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Summer term workshops at Everyone's Climbing Tree

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Open Access Days, Ages 16+ (More info click here)
Starting Friday 17th April, 11am-5pm
Khalifa's Advance Djembe Drumming (More info Click here)
Thursdays 7-9pm
Life drawing (More info click here)
Every 1st tues and 3rd mon of the month, 7-9pm
Youngers African Drumming- Ages 7-12 (Click here for more info)
Wednesdays 5-6:15pm (Term time only)
Nelson Mandela Music Performance South Bank (Royal Festival Hall)
Rehearsals start Thursday 16th April 5.30-7 @ E.C.T (email us for further details)
Drum kit Tuition with Johanne, Ages 6-18 (Click here for more info)
Starting Mon 20th 4-5:30pm (Group Tuition)
Messy play- Early years Drop in (Click for more info)
Wednesdays 10-11:30pm (Term time only)
Art club- Ages 6-11 (Click here for more info)
Tuesday 4-5pm, Starting 28th April. (Term time only)
Friday Family Drumming (Click here for more info)
Friday 6:30-7:30pm (term time only)
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Original feature going begging!

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A rare original feature just removed from a house on the Lakes Estate is being offered for free to anyone who can offer it a good new home and would like to come and pick it up.

This is a window that has come out of the wall between the kitchen and hall. Lovely old reeded glass. Dimensions: 150cms wide by 122cms high.

If you are interested, please email asap with your name and phone number.

This offer is only available for the next ten days or so, after which it will go on the skip!

 

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Gallipoli Campaign commemorated in Broomfield Park

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On Sunday 26th May a ceremony was held at the Garden of Remembrance in Broomfield Park to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the World War One Gallipoli Campaign.

To mark the centenary an almond tree was planted in the remembrance garden.  Those taking part included Captain Ken Semmens, representing the Australian High Commission;  the Leader of the Council, Cllr Doug Taylor;  the Mayor of Enfield, Cllr Ali Bakir;  Cllr Joanne Laban, representing the Leader of the Opposition, who was ill;  the Deputy Lieutenant, Ann Cable MBE;  Cllr Yasemin Brett, Cabinet Member for Community Organisations;  Consul Mr Murat Nalcaci from the Turkish Consulate;   Garry Manley from the New Zealand High Commission;  and Brendon Farrell, Standard Bearer for the Royal British Legion.  Several more councillors also attended, as did members of the public.

Musical accompaniment was provided by North London Brass.

A permanent commemorative plaque will be installed near the almond tree in due course..

After the ceremony the participants were provided with refreshments by the Palmers Greenery Community Cafe.

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Photographs:  Colin Younger

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Police warning about "blocked drains" fraud

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From Enfield Police:

I have been asked to try and get the word out there to “vulnerable ” groups in and around Enfield re this old scam that is doing the rounds again:-

Knock on the door from a legitimate sounding company such as Dynorod:

“Hi, we have been clearing drains in the area and found that your drains are causing the problem. It’s going to cost a lot of money to clear/repair but if you don’t get them clear/repaired they will cause damage to other properties and you will be liable for the cost of any repairs. You need to pay a deposit up front to me”

(in some cases this has been £4000 and the poor victim taken to the bank to withdraw the funds)

If they need to confirm all this they are given a phone number of “head office” (“head office” of course being another member of the fraudster team who pretends to arrange a time to get the work done to make it all sound legitimate)

,the individuals they have tried this on in Enfield were a little bit more switched on and could see it for what it was, but clearly they may try again.

Please spread the word as best you can and contact me if you have any information re this scam.

Thanks

Steve Savell PC 808 YE – Faith and Communities Officer for the Borough of Enfield

Southgate Police Station/Civic Centre

– 07917 894 603 – Twitter #faithcom

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Palmers Green photographer tops #FreshStartPhotos competition

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Rising Up by Amelia Corton"Rising Up" (Copyright Amelia Corton)A Palmers Green photographer has been featured as one of the top entries in National Accident Helpline's #FreshStartPhotos competition.

23-year old Amelia Corton, entered a photo entitled: "Rising up". She says, "It was a photo I took at the weekend on a charity walk.  I have recently come out of a horrible depression and the photo depicts how I feel and that there is light waiting even in the weirdest and darkest of times."

The #FreshStartPhotos competition will be open for new entries until April 24th - visit www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/fresh-start-photos for details. You can view some of the top entries at uk.pinterest.com/ nataccidenthelp/ freshstartphotos

Once the competition has closed for entries, the photos will be judged and a shortlist and winner chosen by the team at Photography Monthly magazine. The winner will be announced on the competition entry page on May 12th.

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Become a Community Volunteer for the North London Hospice

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Have you thought about joining the team of Community Volunteers at the North London Hospice who help make life pleasanter for patients and their families and carers?

You will be matched with a patient who will need someone to visit regularly, bringing a smile and much needed support.

Duties will include:

  • Befriending:  Providing a friendly conversation and companionship
  • Sitting:  Providing respite for patient and/or carer
  • Good Neighbour:  Providing a visit to do a specific task that could make all the difference

Please contact Cheryl-lee Broadfoot, Community Volunteer Coordinator, North London Hospice, on 020 8343 8841 or email .

www.northlondonhospice.org/volunteer-with-us/volunteers

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Trent Park campaigners warn that Council delay may jeopardise future of mansion

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Save Trent Park campaigners are warning that delay by Enfield Council in registering the Park's historic mansion as an Asset of Community Value is jeopardising its future.  They fear that the former university campus might be sold to an  private developer at any moment, before registration is complete.

trent park mansionRegistration as an ACV would give the campaign a six-month breathing space, during which time it could seek a buyer for the campus who would be willing to guarantee the conditions voted for unanimously by the full Council in March:  public access, protection of the heritage, and promotion of the history of the former Middlesex University Campus.  However, according to Councillor Jason Charalambous, Coordinator of the Save Trent Park Campaign, time is running out - there is only one week before the deadline for registration expires and no sign yet of the working party of Labour and Conservative councillors that is due to be set up.

In a campaign update posted on its Facebook page, Councillor Charalambous says that, while it is unlikely to attract another university or be a suitable location for a school, his discussions with cultural heritage experts from around the world suggest that the site could well house a cultural and historical institute.  He highlights the important role it played for British intelligence during World War 2, when "Secret Listeners" were employed to listen in to the conversations between German officers held there as prisoners of war.  Trent Park would, he says, be a perfect location for a memorial and museum dedicated to this vital work, which some experts claim was a key element to winning the War.

Councillor Charalambous' latest update is reproduced below.

UPDATE ON Save Trent Park - the Campaign to Protect & Enhance our Nation’s Heritage

Source:  facebook.com/JTGCharalambous/posts/668541006607778:0

Rumours abound that a sale is imminent of the former Middlesex University campus in Trent Park to property developers. In the meantime Enfield Council has yet to announce its decision on the Community Asset application submitted nearly two months ago. It appears the Council is leaving the announcement to the last possible moment – the deadline is a week away.

To me this is completely irresponsible. The purpose of the Community Asset application is to grant the Campaign time to find the right sort of buyer for the heritage assets in Trent Park. If it is granted too late, i.e. after a sale takes place, then it is of little use. If it is rejected, then that would be a clear statement by the Labour run Council that any commercial enterprise has carte blanche to do with Trent Park what they like at the expense of the public interest.

At the Full Council meeting on 25 March cross-party support was reached in support of the Save Trent Park Campaign. Councillors unanimously voted for a motion supporting public access, protection of the heritage, and promotion of the history of the former Middlesex University Campus; and decided to establish a working group of Labour and Conservative councillors to consider how best the Council can act to ensure these aims are met. Despite subsequent conversations and a meeting between myself and the Leader of the Council, I am still waiting for details of when this group will be established, despite me chasing and highlighting the importance and urgency of it.

From a campaign perspective things are very much alive and progressing. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has taken an active interest, and post-election I am confident they will step up their involvement. The Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture Munira Mirza have also taken an active interest in Trent Park and a GLA cultural officer undertook a productive site visit last week. English Heritage has now completed its comprehensive site visit and survey regarding the fabric and condition of the building and will be reporting back to the Council and myself imminently with a list of necessary remedial works that are required. Trusts, museums and heritage institutions from across the world are now taking a close look at the potential opportunities this important historic site can offer.

Tribute has to be paid to David Burrowes, Cllrs Terry Neville and Joanne Laban, Dr Helen Fry, Peter Gibbs and the Friends of Trent Country Park, Christ Church Cockfosters and the Trent Park Conservation Committee and many others for all the hard work they have done to support this Campaign to date.

I have been speaking to cultural and heritage institutions and trusts, all of which have taken a key interest. What they need is time – the money is out there to create a heritage institution at Trent Park and I believe that if the Council granted the heritage assets the status of a Community Asset it is entirely foreseeable that such an outcome would be reached. Last week at Yale University's Culture in Crisis Conference at the V & A I raised the Save Trent Park Campaign with some of the world's leading museum directors and cultural academics and experts, all of whom took an interest with some offering tangible support. We simply need time to make this vision a reality.

The fact is, however, that commerce moves quicker than government or charities – what the Council must do, as soon as possible, is to grant the site the status it deserves to provide the Community 6 months to freeze any potential sale to enable benevolent purchasers to make a bid.

The purpose of the listed mansion and grounds in Trent Park since WWII has been and should remain educational. The sad truth is that it seems universities and schools appear not to be interested for a number of reasons – the costs involved and the location make it a less than attractive proposition. The Council should be reaching out to educational institutions nevertheless. If however a school or university is not foreseeable, I feel that a cultural institute or centre to promote the critical role Trent Park played in WWII would satisfy the educational requirement – the educational value of such an institution in Enfield would inspire young and old alike, pay tribute to all those who served our Country at Trent Park, and put the Borough on the map – for all the right reasons.

The 103 Secret Listeners of WWII – the young men and women who were recruited by MI9 and listened to the conversations of the most senior German Officer PoW's at Trent Park must be honoured. These individuals received no medals or honours and there is no memorial to their work. Why? Because until quite recently they did not officially exist – such was the secrecy surrounding their work. There are just two survivors – one of whom, 96 year old Fritz Lustig, is backing the Campaign and spoke at our Public Meeting on 10 March.

Trent Park is the only sensible place where a memorial and museum can be established – out of the three sites where the Secret Listeners operated from only Trent Park is available – Wilton Park was demolished and Latimer House in now a private hotel, and at both sites the WWII PoW buildings have gone. Indeed it is widely held that Trent Park was the most important site from an intelligence gathering perspective - with historians now claim WWII could not have been won without the information gathered at Trent Park. We are 70 years from the end of that war – this is the year to act.

I have to make one thing clear – in the event the Community Asset status is rejected and a commercial buyer takes on the site I would nevertheless be willing to work with any new owner and negotiate to ensure our aims our met. I am confident that any right minded business would see the historic value of the site and seek to protect it as a minimum – the challenge will be convincing them that a public heritage centre would also be in their interest. However it may not come to this, rumours are inevitable with something of this nature, and if the Council acts today to declare the site as a Community Asset then all hope remains. If it does not, then all hope is certainly not lost.

The Council must support the Save Trent Park campaign and grant the heritage assets the protection they deserve – the public and common sense demand it. It would simply be a short-sighted insult to the hugely important heritage on our doorstep if they refuse it this simple status.

For the sake of the critical role Trent Park played in winning the war, to Fritz Lustig and all the men and women who served our country and deserve recognition, and for the sake of future generations of children and local residents, Enfield Council must act immediately to protect and enhance this invaluable place.

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Keeping your home warm in winter - advice on how to obtain grants

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smarthomes april2015Next Tuesday (28th April) he Ruth Winston Centre will be the venue for the last of a series of drop-in sessions giving you advice on how to keep your home warm during cold weather.

Ruth Winston are working in partnership with Enfield Council to deliver the event, where experts from Retrofit London and Smart Homes will provide information about energy saving measures and grants of up to 75% towards the total cost of implementing them.

ruth winston tackling fuel povertyGroups at the Ruth Winston Centre enjoy giveaway energy saving items from Enfield Council to help tackle winter fuel poverty In addition to the grant there is a loan scheme via Enfield Council called "HEET Project" which, subject to criteria, will be provide homeowners with a 0% loan, re-payable when the property is sold, to put towards the remaining 25% for solid wall insulation, heating and double glazing.

These are time-limited offers, so act now.  In fact, you must register for Smart Homes by 30th April.

You can pop into Ruth Winston between 10am and 1pm.  What's more, the Centre will give you lunch for free and there will be giveaways for everyone who attends.

See details of the drop-in event in our events calendar

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Proposed "community libraries" could be transferred to the private sector

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Enfield Council is to start looking for suitable partners to take over the majority of the borough's libraries.  These libraries would become "community libraries", offering a restricted range of library services, and would be co-located with other types of service provided by the chosen partners.  However, despite the use of "community" in the designation, a recent document suggests that chosen partners might include the commercial sector..

The libraries affected include Winchmore Hill, Southgate Circus, Oakwood, Ridge Avenue and Bowes Road.  Palmers Green Library would, however, be among those retained, becoming a "Flagship Library".

Potential partners

The proposals for the future of Enfield's 17 libraries are contained in a document prepared by the Director of Finances, Resources and Customer Services, which was considered by the Council in late March.  The document seeks the go-ahead to begin exploratory non-binding discussions with potential partners who would host the community libraries.

Public consultation - two options

The proposals draw on the results of a public consultation which ran from November to February.  Members of the public were asked to choose between two options.  Under Option 1 the Council would retain only four large libraries - Enfield Town, Edmonton Green, Palmers Green and Ordnance Road - as "flagship libraries" with extended opening hours and improved services, all others becoming "community libraries".  Option 2 would be a modified version of the proposal:  two more libraries - Oakwood and Ponders End - would be retained, but not upgraded to "flagship" status, and to compensate for the cost of these libraries the opening hours of the flagship libraries would be shorter than under Option 1.

Both options would involve the replacement of many professional librarians by unpaid volunteers.  They would also discontinue the mobile library service, replacing it with delivery of books to people's homes (using volunteers) and the introduction of "pop-up" libraries.

For more details of the proposals that were put out for consultation, see our report from November 2014 and the Council website.

Commercial sector

When referring to potential partners who would host community libraries, the original consultation document uses the following wordings: 

  • "community-based organisations"
  • "other services or voluntary groups"
  • "community groups or alternative services".

These would be organisations that had

"a purpose and ethos that is sympathetic to the core library vision and the Council’s aims of fairness for all, growth and sustainability and strong communities."

However, the recent document introduces the idea of using "commercial sector" (ie for-profit) partners:

"The Council will seek expressions of interest from a wide range of organisations with the aim of encouraging interest from a broad range of community, statutory, voluntary and commercial sector partners. Each site will also be assessed for its location, structure and local needs as the model of a community library may vary across the borough."

Responses to the consultation

The recent document reveals that there were more than 2000 responses to the consultation and states that 62 per cent of respondees were happy with the principle of community libraries and co-location with other services, providing that the partners were acceptable.  Only 18 per cent were opposed.

Curiously, the document does not state which of the options was favoured by the respondees or provide any more information about the responses. In any case, the responses are unlikely to include views on the suitability or otherwise of private sector companies as community library hosts, since this possibility was not mentioned in the consultation document.

A freedom of information act request to see the responses was submitted in February and should have been answered within 20 working days.  However, at the time of writing it appears that the answer has not been provided, meaning that Enfield Council are in breach of the act.

Opposition

The library changes are presented as an attempt to "reinvigorate" and "deliver a broader and deeper range of core library services", and no doubt will do so in certain respects, mainly benefiting users of the flagship libraries, though imaginative pairing of library and other services in community hubs could also yield benefits.  However, it is clear that the main driver is the need to make substantial savings to the Council budget in response to swingeing reductions in money provided by central government.  There are obvious downsides:  smaller holdings of books in the community libraries, the withdrawal of the mobile library service and redundancies of professional librarians and their replacement by volunteers.

Public opposition to the scheme includes a petition which has been organised by a 14-year-old schoolgirl and the charge by the Enfield Alliance Against the Cuts that the changes will have the greatest negative impact upon people who are already disadvantaged.

If private sector businesses are selected as partners, that will also raise difficult questions about how unpaid volunteers will fit into businesses which are making a profit from services provided on behalf of the council.  There is already growing concern in some quarters about the use of the voluntary and community sector to provide central and local government services and the pressure on the sector to adopt commercial relationships, which was the subject of a national enquiry into the future of voluntary services carried out by the National Coalition for Independent Action

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Enfield Choral and Orchestral Music Festival 2015

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Poster for Enfield Music Festival

The 2015 Enfield Choral and Orchestral Music Festival will run between 24th June and 12th July at venues throughout the borough (and just outside the borough - Southgate Opera, as usual, will be at Wyllyots Theatre in Potters Bar).

For full details and to book, visit enfieldfestivals.com/event/details/enfield-choral-orchestral-music-festival.

Concerts

  • Weds 24th to Sat 27th June at 7.30pm (Sat Mat 2.30pm)
    Southgate Opera presents The Merry Widow at Wyllyots Theatre
  • Saturday 27th June at 7.30pm
    Summer Serenades – Enfield Chamber Orchestra at Enfield Baptist Church
  • Tuesday 30th June 2015 at 7.30pm
    The Lynmore Singers and Enfield Choral Society Live in Concert at the Dugdale Centre
  • Wednesday 1st July 2015 at 8pm
    North London Brass Live at Dugdale Centre
  • Thursday 2nd July 2015 at 7.45pm
    An Evening With Julian lloyd Webber at Millfield Theatre
  • Saturday 4th July 2015 – 2.30pm & 7.30pm
    Bella Cora and Southgate Opera Live at the Dugdale Centre
  • Saturday 4th July 2015 at 7.30pm
    North London Symphony Orchestra at the Palmers green United Reformed Church
  • Saturday 4th July 2015 at 7.30pm
    The Adoramus Choir Present 2015: A Musical Odyssey at the Alban Arena
  • Sunday 5th July 2015 at 3pm
    Let The People Sing with the Enfield Community Singers at The Dugdale Centre
  • Sunday 5th July at 7.30pm
    2 B Franck – Southgate Symphony Orchestra at Saint Mary Magdalene Church, Enfield
  • Thursday 9th July 2015 at 7.30pm
    The Aurora Trio present Around The World In 90 Minutes at The Dugdale Centre
  • Saturday 11th July 2015 at 7.30pm
    Winchmore String Orchestra Concert at Winchmore Hill Methodist Church
  • Saturday 11th and Monday 13th July 2015 at 7.30pm
    Songs We Love To Sing! – The Rowantree Choir Summer Concert at Enfield Baptist Church
  • Sunday 12th July 2015 at 3pm
    The Childrens International Voices of Enfield Present the Festival Finale at Palmers Green United Reformed Church

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Weds 24th to Sat 27th June at 7.30pm (Sat Mat 2.30p)
Southgate Opera presents The Merry Widow at Wyllyots Theatre

Saturday 27th June at 7.30pm
Summer Serenades – Enfield Chamber Orchestra at Enfield Baptist Church

Tuesday 30th June 2015 at 7.30pm
The Lynmore Singers and Enfield Choral Society Live in Concert at the Dugdale Centre

Wednesday 1st July 2015 at 8pm
North London Brass Live at Dugdale Centre

Thursday 2nd July 2015 at 7.45pm
An Evening With Julian lloyd Webber at Millfield Theatre

Saturday 4th July 2015 – 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Bella Cora and Southgate Opera Live at the Dugdale Centre

Saturday 4th July 2015 at 7.30pm
North London Symphony Orchestra at the Palmers green United Reformed Church

Saturday 4th July 2015 at 7.30pm
The Adoramus Choir Present 2015: A Musical Odyssey at the Alban Arena

Sunday 5th July 2015 at 3pm
Let The People Sing with the Enfield Community Singers at The Dugdale Centre

Sunday 5th July at 7.30pm
2 B Franck – Southgate Symphony Orchestra at Saint Mary Magdalene Church, Enfield

Thursday 9th July 2015 at 7.30pm
The Aurora Trio present Around The World In 90 Minutes at The Dugdale Centre

Saturday 11th July 2015 at 7.30pm
Winchmore String Orchestra Concert at Winchmore Hill Methodist Church

Saturday 11th and Monday 13th July 2015 at 7.30pm.
Songs We Love To Sing! – The Rowantree Choir Summer Concert at Enfield Baptist Church

Sunday 12th July 2015 at 3pm
The Childrens International Voices of Enfield Present the Festival Finale at Palmers Green United Reformed Church
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Improving NHS out-of-hours provision - what do you think?

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Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in four North London boroughs are looking to improve the NHS 111 service and integrate it with GP out-of-hours provision.  Residents are invited to attend public engagement events, as described below:

NHS 111 and GP out of hours services engagement events
15 April 2015

NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in north central London (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington) have a vision to ensure the voices of patients and carers are at the heart of our decision making.

We are working to improve the local NHS 111 service. This includes joining up the NHS 111 service and the GP out-of-hours services to enable them to work better. We are doing it because we want to improve patients' experience of using and accessing urgent care services, making sure they receive the best care, from the best person, in the right place, at the right time.

We will be holding public engagement events across north central London as an opportunity to hear from you. All residents are invited to come along and share your views and experiences of existing services so that we can work together towards developing the best possible service.

Please just turn up, we look forward to seeing you. If you have any questions about the events, please contact or call 020 3688 1615.

Event details:

  • Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS
    Tuesday 28 April 2015, 18:00 – 20:00.
  • Hornsey Central Health Centre, 151 Park Rd, London N8 8JD
    Tuesday 5 May 2015, 10:00 – 12:00.
  • Park View Academy, West Green Road, London N15 3QR
    Tuesday 5 May 2015, 17:30 – 19:30.
  • St Pancras Hospital Conference Hall, 4 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PE
    Wednesday 13 May 2015, 18:00 – 20:00.
  • Stephens House & Gardens, 17 East End Road, Finchley, London N3 3QE
    Monday 18 May 2015, 18:00 – 20:00.

Find out more about 111 and out of hours services

(Source:  www.enfieldccg.nhs.uk/news/NHS-111-and-GP-out-of-hours-services-open-engagement-event)

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Volunteering - changing people's lives for the better (and your own at the same time)

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If you've ever thought about volunteering, your chance to discover the multitude of local opportunities comes up next Wednesday (22nd April), at the Enfield Volunteers Fair.  And if you haven't thought about volunteering, perhaps the Fair might just make you do so.

The Fair is at the Millfield Arts Centre in Silver Street, Edmonton, and runs from 11am to 3pm.  You can just drop in any time and stay for as short or long a time as you like.

poster for enfield volunteering event april 2015

An amazing range of opportunities

At the Volunteers Fair you'll be able to talk to people from thirty or more local charities and not-for-profits, who are looking for people for an amazingly wide range of different types of work.  Some of the work is demanding but also very rewarding - helping cancer patients or people with learning difficulties, or assisting the recuperation of people who have suffered a stroke.  But at the other end of the spectrum you might be baking cakes and serving them to customers of a community cafe, or working on a farm. And there is always a need for administrators at all skill levels.

All ages may apply

Volunteers come in all ages.  There are many retired people who like to stay active and use the skills they developed during their careers.  On the other hand, for younger people volunteering can help them gain experience that will come in handy when applying for jobs.  Even just being in a workplace environment for a few hours a week can ready you for the day when you have to do it from 9 to 5 five days a week.

New friends

Then again, you might just fancy a change of scenery and a chance to meet new friends.  And have some fun!

And, of course, as a volunteer you choose when and where you work.

Who will be there?

As of today 29 different organisations have booked stalls at the Fair:

  • Carers Trust Lea Valley Crossroads Care Service
  • Elevation Profile CIC
  • Beanstalk
  • Enfield Clubhouse
  • Chance UK
  • Enfield Skills Exchange
  • LBE Forty Hall and Estate
  • Enfield Community Transport
  • Teenage Pregnancy Unit (LBE)
  • Enfield Citizen's Advice Bureau
  • Enfield Carers Centre
  • Noah's Ark Children's Hospice
  • Palmers Green Festival CIC
  • Age UK Enfield
  • Millfield Theatre
  • Dugdale Centre
  • Nightingale Cancer Support Centre
  • Whitewebbs Museum
  • Palmers Greenery Community Cafe
  • Ruth Winston Centre
  • Equals Employement Service for Adults with Learning Disabilities
  • Quality Department (LBE)
  • Libraries and Museums Service (LBE)
  • Trinity at Bowes
  • Origin Housing Association
  • Carers UK (Enfield)
  • Klasp
  • One-to-One (Enfield)
  • Stroke Action

If you can't make the Fair, we have a list of volunteering organisations in our Community Directory and there is a multitude of information on the Volunteer Centre Enfield website.

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Free fitness test for our readers

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To celebrate the launch of their new branch in Palmers Green, Park View Health Clubs are holding an open week for Palmers Green Community readers from 21st-28th April 2015.

Come and have a lifestyle, fitness and nutritional consultation with one of their personal trainers or a fitness/health check. You could even just use the gym facilities, maybe even try a class?

To book in for your visit email and mention "Palmers Green Community Open Week".

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Firs Farm bird survey - join in

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friends of firs farm parkHow well do you know your birds and birdsong?  Les Edwins of the Friends of Firs Farm is also a local RSBP representative and is organising a bird survey in Firs Farm this month. It will require early morning visits to Firs Farm between 5 and 6 am to identify birds by sight or sound and recording when they were seen and whereabouts in the park they were.

If you have don't mind the early start and are interested in helping with this, please get in touch to find out more and the proposed dates.  Contact the Friends at .

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Working to clean up our streams and rivers

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Campaigners working to improve the health of the river Lea and its tributaries have reported on the progress of their work on creating Sustainable Drainage Systems in Enfield borough.

The projects are being organised by Love the Lea, the local arm of the charity Thames 21.

Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS for short) involve measure to slow down the flow of water, particularly during rainy weather, so that high levels of pollutants are not washed into streams and eventually into the Lea and Thames. 

Major sources of this pollution include run-off of chemicals and oil from roads and sewers which overflow in wet weather.  An effective way of reducing the pollutants in water is for it to be filtered through reed beds and slowed down by dense vegetation. 

You may be aware of the work that has been going on in the wooded part of Grovelands Park, where a previously culverted part of the stream has been brought back to the surface.  As well as slowing down and filtering the water, the result is aesthetically pleasing.

The update is below.  Houndsden Spinney is in the northern part of Winchmore Hill and the Glenbrook is near Worlds End Lane.  The Houndsden Ditch and Glenbrook both flow into the Salmons Brook, a tributary of the Lea.

Welcome to this special SuDS edition of Love the Lea e-news.

SuDS are a great way of managing drainage; to filter out nasty pollutants and provide some attenuation of rain water during periods of heavy rainfall using natural processes.

Here's what's happening with our SuDS in Enfield and Haringey.

This Spring we will be creating a reed bed in Grovelands Park lake. The new reed bed will help tackle pollution which currently enters the lake from road run-off and plumbing misconnections in the local area. We will also be improving access to the SuDS in the park, so that more people can experience and enjoy these water treatment systems inspired by nature.

The first phase of the Houndsden Spinney SuDS scheme is now complete. Volunteers braved the winds and rain to help plant hundreds of sedges in the new SuDS which leads along the verge and into a woodland glade. The new SuDS will treat road run off, containing oils and heavy metals, before they are allowed to enter Houndsden Stream.

A spring planting event is planned for the Glenbrook SuDS on Wednesday 22nd April (see details below). At the end of last summer local volunteers did a fantastic job of planting up the new SuDS, but the system has had to deal with difficult autumn weather and extreme levels of pollution entering the Glenbrook. This Spring we want to give the SuDS a helping hand to become better established with pollution fighting vegetation! We will be using some alternative planting techniques to give the plants greater resilience and more diversity.

Our first rain planter is finished! These rain planters take rain water off roofs, reducing the sewage system overflowing into rivers. To start we're offering these free to schools and community groups in Enfield as part of the Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge, and later plan to roll these out across the catchment.

If you would like more information about our SuDS projects in Enfield pleaseget in touch with Elena Von Benzon

Events - What's happening this month and things you can get involved in

Love the Lea requires plenty of volunteers for its projects and holds regular events where people can help, but also learn about their work and be entertained.

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Found in the Town Hall: the "Palmers Scream"

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We have obtained photographic evidence that the "old document" discovered by workmen in the former Southgate Town Hall does exist and its content is, to say the least, extraordinary.

The photographs, supplied by an anonymous source, show an old scroll that appears to have been found in a small wooden case.  There are also photographs of the writing on the scroll.  

The text of the scroll is difficult to read from the photographs. The first photograph refers to witches from Winchmore Hill and to Broomfield Park.  The second part of the text refers to the "Charm of the Palmers Scream".

We don't have any information about the current whereabouts of the "Palmers Scream" scroll and handbill, but will do our best to find out as soon as possible.

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Posted: 10 Apr 2015 11:26 by Garry Humphreys #1143
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All very fascinating, but what needs to be established is the provenance of this collection, and for this purpose it should be in the care of the Enfield Local Studies Department. Then it needs to be analysed, to establish the date or dates of the two documents by dating paper, ink, orthography, etc.

And where in the Town Hall or library building was this found? Was it anywhere near the former Local Studies Department? Do local historians know anything about witches in the area?

If supposed to be genuine - or a copy of earlier documents - does the physical evidence support any of the assertions - for example, is there mortar at the bottom of the lake (and which lake)? Are there corresponding willow trees?

The photograph of the box shows another document, folded, possibly a map, with part of the name 'Southgate' clearly shown. Is this connected (e.g., showing the location of the lake, willow trees, etc.)?

As a member of the Society for the Rehabilitation of Semi-Colons, I'm intrigued to see how many are used in these documents, as well as the use of quotation marks, which looks modern, rather than old, as is the use of 'they' and 'their' for one child, instead of 'it/its' - another modern aberration! ('Its shadow', not 'their shadow'.)

But technical analysis must be the starting point, to establish the dates of the documents.
Posted: 13 Apr 2015 14:29 by Martin Jenkins #1149
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This is indeed a fascinating and potentially important find. I have a friend who is an academic who specialises in English witchcraft of the Late Medieval/Early Modern period – I will contact her and see if she can shed any light on the matter.

The use of ‘they/theirs’ for ‘it/its’ is not necessarily an indication of modern provenance: both Chaucer and the King James Bible (to name but two) do occasionally use ‘they’ and ‘theirs’ in the singular.
Posted: 15 Apr 2015 10:30 by Karl Brown #1153
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I’m pleased to read there’s going to be some expertise looking at this. The Enfield Independent’s news site is currently full of spookiness centred on the 1977 Enfield Haunting in Brimsdown, but also highlighting spookiness in the Crown and Horseshoes pub in Horseshoe Lane and the Hop Poles in Baker Street. (No mention of the Fox’s ghost.) Most scary of the Enfield examples seems to be the speeding phantom black coach in Bell Lane which passed right through Boys Brigade member Robert Bird in 1961. (The ultimate solution for Shared Space on our roads?)

They make no reference to the Town Hall manuscript, although if that’s only just been discovered I wouldn’t expect it to be in their archive from which they’ve drawn the examples.
Posted: 15 Apr 2015 12:16 by David March #1156
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Here is a photo of one of the Grovelands Witches seen lying in wait in the early morning mist in the park recently
Posted: 15 Apr 2015 18:18 by PGC Webmaster #1157
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Great picture, David! But the witches mentioned in the scroll are hopefully safely buried in Broomfield Park.

Still haven't laid eyes on the actual scroll, but another photograph has appeared on Sue B's website Palmers Green Jewel in the North attrilbuted to Enfield Local Studies Archive. But they deny all knowledge.

Various theories have been expounded here and elsewhere. Garry H. smells a rat with some of the spelling, and we're promised some advice from an academic expert in witchcraft, which might clarify things a bit.

On Bowes & Bounds MIchael D. suspects a late 19th century forgery.

Let's hope that we can get our hands on the scroll soon so that someone can do some serious investigation.
Posted: 16 Apr 2015 08:40 by Garry Humphreys #1158
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... and one other thing: How are the screamers to maintain the all-important ring (established by holding hands in a circle) if they have to point at each of the trees during the ritual?
Posted: 16 Apr 2015 08:45 by Garry Humphreys #1159
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Can Martin Jenkins give me a couple of examples (from Chaucer and the KJV) of 'they' and 'their' being used in the singular? (Not a trick question; I'd genuinely like to know!)
Posted: 16 Apr 2015 09:37 by Martin Jenkins #1160
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Garry, happy to oblige!

The reference in Chaucer is from the Canterbury Tales:

“And whoso fyndeth hym out of swich blame,
They wol come up […]”

It’s a little hard to tell in the Middle English, but whoso is a quantified expression, like whoever, that is syntactically singular, but then is paired to the syntactically plural they.

The website:

englishbibles.blogspot.co.uk/2006/09/sin...-english-bibles.html

has a full list of singular usage in the KJV, Tyndale, Geneva and other English bibles.

P.S. My academic friend has just got back to me. I will edit her reply and will post it here later today!
Posted: 16 Apr 2015 18:12 by Basil Clarke #1162
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Martin Jenkins wrote:
The reference in Chaucer is from the Canterbury Tales:

“And whoso fyndeth hym out of swich blame,
They wol come up […]”

It’s a little hard to tell in the Middle English, but whoso is a quantified expression, like whoever, that is syntactically singular, but then is paired to the syntactically plural they.

Yes, the -eth ending shows that "whoso" is definitely singular.

Another interesting point is that "they", "them", "their" etc arrived in English during the Middle English period as imports from Scandinavian languages. The Old English plural pronouns were insufficiently distinguishable from some singular forms - they all began with "h", if I remember correctly - so the Scandinavian forms were used instead. But I think that Chaucer himself uses the old forms sometimes and the new forms on other occasions. It wouldn't be surprising if some people got confused and started using the new "th-" forms instead of singular "h-" forms - an example of hypercorrection, I suppose.

I'll be very interested to read what your academic friend thinks.
Posted: 17 Apr 2015 08:30 by Martin Jenkins #1164
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So, there were witches in Winchmore Hill!

I received the following e-mail from my good friend Dr Susan Devereux, who is a lecturer in Early Modern History and specialises in witchcraft beliefs and trials of that period:
Obviously, without seeing the documents, I cannot say if they are genuine but I must say that they have the ring of truth. Your area of Middlesex had a reputation as a hotbed of supernatural activity in the Early Modern period. Most famous, of course, is the Witch of Edmonton: the witch in question was Elizabeth Sawyer, executed at Tyburn in 1621.

There are many other records of witchcraft accusations and trials in Middlesex… [I’ve omitted a fairly lengthy list here. MJ]

Most excitingly there is a passing reference to ‘the witches of Wynsmorehyll’ (Winchmore Hill) in an undated chapbook called The Most Wicked Worke of Wretched Witches.

Unfortunately there are no further details given about them. The chapbook is probably late 16th / early 17th Century.

I will do some more research, going through county records, assizes etc. etc. to find out more about your local witches. I’ll keep you posted!

P.S. The ‘charm’ against witches given in the manuscript is fairly elaborate but is not unheard of – off the top of my head I can think of at least three other rituals of a similar nature. It would be interesting to know if there were any other finds on the same site: shoes or ‘witch bottles’ were often built into walls as protection against witches.

Obviously, this is a tantalisingly brief reference but hopefully Dr Devereux will turn up more. It doesn't of course prove that the Town Hall documents are contemporary but it does suggest that there was a local tradition of witchcraft beliefs.

Starting this Saturday: Music from the Black Barn

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This Saturday Livestock present the first of four monthly nights of Music from he Black Barn at Forty Hall Farm.

The month the music style will be Blues - and who better to supply the musicians that our own local Blues club, St Harmonica's?  Details of the line-up are on our What's On page.

Lined up for May is Folk, for June Ska and Soul and for July Southern Rock.  Full details are on the Livestock website.

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Fox nominated as an Asset of Community Value

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Southgate District Civic Trust has sent Enfield Council a nomination to list the Fox pub in Palmers Green as an Asset of Community Value.  The application, sent last week, refers to the Fox's history, its role as a community hub, its prominent location and imposing architecture.

Fox Palmers Green geograph 3461584 by Christine MatthewsCopyright Christine Matthews and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons LicenceRegistration as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) provides increased protection against sudden changes of use or demolition of a building, though it certainly does not guarantee that neither of these will occur, as saving a pub might ultimately require its purchase by the community, as in the recent case of the Antwerp Arms in Tottenham.  In view of the size, both of the building and car park, the Fox would clearly be an expensive purchase.

It needs to be emphasized that there is absolutely no evidence that the owners of the Fox intend to close the pub, change its use or demolish it.  However, in common with many other pubs (possibly most pubs), it has lost much patronage in recent years so could be vulnerable.  Registration would be a precautionary measure.  It also indicates that local community bodies in and around Palmers Green place value in their history and their community hubs.

The small team that prepared the application comprised Sue Beard (the face behind Palmers Green - Jewel in the North), Jane Maggs (Secretary of the Southgate District Civic Trust), Joe Studman (Jaywalks), Councillor Mary McGuire and Sean Duff (President of the North London Circle of the Catenian Association).

The nomination summarises the Fox's importance as follows:

The Fox stands in a prominent position on the corner of Green Lanes and its namesake, Fox Lane. Tall and imposing, for those coming to Palmers Green from the north, it acts as a gateway into Palmers Green's main shopping area.

The Fox has a number of accolades. It is the oldest remaining pub in Palmers Green to have continuously stood on the same site – there has been a Fox on the site for over 300 years. It is also the only purpose built public house still remaining open on the main route between Wood Green and some way north of Winchmore Hill, the others being shop conversions with little architectural or historical merit.

The current building, of 1904, was built as part and parcel of the Edwardian development of Palmers Green. The size and grandeur of the building is a reminder that Palmers Green was once a place of enough significance to require a hotel and associated dining for travellers. Before the coming of the car, the Fox was the terminus of the horse drawn bus service into London, run by the Davey family of publicans who had stables at the back. Once the trams came, it was a major landmark on the journey from London. All taxi drivers still know the Fox.

The Fox, then, holds a position of huge cultural significance in an area which tends to think of itself as having a short past. It is a well loved landmark and social hub. If Palmers Green were ever to lose its landmark pub, and this landmark building, it would lose part of itself.

As a former bus and train terminus, and a hotel, the Fox has always been at the centre of Palmers Green's social and community life. June Brown, Dot Cotton from Eastenders, ran her theatre company from it, bands, including big names like Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band, have played in it, famous comedians perform in it to this day, and the famous have drunk in it – locals like Rob Stewart and Ted Ray and visitors including the famous names who trod the boards at the Intimate Theatre.

Today, as the only remaining live performance venue in Palmers Green, the Fox host a monthly comedy night attracting top Perrier nominated comedians. It hosts a community cinema, Talkies, desperately needed now that there are no cinemas for several miles. It hosts exercise and dance classes, and until recently bands and Irish music. As the only town centre room-for-hire, it has hosted wedding receptions, christenings, parties and bar mitzvahs, giving it a special place in many local people's personal histories.

The loss of the Fox, in its current form as a public house, would leave the community impoverished; the loss of the building itself would take something beloved and iconic for local people.

For this reason, we wish to make an application for the Fox to be recognised as an Asset of Community Value, so that, should it ever be threatened, it will be clear that this is a both building and social hub valued in the local area, and that local people might have some kind of option to intervene.

Southgate District Civic Trust is affiliated to the campaigning organisation Civic Voice.  In collaboration with several other campaigns, Civic Voice has set up the Localism Alliance, which has published a short guide to Assets of Community Value - the A-Z of ACV.

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Pinkham Way campaigners continue to defend woodland and raise serious questions about planned new Edmonton incinerator

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In a recent message to its supporters the Pinkham Way Alliance (PWA) provided an update on its continuing fight on two fronts:  on the one hand, it is still campaigning to prevent, or at any rate minimise, the development of Pinkham Wood;  on the other hand, it continues to oppose what it considers overly grandiose plans by the North London Waste Authority for future waste incinerator capacity.

Pinkham Wood

The land referred to as Pinkham Wood is adjacent to the Pinkham Way section of the North Circular and many years ago was the site of Friern Barnet Sewage Works.  PWA campaigning was a very significant factor in the abandonment in 2013 of the planned construction of a large waste processing plant on this Borough Grade 1 Site of Importance for Nature Conservation.  However, because of ambiguities about the planning status of this land, this did not rule out the possibility of the site being built on to provide some sort of industrial or other commercial capacity.

Haringey Council is currently considering what planning designation the site should have in future.  The PWA has submitted a detailed input (available on the PWA website), which has been supported by over 1100 members of the public.  Stephen Brice, the PWA Chair, has summed it up as follows:

  • that the Council, through their advisors, had produced no evidence of continuing need for employment designation on the Pinkham Way site - rather, the comments pointed the other way,
  • that any proposal for developing the site would anyway meet several serious constraints,
  • that Pinkham Way's value as a nature conservation site is increasingly apparent, and now recognised by the Council's own advisor, who called it ' ... a rare resource for Haringey ..of high ecological value ... '

The planned new incinerator at Edmonton

Subsequent to its abandonment of its plan for a large waste processing facility on Pinkham Way, the North London Waste Authority announced its intention of replacing the current Edmonton Incinerator (also adjacent to the North Circular and currently known as the "Edmonton Eco-Park") with a more modern, larger incinerator on a neighbouring site - the plan is referred to as the NLWA North London Heat and Power Project.  As well as processing waste and generating electricity, the new plant would be a source of hot water used to heat new housing at Meridian Water and New Southgate.

The Pinkham Way Alliance has serious misgivings about this proposal, as is clear from a list of questions they have posed to the North London Waste Authority (reproduced at the end of this article).  Among the many points they make is

  • the fact that the amount of waste the new plant would need to burn is not compatible with existing targets for increasing the proportion of waste which is recycled and with the principles of the "waste hierarchy"
  • the probability that the Authority would want to "import" waste to keep the incinerator working - which is against existing policy
  • the questionable business assumptions, in particular in relation to future energy costs.

As they have been arguing for years now, the PWA believes that waste processing capacity should be built up incrementally, in response to actual requirements.  They clearly believe that the waste authority is working to an internally generated expansionist agenda, leading to "misguided overprovision for waste management".  The Authority's submission to the new North London Waste Plan "displays a one-sided championing of an unlimited waste land bank that discredits the Authority as a reasonable, responsible public body".

A second group that is unhappy about the Edmonton proposals is Enfield Green Party.  They view incineration as a wasteful and dangerous process which releases toxins into the atmosphere and destroys materials that might be used again.  If there are "residuals" (ie non-recyclable waste) that do need processing, the method used should be anaerobic digestion, pyrolysis or the "Norfolk Solution", which is to use the waste to make bricks and road surfacing material.

The Greens too are concerned about the risk of perverse economic incentives not to maximise recycling.  They say:

We believe that it's important that the incinerator should always be seen as a last resort. The NLWA should therefore avoid any arrangements that discourage reductions in the volumes to be burnt. Specifically:

  • NLWA should avoid any heat supply commitments that require greater volumes to be burnt than the most optimistic plausible volumes.
  • NLWA should commit to keeping the incinerator under public control for its whole life. A private owner would be bound to see it as a source of profit and thus seek to increase the throughput.  [Source:  Enfield Green Party submission re new Edmonton incinerator]

The second phase of consultation on the plans for Edmonton runs from 18 May until 30 June.

Pinkham Way Alliance comments on North London Waste Authority plans for a new incinerator at Edmonton

January 2015

Pinkham Way Alliance is pleased to have the opportunity to comment on the North London Waste Authority’s future plans for the Edmonton site. We would appreciate your answers to the specific questions that we have asked (in bold italics).

Strategic issues

You fall back on the North London Joint Waste Strategy as underpinning your proposals. However, the NLJWS expires in 2020, whereas your proposed ERF plant will not be built till some years later, and your proposal anticipates three decades ahead and beyond. Therefore

How is the Authority’s proposal consistent with any up-to-date strategy agreed by the North London authorities?

The Waste Hierarchy is central to the waste policies of the EU, the Mayor of London, the NLWS and the evolving North London Waste Plan, with a recycling target of 50% by the year 2020. Yet your proposal assumes that the North London authorities will not achieve a recycling level beyond 35-40% even by year 2051, and it is silent on the anticipated impact of higher-level waste management methods in the hierarchy - waste prevention and re-use – on the forecasts for residual waste.

How is the scale and timing of your proposal consistent with the Waste Hierarchy aspirations to which you and the North London Councils are committed?

The quantities of waste managed in your proposal exceed North London’s apportionment, which is the amount agreed on a London-wide basis by the Mayor of London, taking into account the quantities of waste produced and manageable by all the London authorities.

What is the benefit for North London’s inhabitants in managing more waste than is necessary in North London?

Eunomia’s reservations on data

Eunomia’s caveats on data reliability could not have been stronger. ‘Best available data’ is exactly what it says it is; ‘best’, as the Authority knows, is relative, it is not an indication of fitness for purpose. We are surprised, therefore, at the lack of flexibility in the Authority’s capacity decision on for the new EfW facility.

Why has the Authority not attempted to mitigate the admitted inadequacy and fragility of ‘best available data’, at least to some extent, by a flexible, incremental approach rather than a decision to build maximum capacity near the beginning of the period?

Operating capacity/forecast arisings/recycling rate

We are concerned that the operating capacity of 700,000 tpa, when compared with the forecast arisings for 2051, indicates a recycling rate only a few per cent above the present NLWA figure of c 32%. This present figure is anyway well below some comparable WDAs (Gtr Manchester at 38.25% is but one example), and should be addressed urgently if there is not to be a substantial shortfall in NLJWS aims of 50% by 2020. The plan actually gives the impression that the Authority has given up on any effort to meet these, either by 2020 or in the future.

In the light of this apparent conflict, what is the Authority’s attitude to the 50% recycling target? Where does the target sit in the Authority’s list of priorities?

What financial or strategic assessment has been made of the implications of the central or the high estimates of recycling on the plant’s operation?

Capacity compared with N London apportionment

At its proposed 700k tpa capacity, the new plant would be capable of processing above 100% of the 2036 HHLD Apportionment, and an even higher percentage in earlier years.

London Boroughs have been set an Apportionment target based on regional need and their perceived ability to support the all London target. NLWA operates a pooled Apportionment for seven Boroughs within this total.

There is considerable difference between following the requirements of the Apportionment of the London Plan and seeking sub-Regional self-sufficiency in waste.

Has a strategic or financial assessment been made of the apparent acceptance that sub-regional self-sufficiency is the better route?

Consequences of future shortfall in N London arisings

It is evident from the forecasts that a shortfall in feedstock from N London is possible, especially if the Authority and the Councils approach the 50% recycling target. We assume then that the Authority may be positioning itself as provider of treatment services to third parties. However, anecdotal evidence indicates that the cost of exporting waste to Europe, for instance to Holland, is significantly lower than the cost of local treatment

What evidence does the Authority have of a reliable supply of third party waste of the required quality in the event of a shortfall from the sub-region?

Quality of feedstock for the new plant.

We note the Authority’s comments on the high calorific feed necessary for the size of lines to be installed in the new plant.

How does the Authority reconcile the apparent conflict between this requirement and

  • with Policy 2 of the Mayor’s Municipal Waste Strategy, which emphasises ‘cleaner, efficient energy generation from low-carbon waste material’
  • with the UK Government pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, and
  • with EU policies and statements about plastic and energy recovery, especially from the previous Environment Commissioner, who said in 2012 “It (plastic) must be responsibly used and recycled from cradle to cradle without escaping a closed loop of responsible treatment at its end of life phase”?

Electricity pricing model

In October 2014, the UK Dept of Energy published projections for the price of oil, as it does every year. Oil is globally traded, and probably the most understood and heavily researched commodity with advanced, liquid markets, where even minute by minute trading is technically analysed. In the preamble, DECC says the following:

Forecasting fossil fuel prices far into the future is extremely challenging, as it depends on a large number of unknowns … DECC has instead generated a set of projections based on estimates of fundamentals and other available evidence that represents a plausible range for future prices … Each set of price projections (across oil, gas and coal) has been subjected to peer review, in which an expert with expertise in the given fuel type provided scrutiny to the methodologies behind the projections.

It is plain that, with input from the International Energy Agency, the Institute of Economic Affairs, leading industry analysts Wood Mackenzie and 8 other financial institutions, DECC could justifiably believe that it had used ‘best available data’.

As at October 2014, the low, central and high forecasts for oil, were $90, $105 and $120 for 2014, and $89, $96 and $122 for 2015.

Three and a half months later, on Friday 23rd January 2015, Brent Crude closed at just under $49 and West Texas at under $46.

DECC also publishes yearly projections of electricity prices.

Has the Authority used the DECC forecasts or any similar projections in any financial assessment made of the operating model of the new plant?

What price scenarios have been assessed?

Will the plant’s financial model be available in the next consultation exercise?

Commercial and Industrial Waste

In the waste forecasting model, we see that NLWA’s share of business waste has fallen by nearly 40% in four years, yet this fall is forecast to be made up, and more, during the next four years:

… in 2012/13 that proportion was around 10% decreasing from 16% in 2009/10. The overall proportion was assumed to increase to approximately 20% by 2018/19 and was held constant for the remainder of the study period

Has the Authority analysed the reasons for the initial sharp fall, and what changes have been made in the present strategy which gives it confidence that it will double market share in the next four years, and retain that gain after that?

If the strategy to rebuild market share is primarily price based, what are the wider implications for other stakeholders?

Land use implications

In view of the many competing uses for land in North London, we are concerned that misguided overprovision for waste management within the sub-region endangers our ability to provide for other uses. In particular, the fact that waste management has the lavishly funded Waste Authority driving its expansion poses a danger to uses such as nature conservation which is left to find its advocacy from voluntary civil society. In particular, the submission to the new North London Waste Plan, written by the Authority’s former Director of Procurement, displays a one-sided championing of an unlimited waste land bank that discredits the Authority as a reasonable, responsible public body.

Will the Authority now withdraw the former Procurement Director’s submission from the new North London Waste Plan, which has now been superseded by the abandonment of the procurement, and to allow the evolution of a fresh approach starting with this consultation on the new Edmonton ERF?

This item was amended on 5 April 2015 by adding Stephen Brice's summary of the PWA submission to Haringey Council.  The headline was amended to reflect discussion of the Edmonton incinerator

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£18.8 million of lottery money to restore the Ally Pally

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The following announcement was posted on the Alexandra Palace website on 25th March.

We are delighted to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund have awarded us £18.8million of funding to restore the Palace's most significant historic spaces to their former glory and secure the Palace's future as one of London's leading heritage destinations.

Under the plans, the eastern end of the Palace, comprising the BBC Studios and the Victorian Theatre will be repaired and refurbished, together with the glazed East Court in which a new and more welcoming public entrance hall will be created.

The award of £18.8million HLF funding contributes towards the total project cost of £26.7m, with the London Borough of Haringey having pledged £6.8m and the Trust committing to a fundraising target of £1m before the start of the project in 2016.

For more information visit our project page or take a look at our detailed FAQ section. To find out how you can support the project visit our get involved page.

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