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Remembrance Day in Broomfield Park

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Wreaths surrounding memorial cairn in Broomfield Park

The Friends of Broomfield Park have published a gallery of photographs taken at this year's ceremony in the park's Garden of Remembrance, along with a full report on the ceremony.


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Council to reinstate avenue of trees in Broomfield Park

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elm avenueWithin the next few weeks Enfield Council is hoping to start work to restore the double avenue of trees in Broomfield Park which extends in a straight line across the whole of the top field from the western edge of the Park in the direction of the ornamental ponds and remains of Broomfield House.  The avenues and the remains of a former "causeway" running between the tree lines are regarded as important features relating to the Park's Baroque history.

The existing avenue of lime trees was planted around 35 years ago to replace the former impressive avenue of pollarded elm trees, which was lost to Dutch Elm Disease in the late 1970s.  Unfortunately, because of damage by grass cutting machinery or vandalism, the council has had to fell many of the lime trees, while others are in poor shape.

The public consultation on the future of Broomfield Park and Broomfield House finishes on Sunday 30th November


Location of double avenue of lime trees in Broomfield Park

Location of the double avenue of lime trees

Only nineteen of the existing lime trees are considered suitable for retention.  The stumps of eleven trees will be removed and 50 new trees planted.  Like the existing limes, the new trees will be of the species Tilla Cordata ("Greenspire") (Small Lime Leaf) - a species which is native to Britain.

Why not replant elms?

The Council looked into the option of replanting the avenue with elms,  but this would have involved the extra cost of felling and replacing with elms the 19 lime trees that are in good condition.  Furthermore, further destruction by Dutch Elm Disease could not be ruled out, as there are no 100 per cent resistant species available.  Elms would also have been vulnerable to Elm Yellows Phytoplasma (Candidatus Phytoplasma Ulmi).  This is a bacterial disease which kills the vessels within the trees system that provide the uptake and transport of water and nutrients around the trees system, killing the tree.  This disease has been identified in tree nurseries in Cambridgeshire.

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The former avenue of elms photographed in 1971 by Christine Matthews

To ensure that the new trees fare better than their predecessors, the Council will be surrounding each tree with a protective fence.  A three-year aftercare programme, including watering using preinstalled irrigation tubes, will assist the trees' survival and growth into mature trees.  The Council has said that if necessary, it will use its own in-house team to continue watering the trees after the completion of the aftercare programme.

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Council rethink on museum and archives service cuts

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Enfield Council has withdrawn its proposal to completely cease providing drop-in access to its Local Studies Centre at the Dugdale Centre and to drastically scale back the Enfield Museum, which is also located at the Dugdale Centre.  There will, however, still be cutbacks, though their scope is unclear.

just married exhibition"Just Married" might have been the last special exhibition at the Enfield Museum under the original proposalsThis rethink, announced on the Council website earlier today, is a response to the views of "hundreds" of people who participated in the consultation about the future of the services.  However, under the "minor changes" that are now planned drop-in access to the Local Studies Centre will be cut back to three days a week (Tuesday to Thursday) and one-to-one professional assistance will be by appointment only.

Museum displays will continue to be located on both the ground and first floors.  Campaigners against the planned cuts had expressed fears that restricting the museum to the first floor only would have meant the end of special exhibitions, such as the current "Just Married" - an exhibition celebrating local wedding traditions over the past century and a half.

The Council is still planning to digitise some of the archive holdings and make them available online and says that staff will be doing this on days when the drop-in service is unavailable.

The announcement makes no mention of changes to staffing, but as this is a cost-cutting exercise there will almost certainly be a reduction in staff numbers and in particular in the employment of more expensive professional specialists.  Presumably, as more material gradually becomes available on the web the Council may take the opportunity to further cut back staffing and services at the Dugdale.

At least one observer has suggested that this apparent compromise was what the Council had in mind all along:  "Straight from the politician’s handbook.  Propose something draconian and hope that everyone is happy when something semi-draconian is decided upon instead."

The text of the announcement is shown in the box below.

Open access to Local Studies and Museum Service continues

Published Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Enfield Council has announced minor changes to the way its Local Studies and Museum service will operate following a public consultation on the future of the service.

The museum spaces in the ground and first floor of the Dugdale Centre will be continued as will drop in access to the Local Studies Centre for people not requiring one to one support from staff.

A new appointments service will be introduced for people who require professional support from a local studies officer while the Local Studies Centre will be closed to the public on Mondays and Fridays to enable staff to increase the amount of stock which is available digitally

Enfield Council took the decision after listening to the hundreds of people who participated in a consultation on the future of the service.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Protection, Cllr Ayfer Orhan, said: “I am delighted to announce that we will be continuing the Local Studies Centre and providing enhanced digital services as well. Taken together the new service will be able to meet customers’ needs now and in the future whilst managing within the very limited resources made available to us.”

Source:  Enfield Council website

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Age UK Enfield: "No-one should have no-one at Christmas"

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No matter what your age, being loved and cared for is important to all of us.

No one should have no one at Christmas.  But during Christmas the companionship and support of friends and family seems to mean even more than usual – which is why loneliness feels even harsher.

At Age UK Enfield we believe no one should have no one. Not at Christmas. Not ever.

Yet for 40,000 older people in London loneliness is a daily reality. And we don’t just mean at Christmas.

How you can help

If you want to change the lives of older people in Enfield this Christmas, please call 020 8375 4120 -  to find out how you can make a difference. Or you could donate on line

Talking to no one

In the UK, 1 million older people go a month or more without seeing or speaking to a friend, family member or neighbour.

We need to change that. We need to make sure help is available for all older people who find their lives adversely affected by loneliness or illness or poverty, whatever the time of year.

Here in Enfield we’re working as hard as we can all year round to help older people face the different challenges that growing older brings, and with your help we can work to make sure no one in later life need be alone or isolated.

Whether it’s through our befriending services or lunch clubs, our information and advice around getting the financial support people need to make the most of their later years or just being somewhere to turn when things get too tough to cope with on your own.

Age UK Enfield provides crucial companionship, advice and support to thousands - of people every year.

But we can’t do any of this without your help.

So if you want to change the lives of older people in Enfield this Christmas, please call 020 8375 4120-  to find out how you can make a difference.

You can help to change the lives of local people and make sure no one has no one at Christmas.

Age UK Enfield provides a range of services and your gift will go where the need is greatest.

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Initial analysis of Cycle Enfield A105 consultation responses

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Enfield Council has published some initial analysis of the responses from members of the public to the A105 Cycle Enfield Scheme (see the box below).

The analysis is very broad-brush, but one interesting fact that stands out is that respondents' highest priorities were pedestrian safety and air quality.  "Convenient car parking" was one of the lowest priorities.

A fuller report will be issued in due course, which will include responses to points raised by the public.  Some changes will be made to the scheme as a result of the public responses, but there are no indications as yet what they might comprise.

An email sent to interested members of the public includes the following statement:

A105 (Palmers Green – Enfield Town) Consultation

This consultation closed on the 9th October and during the 12-weeks it was open we received extensive feedback on the scheme. Following a number of questions about the results, we decided to release an early results summary sheet.

We’re continuing to work on the full consultation report, which will consider and respond to the range of feedback that we received. We are listening to what you have said and in the full report we will explain the changes we are making to the designs as a result of the consultation. The final A105 scheme report will also include key information, such as economic and air quality assessments and additional feedback received outside of the formal consultation process.

Once this full report is complete, a final scheme will be determined.

The box below has text and graphics taken from the summary sheet.

A105 Summary of Consultation

Overall support

From 17th July to 9th October 2015 people were asked to share their feedback about the plans for the A105. One of the key questions we asked was whether they supported the overall plans for the A105 Cycle Enfield scheme. 1,646 people told us what they thought:

support for a105 cycle enfield scheme

The majority of people who had their say lived directly on, or very near to, the proposed route (NB the full report will provide more details). Out of the total who responded, 1,386 had an Enfield postcode.

support for the a105 cycle enfield scheme enfield residents

Key highlights

  • Many welcomed improvements to make cycling safer along Green Lanes
  • Many thought that the scheme would encourage more people to cycle
  • Better air quality and improving the health and wellbeing of the community were seen as significant benefits
  • Many wanted reassurances that the final designs will reflect the needs of local businesses, particularly in maintaining deliveries and provision for customer parking
  • Concerns were raised about any possible congestion and traffic diverting down alternative routes
  • The needs of everyone, especially the elderly, disabled and those with young children, have to be fully considered
  • How did we tell people about the consultation?

We used a variety of means to tell people about the consultation process including:

  • Sending over 14,000 letters to homes and businesses along the route, and a further 60,000 leaflets to homes in the surrounding area
  • Hosting a 3-day exhibition at The Fox Pub in Palmers Green
  • Displaying posters in the high street, on buses and in public buildings
  • Secured 64 notices to lampposts along the entire route
  • Advertising in local papers and community magazines
  • Presenting draft designs at the Palmers Green Festival and Enfield Town Show
  • Attending ward forums and visiting local venues, such as the Ruth Winston Centre

What people thought of the consultation

what people thought of the cycle enfield a105 consultation

What would you like from the scheme?

We asked you to tell us what you thought was important when we were considering the scheme:

what people want from the cycle enfield a105 scheme

Who participated

cycle enfield a105 consultation ages of respondents

cycle enfield a105 consultation gender of respondents

What happens next?

We are listening and the feedback we have received will help to shape the design of the final scheme. These changes will be shared in the concluding report.

The report will include key information, such as economic and air quality assessments and comments received outside of the formal consultation process.

For full details of all the proposed routes and to have your say in any open consultations for the other schemes visit

Download this summary from the Enfield Council website

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Posted: Today 16:55 by Karl Brown #1823
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Todays (30th November 2015) Evening Standard tells on a new “shock” report from the Policy Exchange Commission and Kings College London. It tells of 3,800,000 of London’s workforce (44%) employed in areas breaching EU rules for the killer air-pollutant Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2). (Note this does not refer to particulates such as PM2.5 which also has serious health impacts or CO2 which is one gas responsible for climate change, both of which are significantly due to traffic engines.)

In Enfield it identifies 3,237 schoolchildren and 18,982 workers affected by “filthy air” which scientists say risks shortening lives. For those of us in Enfield Southgate there is the potential for a mixed reaction to this for, “In outer London, the air was dirtier in some more deprived communities than affluent neighbourhoods.”

But more generally the report identifies, “The case for tackling air pollution in London is clear. London’s air is unhealthy to breathe. Children are particularly vulnerable to unsafe levels of air pollution.” and emphasises the “very clear moral case” for tackling air pollution.

On the brighter side the report highlights states “that if current and planned policies are implemented by the Mayor and Government then the average life expectancy in London could increase by six months”.

London Plan Policy 6.9 is central to much of this and so realistically includes this “moral case”. Let’s hope we now see some moral leadership in this space from all political parties:

"The Mayor will work with all relevant partners to bring about a significant increase in cycling in London, so that it accounts for at least 5 per cent of modal share by 2026. He will: fund the transformation of up to four outer London borough town centres into cycle friendly ‘mini- Hollands’.
The Mayor is committed to delivering a step-change in cycling provision that will support the growing numbers of cyclists in central London as well as encourage growth in cycling across all of London. The Mayor’s aim to increase the mode share for cycling to 5% across Greater London will require significant increases in particular areas and for particular trip purposes – e.g. Central, Inner and mini-Hollands.
It goes on to include:-
transformation of up to four outer London boroughs into ‘Mini- Hollands’, with substantial funding concentrated in relatively small areas to achieve the greatest possible impact and make them as cycle friendly as their Dutch counterparts
The quality and safety of London’s street environment should be improved to make the experience of cycling more pleasant and an increasingly viable alternative to the private car. By providing safe and attractive routes that are easy to navigate people may be encouraged to cycle more, which will have health benefits for them and also help tackle climate change."

Local civic society seeks MP's support

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Southgate District Civic Trust is hoping to enlist the support of local MP David Burrowes for a new Parliamentary grouping that will be seeking to ensure that the views of local communities are taken into account in the planning process.

The new All Party Parliamentary Group for Civic Societies has been set up in conjunction with Civic Voice, a national charity to which Southgate District Civic Trust (SDCT) is affliated.  Its initial focus will be on the historic environment, in which context there is concern about the loss of conservation staff employed by local authorities.

SDCT suggested to David Burrowes that he should join the new all party group in order to represent civic societies in his constituency.  However, it is unclear whether or not he intends to do so.

See the following communication from SDCT.

Message from Southgate District Civic Trust, 16 November 2015

Please see a press release from Civic Voice concerning the first meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Civic Societies.

With all the changes in legislation, particularly planning, civic societies need help from our politicians to ensure our views are heard.  SDCT asked our MP, David Burrowes, if he would be joining this group to represent our local civic societies.  Unfortunately, we have not yet received a reply, so we have to assume he was not there.

We will continue to press our MP, to support us.

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November 2015

APPG for civic societies to make the case for the historic environment

Craig Mackinlay MP calls on communities to ask local MPs to join the group

Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic society movement, held the first meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Civic Societies today.

The launch, which saw Craig Mackinlay MP proposed and elected to the position of Chair, also decided upon some of key themes for discussion for the group throughout meetings during the coming year. The inaugural meeting also instated William Wragg MP, Natascha Engel MP and Cat Smith MP into officer roles.

The recommendations from the meetings concluded that the group's aim over the next months should be to focus on the historic environment. The meetings during the coming year should specifically reference the impact of the loss of conservation staff, the importance of community involvement in local heritage listing and the impact of development on Cathedral cities.

Ian Harvey, Executive Director for Civic Voice, said "The first meeting of our All Party Parliamentary Group is a really exciting and interesting occasion. The meeting coincided with national Parliament Week when Civic Voice teamed up with Parliament to deliver a series of workshops across the country.  As an organisation who values collaboration and who makes the most of the collective strengths of the movement, we are always excited to add new expertise to our group and look forward to working with Craig and others to make the case for the historic environment in the coming months. "

He added "We are fortunate that our movement will now include the breadth of knowledge offered by our Chair, Craig Mackinlay MP and also our Vice-Chair, William Wragg MP".

Craig Mackinlay MP, newly elected Chair of the APPG, commented "The conclusions drawn by the meeting are for the group to focus on the impact of the loss of conservation staff, the importance of a community voice when protecting the local historic environment and the future of Cathedral cities. I now call on all communities across the country to tell their MP to join the All Party Group and to give Civic Voice examples of what is happening to your local historic environment. We will debate these issues in future meetings."

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Voting registration deadline looming - make sure everyone is aware

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With the deadline for individual electoral registration looming (it's this Friday, 20th November), there are concerns that more than 10,000 Enfield residents might not register in time.  Across all UK urban areas the missing names might be counted in the millions.

The numbers of voters registered in each constituency by 20th November will be used when redrawing the electoral map and the fear is that the missing names on electoral rolls will result in London and other big cities having fewer parliamentary seats and thus being less influential on future government decisions.

Probably all readers of this website will already have registered, but you may well know people - particularly younger people - who have not yet registered.  If you do, please pass this message on to them  urgently.

They may also be interested to know that not being on the electoral register may reduce their credit rating.

For more details, see the box below.

Keep your vote

After November 20th, millions of voters from across the UK will disappear from the electoral register. Are you one of them? You will have less of a say in future elections, and it could affect your credit rating. Most people won't even know it's happened until it's too late - so make sure you're registered now.

What's going on?

The government has recently switched to a new system of registering to vote, called "Individual Electoral Registration". The deadline for people to register under the new system is November 20th. Most people have been automatically registered - but an estimated 1.9 million people are still not registered and will be deleted from the register without their knowledge.

Why does it matter?

If you're not on the electoral register next month, then according to the government you don't exist. MPs are allocated to areas based on how many people are on the electoral register - not how many people actually live there. That means if you're not on the register by Friday 20th then your vote could count for less at the next election.

If that wasn't enough, then not being on the electoral register can affect your credit rating. That will make it harder to get things like a phone contract or a loan to buy a car.

Am I registered?

Your local council office can tell you for sure. Many councils will have sent you a form asking you to confirm your registration details. Sending this back should mean you're registered.

If you haven't had a form, or you're not sure, then you can make sure you are registered by registering online on the government's website by the 20th November.

Information is drawn from Hope Not Hate's report on Britain's Missing Voters.

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Paris attacks: A message from the Metropolitan Police

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paris attacks letter from metropolitan police smallCommander Mak Chishly of the Metropolitan Police has requested that the following message be promulgated through all community channels.

paris attacks letter from metropolitan policeDear Friends,

We are all aware of the shocking and tragic attacks in Paris last night, first and foremost I would like to express our heartfelt prayers and wishes to all those involved and to the nation of Fran..

We are still in the early stages of learning about what took place last night but I would like to reassure you that we acted very quickly during the night and have implemented a policing plan that will see more visible policing in many parts of London. I would like to stress that this is NOT in response to any specific intelligence relating to London or any specific community, rather our concern about how communities may be feeling.

I am writing to you today, to personally ask for your support over the next few days, as I recognise that communities may naturally feel a sense of unease and I hope you can Pass on my message to help reassure them. I would be grateful if you could use your networks and messaging systems to reach as many of your community members as possible to convey the following messages,

Officers and uniformed police staff will be out and about as part of London's community life. They welcome members of the community approaching them and will do their best to help reassure them. If any member of the community spots anything unusual that they do not feel happy about then please report this to the police dialling 101 or the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321. If it is urgent please dial 999.

It is with regret, but something that we have come to realise through experience, that hate crime can increase in these difficult times and I would ask that any hate crime is immediately reported. I assure you that it will receive a fast response and be dealt with by specialist officers.

On a final note and I know I speak for all of us in saying that #westandtogether with Paris, with France and as communities together and we can send out a strong message of defiance against those who seek to terrorise us. Please can I ask you to encourage all of our communities to simply send the message that 'we will always stand together' on twitter and other social media.

Thank you for your continued support and friendship.

With my best wishes.

Mak Chishty
Commander. Community Engagement. Metropolitan Police Service

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"One Atmosphere": Cleaning up London's air

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In this film of a presentation at a conference held in Australlia, Simon Birkett, Founder and Director of Clean Air in London, talks about the most important lessons learned by him from 10 years of campaigning on air pollution. The film urges immediate action to reduce local air pollution and greenhouse gases to protect public health and mitigate climate change.

"One Atmosphere"  can be viewed as ten separate "chapters" or as a single 35 minute film at

Simon Birkett has made the following comments about the film:

“One Atmosphere urges David Cameron, Malcolm Turnbull and other world leaders to take a lead at the forthcoming COP21 climate negotiations in Paris by pledging to reduce local air pollution and greenhouse gases to protect public health and mitigate climate change.

“This film is also my record of the most important lessons I’ve learned from 10 years of campaigning on air pollution. Clean Air in London has focused every day on its mission to achieve urgently and sustainably full compliance with World Health Organisation guidelines for air quality. We’ve done it by focusing ruthlessly on air pollution in London and those who can reduce it i.e. addressing successive Mayors and UK governments, the European Parliament and European Commission, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations. At one stage, a previous government asked us to campaign on nuisance noise but we refused because it would distract us from our core mission.

“I hope people will enjoy watching One Atmosphere. Highlights include:

• getting started in 2006 and milestones and successes since then;

• finding every government since September 1990 or earlier has incentivised the use of diesel vehicles despite knowing it would kill people sooner when One Atmosphere thinking would have stopped it;

• accusing the previous Labour government of one of the biggest public health ‘cover-ups’ or failings in modern history for not disclosing the number of deaths attributable to long-term exposure to fine particles (PM2.5);

• hunting and filming the Mayor of London’s Pollution Suppressor which he used in early 2012 to reduce air pollution by up to 49% – just in front of the monitor on the Olympic Route Network most likely to report a legal breach (and CAL finding him guilty of public health fraud on an industrial scale);

• the deadly dangers posed by standby diesel generators that are used in cities to power the national grid (e.g. ‘Short-Term Operating Reserve’ (STOR) and ‘TRAD Avoidance’) and combined heat and power plants and biomass burning in cities;

• finding that indoor air quality in NHS hospitals may be no better than warehouses and most local authorities do not know whether their schools comply with the British and European standard BS:EN 13779 for air filters in building (which is different to air conditioning and ventilation);

• the need to ban diesel from the most polluted places by 2020, with an intermediate step by 2018, as the first Clean Air Act banned coal so successfully almost exactly 60 years ago (5 July 2016); and

• the need and wonderful opportunity to implement One Atmosphere thinking to reduce local air pollution and greenhouse gases to protect public health and mitigate climate change.

“CAL is grateful to Andy Davey for letting us include many of his amazing cartoons about air pollution in One Atmosphere, all of which feature Mayor Johnson.

“To encourage the widespread sharing of One Atmosphere, we have chosen a Creative Commons license which lets others remix, tweak, and build upon our work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit us and license their new creations under the identical terms. The cartoons by Andy Davey included in the film are subject to separate copyright protection with all rights reserved.

“I am keen to record special thanks to the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand and VicRoads for sponsoring my presentation in Australia, Jay Hunt Founder and Chief Executive of Violet Productions, cameraman Ryan Blair and Ace Post Production. Special thanks of course to Environmental Justice Australia hosting a landmark National Clean Air Summit.

“I am also grateful to Clean Air in London’s Honorary Founder Supporters and Clean Air in Cities Award winners and key sponsors and supporters including Camfil (world leader in air filters for buildings), the New West End Company and the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (which campaigns, amongst many other things, for taxi drivers to be allowed by the Mayor to buy non-diesel vehicles).

“There is a wonderful opportunity for a new clean air revolution almost exactly 60 years after the first national Clean Air Act. We should start by: banning diesel, combined heat and power plants, incinerators and wood burning from the most polluted places; and agreeing ambitious greenhouse gas reduction commitments at COP21 in Paris.

“I hope One Atmosphere inspires others to campaign for clean air and enjoy the journey to getting it.”

"One Atmosphere"  can be viewed as ten separate "chapters" or as a single 35 minute film at

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Posted: 15 Nov 2015 12:53 by Karl Brown #1789
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That's the first instance I've heard of a causal link between traffic and asthma. What a hot mayoral contest we have building up for 2016.

Pinkham Way campaigners accuse council of burying inconvenient evidence

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logoThe Chair of the Pinkham Way Alliance (PWA) has written to Haringey Council's cabinet member for planning policy to complain about suppression and misrepresentation of evidence which contradicts the Council's policy of classifying woodland at Pinkham Way as suitable for employment use.

In his letter dated 5th November 2015 Stephen Brice writes that the PWA has come to the view that its evidence "is so inconvenient for the Council that there has been a systematic attempt to bury it".

The criticism refers to the preparation of documentation and advice ahead of a meeting of Haringey's Cabinet on 20th October.  The Cabinet discussed and approved various local plan documents, including the Site Allocations DPD (Development Plan Document), a document listing sites within the borough which are considered suitable for building housing or infrastructure for employment.

The Pinkham Way Alliance has been campaigning for Pinkham Way, which is a SINC (site for nature conservation), to be no longer classified as an Employment Site.

In support of its case the PWA submitted a 29-page document with copious evidence that Pinkham Way is unsuitable for use as an employment site.  However, the briefing papers prepared for the Cabinet meeting dismiss the PWA case in a few lines, without including any supporting evidence for or against for the Cabinet members to consider:

6.164 Pinkham Way Alliance feel that SA52 (Pinkham Way) is not suitable for employment use. The existing designations, both employment and SINC, are considered to continue on the basis there is a continuing need for employment spaces in the borough. Any development would be required to consider the SINC designation as well. The evidence the group submitted on the biodiversity present on the site is not sufficient to demonstrate that employment couldn‟t coexist on the site. Flood risk and culverted watercourse were also reasons suggested for why the site is unsuitable for development. Any proposed development would require a flood risk assessment to demonstrate no adverse impact in flood risk while the impact upon the watercourse is already covered by the policy.

6.165  There is specific opposition to the use of the site for waste, which is noted by council and the allocation does not specify this is the use that will be on site. Respondents were also concerned about views from Friern Barnet Bridge Park to Alexandra Paces being disrupted. Any development would require an impact assessment on long distance views to be undertaken.

The letter also complains that though 1154 members of the public requested that the PWA submission be regarded as coming from all of them (in accordance with precedence), the Cabinet meeting paperwork referred to a "petition" with 1154 signatures.

Full text of the letter from Stephen Brice, Chair of the Pinkham Way Alliance

5th November

Dear Councillor Demirci,

Cabinet Meeting - 20 October 2015

I write to you first as one of your constituents, and second, as Chair of the Pinkham Way Alliance. Among our members are hundreds more Bounds Green constituents, who, like me, are entitled to expect you to represent their interests and opinions honestly. Many of them would have been among the 1154 people who signed their names in support of the PWA submission to the Council's Site Allocations consultation earlier this year.

I was thus astounded to hear you say at the Cabinet meeting on 20 October that among the petitions received was one from Pinkham Way Alliance with 1154 signatures.

The Pinkham Way Alliance has never sent a petition to Haringey. As you know we have always sent detailed submissions, in this case 26 pages of comment and analysis of the Council's published planning policies and evidence, together with substantial supporting evidence and attachments.

As you will also know, the arrangement by which PWA supporters can sign their names to a central submission with no loss of value was established on the instructions of the Local Plan Inspector in October 2011 and has been in operation ever since. If the Council now wishes our supporters to send in separate submissions we can arrange that for the future. Please let me know.

In spite of this large number of submissions, reflecting the community's long-established, well-informed concern about this site, reference to the PWA submission was omitted from the list of submissions on page 86 of the Cabinet Report. Your comment that "a petition" had been received did nothing to remedy that omission.

Members would have had to search out Appendix F, via a separate web link, to find any reference to the size of the response on Pinkham Way. Even then it was misrepresented.

I would also point out that there was no reference in the Cabinet Report to the GVA viability study on Pinkham Way, which gave rise to further extensive submissions by PWA. As you know, that study had been suppressed and only came to light after a FOI request. Our challenge to this viability evidence should have been taken into account and made public as part of the consultation responses.

We have come to the view that PWA's evidence, including the challenge to the GVA viability study, is so inconvenient for the Council that there has been a systematic attempt to bury it.

Both you, Cllr Strickland and the Council in general protested that, this time round, the Council would be open, transparent and evidence-based. Since the evidence emerged that the employment designation was undeliverable, however, we have found the reality to be quite the opposite.

Stephen Brice

Chair - Pinkham Way Alliance


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Do you have a couple of hours to spare in the run-up to Christmas?

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Volunteer for Leonard Cheshire disability this Christmas and help make a difference to someone's life


Like most of us, people who use our services get very busy in the run up to Christmas. All those cards to write, all that shopping to do, the decorations need to go up — there's so much to do! 

That’s where you come in!

You could help one of our clients, or perhaps one of our care homes, with their Christmas preparations. If so, find your closest service to volunteer at.

Thank you in advance for making someone’s Christmas preparations a little bit easier.

Begoña Mendez
Volunteer enabling co-ordinator
Leonard Cheshire Disability

Nearest Leonard Cheshire Care Home:

Arnold House


66 The Ridgeway
Greater London

Tel: 020 8363 1660
Fax: 020 8366 5277

Service manager: Nooranah Islam

Volunteer at Arnold House

Arnold House is a home providing a range of services for adults with physical disabilities.

Our home is ideally located in Enfield, North London, close to local amenities. The home is set in beautiful grounds where you can often see wildlife such as deer and grouse.

Our residents ensure their home has a lively and friendly atmosphere. At their request, we offer a wide range of activities, including bingo, arts and crafts, trips to the cinema, board games and eating out. We also like to hold events in the home such as coffee mornings, cheese and wine evenings and an annual summer fete.

Our fully-trained staff work hard to ensure everybody is happy in their home. Arnold House has a keyworker system, which gives members of staff specific responsibilities to look after the overall interest of individual residents. Each resident can choose the staff member they want as their keyworker.

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Broomfield Park nominated for award

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Broomfield Park Palmers Green Photograph:  Alan Wexler (an entry in the 2015 Friends of Broomfield Park photo competition)

Broomfield Park could be named as the UK’s Best Park, in a new award programme set up by a national charity, Fields in Trust. The nomination, by one of the park’s users, says:  It has everything: three ponds for ducks, remote control boats and meditating by, bandstand with summer concerts, grass for games, grass for picnics, community orchard and cafe, remains of Tudor house, conservatory, bowls club, and is well used and loved.

Voting for the award is now open; for more information and to cast your vote, visit the Fields in Trust website. Voting closes at 5pm on Wednesday 25 November. Fields in Trust’s annual awards ceremony in December celebrates the great work being done in parks and playgrounds across the UK. The ‘UK’s Best Park’ category is new this year, and will be entirely voted for by the public.

It follows publication of Field in Trust’s national survey, which shows that 95% of people agree that parks and play areas should be protected from development. 82% feel so strongly that they would campaign against losing their park. Nearly one in five people (16%) say that their local park or green space is, or has been, under threat of being lost or built on. Almost half of people say using their local park helps them to feel healthier (48%), with 70% of 16 to 24 year olds also feeling less stressed as a result of having access to green space. Almost a quarter of people (24%) use their local park at least twice a week.

About Fields in Trust

Fields in Trust is a national charity that operates throughout the UK to safeguard recreational spaces and campaign for better statutory protection for all kinds of outdoor sites.

Founded in 1925 as the National Playing Fields Association by King George V, their mission is the same now and as it was then: to ensure that everyone – young or old, able-bodied or disabled and wherever they live – should have access to free, local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation. These spaces are vital to building happy and healthy communities and sadly continue to be threatened by all kinds of development.

Fields in Trust currently safeguards over 2,500 sites; a total of 28,000 acres of land including playgrounds, playing fields, and formal and informal parkland across the UK.


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"Beauty in my Backyard" scheme to be piloted locally

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Southgate District Civic Trust (SDCT) is inviting local residents to help it pilot a new approach to local planning which aims to engage local communities in determining where new housing should be built and what form it should take.

Intended to counteract the widespread "NIMBY" attitude towards new housebuilding, the "BIMBY Housing Toolkit" (BIMBY stands for Beauty in my Backyard) is a set of interactive online instructions which guide communities through a series of workshops in which they establish their requirements, identify locations for new housebuilding and specify the the types of building design that will blend into the local area.  Input is required from all parties in the local community.  The outcome of the process is a "BIMBY Housing Manual", which can then be used to inform local authority planning officers and housing developers.

For more details of how the toolkit works, see

The toolkit has been developed by the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community.  Chris Horner of SDCT was among the representatives of Civic Voice-affiliated civic societies who attended the recent launch of the BIMBY toolkit at St James' Palace.

Your invitation to take part

SDCT will be setting up an open meeting to which they are inviting all residents living in the area they cover (the former Southgate Municipal Borough, including: Cockfosters, Hadley Wood, New Southgate, Oakwood, Palmers Green, Southgate and Winchmore Hill).

If you would like to participate or find out more, please register your interest with .  See also the SDCT website.

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Volunteer post vacancies at TaB Centre Plus

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TaB Centre Plus youth and community centre is looking for volunteers to fill three vacancies - for a Social Media Manager, Coffee Bar Worker and Cook/Chef.

Volunteer role descriptions (click to download)

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TaB Centre Plus, located at Trinity-at-Bowes Methodist Church and serving the London Boroughs of Enfield and Haringey, provides a safe, friendly and welcoming environment.  It is run by the Community for the Community.

Facilities include:

  • a Sports Hall with climbing wall
  • a Multipurpose Arts, Dance and Performance Studio
  • a Music Recording Studio, TV & Media Studio
  • an IT & Education Suite,
  • meeting rooms for hire
  • conference facilities
  • a Coffee Bar
  • kitchen facilities
  • a Children’s Centre and Nursery
  • a Health Visitor’s clinic and crèche.

TaB Centre Plus and the Methodist Church are located on the corner of Palmerston Road and Bowes Road (the North Circular Road).  Buses 34 and 102 stop nearby in Bowes Road and buses 121, 141, 329 and 232 stop ten minutes walk away in Green Lanes (Tottenhall Road bus stop).

If you are able to contribute a few hours of your time, Trinity at Bowes would love to hear from you. Please contact Ndidi Ossai -Volunteer Co ordinator on 020 8888 2797 or .

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Green Belt to be discussed at this week's Council meeting

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Subjects on the agenda for this Wednesday's meeting of the full Enfield Council include protection of Green Belt land within the borough, gambling policy and progress on prevention of child sexual exploitation.

The Green Belt is the subject of two items:

  • presentation of a petition from Enfield RoadWatch in opposition to proposals to build housing and a school on land to the south of Enfield Road (between Oakwood and Enfield Town), followed by discussion of the subject matter
  • discussion of a paper on protection of Green Belt land written by the opposition Conservative Group.

The meeting, which can be observed by members of the public, is at 7pm on Wednesday 11 November in the Civic Centre.


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Green Lanes cycle lanes proposals have public backing

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According to a press release issued by Enfield Council today, a majority of people who responded to the public consultation about the A105 Cycle Enfield proposals indicated that they were in favour of the scheme going ahead.

The press release states that "60 per cent of the 1,646 people consulted said they supported the plans, while just 40 percent were opposed to them".  However, the Cycling Weekly website breaks down the in favour submissions into two subcategories:  in favour - 51 per cent, and partially in favour - 9 per cent.

The council hope to start work on the Green Lanes scheme in spring next year - though it will first have to be approved by Transport for London (TfL), which is providing the bulk of the money for the scheme.  One of TfL's functions is, of course, to manage bus services within Greater London.  As yet it is unclear to what extent TfL share the concerns expressed by some residents about the potential impact of the cycle lanes on bus schedules, particularly the proposed removal of some sections of bus lane, eg southbound through Palmers Green and northbound along London Road, Enfield.

The degree of public support for Cycle Enfield has come as a surprise to anti-cycle lanes campaigners, who have made repeated assertions that the vast majority of residents were opposed to the scheme.  In an article in today's Evening Standard the Mayor of London's Cycling Commissar, Andrew Gilligan, sets out his explanation for the public's approval of the scheme and predicts that, though "this may sound weird, but even drivers, in the end, will benefit from these schemes".

The positive response to the A105 cycle lanes scheme is good news for residents who have been working with the Council to develop proposals for Quieter Neighbourhoods - smaller schemes designed to make residential side streets quieter and safer.  In the case of the Fox Lane and Connaught Gardens Quieter Neighbourhoods, an impressive degree of consensus had emerged about what changes were needed.  For instance, a scheme to curb rat running between Hedge Lane and the North Circular - something which is currently causing great nuisance to people living at the eastern end of Hazelwood Lane and particularly to residents of Callard Avenue and Arnold Gardens.

After the very positive work achieved in workshops for the first tranche of Quieter Neighbourhoods, things have gone very quiet.  As was revealed on the Palmers Green Community forums last week, this is because the schemes had been quietly put on hold pending progress with Cycle Enfield.  Not just so that they can be coordinated with changes to the A105 and other main roads, but also because Quieter Neighbourhoods depend on TfL funding, which will only be available if the main Cycle Enfield proposals go head.

The full text of the press release:

Majority back Cycle Enfield plans

Plans for a pedestrian and cycle-friendly transformation of Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill have received a major boost after they won the backing of local people. The plans for Palmers Green, which are being funded through the Mayor of London’s £30 million Mini Holland fund, will see the town centre improved with wider pavements, more trees, bike lanes, landscaping, and more car parking. There will be extra parking spaces serving the shopping area and there will also be major improvements to the Winchmore Hill area with a safe, separated cycle track running from Palmers Green to Enfield Town allowing people to make local journeys by bike instead of car.   Despite campaigners against the plans claiming they were “deeply unpopular” and would benefit only “1 per cent” of the population, the number of people who said they were in favour of Enfield Council’s Cycle Enfield plans outnumbered those opposing them by two to one new research has shown.

In all, 60 per cent of the 1,646 people consulted said they supported the plans, while just 40 percent were opposed to them   Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “The silent majority have spoken – and shown they actually like our plans, despite a vocal campaign which has been spreading disinformation about what the proposals would actually mean for Palmers Green.   “The funding we have received from the Mayor of London gives us a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform our town centres, boost business, revolutionise our transport links and transform our borough into one which meets the needs of residents, businesses and people travelling through it.   “We’ve always said we’d listen to people who got involved in the consultation and we have, and now residents recognise that this scheme is going to improve their quality of life and bring dramatic improvements to this part of the borough.   “Most people recognise that our Cycle Enfield scheme for Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill is good for residents, good for business, good for health and good for the borough and I am delighted that the people who took part in the consultation were so positive about the project.”

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said: “It is very gratifying that the people of Enfield have spoken to back these plans to benefit the entire town. If this scheme did only benefit cyclists, it would not have been so widely supported. “People in Palmers Green, the vast majority of them non-cyclists, understand that it will transform a traffic-dominated town centre into more attractive place for everyone: a place where people want to be, whether or not they are on a bike.”   The Mayor’s cycling commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, said: “This is now the third Mini-Holland scheme, after those in Waltham Forest and Kingston, to be backed by a clear majority of local people in a consultation. These schemes are popular. One of the lessons of this process, I think, is that those who make the most noise aren’t always the most representative.

“We and the council are listening to residents and businesses who have concerns, and we’ve always said we’ll make changes to get the details right. But both we – and our opponents – must also listen to the majority who say these plans are a good thing, and want them to happen.”   The Palmers Green proposals will be submitted to Transport for London for approval, and, if obtained, work will start in the Spring of 2016.

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Posted: 10 Nov 2015 15:07 by Katy McGilvray #1777
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Around 1,600 is a paltry number compared to the number of residents who will be affected and shows how flawed the joke of "consultation" was.

The consultation online was initially difficult to find, was complicated and information on how to obtain paper copies was scant. The data pulled from the consultation cannot be so easily judged considering that it was split into different sections of road that had be commented on individually. For example, someone could have voted "No" overall to the scheme but said "Yes" the changes to The Triangle. Would that be counted as a "support" vote?

Giving residents only a few days to look at the plans for such a massive and expensive scheme was a joke. The consultation meeting at The Fox for example was also filled with yes men who went quiet or dodged the question when asked about the negative effects of the scheme and why certain parts of Green Lanes were missing completely.

In the actual, proper community meetings that were organised I can assure you that just about everyone in the room was opposed to this scheme. The people in support could not come up with concrete arguments for and just prattled on about saving children from air pollution or some other concept that was only loosely tied to the scheme.

If no one had questioned this scheme I have no doubt that Enfield Council and TfL would have just pushed it through with no consideration.
Posted: 11 Nov 2015 00:12 by David Hughes #1782
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Katy I think we can agree that 1600 is a paltry number, but you must also concede that your meeting was a fraction of that, and I imagine largely self-selected in opposition to the scheme.

However, what really worries me is your evident anger towards the Council, as if the Government (which provided the £100m which lies behind the scheme), Boris (who allocated the £30m Enfield received), and Enfield Council are in some sort of self-serving conspiracy. To the contrary, with London's population rising, particularly in the outer-boroughs, something just has to be done to encourage the per capita use of cars for short, driver only journeys; the people who took these decisions are doing their best for the future.

And anyone with responsibility for the welfare of the people they represent has to take account of public health issues, of course including the effect of poor air quality, but also rising obesity/sedentary lifestyles/consequential Type 2 diabetes. Given the statistics for bike ownership most children seem to own one at some time, but without heavily calmed traffic or, as London is choosing, cycle lanes on through routes, parents are never going to encourage the use of those bikes.

But perhaps even more important is the long term future of cities which it falls to government and councils to manage. Are we really going to grow and grow traffic until streets come to a halt, or should we find more agreeable - in terms of space, resources, quality of life - ways of getting about? For shorter journeys walking and cycling would be best for most of us most of the time, with public transport of longer journeys. Cities worldwide are thinking about reducing car use, some even about car-free cities. Change is inevitable.

Recently I haven't been following the twists and turns of the discussion closely so I don't know whether you are concerned about parking issues and the claimed effect on retail outlets, nor how far the council has met those concerns. However, no doubt also you've read the evidence to the effect that improving the public realm matters more - which is why TfL expects that sort of approach for Enfield Town. Personally I remember similar anger to yours about proposed pedestrianized high streets which are now firmly established and well-loved by shoppers and outlets.

Change can be hard, but this change, or some other approach with similar outcomes is inevitable.
Posted: 11 Nov 2015 16:39 by Karl Brown #1784
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It’s certainly a small number compared to the scale and importance of the issues being addressed albeit huge compared to typical consultation responses.

Other than the absolute number (1646 responses) it’s the 640 against the scheme which struck me. Given the sheer scale – breadth and noise - of the campaign against the A105 proposal I would have expected many more to be negative had it truly struck a note with people. It’s certainly a lot more than both anti- petitions (whatever happened to them?) and more in line with aggregate anti votes in the local elections but hardly evidences that the weight of public opinion is against the scheme as has been heavily touted. It's no more than a crowd at any one of Broomfield Park’s five summer Blues concerts.

Next I guess it’s the “Referendum” from our neutral MP and more angst of a Political nature as the Conservative group (officially) make a U Turn. I often wonder what the present position would have been had the Conservative party succeeded in the local elections and been faced with their own winning bid submitted pre-election which looks exactly the same as the current proposals, only with less retail parking. And of course we can all guess the answer to that one. Politics indeed.
Posted: 12 Nov 2015 10:29 by Maire Harris #1785
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Just want to reiterate that the 'proper community meetings' were in fact organised with Green Lanes SOS, an opposition campaining group, and fell far short of being a neutral forum for discussion. They were also wholly unrepresentative of public opinion as shown by the results of the consultation. I found the consultation easy to complete online and the invitation to do so was widely communicated. I also felt, from attending the meetings and listening to the arguments put forward by both sides, that the arguments 'against' were lacking in substance whilst the arguments 'for' were backed up by real evidence. The issue of children's health in terms of air pollution etc is critical to the argument and one of the main reasons why these schemes need to be implemented.
Posted: 15 Nov 2015 21:58 by Tom Mellor #1790
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Uhm wrong, wrong, and wrong. How many consultations have you seen with responses close to that number in Enfield? How many schemes have you seen with such wide spread engagement in Enfield?

I fail to see how 3 months can be classed as ''a few days''.

The online versions of the scheme at least had every part of the route mapped.

The 'proper' community meeting arranged by David Burrowes who is against ( trying to vote score) and advertised with flyers made by the anti group Save Our Green Lanes was not representative, not least because it was filled with an almost homogeneous demographic.

And what sort of pro arguments were you expecting? Air pollution, obesity, congestion, lack of childhood freedom, are all reasons to curb our car dominated society. Apparently some people don't see all these things as a problem. At least say so, but don't act like you support improvement without willing to see change which inevitably means putting the car in last place when it comes to transport policies.
Posted: 16 Nov 2015 10:27 by Karl Brown #1791
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Of course the key and extensive consultation on all this took place as part of the build up to the approval of the Mayors Transport Strategy 2010, London Plan 2011 and Further Alterations to the London Plan 2015. Impact Assessments and all other expected aspects are well rehearsed in these. What we are now looking at is implementation at a London level rather than decisions as to whether this is the correct strategy or not - that has been determined as a part of the public Examination processes.

So we are looking at, "Transformational change in up to four Outer London town centres to provide exemplar facilities for cyclists. Programmes will be based around providing cycle-friendly town centres, cycle routes and cycle superhubs at local railway stations." facilitated by, "substantial funding concentrated in relatively small areas to achieve the greatest possible impact and make them as cycle friendly as their Dutch counterparts."

This was all very well highlighted before 20 Boroughs bid to be the chosen exemplars and a bipartisan bid from Enfield was one of the winners.
Posted: 19 Nov 2015 15:21 by colin Green #1798
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Whilst I have lived in Palmers Green for more than 30 years, I am currently neither cyclist nor a car driver. The first I saw of the proposal was when I came back from abroad and saw the original poster opposing the scheme which appeared to show tumbleweed on Green Lanes. Looking at the Enfield Council proposal documents showed a radically different proposal than that in the posterl. As a retired academic, enthusiastic for open governance, I would have made a formal complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority, if they had had jurisdiction, about the material being put out by some of the opponents of the scheme as it is more reflective of the approach of a Joseph Goebbels than one of informing the electorate of the pros, cons or nature of the project.

On the consultation, I agree that the public meetings were poorly publicised in advance; I would have attended had I known in advance that the one in the Fox would take place for example. On the other hand, the material provided by the Council was exceptionally good both for the original proposal and for the consultation. On the numbers participating in the consultation, in Australia, voting in elections is compulsory as is registration to vote. In this country, participation rates for elections let alone consultations is rather low but I don't think that I favour the Australian solution.

On the proposals themselves, the authoritative estimates of the numbers dying in London from air pollution each year keep going up, the most recent being from Kings College which give a figure of 9000+ annual deaths from fine particulates and nitrogen dioxide alone. In short term, pending the arrival of electric, driverless cars, promoting cycling is part of the answer. In Copenhagen, the proportion of commuting journeys made by bicycles is already 35% - and bicycle takes up only 25% of the road space required by a car. At present, I live in an area of a traffic jam in a car park; so walking instead through a Copenhagen Green Lanes would be glorious
Posted: 22 Nov 2015 12:04 by Karl Brown #1800
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On reading the notes from the Environmental Audit Committee: Conference on the Government’s Approach to Sustainable Development a couple of points seemed to have some relevance to our own local debate – itself of course itself part of a much bigger picture

Q59 Mike Barry (Director of Sustainable Business, Marks & Spencer): Just a quick word on the consumer. We listen to consumers as much as Government listen to the electorate: 35 million people in our shops every year, we listen, and 80% of them are telling us they are concerned about the future. They want a better future, they want more from central government to take a lead on solving it. When we start to develop solutions that they can participate in, we have shown evidence that we have done the heavy lifting; we will join the journey. But be very clear, 80% of British society say, “We want a better future”. They have seen the linkages of what is happening in their locality, they have seen the issues to do with noise, to do with transport, to do with air quality all the time. We have to find a better way of helping this planet grow and the economy grow within it, and unless we do something very different in the future—both as government and businesses—we will not have an economy and a society to prosper, and that is a huge challenge for all of us

Q61 Lord Krebs (Chair, Adaptation Sub-Committee, Committee on Climate Change): On that question of climate change denials, opinion polls show that the significant majority of the UK population accepts the reality of climate change and the importance of action. Those who lead the campaign to deny the reality of climate change are simply blind to the facts. The facts are irrefutable. The temperature record, as has been measured, the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to be measured, but they are a result of burning fossil fuels and the greenhouse effect. It is like gravity. We do not expect suddenly, if I pick this up and drop it, it will float away up into the atmosphere. We know gravity works and gravity is real and climate change is like that. We have to stick to the facts and say this is what is ineluctable and acknowledge, as Amyas has said, there are certain uncertainties about the speed of change and the magnitude of change but nevertheless it is real and it is a real problem.

Stephanie Hilborne (Chief Executive, The Wildlife Trusts): It is interesting because it brings it back to the ethics point in a way, and what leadership is, which someone else mentioned earlier, and leadership is about doing what is right, not what is easy. Almost always doing what is right is harder than not doing what is wrong. To question it, what harm is there by believing it is happening and what damage can you do by acting more quickly? None. It is the core of risk management, whereas arguing that it is not, we are wasting time arguing. I love your gravity comparison

Q62 Chair (Huw Irranca-Davies): I only have a few brief comments here. Just in light of the last contribution, I remember being called into No. 10 when I was a Minister to explain the right decision that I had made in a particular environmental matter, and it was the right decision. I stood by it. I went through with the then Prime Minister’s special advisers why I had arrived at that particular conclusion and how robust my decision-making was. I said, “There was a right decision and there was an easy decision. I went for the right decision”. They listened and they said, “Okay, we will go with you on this one, but next time can you take the easy decision?” A lot of this is to do with long-term thinking.

Celebrate Broomfield Park, greet your friends and donate to charities

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broomfield conservatory christmas cardAs previously reported, in the run-up to Christmas the Cards For Good Causes card and gift shop is again open at Palmers Green United Reformed Church in Fox Lane.  And this year the shop is selling a card featuring one of the highlights of Broomfield Park - the beautiful Conservatory that is maintained by the Friends of Broomfield Park.

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10am to 4pm, Mondays to Saturdays
until 12th December
Palmers Green United Reformed Church
Fox Lane/Burford Gardens

The photograph on the card, entitled Sunset over Broomfield Park, was taken by Steven Harrison of Southgate Photographic Society, and shows a winter sunset over Broomfield Conservatory, with one of the park's lakes in the foreground.  The inside of the card has the message With Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

The card is sold in packs of ten for £3.95.  All money from the sales will go to the 1959 Group of Charities (the organisation behind Cards For Good Causes):

  • Age UK
  • Alzheimer’s SocietyArthritis Research UK
  • Barnardo’s
  • Bloodwise
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Cystic Fibrosis Trust
  • Diabetes UK
  • Epilepsy Action
  • Hft
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Mencap
  • Mind
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • National Autistic Society
  • NSPCCParkinson’s UK
  • Perennial - Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society
  • Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People
  • RNLI
  • Save the Children
  • Stroke Association
  • The National Deaf Children’s Society
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The Palmers Scream casts a spell over Broomfield Park

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palmers scream grim reaperWhether or not you believe the stories about ancient scrolls and witches under the pond, there's no doubt that thousands of children and their parents were spellbound by the extraordinary happenings in Broomfield Park on Saturday night.

There were no tricks at this Halloween event.  Visitors of all ages were treated to imaginative storytelling, open air theatre, puppet shows, strange costumes, eery illuminations, glowing pumpkins and spooky bottles, all culminating at 7pm in the Scream itself.

Congratulations to Karl, David and a hundred or so more individuals and business sponsors for creating this amazing community event.  Not to forget the Book of Spooky Stories and the story writing competition that helped local kids develop their imaginations and literary talents.

If you missed the event or would like to re-live it, check out the slide show at

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Green Belt campaigners launch a competition

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Enfield RoadWatch Action Group - formed to campaign against a proposal to build on Green Belt land between Enfield Town and Oakwood - have launched a photograph and slogan competition designed to publicise their campaign.

So far the nearly 4000 people have signed the online petition against building on the land.

For the background to the campaign, see this earlier report.

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Enfield RoadWatch Action Group is delighted to announce the first

'Our Green Belt Enfield'

Photograph & Slogan Competition


Send us your photographs depicting the Green Belt and plant & wild life in the local area, along with your own slogan describing what the Green Belt in Enfield means to you.
The winning entry will receive One Year's Subscription to:
Campaign to Protect Rural Enfield (CPRE) - Countryside Voice Magazine
Please submit your entries via Facebook, Twitter or email:
DEADLINE: 30 November 2015.
The winner will be announced on 8 December 2015 via our website.

Good luck & get snapping!
Further details about the Enfield RoadWatch Campaign can be found at 
Please don't forget to sign the Petition
(And pass on to others or spread the word

Online Petition:
(type Protect Enfield in the search bar)

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Business leaders urge chancellor to help "deliver a cycling revolution"

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More evidence that cycling schemes are good for business has been provided today in the form of an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer from the leaders of companies employing over 250.000 people.

According to anti-Cycle Enfield campaigners, putting in cycle lanes along Green Lanes will "kill" businesses.   Even before today's open letter there has already been plenty of evidence that this is at the very least a gross exaggeration and may in fact be the reverse of the truth - cycle lanes can boost local businesses.

Clearly, the particular circumstances of each cycling scheme differ, making it difficult, if not impossible, to predict whether cycle lanes in Green Lanes would reduce or increase the prosperity of local businesses.  But based on the evidence from earlier schemes we can be certain that they would not be the complete disaster being predicted by the naysayers.

In today's open letter the business leaders make it clear that they believe that cycling schemes would be to the benefit of the country as a whole, not just to the "one per cent" as claimed by our local anti-cycle lanes campaigners.

The business leaders urge George Osborne to maintain funding for a "cycling revolution" at a rate of at least £10 - £20 per person per year.  They are writing because they "think that cycling can help deliver what businesses need. More cycling will make our towns and cities more pleasant, more liveable, less congested, less polluted, healthier, happier and more prosperous. This is only possible if more people are able to travel more easily by bicycle."  They say that "most people want to cycle more, but they don’t feel our roads and junctions are safe enough" and call for changes to road junctions and provision of segregated cycle lanes.

Open Letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer


Dear Chancellor, 

We are a group of businesses employing over 250,000 people and serving 46 million customers in Britain. We contribute to this country. We care a lot about it. And we know there is a problem. 

Physical inactivity is hurting us all. It costs the country as much as £47 billion a year, while businesses face falling productivity as absences rise. We think it matters that one in five schoolchildren are obese while one in four think playing computers games counts as exercise. 

We have come together with British Cycling to form the #ChooseCycling Network. We have done this because we think that cycling can help deliver what businesses need. More cycling will make our towns and cities more pleasant, more liveable, less congested, less polluted, healthier, happier and more prosperous. This is only possible if more people are able to travel more easily by bicycle. We want to ask everyone to work together – businesses, the public and the government – to make this happen.

More people are cycling than ever, and we have been trying to do our bit. By encouraging our collective workforce to get cycling and be more active, we have learned something – that most people want to cycle more, but they don’t feel our roads and junctions are safe enough.

The Prime Minister promised us a cycling revolution. We believe this is within the government’s power to deliver. Today we are writing to the Chancellor to ask for the following: 

1 Ensure cycling and walking funding continues after Local Sustainable Transport Fund is withdrawn at the end of April 2016 

2 Leave room in the current Spending Review to invest at least £10-20 per person per year – the target set by the Prime Minister in April – to increase take up of cycling. 

3 Together with the Transport Secretary and before the 2016 Budget publish a comprehensive, fully-funded plan – a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy – with national guidelines to make our roads and junctions safer for cycling, with more segregated lanes and places to park securely. 

We are asking for this because we believe that a modest investment from government now will create jobs in the short term and deliver huge long-term benefits for society. 

We believe that the right cycling choices could help make Britain the most active nation in the world. We believe this will steer us clear of a costly health crisis and help to create a healthier, happier, more focused, more skilled future generation.

We believe the Chancellor knows this too.

We just need him to deliver it and – just as we’ve done for Sir Bradley Wiggins, Sir Chris Hoy, Dame Sarah Storey, Lizzie Armistead and Laura Trott over the years – we’ll be cheering when he does. 

Yours sincerely, 

Chris Boardman, policy adviser, British Cycling
Steve Tennant, director, Virgin Trains
Matt Wilson, head of environmental sustainability, GlaxoSmithKline
Fiona Morgan, head of brand, Sky
Lucinda Bell, chief financial officer, British Land
Edmund King, president, the AA
Neil Pullen, director, National Grid
Christine Walser-Sacau, head of UK group functions, Orange
Steve Enright, director, Abellio
David Morley, worldwide senior partner, Allen & Overy
Lisa Riva, senior director, Bilfinger GVA
Richard Rogers, head of health & safety and wellbeing, Severn Trent Water
Heinz Richardson, director, Jestico & Whiles
Clive West, cycling director, Halfords
Peter Dash, Price and Myers
Steven Whyman, chief executive, Broadgate Estates
Peter Murray, chairman, New London Architecture
Sally More, partner, Leigh Day
Simon Darby, policy adviser, Cycle to Work Alliance
Daniel Gillborn, director, Cyclescheme
Joe Irwin, chief executive, Living Streets
Ashok Sinha, chief executive, London Cycling Campaign
Malcolm Shepherd, chief executive, Sustrans
Paul Tuohy, chief executive, CTC - the national cycling charity
Phillip Darnton, executive director, Bicycle Association
John Forbes, director, John Forbes Consulting
Nick Hanmer, chief executive, Club Peleton
Brendan Fox, head of commercial, Sports Tours International

For a more detailed account of why more cycling benefits everyone, see this article on the Times website.

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