Waste Authority (NLWA).

Any plant handling black-bag waste can have major problems with odour and fly infestations.

WTS facilities are a particular fire risk. Statistics show that, between 2011 and 2013, there was a fire at a UK WTS almost every three days. And Barnet’s would be directly adjacent both to the A406 and to the East Coast Main Line. Just the place then.

The number of daily lorry movements will approach that of the previous, abandoned waste plant proposal, on one of the most polluted and congested road stretches in London, whose problems result, as we know too well, in regular traffic saturation on local roads.

HOW IS THIS HAPPENING?

As ever, the planning policy underlying the situation is complex. But the shabby manoeuvrings of Haringey and of some of the North London Waste Plan (NLWP) officers and advisers are dismally familiar.

I’ll be in touch again soon to give you more detail. If you want to know more now, you can read about it on our website.

WE MUST BE THERE IN FORCE ON TUE 14 JULY

If permitted, I’ll be addressing the senior Haringey politicians briefly at the start of their cabinet meeting, on Tuesday 14 July, 6.30pm, Haringey Civic Centre, Wood Green, N22 8LE.

The Haringey cabinet is on the verge of making key decisions about the future of Pinkham Way. Without question, we must fill the public gallery and more.

My speech will be short; your visit will be over in barely half-an-hour. Please put the date in your diary, and let your friends and neighbours know.

Kind regards,

Stephen Brice
Chair
Pinkham Way Alliance

Barnet's plan to build a waste plant on Pinkham Way contradicts the view that the fact that the North London Waste Authority now wishes to build a huge waste incinerator in Edmonton means that Pinkham Wood is now safe from development.

The public consultation on the Edmonton proposals has only five days left to run, as explained int his message:

Hello,

We're emailing you regarding the North London Heat and Power Project, as you asked to be kept informed via email.

The North London Heat and Power Project is all about proposals to replace the existing Energy from Waste facility at the EcoPark in Edmonton with an Energy Recovery Facility by 2025.

There is now one week left until the end of the second phase of consultation. If you would like to give feedback on proposals before they are submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) in the autumn, please do so before 5pm on 30 June.

PINS will then hold its own examination, before making a recommendation to the Secretary of State who will make the final decision on the project. If you want to comment after 30 June, please see http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/planning/ for how to do this.

To submit feedback on proposals before 30 June, comments must be made in writing by:

  • Completing a feedback form on our website: www.northlondonheatandpower.london
  • Email:
  • Sending a hard copy of the feedback form to: FREEPOST HEAT AND POWER

All comments welcome - you can write as much or as little as you like.

Kind regards,

North London Heat and Power Project Team

Phone: 020 8489 3940

Twitter: @NLHPP

Facebook: North London Heat and Power Project

For earlier discussion about this project, see our forums.  A crucial point is that this £500 milllion project is being planned at a time when North London does not have an agreed waste plan and therefore no forecast of how much waste there will be to burn at Edmonton.  As you can read in the North London Waste Plan May 2015 newsletter, adoption of a new plan is some way off:

Launch consultation (Regulation 18):     Spring 2013
Consultation on draft plan (Regulation 18):     Summer/Autumn 2015
Consultation on proposed submission plan (Regulation 19) :    Summer 2016
Submission (Regulation 22) :    Autumn 2016
Public hearings:     Winter 2016/17
Inspector’s report :    Summer 2017
:Autumn 2017

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A fantastic open day at the Ruth Winston Centre

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SOUP ukulele bandSOUP ukulele bandThe Ruth Winston Centre opened its doors to the local community on Saturday 20 June 2015 in conjunction with the Palmers Green Shopping Carnival to host an open day.

winstonian art groupAndrew Rycraft & Maria Vaz – members of the Winstonian Art GroupDemonstrations from Poetry and Drama groups, Tai Chi, Yoga and Latin American & Line Dance classes, Arm Chair exercise and Zumba Gold were performed throughout the day. Anyone who could came in to give it a try for themselves. There were stalls showing off the talents of the Volunteers, Winstonian Art Group, Discover Art & Flower Arranging, Make N Mend Classes and the work of groups such as the Genealogy, Creative Writing, Mosaic and Craft.

tai chi demonstrationTai Chi demonstration with instructor James CreaghA local pharmacist and state registered nurse were at hand to give FREE blood pressure checks as well as advice on healthy living, how to reduce strokes and how to stop smoking.

Live entertainment was provided by “SOUP,a local ukulele band, who drew a crowd, playing some of their most amusing and memorable tunes.

Ruth Winston Centre Manager Yvonne Quigley says: “It was a fantastic day! We welcomed in so many people who had never been around the centre so for us to show it off and allow them to explore was a treat. They discovered something new for themselves either through an exercise or dance class, art or craft, computer course or interest group -  we’ve got it all, including subsidised services with our resident hairdresser and visiting chiropodists. We endorse the preventative agenda in keeping the over 50s active, independent and involved.”

For more information on the activities and services at the Ruth Winston Centre go to www.ruthwinstoncentre.com or call 020 8886 5346 and talk to a member of staff or a volunteer who will be able to tell you all about the classes and clubs that take place during the week.

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Friends of Broomfield Park announce their Summer 2015 Photo Competition

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Breaking with their tradition of running photographic competitions over the winter, the Friends of Broomfield Park have announced that this year the competition will take place during the summer.

Prizes will be awarded in two categories:  Adults and Under 16s.  You can enter up to three pictures, which must be taken "of the Park or in the Park" between 1st June and the closing date for entries, which is 22nd August.

All entries will be displayed on the Friends of Broomfield Park website and during September shortlisted photographs will be on show in Broomfield Conservatory.  Visitors to the Conservatory will be invited to vote for their favourites and the winners will be the photograph in each category with the highest number of public votes.

For full details visit www.friendsofbroomfieldpark.org/photocompetition.

The last competition was won by Steve Harrison, whose entry, "Winter Roost" is shown below.

Winter Roost by Steve Harrison

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Car ends up on its roof

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The driver of this car had a lucky escape just before 4am this morning when he managed to overturn his vehicle in Park Avenue (Palmers Green), close to the junction with Green Lanes.

Francis Sealy lives close by and heard an "almighty crash".  He says that the driver appeared to have hit at least two cars parked along Park Avenue.  Fortunately, he was wearing a seat belt.

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Photos:  Francis Sealy

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Posted: 25 Jun 2015 10:11 by Adrian Day #1336
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I can only imagine what sort of speed he was doing

An "old-fashioned community" of the future in Muswell Hill

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Lots of new and exciting initiatives sprout up in North London, it seems. One that seems to have inspired a number of people is a proposed development on the old St Luke’s  Hospital site in Muswell Hill.  "Cohousing Woodside" has taken its name from the road running immediately south of the site, where the hospital is currently being demolished. We are a  group of potentially thirty households who will live on the leafy north-west corner of a scheme being built mostly for over 55s. We’ll be near the shops and a frequent bus route, too.

photo3D visualisation by Pollard Thomas Edwards architectsA cohousing community is a way of ensuring you know your neighbours - but it’s more than that. We are a group of men and women who mostly have not known each other until now, but who are all looking for similar things. Whether the aim is to downsize from a house and garden too large for present needs or capacities, or to avoid a future alone, or just to enjoy a more active and companionable life, members of Cohousing Woodside are "signed up to be neighbourly". We hope to move in to our flats and houses in mid-2017, having by then sorted out our shared ideas as to how we want to live as a group. We will need to work out what balance we want between personal privacy and conviviality, how we are going to use and enjoy our "Common House", how we are going to make the most of our shared garden, etc.

The group meets each month in Muswell Hill. This get-together is usually a combination of reporting back on negotiations with the developers, pushing on with our own group agreements which have been worked on by small sub-groups, and sharing a potluck sup-per.  There are details on our website (www.cohousingwoodside.co.uk) such as our Development Plan and regular blogs. Enquirers and visitors can also, via the website, come along to find out about the project, which is one of the very few cohousing developments for our age-group in the UK. We still have units to reserve for sale - and we benefit from an "early-bird" discount too.

We are hoping to encourage a sense of community on the whole six-acre site as it gets built, but the difference that cohousing makes is that we have set out to be a community right from the start, looking out for each other, sharing tools and other resources and - crucially - sharing cars.  Some of us are still working. Some are retired or "otherwise busy". Some still have kids at home. We are part of a very slowly growing national movement - the OWCH (Older Women’s Cohousing) group is ahead of us in Barnet. There are up to a dozen senior cohousing groups to be found around the country. All are looking to compensate for the anonymity of many modern neighbourhoods and to plan for a future when kids may have flown the nest, jobs come to an end and people are asking "what’s next that is comforting or exciting or challenging?. Or all three?"

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Fitness for the over-45s: Silver Fridays in Broomfield Park, starting this week

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Many people run, swim or cycle to raise money for charity, a few people do two out of three of these things and even fewer combine all three, but one grandmother who does is 72-year-old Eddie Brocklesby, Britain's oldest competing "Ironman" triathlete. And she only took up sport when she was over 50!

silverfit nordic walkingEddie, who recently was listed in the Independent on Sunday’s 100 Happy List 2015, said: "I only started running when I was 50, and competing in triathlons when I was sixty-two. You're never too old to do something new. Ageing is a time of opportunity, and enjoying life."

What are Silverfit’s weekly Silver Sessions?

silverfit dancingEddie helped to launch Silverfit in 2013 and is now bringing it to Broomfield Park. Silverfit is a volunteer-led charity already running in several of London’s boroughs; their new weekly Silver Fridays in Palmers Green will encourage people over 45 to get active, meet new friends – getting happier and healthier at the same time.

What are Silverfit’s weekly Silver Fridays at Broomfield Park?

The recipe for Silver Fridays is simple:

  • 11am – Coffee, tea and registration at Cyril Smith Court (on the corner of Green Lanes and Broomfield Lane)
  • 11.30am – Choice of an hour-long activity – either Nordic Walking with Johanna, Latin American Dance with Derek, or a guided walk with Pete
  • 12.30pm – Back to Cyril Smith Court for coffee, tea and a chat

Silver Fridays at Broomfield Park will launch on Friday 26th June, 2015 at 10.30am. Guests of honour will include Steve Trew, one of the best known names in World Triathlon as a coach, race commentator, journalist and novelist.

Reducing loneliness

Silverfit sessions provide a catalyst for many other qualify of life benefits that go way beyond improved fitness. They offer new social networks, helping reduce loneliness and social isolation – and mental ill health – all huge costs to individual, and society.

Why does fitness matter?

The evidence of the health benefits of both aerobic exercise and strength and balance training is overwhelming, in terms of limiting the development of chronic disease, disabling conditions, mental ill-health and optimising the likelihood of independent living.

Although people are living longer in the UK, recent research has shown they are spending their later years with more health problems compared to 20 years ago. In 2010 muscular-skeletal disorders (mainly lower back pain and falls) and mental and behavioural disorders (predominantly depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol use, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder) were responsible for more than half of all "years lived with disability". With the UK ranking only 12th out of 19 countries of similar affluence in 2010, UK residents enjoy fewer years of good health before they die than the citizens of most comparable European countries as well as Australia and Canada.

Never too late

Fewer than three per cent of over-65s exercise regularly, despite the fact that the health benefits remain, even for those who have not taken up exercise or sport until after 50.  The cost of inactivity has been costed at £8.3 billion.

It's never too late to start, and, surprisingly, fitness matters more than fat!

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Cycle Enfield - next round of consultations

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The next round of public consultation about the Cycle Enfield ("Mini-Holland") scheme for the A105 will start with an exhibition in July.  There will then be a 12-week period in which members of the public can give their views online or on paper.

Cycle Enfield West timetable

Business Event – 16th July 2015
Public Exhibition - 17th & 18th July 2015
Public Consultation - 17th July to 9th Oct 2015 (12 weeks)
"Pop-up" at Palmers Green Triangle - August
Stall at Palmers Green Festival - 6th September
Stall at Enfield Town Show - 12th & 13th September
Enfield Council Scheme Approval – December 2015
Transport for London Scheme Approval – March 2016
Detailed Design -  December 2015 to May 2016
Construction – May 2016 to October 2016

At the start of the 12-week consultation letters will be sent to all businesses along the route and to all residents along the route and in "surrounding streets".  It isn't clear how far away from the main route the "surrounding streets" will stretch, and it is inevitable that many people who will be affected by the scheme will fall outside the zone;  however, the consultation will be advertised in newspapers, on posters, on buses etc, so everyone affected should become aware of it.

At the 3rd meeting of the Cycle Enfield West Partnership Board on 15th June, the PowerPoint slides used for the presentation included the following bullet points addressing various concerns that had been voiced during the earlier consultation phase.

Wny the A105?

  • Enfield is one of five Outer London boroughs identified as having the greatest number of potentially cycleable trips. The A105 area has significant potential.
  • Nearly 80% of car trips in Enfield are of cycleable length
  • A large number of trips are made between Enfield Town and Palmers Green and between Enfield Town and Edmonton Green
  • The A105 currently has a higher proportion of cycle accidents compared to the average for an outer London borough, despite the low cycle numbers

Concerns about parking and loading in town centres

  • Palmers Green
    • Loading 100% retained in existing locations

    • Parking Net increase of approximately 13 spaces.
      • On street reduced by 7 from 44, with 20 spaces added to Lodge Drive car park, with some short-stay free parking
  • Winchmore Hill
    • Loading 100% retained, some relocation

    • Parking Net increase of potentially 54 retail spaces
      • On street reduced by 17 from 59, with the 71  spaces in Ford’s Grove converted to Pay & Display bays.

Reasons for not choosing an alternative route away from A105

  • To provide a successful borough-wide cycle strategy, it is considered essential to have a hierarchy of routes, which includes quietways/greenways, as well as routes on strategic corridors, such as Green Lanes.
  • A successful cycle network must include direct access to key town centres  such as Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill as this is where cyclists need and want to get to, as well as other users.
  • By providing the route through Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill it gives us the opportunity to enhance the town centre, as well as delivering cycle schemes.
  • Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill currently operate more as busy traffic corridors rather than places. This scheme gives us the opportunity to give both areas a greater sense of place, with these town centre improvements.

Keep the Triangle

  • Options have been looked at that retain the Palmers Green Triangle, enhancing the sense of place, with improved public realm

Shared space

  • The town centre designs use shared space principles with the cycle lane and footway at the same height with different materials to indicate separation, reduced kerb heights are also used between the parking and traffic lanes.
  • There is also scope to consider 20mph zones at  key locations along the route

Potential for cycling in Enfield

  • Of those not cycling on the day of the town centre survey, nearly 40% said they sometimes cycle, or would consider cycling in the future, and this number will only increase as a result of Cycle Enfield
  • Main barriers to cycling are concerns about safety, which will be significantly reduced by the proposals and no access to a bike, which has changed with the introduction of a wide variety of supportive measures
  • Lots of support for supportive measures
  • 80% of trips in the borough are of a cycleable distance
  • On average 50% of households in London have at least 1 bicycle

Congestion on the A105 corridor

  • It is accepted that the schemes will generate some level of congestion. But the designs have sought to minimise the impacts
  • TfL have reviewed the results of the modelling as part of their design review
  • We are changing the nature of the road, to make it more town centre focused, which will naturally discourage some through traffic onto e.g. A10.
  • This effect may be increased with 20mph zones
  • The reduction in traffic due to mode shift and the above the implications are unlikely to be significant.

Residential parking

  • Surveys showed maximum occupancy on the A105 corridor of 57% of the available space, with an average of 34%.  
  • Formal spaces have been provided for 82% of the average
  • The remainder would be relocated to spare occupancy on the side roads, which is approximately 21 vehicles on average.

The drawings to be used for the public consultation will be rather easier to understand than the black-and-white drawings that we published last week.  An example is shown belown (click on the image to enlarge).

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The consultants (Jacobs) have undertaken to consider the many points that were raised at the Partnership Board meeting and make appropriate changes to the proposals ahead of the public consultation.  For instance, the section above indicates that the northbound Fox Lane bus stop would be removed - something that met with opposition from some attendees.

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Posted: 26 Jun 2015 01:27 by PGC Webmaster #1341
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The minutes of the Partnership Board meeting are now available. Haven't yet had time to read and analyse them.

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Spooky story competition for 8-12 year olds

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Palmers Scream spooky tales of palmers greenThe rather mysterious "Palmers Scream" website has information about a story writing competition for local 8 to 12-year olds:

"Whether about the Bogwarts of Bounds Green, the witches of Winchmore Hill, the spookiness of Southgate, apparitions of Arnos or the phantoms of Palmers Green, we want you to create a story that we will all enjoy!"

There are some excellent prizes and the first fifty entries will receive a copy of the Spooky Tales of Palmers Green book.

Some of the stories from the book have also appeared online, on the Palmers Scream website, illustrated by some pretty chilling drawings.

 

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Posted: 22 Jun 2015 10:04 by Karl Brown #1323
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Maybe the story competition is the sign behind the old manuscript and handbill that had been found in the Town Hall simply appearing on Baskervilles wall? Looks like we're all being led towards the Scream at Halloween - crucial by the text for the safety of our community (and the world?)

Council sets up Trent Park Mansion Working Group

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Following statement appeared was posted on the Enfield Council websitewebsite and dated 17th June.

Enfield Council sets up Trent Park Mansion Working Group

The Council has set up a cross party councillor Working Group to work with the Receiver tasked with finding a buyer for the Trent Park Mansion building. The Group will be meeting the Receiver shortly to emphasise that the views of the local community should be taken into account in any development proposals that come forward in the future.

Whilst accepting that the Council is not currently in a position to financially support any acquisition of the site, the Group will assist in looking to ensure a positive solution that would not only secure, protect and promote the long term future for the heritage assets on the site but also their public use and ongoing maintenance.
 Chair of the Group, Councillor Bambos Charalambous said “Both political parties on the Council accept that we are not currently in a position to financially support any acquisition of the site. However, we are committed to trying to secure its proper maintenance as a listed building and its retention in some way as a community asset.”

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Neighbours raise a stink over rubbish-strewn alleyway

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Residents of Park Avenue (Palmers Green) and nearby streets are angry about the disgraceful and insanitary rubbish which has been left strewn on the ground in one of the mews alleys at the back of Green Lanes - the mews on the south side of Park Avenue.  Neither the landlord, residents or council have made any attempt to clear up the mess, which has now been there for about a fortnight.

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This alley and the one opposite are well known for their overflowing waste bins, but the problem now is of another order.  The rubbish strewn everywhere in the alley was brought out of a small building at the end of the alley which was apparently being cleared for some purpose - perhaps to squeeze in another resident?  The people who fetched it out of the building just threw it on the ground and have left it there.  As the days go by, the smell has intensified and large rats have been seen in nearby gardens.

According to a post on the Park Avenue neighbourhood watch Facebook page, a phone call to Enfield Council got absolutely nowhere.  It seems that a recent restructuring of the environmental department has resulted in the regular clearing up of the alleys by a Community Payback Team are no longer carried out.  Facebook users now intend to try to persuade the three Palmers Green Ward councillors to take some action.

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Posted: 18 Jun 2015 23:48 by Garry Humphreys #1316
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The state of this alley is an absolute disgrace and I'm interested to hear the suggestion that people connected with a building at the end of the alley have been responsible, though perhaps they are not the only ones: a few weeks back I saw a truck backed up to the closed larger (vehicle) gate with someone standing on the back throwing rubbish from the truck over the gate into the alley!

This should definitely be brought to the attention of our (invisible) ward councillors. Just the sort of thing they were elected to sort out!

Green Dragon campaigners react to new move by property developer

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Mike McClean, organiser of the Save the Green Dragon campaign, is asking supporters to reply to a survey being run by the pub's new owners, Green Lanes Investments.  Mike's message is reproduced below.

Friends,

The developers who currently own the Green Dragon pub have, via their PR Company, started to distribute promotional material around the local area which is intended to try and gain some support for their plan to end 300 years of Winchmore Hill history for their own profit. We can only assume that they are doing this because they intend to challenge Enfield Council if they award us Asset of Community Value status, or are intending to submit a planning application soon and want their plans to appear popular.

The leaflets invite the recipients to return a short (cunningly worded) questionnaire or contact the developers at in order to give them some feedback on their intentions. We are writing this email in order to ask you to do exactly that!

It doesn't have to be a long message and you don't need to be an expert on any aspect of this case. It is simply an opportunity to tell the developers (and probably Enfield Council) how you feel. If you do email them, please BCC so that we are aware of your responses and can challenge any claim that the people of Winchmore Hill are in favour of this change.

The developers are trying to ignore the fact that the Green Dragon has been a pub at the centre of our community for nearly three centuries, and are hoping that a fancy leaflet and the prospect of a Waitrose on the site will be enough to persuade us. Waitrose is a nice shop but do we need it? There is a Waitrose 1.5 miles away in Palmers Green and two more not much more than 2 miles away in Enfield.

Another aspect upon which they are focussing is a need for housing, but in recent years Winchmore Hill has seen plenty of housing created, there is the whole Highlands Village development, the flats on either side of Firs Lane on the hump back bridge, the new flats on that same road further towards Green Lanes, the retirement flats where Firs Banqueting used to be, the flats near the petrol station, the site of the old garden centre on the Green and the development on the river on Green Lanes heading towards Palmers Green. How much more does this little area need to give?

The fact of the matter is that none of this is based on a lack of supermarkets or housing, none of this is based on what the people of Winchmore Hill want or need, and none of this is based on what is best for local businesses or anyone else who lives or works in the area. The sole reason for this proposed development is that GLI, like so many other developers who are targeting pubs all over the country, have identified an opportunity to make themselves a huge profit.

Communities are made up of so much more than shops and houses. We need places to come together, to meet friends and make new friends, to celebrate, to laugh, to get to know one another. The people of Winchmore Hill started doing this in the Green Dragon 100 years before the battle of Waterloo!

It is true to say that the Green Dragon had lost some popularity in recent years owing to a lack of investment by a failing parent company, but whilst organising this campaign we have been approached by some big companies who have expressed an interest in continuing to run it as a pub and who would invest huge amounts of money to make it popular again if they were given the opportunity.

The developers themselves seem to know that the closing of the Green Dragon is wrong. They take every opportunity to state that it was closed by the previous owners and not them (they say it twice in this leaflet). Presumably they have some technicality on which to make this claim, but we all know that the pub was serving beer until the end of January and was boarded up by the developer days later.

The Green Dragon is too important to be lost in this way, it should at least have been widely and openly advertised and allowed some time to find a new owner who could run it properly. Look at what time and advertising has achieved at the new Winchmores pub (previously the Chase Side Tavern)

Please take a couple of minutes to contact the developers and make your feelings known at the address above or return their leaflet if you have received one. If this matters to you then please say so. Only our combined efforts can save the Green Dragon and preserve our history, our culture and our community for generations to come. If we don’t all do our bit it will be lost forever

Take Courage
Mike McClean
on behalf of the Save the Green Dragon campaign

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Libraries development strategy will see 7-day opening in Palmers Green

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Seven-day opening of Palmers Green Library is one of the innovations that will be introduced if Enfield Council agrees to a proposed Library Development Strategy for 2015 to 2018.

The Strategy will be among the subjects to be discussed at this week's meeting of Enfield's Cabinet.  If agreed by the Cabinet, it will be presented to the full Council for its approval later this year.

pg library after renovationPalmers Green Library as it will look when it reopens later this year. Under the new strategy it will be open seven days a weekUnder the strategy Palmers Green would become one of four "flagship" libraries with enhanced services and longer opening hours - the others are Enfield Town, Edmonton Green and Ordnance Unity.  All four would be open seven days a week, though this policy would be reviewed after twelve months.  The borough's remaining 13 libraries would become "community libraries".

The strategy has been developed following public consultation which ran for 13 weeks from November 2014. More than 2000 people responded to survey questions which were based around two options, both designed to save money without closing any physical libraries while at the same time introducing some improvements.  The options basically came down to choosing how to apportion available funding between the four flagship libraries and the other libraries.  Option 1 would provide a bigger share of the resources to the flagships than option 2.

The new strategy is based on Option 1, but with some modifications and clarifications mainly introduced in response to concerns about the quality of the librarian services available in the community libraries and the character and roles of the other organisations that will be colocated with the community libraries.  It is not clear whether or not this was the intention all along, but it now seems that the community libraries will normally all stay in the buildings where they are at present, that the "host" organisations will move into the libraries (not the other way round), and that they will play no part in managing the library services - so no "privatisation" of library services will result.  It is intended that at least two of the library "hosts" will belong to the voluntary sector.

Although all library buildings will be retained, the mobile library service will be withdrawn.  In its place the volunteer-led home delivery service will be expanded and possibly combined with befriending services for the housebound.  In general, there will be increased use of volunteers instead of council employees.

Depending on how well the community libraries concept works out - and they will all be different from one another - the strategy might actually succeed in providing overall improved services at reduced cost.  However, there will clearly be downsides:  smaller locally held holdings of physical books in the community libraries and, most importantly, redundancies and reduced career opportunities for professionally trained librarians/information specialists.

The public information pack for the Cabinet meeting includes the following summary of the library development strategy.

9.  Library Development Strategy 2015-2018

9.1  The full Library Development Strategy is set out in Appendix C. In summary it recommends Option 1 with some changes in response to the consultation.

9.2  Palmers Green, Enfield Town, Ordnance Unity and Edmonton Green designated as flagship libraries offering the following services:

  • A comprehensive range of standard library resources and activities alongside using leading technologies to create digital hubs that will offer a far greater number of self-service kiosks, PCs and wifi
  • Homework clubs and quiet zones for online and traditional learning activities with the option to book space at busy times
  • Trained staff able to provide advice and support including selfscanning of evidence with video and web chat functionality to talk to officers directly and access video interpreting services
  • Joining up with voluntary sector and partner organisations to support employment advice and job clubs and facilities for appointment only advice sessions to provide advice and guidance to vulnerable customers
  • Training areas to support those requiring more intensive support around personal budgeting or digital access
  • Business innovation advice to support the self-employed and new starters with access to business online resources
  • Community space for hire
  • Children’s library services linked to children’s centres to ensure support for families and early years learning
  • More opportunities for income generation including refreshments, paid for events and activities (including children’s events), review of charges and fees

9.3  The four flagship libraries will be open 7 days a week for a year and then reviewed as to usage.

9.4  Edmonton Green is expanded onto the first floor of the Edmonton Centre providing a full access and digital suite, community room and children’s library on the ground floor with refreshments. Upstairs will be a quiet zone for study and browsing with the option to book study space at busy times. This will increase both the availability of computers for digital inclusion and the amount of study space.

9.5  All other libraries will become community libraries where we will seek to find a co-location partner to share the space.  As a result the space occupied by the library may be smaller than the current layout.

9.6  The library space will not be run by the co-located partner.  The Council will continue to be responsible for the library services delivered through community libraries and the process to select the partners to share the building will ensure that it continues to support universal access to library services.

9.7  In response to the consultation, each community library will be tailored to local need with no ‘one model fits all’.  As such the Council anticipates a range of different organisations operating in community libraries.  Each location is different and offers different opportunities for co-location. The Council will identify potential partners which may include:

  • Other council services
  • Other public services including health or education sector
  • Voluntary/community sector
  • Café/coffee shops/leisure
  • Re-provision in a wider redevelopment or nearby shared space

9.8  At least two community libraries will be offered to the voluntary sector in order to meet the demand for space in the borough.  Early discussions have indicated that there is interest from some local organisations in sharing the space.  The opportunity to co-locate with a library will be formally advertised in August 2015 with formal expressions of interest and assessment against clear criteria to follow.

9.9  The criteria used to assess the suitability of a potential partner will be based on the following:

  • best fit with library principles - universal access with no-one excluded directly or indirectly
  • contribution to library vision as set out in section 6.1
  • delivery of wider council/partnership priorities
  • delivering against unmet local need
  • maximise income
  • costs of implementation
  • delivery timescales
  • sustainable partnership

9.10  If a community partner cannot be found to share the library space the Council will need to consider alternative service delivery models.

9.11  It is noted that Ponders End library is due to be re-provided as part of the Ponders End regeneration scheme

9.12  Millfield and Angel Raynham libraries are already co-located. There are no changes proposed for Millfield House. It is proposed the Council advises the school that the Angel Raynham library will no longer be staffed. This is an early years library which has been superseded by a recent redevelopment of the school library.

9.13  A clear service level agreement will be set out for each co-location partner setting out the agreed opening hours of the building and the standards of operation expected to support universal access to library services.  Each community library will be supported by a community library co-ordinator, a permanent member of the library staff who will ensure training, advice and specialist support is offered to people working/volunteering in the co-located space. It is anticipated that as a minimum the following will be available:

  • Access to the library system and the ability to book/reserve/renew resources and pay (using cards only)
  • Pick up reserved items/return items
  • At least 2 public access PCs
  • Free wifi with space for study
  • A selection of quick choice resources

9.14  The mobile library will end with existing users (and newly identified users who cannot attend a physical library) offered an expanded Home Library Delivery Service (to include care homes) which will be supported by volunteers. Other outreach will be delivered through the following:

  • Continuing to develop and promote online library services.
  • Explore the development of Ipad loans for socially excluded people
  • Explore premium paid for library services
  • Delivering a range of community events and ‘pop-up libraries’ in communities with high or specific need.
  • Greater partnership with children’s centres
  • Schools library service to support schools in accessing library services

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Cycle Enfield: Partnership Board to consider draft scheme this week

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On 15 June the Cycle Enfield West Partnership Board will for the first time be able to discuss some specific proposals for the implementation of cycling improvements between Enfield Town and Palmers Green, using "Mini-Holland" money provided by Transport for London.

Members of the Partnership Board, which comprises representatives of many different community and interest groups, have been sent the draft designs for the changes to roads and pavements. 

Making sense of the drawings requires some detailed analysis, but compared with the only previously available drawings (those sent to TfL at the time of the Mini-Holland bid in December 2013), there are some changes that are easy to spot:

  • there is more on-street parking
  • along some stretches of road cycle lanes are located between the car parking spaces and the footway rather than being on the offside of the car parking space - this provides a greater degree of protection against collisions between bicycles and motor vehicles
  • alternatives are proposed for Palmers Green Triangle:
    • retention of the triangular traffic island, though shifted northward and with reconfigured traffic flows
    • a completely new layout featuring a shared-space "Dutch roundabout"
  • the creation of "bus stop bypasses" for bicycles - not drawn in on the diagrams, but the principle is that passengers alighting and boarding use an area of pavement located between the carriageway and the cycle lane.

 An accompanying pre-meeting note reads as follows:

Cycle Enfield Partnership Board 15/6/15 – Pre-meeting notes

The New Design

The design team have ‘gone back to basics’ since winning the bid, have reviewed the early consultation responses, and have developed the attached new draft designs for discussion at the Partnership Board – the new principles and design will be presented at the Partnership Board.

A number of key issues were raised in consultation, and the new designs seek to address these, as summarised below.

Concerns from businesses about parking and loading in town centres.

The new designs have retained all existing loading, and the vast majority of the existing parking spaces.

The draft plans show an increase of total parking by some 15 spaces in Palmers Green town centre – there has been a reduction of  5 on-street parking spaces (from a total of 45), but a scheme is proposed to create a further 20 spaces in an improved Lodge Drive car park.

In Winchmore Hill,  the draft plans also show an increase of total parking – a reduction of some 11 on-street parking spaces (from  a total of 40) is proposed, but a scheme has been developed to ensure that the 71 car parking spaces in the Ford’s Grove car park (currently used by commuters) will be available for short-stay use.

Urban Realm/The Triangle/Shared space

Options have been developed that retain the Palmers Green Triangle, enhancing the sense of place, with improved public realm.

The town centre designs now use shared space principles with the cycle lane and footway adjacent to each other at the same height with different materials to indicate separation, reduced kerb heights are also used between the parking and traffic lanes. This helps maximise the urban realm space in the town centres.

There is also scope to consider 20mph zones at key locations along the route.

Congestion

It is accepted that the schemes will generate some level of congestion, but the designs have tried to minimise this, and have considered each location carefully - TfL have reviewed the results of the modelling as part of their design review.

The changed nature of the road, with enhanced public realm and potentially 20 mph zones in the town centres, is likely to reduce some element of through traffic – this will be reinforced by any mode shift to cycling and other sustainable modes.

When these issues are taken into account, the impact on overall traffic is not expected to be significant.

The draft designs

The draft designs can be downloaded from these links:

  • A105 Corridor - 17 pages showing the proposed designs superimposed on detailed maps of the current road layouts
  • Aldermans Hill Alternative Option - a rather misleading title, as this actually shows the alternative "Dutch roundabout" proposal for Palmers Green Triangle
  • New River Route - under this proposal a cycle path would be built along the northern bank of the New River, starting at Deadmans Bridge (just south of the former Town Hall) and finishing on the North Circular (Bowes Road).  Cyclists would use the existing lights-controlled crossing opposite the end of Palmerston Road.  This would be an alternative to the main option, which would be for cyclists to turn out of Green Lanes into Palmerston Crescent

The diagrams below show the two alternative proposals for the Triangle.

triangle redesign 1

triangle redesign 2

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Posted: 14 Jun 2015 16:51 by Colin Younger #1303
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The more I've looked at the plans for the route through Palmers Green, the more unsatisfactory I find them. I would need a highways engineer to take me along the route plans through Palmers Green and explain in much more detail what is intended to happen on the ground, and how the various elements are supposed to work together. That said, my thoughts are as follows.

The details of the bus stops and cycle by-passes are particularly difficult to understand. Buses seem to have to stop in the roadway (which is in effect narrower) which will cause continuous queueing behind them. I can't see whether bus passengers have a protected space to get on/off or how they cross the cycle lane. Queues are not disciplined and will spill across cycle lanes - think of the crowds at school start/finish times, and parents burdened with shopping, children, and buggies coming and going. All along I have felt that bus passengers have been neglected in these proposals, and nothing here persuades me otherwise. The loss of the stop outside the Fox is particularly annoying.

Unfortunately the plans don't make it clear what some of the lines around cycle lanes mean; exactly where are there hard divisions/armadillos? The "key" on each sheet is perfunctory and they don't help. I think the plans show some car parking between the cycle lane and the main traffic through route. If so, does this mean that passengers opening doors will risk swiping passing cyclists?

I see the Triangle Dutch roundabout alternative as a sop to those of us who wanted shared space in Palmers Green. I certainly never thought of it as an alternative to the Triangle - this merely loses a public space which all previous evidence shows residents want retained and improved. Shared space was suggested for the main shopping area to slow all traffic and allow easier pedestrian cross-road movement. We were assured that the views expressed in last year’s Palmers Green Public Realm consultation (March 2014) would be incorporated in to the cycle enfield plan, but it’s not clear how this has been done.

If the Dutch roundabout idea is acceptable in highway engineering terms for the Triangle, why not use it instead at the Fox junction? This would then signal entry to the main Palmers Green shopping area, with the improved Triangle marking the main southern gateway. It would reduce stop/start events which the newly proposed traffic lights will impose, and should also allow retention of the important Fox bus stop.

There seems to be a regrettable failure to improve the dangerous Bourne Hill/Green Lanes/Hedge Lane cross road. Cars going straight ahead north or south along Green Lanes remain at risk from vehicles turning right in to Bourne Hill or Hedge Lane. Their view of oncoming traffic along Green Lanes is obscured by queueing cars awaiting their turn to cross the main line. I've had several narrow escapes here, and I can't believe that there are no collisions on record. The informal (and risky) pedestrian crossings are retained - why, when so many other crossings are being made safer?

I can't help but think that this is more and more like a cycle superhighway, rather than what I understood was to be a measure to ease movement for cyclists on local journeys. Where is the wider public realm benefit as promised by the Palmers Green Public Realm Consultation? Is it just a hoped for reduction in airborne pollution? Whatever the issues about air pollution, and I speak as one concerned about this problem and about to replace a diesel vehicle with a petrol engined one as a result*, I don't see these plans making a significant, cost effective, impact.
Has anyone done a cost-benefit analysis and compared it with alternatives to achieve a reduction in pollution? Where's the real greening of the Triangle and Green Lanes the public realm consultation requested and earlier cycle enfield proposals promised. I stress that I’m not opposed to the plan in principle, but I would like questions to be answered before we go any further.

* Yes, I know that I could do better, but it's a start!
Posted: 15 Jun 2015 21:35 by Tom Mellor #1311
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Despite appearances, this is not what a Dutch roundabout looks like. There are subtle but crucial differences, meaning that any safety benefits of Dutch roundabouts will not apply to this one.
Posted: 17 Jun 2015 12:03 by Sue Younger #1314
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Having been to the latest Cycle Enfield Partnership Board meeting I remain unhappy about the proposals for bus passengers. The maps all show the cycle lane between the pavement and the road and there seems to be no provision at bus stops for the buses to pull in allowing their passengers to step on or off the bus other than into the cycle lane. There appear to be some small 'waiting' strips at major bus stops but the passengers still have to cross the cycle lane. There seems to be provision for ramps in the cycle path before bus stops but with a continuous cycle lane the cyclists might slow down but would be unlikely to stop. Consequently all the passengers (including children, parents with buggies and elderly/disabled etc.) would have to wait until the cycle path was clear or risk walking swiftly across putting themselves at risk. Indeed in places there will be no alternative but to step off the bus into the path of cyclists who will not be visible from the bus.

Meanwhile, the buses will be waiting at bus stops in the roadway for a longer time causing tailbacks behind them as the road space has been reduced (because of the new cycle lanes on both sides) to single lanes in each direction.

In addition it appears that there will no longer be raised kerbs on the pavements, which will make getting on and off more difficult. It's no answer to say that buses have adjustable height steps - they would need to be dropped at every stop, which will simply not happen and, where it does, will delay buses further.

The maps also seem to show the removal of bus lanes at Palmers Green from the Triangle southbound and going into Enfield Town. As a regular bus user I'm concerned that this will delay the buses and create a disincentive to using them - surely not the intention of Cycle Enfield. Also, I am opposed to the loss of the bus stop outside the Fox which serves residents from the feeder area along Fox Lane and to the east of Green Lanes, as well as the older residents living in Skinners Court, who need a bus stop within easy reach.

At the same time there seem to be fewer formal crossings for pedestrians under the shared space proposals in Palmers Green which may suit active residents but may be difficult for the elderly, disabled and parents with buggies and young children.

While I would welcome safer routes for cyclists It should not be at the expense of bus passengers or air quality which may be poorer if there are long queues of vehicles in the road at bus stops.

There is no stakeholder for bus passengers in this process, it's all seen though the lens of improving things for cyclists who, in any outcome, will remain a minority compared with bus passengers.

Photographers mount a blockbuster exhibition

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inside job"Inside Job"Southgate Photographic Society are currently holding their 73rd annual Prints and Projections exhibition.  This year the exhibition is different from usual in two respects:  there are no projections, only prints;  and instead of being hidden away in a hall, the pictures are out in the street for all to see.  And this year's exhibition is likely to be seen by many more people than usual, as, thanks to Transport for London, it adorns the elegant curved windows of an empty shop outside Southgate underground station - the one that was formerly occupied by Blockbusters.

This is not the first time the empty shop has been used for artistic purposes, as it was also the site of an exhibition of art and craft creations made by members of Creative Exchange.

The prints were mounted on Friday and will remain until 17th July.  Southgate Photographic Society hopes that passers-by will enjoy looking at something other than an empty shop, and that many of them will come and join the Society when it returns from its summer break in September.

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Southgate Photographic Society website

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Free Community Heritage Workshops - to help you identify our local built heritage

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As we reported last week, Enfield Council in conjunction with the Enfield Society and Historic England are planning to recruit and train local community groups and individuals to help with a project to create a comprehensive new local list of heritage assets in the borough.  The training will enable volunteers to identify buildings and structures that are worthy of listing.

Kings Head Enfield Town TES photographAn example of our local built heritage: the King's Head in Enfield Town (photograph courtesy of the Enfield Society)

The existing local list of buildings of architectural or historic interest is now well out of date and requires complete revision.  This is a major task, and volunteers with local knowledge will prove invaluable.

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Free Community Heritage Workshops

These free events will provide you with the background, training and practical demonstrations of what is needed and how you can directly help.  They will include information about how to identify, research and locally list potential heritage assets.

  • Event 1: 19:00-20:30 Tuesday 14th July 2015

  • Event 2: 10:30-12:00 Wednesday 15th July 2015

  • Event 3: 14:00-15:30 Thursday 17th September 2015

Location:  All events will be held at the Jubilee Hall, 2 Parsonage Lane, Enfield, EN2 0AJ

Places are limited and booking is essential.  In order to reserve your place please email listing the name of your group (if appropriate), your name and the names of any other people from your group.

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Broomfield Conservatory closed until 24th June

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Work has started to install new railings outside Broomfield Conservatory.  Consequently the conservatory will be closed for the next two Sundays (14th and 21st June) and the intermediate Wednesday (17th June).

The "new" railings are actually not so new - until a couple of years ago they surrounded the subterranean toilets at Palmers Green Triangle.

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Cycle Enfield A105 project update

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The Cycle Enfield West Partnership Board held its second meeting on 14th May. Alex Stebbings from Jacobs, the consultancy employed by the Council, briefed community representatives on the steps taken so far and the next steps.  There was also an opportunity for members of the partnership board to ask questions and comment on the scheme.

Following analysis of various surveys (see below), "feasability designs" have been sent to Transport for London (TfL) for its initial comments.  These designs will be presented to the next meeting of the Partnership Board, due in June.

The surveys were as follows:

  • Town Centre Surveys (Winchmore Hill and Palmers Green)
    • To understand why people use the town centres and how they travelled there
  • Traffic Surveys - to determine peak hour flows
    • To understand traffic volumes and congestion in the area
  • Parking & Loading Surveys
    • To understand existing demand in the area
  • Topographical Surveys
    • To get accurate dimensions of existing carriageway
  • C2 Surveys
    • To understand utilities in the area

The Town Centre surveys asked people about

  • their main reason for visiting the town centre
  • the frequency of their visits
  • the length of their visits
  • how much they expected to spend
  • how they travelled
  • whether they could have cycled and how they might be encouraged to cycle
  • their views on improving the town centres.

Graphs and tables summarising the survey data are included in the PowerPoint slides.

The consultants explained the criteria that will be used to assess various options.  These assess likely changes to journey times for motorists, cyclists and bus passengers, the effects on parking and loading, the effects on pedestrians (changes to pavements and pedestrian crossings) and the effect on road safety.

The briefing also included a summary of the feedback gathered during the public exhibition held at the Fox in February.

Next steps are as follows:

  • Further design progression and proposed modelling continuing until public consultation
  • Next Partnership Board (Designs Presented) – Jun 2015
  • Public Consultation – Late July 2015 to Oct 2015
  • Scheme Approval – Dec 2015
  • Detailed Design – Dec 2015 to April 2016
  • Implementation – April 2016 to Oct 2016

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Overnight railway track renewal work in Palmers Green

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Following complaints by Palmers Green resident Donald Smith, Network Rail have now provided a more satisfactory account of the overnight work that will be carried out in the vicinity of Palmers Green station.

The start dates/time and finish dates/times will be as follows:

19/07/2015 01:35 19/07/2015 05:40 PREP
26/07/2015 01:50 26/07/2015 09:40 PREP
02/08/2015 00:01 03/08/2015 06:00 TRACK RENEWAL
09/08/2015 00:01 10/08/2015 06:00 TRACK RENEWAL
16/08/2015 00:01 17/08/2015 06:00 FOLLOW UP WORK
01/09/2015 23:00 02/09/2015 06:00 FOLLOW UP WORK
02/09/2015 23:00 03/09/2015 06:00 FOLLOW UP WORK
03/09/2015 23:00 04/09/2015 06:00 FOLLOW UP WORK

The letter to Mr Smith from Denise Thompson, Community Relations Officer at Network Rail in York, gives the following explanation of the work:

This work is a programme to renew a total of 1120yards of old wooden-sleeper track with new concrete-sleeper track, and will include preparation, track renewal, and follow up works, all in the area of Palmers Green Station.

Preparation work will involve the use of rail trolleys, lighting and generators, setting-up the site and laying out materials and equipment.

Both weekends of the main track renewals work will use several road-rail excavators, and six engineers trains to remove scrap track and spoil from site, and deliver new track and ballast to site.  The new track will be made ready for passenger trains by using an on-track tamping machine.

New rails will be welded and stressed, and new track lifted to final design levels, during the staged follow-up works. This work will also  involve use of lighting, generators, rail trolleys, and a road-rail excavator.

Safety is our number one priority and for this reason work of this type must be carried out while trains are not running.  Under our licence conditions we are contractually obliged to work, whenever possible, at times that cause the least disruption to train services. Unfortunately, this means carrying out a lot of our improvements during the night and at weekends.

The equipment we will be using means some disturbance is unavoidable, but we will make every effort to minimise any unnecessary noise.  Furthermore, those working on site are briefed on working responsibly in the local community.

I hope this information is helpful and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience these essential works may cause.  However, if you have any additional questions or concerns, please visit www.networkrail.co.uk or telephone our 24-Hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

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Father's Day Fun at MarketN13

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On 21st June MarketN13 is celebrating 3 months trading by providing a fun venue for kids and Dads (and everyone else!) to enjoy Father’s Day together. Come along for your regular sunday shopping and join in with the festivities.

market n13 fathers dayThe aim is to share local talent, to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all those who have supported the market up to now, to invite others to get involved, but above all to have family focussed activities, laughter and maybe a little bit of silliness on this special day for Fathers.

  • open mic’ competition - bring your favourite Dad jokes
  • learn to juggle
  • make a father’s day gift with Carla from 'Hang out the Bunting'
  • listen to the Storyteller and bring a favourite story to share
  • wear your favourite silly hat
  • have your face painted by ZaraZoo

All this plus live music AND all the market’s regular traders selling good fresh foods and handmade crafts.

HELP! - Market N13 is always looking for volunteer helpers. Do get in touch at facebook.com/MarketN13 or speak with Annita at the kiosk café on Platform 1, any weekday morning.

JARS! - empty glass jars with screw top lids wanted for jam, chutney and pickle based activity later in the year.

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