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Conservatory hosts photo exhibition

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The beautiful Broomfield Conservatory is at its best in this sunny weather.  Both visitors and the conservatory's collection of exotic plants are enjoying the light and warmth, and currently there's an extra treat for visitors - an exhibition of photographs submitted to the Friends of Broomfield Park's second annual photocompetition.

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The Friends' committee members have, with great difficulty, shortlisted eleven of the 85 entries to the competition, printed them out and put them on display in the Conservatory.  Visitors are being invited to vote for their favourite.  The photos will be on show every Wednesday and Sunday from 2.30 to 4.30 until Sunday 4th May.

On Sunday 27th April the Friends have organised a plant swap in the Conservatoryo to raise money for maintaining the plants - all the work is done by a team of volunteers.  You can bring along plants that you'd like to swap, or just bring money, make a donation and take away a plant.

Broomfield Conservatory mapIf you haven't been inside the Conservatory, it's well worth a visit.  It's hidden away in near one of the ornamental ponds - see the map.

You can see all 85 entries to the photocompetition on the Friends of Broomfield Park website  The website also has a newly enlarged section of information and photos of the Conservatory, including information about how to volunteer to help maintain the Conservatory and open it up to visitors.

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Palmers Green Festival - play your part

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festival climbingwallThe 2014 Palmers Green Festival will be held in Broomfield Park, Palmers Green, on Sunday 7th September from 12 noon to 7pm.

Stall registration is now open!

Thousands of people from Enfield and beyond came along last year to enjoy this increasingly popular annual community Festival celebrating all of the diverse communities in the Palmers Green area.

Different zones around Broomfield Park provide something for everyone:

  • live music on the lakeside bandstand from amazing local performers
  • a huge Salsa, Zumba and Latin dance lesson run by our partners “Salsatricity”
  • children’s funfair and climbing wall
  • over a hundred stalls with local small businesses selling food and drinks, local art and crafts, and offering activities for children
  • plus many local community groups providing information on activities in the area
  • events in the Park’s Conservatory and Orchard, and model boating
  • and much more ….!

festival2013 dancingRun entirely by volunteers, with a famously friendly atmosphere and local stall holders, artists and musicians, the annual Palmers Green Festival is a true community event which all ages can enjoy.   The 2014 Festival will build on the success of last year’s event and it will be bigger and even better!

Volunteers are needed now to help with planning and running the Festival.

The event is free to enter, thanks to generous sponsorship from local estate agent Winkworth, and is supported by Enfield Council.

Go to  www.palmersgreenfestival.org.uk  for stall registration details, to sign up for information and updates on Festival plans or to volunteer – we’d love to hear from you!

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Could you help schoolchildren grow fruit and vegetables?

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Skills for Work Service (Enfield Council) is currently working in ten primary schools as part of a wider Market Gardening project. All schools are working hard to grow vegetables and fruit in the school grounds with parents and children. This is helping both to educate the children about growing food and also to provide food to support families.

The project requires volunteers to help with food growing in schools. You would need to have an understanding and passion of how to grow and look after vegetables and fruit and enjoy working with children.

The days and hours will vary according to each school.  The council will cover the cost of a disclosure and barring (DBS) check for each volunteer before they are permitted to work with children.

For more information telephone Sharon Davies on 020 8379 3264 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Mini-Holland scheme: Will our high streets really be "sacrificed"?

Written by Basil Clarke on . Posted in Traffic, Roads & Parking

"High Street parking might disappear under Mini-Holland Scheme!!!" is the headline on a leaflet issued by the Enfield Business and Retail Association (EBRA) and Green Lanes Business Association (GLBA), in which the two trade bodies warn that "It is highly likely that Pay and Display parking bays will be removed on both sides of the High Streets outside the local shops".  The N21 Online website uses the lurid headline "Are our High Streets about to be Sacrificed for the Mini-Holland Superbike Highway?"  But is there actually any evidence that these dire warnings have any substance?

It's certainly true that the planned creation of cycle lanes linking Enfield Town with Palmers Green via the A105 will involve reductions in the amount of on-street parking available.  However, examination of documents issued by Enfield Council suggests that the planners have taken care to leave some on-street parking in the vicinity of shopping parades, certainly where Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill are concerned.

Section 7 of the main Mini-Holland document available on the Council website admittedly refers to using "surplus carriageway space" to provide room for cycle lanes on both sides of the road.  However, this appears to refer to sections of the A105 where there is "little parking in evidence" (for instance, Village Road and Ridge Avenue).  Section 7 points out that within the "high street" sections there are "higher levels of frontage activity" (council jargon for "more cars park"), so the planners clearly could not consider that there was "surplus carriageway space" along these sections.

cycle map pgOn-street parking provision in PG Town Centre based on Appendix 7 of the Mini-Holland document (not authoritative)More detail is provided in Appendix E, which comprises a section-by-section description of the proposed changes to roads, pavements and junctions along the A105.  As far as Palmers Green town centre is concerned, the Appendix indicates that there would be "limited parking" alongside most of the shopping parades in Green Lanes between Hedge Lane and the Triangle, but no parking outside the short shopping parades to the south of the Triangle (see the map, which is based on my interpretation of the information in Appendix E and is not authoritative). To make room for cycle lanes in both directions along Green Lanes, rather than narrowing the area available to motorists, pavements on both sides would be narrowed and projecting bus stop pavements removed.  There would be breaks in the cycle lanes at bus stops - cyclists would carry straight on when there was no bus present, or pass buses on the right.

The parts of Appendix E relating to Winchmore Hill are less clear, but certainly refer to the retention of some on-street parking:

Green Dragon Lane to Station Road:

Removal of limited parking on both sides of the carriageway. Some parking retained on northern side between Vicars Moor Lane and Sherbrook Gardens. Parking has been provided east of Firs Lane on the southern side of the carriageway as well as north of Elm Park on the eastern side of the carriageway. Where possible parking has also been provided within laybys.

Station Road to Bourne Hill:

Removal of limited parking on both sides of the carriageway. Limited parking is provided north of the junction with Queen’s Avenue on the eastern side of the carriageway.

Conclusions

The evidence suggests that Enfield Council has no intention of completely removing on-street parking in the vicinity of shopping parades along the A105.  No doubt, there will be fewer parking places, but the A105 route is an essential part of the planned cycle network.  Some of the additional cyclists will be shoppers.  More bike journeys should mean fewer car journeys and less traffic, making Green Lanes a pleasanter environment for shoppers on foot.  In any case, there is research data showing that retailers tend to overestimate the importance of car parking to their business and that the majority of shoppers in local high streets are pedestrians.

Before any of the cycling schemes can be started, Enfield Council will have to publish detailed plans and engage in real consultation with all interested parties.  However, it would be helpful if they could provide some general information about the amount of parking that would be available as soon as possible, otherwise people are likely to jump to wrong conclusions.

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Upcoming WEA courses in Enfield and Southgate

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Enfield & Southgate WEA is now enrolling students for a five-week Social History course entitled Revolution, Rebellion and 18th Century English Society:

From the revolution of the North American colonies, through the tumultuous years of the French Revolution and the Irish Rebellion, the ruling elites in England considered society to be under immediate threat. This course will examine the social and cultural impact of these events.

The course, held at Enfield Baptist Church, starts on 22 April and runs for five weeks on Tuesday mornings from 10am to Noon. The tutor is Elizabeth Leicester and the standard course fee is £39.50

For details and enrolment visit the WEA website, where you can enrol online for the April course.

Outline details are also available for two courses later this year:

  • Whistler: The Art of Beauty, at Southgate Beaumont - five weeks commencing 3 June
  • John Keats: His Life, Poetry and Letters - a day school at Enfield Baptist Church on 2 September.

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New report highlights increasing vulnerability of pedestrians in London

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A London Assembly study has highlighted the increasing vulnerability of pedestrians in London and is critical of the policies of the Mayor of London and Metropolitan Police.

Feet First: Improving Pedestrian Safety in London is a newly published report by the Assembly's Transport Committee, which comprises members from the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democratic and Green parties.

In their executive summary the Committee set out the current state of affairs:

More pedestrians are killed or seriously injured on London’s streets than any other type of road user. After a decade of progress in reducing pedestrian casualties, there are worrying signs that this progress may be halting.... Increased levels of walking would have significant health and economic benefits for London, reducing pressure on public transport and improving air quality, but fear of road danger is a major barrier to encouraging more people to take to their feet.

Among many points made by the report the following stand out:

  • there is a tacit assumption that a certain level of road deaths is tolerable
  • the Mayor of London's policies have jeopardizeds the safety of pedestrians
  • 20mph speed limits sharply reduce deaths and serious injuries across all road user groups
  • road crime, such as red light jumping, speeding and use of mobile phones, is real crime and should be treated as such.

pedestrian ksisNumber of pedestrians and cyclists killed or seriously injuredThe report notes that up until 2010 there had been a continual decrease in annual pedestrian deaths and series injuries on London's roads. In 2010 rates began to rise, while at the same time deaths and serious injuries suffered by car drivers and passengers saw a significant fall.

The Committee criticizes the Mayor of London's policy with regard to road accidents. The Mayor has set a target of a 40 per cent reduction in total casualties by 2020, which might be seen as a tacit acceptance that a certain level of road deaths is inevitable and "tolerable". They contrast this with the Vision Zero policy adopted by the Mayor of New York, aimed at a complete end to road deaths and injuries in his city. One of the key principles of Vision Zero is that "human life and health take priority over mobility and other objectives of the transport system".

road user typeBy contrast with his New York opposite number, the Mayor of London has pursued a policy of "traffic smoothing", which since 2010 has led to a reduction in the amount of "green man time" allocated to pedestrians at 568 crossings in London. Pedestrian crossings, which ought in principle to be safe for pedestrians, are in fact where a quarter of pedestrian deaths occur. The Committee call upon the Mayor to "look again at policies that have jeopardised the safety of pedestrians in order to benefit other road users".

Until 2010 "green man time" was calculated on the basis of a walking speed of 0.8 metres per second. Since 2010 a speed of 1.2 metres per second has been used. However, research by University College London has established that almost 70 per cent of people aged over 65 walk at a slower pace than this.

The Committee is strongly in favour of 20mph speed limits. It points out that:

In 2012, 147 collisions occurred on roads with a speed limit of 20mph or lower, compared with over 22,000 collisions on roads with higher speed limits. A TfL review of 20mph zones concluded that they reduced deaths and serious injuries across all road user groups by 53 per cent.

The report calls on the Police and courts to take driving offences more seriously. In a list of their agreed priorities, 22 of the Met’s 32 borough safer transport teams listed cycle thefts - but not one listed traffic law enforcement, which is clearly a much more important police role. Evidence from Operation Safeway suggests that visible enforcement measures are highly effective in reducing traffic offences. The members are dismayed by the low prosecution and conviction rates for road traffic offences in which a pedestrian is killed or seriously injured. Merely trying to "educate" drivers is insufficient, effective enforcement is essential. However, even at pedestrian injury blackspots there are no plans to install safety cameras.

Read the complete report.

 

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New oil painting course starts this month

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A twelve-week course on painting with oils begins on Tuesday 22nd April in Wood Green, starting at 7.30pm.  The classes, intended for people of all ages, are taught by Mick Yates and will be held at the Burghley Road Children's Centre, London N8 OQG (near Turnpike Lane).

The hour-long sessions costs £10 each or £7 if you book for all twelve weeks in advance.  More information from the Big Green Bookshop in Brampton Road or you can call Mick on 07985558001.

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Planning permission granted for library refurbishment

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On 4 March planning permission was granted for refurbishment of Palmers Green Library.  The official planning documentation can be found on the Council website, the most interesting documents being the Planning Statement and Design and Access Statement.

pg library after renovationThe exterior of the building, now separated from the adjacent former town hall, will be renovated and a new entrance and new liftshaft built on the north-eastern corner (see illustration).  Inside the building, only about half of the floorspace will be dedicated to the Library - the whole of the first floor and half of the ground floor).  It is envisaged that the remainder of the ground floor and whole of the basement will be used by a medical practice or health centre.

On the corner of Green Lanes and Broomfield Lane trees and plants between the road and building will be removed and stepped paving installed.

The refurbishment will require complete closure of the library for a year, from some time this summer.

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Palmers Green Festival signs up its first stallholder

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Local face and body artist Caroline Young, aka TropicalBird.co.uk, was the first stallholder to sign up for the 2014 Palmers Green Community Festival, which will take place in Broomfield Park on 7th September.

festivaldancingOpen air Salsa at the 2013 FestivalRegistration for stallholders began on 25th March and is open to small local businesses, charities and community groups.  At the 2013 Festival more than a hundred different businesses and organisations took the opportunity to promote their work to the thousands of people who attended.

In its current form, the Festival is now in its third year.  In recent months the organisers have registered as a not-for-profit Community Interest Company.

Businesses, charities and community groups who wish to have a stall on 7th September can download a registration form from the Festival Website.

The Community Festival is also looking for individual volunteers to help with forward planning and running the Festival on the day.  You can volunteer by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Palmers Green Public Realm consultation "went well"

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According to the Enfield Council officers involved, last weekend's public consultation about improving the "Public Realm" in Palmers Green went well, and they were pleasantly surprised at the level of interest and the amount of time many local residents spent engaging with the 3D model of Palmers Green town centre.  They have begun analysing the information they gathered from residents and hope in the near future to be able to provide some initial information about the most important themes that the survey threw up.

pg consultation modelThe model of Palmers Green used in the consultation - the significance of the dinosaur is unclearThe next step will be to write up a full report summarising and collating the views collected from the public.  Once this is finished, its findings will be fed back to the local community by various routes, including Palmers Green Community, and possibly also at a presentation event - Broomfield Park is a potential venue for such an event.  At the same time, the public would be informed about proposed next steps and whether or not funding was available.  This feedback phase is expected to occur in June.

Following the feedback phase, and only if funding for the project becomes available, the Council will outline some design options and invite comments from the public.  A Masterplan would then be drawn up - again with opportunities to comment, but little if any scope for making any major changes.  Once detailed design work began, there would be further public presentations, but these would be information events rather than consultations.

 Among issues raised by visitors to the mobile consultation space was the threatened removal of the triagular traffic island at Palmers Green Triangle.  Visitors were assured that the Council was well aware of the level of public opposition to such a change and had now decided to retain the traffic island.

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Have your say on the future of Palmers Green

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haveyoursayThis week there are three ways that you can influence the future look and feel of Palmers Green:

  • On Thursday the Area Forum will discuss the proposed changes to Green Lanes and the Triangle.
  • A "mobile consultation space" will be parked in Green Lanes from Friday to Sunday.  You will be invited in to tell the Council what you think about their ideas.
  • You can contribute to our online discussion:  your top five ideas about improving the Palmers Green Public Realm.

 As we reported last week, the "public realm" improvements are tied in with implementation of the Mini-Holland cycling scheme.  The Mini-Holland proposals for Green Lanes include removal of the traffic island at Palmers Green Triangle - a proposal which will undoubtedly be opposed by many Palmers Green residents.

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Views sought on management of Borough's town centres

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Enfield Council has published a draft document outlining how it intends to manage the various town centres within the Borough and is asking for feedback from town centre users - retailers, people running other businesses, shoppers and those using town centres for leisure activities.

Enfield's Town Centres: Places for Everyone towncentresconsultationis officially described as a Draft Town Centres Management Framework, and the Council is inviting feedback via this page on its website.  The deadline for comments is 11 April 2014.

The document explains that currently Enfield Council contracts out town centre management to the Enfield Business and Retail Association (EBRA), a non-profit organisation that coordinates marketing and promotions and chairs ten Retail, Business and Traders Forums.  EBRA employs two Town Centre Managers, between them responsible for twelve town centres.  Other organisations that play a part include the North London Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Enfield and the Enfield Strategic Partnership - the last-named brings together a number of local government, voluntary, health sector, religious and academic organisations.  The document then outlines various options for future governance.

In an appendix the Framework lists the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for individual town centres.  Palmers Green's strengths include its independent businesses, Broomfield Park, restaurants and cafes, transport links (while the bus service is undoubtedly excellent, not everyone would agree about the "good" overground rail service), its well supported evening economy and its "historic" library (not to mention its "newly refurbished" post office, which some might consider cheap and shoddy).  Only two opportunities are identified:  "Regenerating Palmers Green Triangle, giving the core of the town centre a new look with the clock, new tree and colourful planters", and renewing the fluorescent signage for the Lodge Avenue car park and keeping the car park open until midnight.

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Success in Mini-Holland bid - but what will be the consequences for Palmers Green Triangle?

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Enfield's "Mini-Holland" funding has been successful.  The Borough is one of four that have been awarded up to £30 million from the Mayor of London to implement a comprehensive scheme to improve conditions for cyclists, with consequential benefits for everyone in terms of a reduction in traffic-related air pollution.  In addition to the cycling improvements, some of the money will be available for enhancement of the "public realm" along the cycle routes - for example, smartening up the appearance of streets and pavements and improving conditions for pedestrians.  However, an unpublicised consequence of the scheme's implementation may be the removal of the Triangle traffic island at the heart of Palmers Green.

mini-holland map smallThe Enfield Mini-Holland Scheme - click on the map to enlargeOutline details of Enfield's ambitious scheme were described in a document which was published on the Council website late last year and included the map reproduced here.  While this main document is readily available, the various appendixes which provide greater detail are less easy to access.

5 Triangle.previewPalmers Green Triangle prior to the felling of the horse chestnut.  The Mini-Holland scheme may require removal of the traffic islandAppendix E will be of particular interest to our readers, as it describes proposed changes to the A105 between Enfield Town and the North Circular Road junction in Palmers Green - one of the main north-south cycle routes.  With regard to Palmers Green Triangle the key wording is:  "At the junction of Aldermans Hill it is proposed to realign the junction by removing the triangle splitter island and to reduce the approach lanes on north / south arm from two lanes to one as well as introduce toucan crossing facilities on all arms of the junction, linked with shared footways."

Other details of Appendix E which relate to Palmers Green include reducing carriageway widths at the junction between Green Lanes and Hedge Lane/Bourne Hill, improvements to the pedestrian environment at Palmers Green shopping centre, replacement of the Fox Lane mini-roundabout by traffic lights, and changes to the crossroads adjacent to the former Southgate Town Hall.

The following tables have been extracted from the parts of Appendix E which relate to Palmers Green (we have added the emboldening).

5. From Station Road to Bourne Hill

Junctions

At the Bourne Hill / Green Lanes junction it is proposed to reduce the number of approach lanes on the north/south arm as well on Hedge Lane from two lanes to one. It is also proposed to remove the left turn slip road at this junction and widen the footway and provide a left turn slip for southbound cyclists to continue their journey westbound along Hedge Lane.

6. From Bourne Hill to Aldermans Hill

Cycle routes

East-west link created by introduction of Toucan crossing and a raised table at Green Lanes / Aldermans Hill junction, which links to the Quietway route along Broomfield Avenue.

There is light segregation in sections with no bus stops, access to side road or access roads.

Cyclists at bus stops

For the majority of the route, the cycle route will end at the start of the bus cage and begin immediately after, encouraging cyclists to go through the stop when there are no buses. When buses are serving the stop, cyclists will have to cycle on the outside of the cage and cycle logos will be provided.

Public realm

Improved pedestrian environment at Palmers Green shopping centre created by resurfacing, planting and new street furniture including cycle parking

Parking

Parking is to be removed from the western side of the carriageway with limited parking provided on the eastern side, between Bourne Hill and Fox Lane. Limited parking will be proved on both sides of the carriageway between Hazel Wood Lane and Aldermans Hill.

Junctions

At the Fox Lane / Green Lanes junction it is proposed to remove the mini roundabout and replace it with a signalised junction with pedestrian facilities on each arm.

At the junction of Aldermans Hill it is proposed to realign the junction by removing the triangle splitter island and to reduce the approach lanes on north / south arm from two lanes to one as well as introduce toucan crossing facilities on all arms of the junction, linked with shared footways.

Kerb alignments

There will be minor kerb alignments at the junction of Fox Lane to accommodate the proposed signalised junction. In addition, the footway width on the eastern side of the carriageway will be reduced to 4m and the western side to 2.8m to accommodate some parking and maintain 2m cycle lanes.

7. Aldermans Hill to Broomfield Lane

Public realm

None proposed

Parking

Parking is to be removed from both sides of the carriageway, due to most frontages along route having dropped kerb access.

Junctions

At the junction with Broomfield Road it is proposed to reduce the two lane approaches to one lane on the north / south arm and the western arm and introduce ASLs on all approaches.

Bus lanes

The southbound bus lane is to be removed. An alternative options is to widen the bus lane and allow cyclists to use it.

Enfield Council have given assurances that all proposals in the Mini-Holland bid will be subject to public consultation.  The proposals amount to an extremely large package of changes to roads, pavements, bus stops and road intersections and the A105 scheme is by no means the biggest element.  Consultation, planning and execution will clearly take several years.  There is no indication yet of when consultation will occur about the Green Lanes changes.  However, the Palmers Green Public Realm consultation, due to be held between 21st and 23rd March, will now have to take account of the future cycle route running along Green Lanes - indeed, it seems likely that the prospect of Mini-Holland money was one of the factors that prompted Enfield Council to turn its attention to the Palmers Green public realm (another factor has been pressure from residents' groups, such as FLDRA and LCASG).  It will be interesting to see whether the Triangle island is present on the 3D model that will be used for consultation and if not, what the reaction of the people who are surveyed will be.

The public will have an opportunity to raise these issues directly with councillors at the Area Forum on 20th March.  However, if Mini-Holland is not on the formal agenda, there may not be a great deal of information forthcoming - though it will still present an opportunity to let councillors know that the future of the Triangle is of great interest to local people.

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Setting up a new Neighbourhood Watch

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Following the demise of the large Neighbourhood Watch in the Fox Lane area and the police recommendation that smaller Watches should be set up, covering at most one or two streets, Palmers Green police have provided some guidance on how Neighbourhood Watches work - see below.

If you would like to be involved in setting up a new Neighbourhood Watch in or near Palmers Green, there are a couple of ways in which this website could help:

  • You could use our Forums to gauge interest in a Watch for your street and contact other people who could help you.
  • Once you've got a Watch up and running, we could set you up a mini-website and forums, which could be either private or accessible to everyone.  To find out more, contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Message from Palmers Green Police

Neighbourhood Watch

You can help police keep your community safe by joining Neighbourhood Watch and keeping an eye out for crime on your street. Find out how to get involved.

What is Neighbourhood Watch?

Neighbourhood Watch is made up of small groups of volunteer residents in towns and cities around the country.

Members look out for signs of crime in their own neighbourhoods, and share that information with each other and local police.

They follow basic rules and guidelines set out by the national organisation, and they work closely with their local police force.

How does Neighbourhood Watch work?

If you join Neighbourhood Watch, you will get to know your neighbours. You’ll pay attention to what is common place in your street. You might know which of your neighbours is away, which are vulnerable, who is having building work completed.

Using that information, you’re more likely to notice when something unusual is happening, or when something just doesn’t look right.

By keeping an eye out for your neighbours, you help police stop crimes from happening.

Get involved with Neighbourhood Watch

If you’re interested in joining your local Neighbourhood Watch team, contact Palmers Green Neighbourhood policing team on 02087212835. They can put you in touch with a group near or someone who can give advice on setting a neighbourhood watch in you street.

The Neighbourhood Watch website has lots of information to help you get started if you want to start your own group.

Want to do more to prevent crime?

If you want to help you could call your Neighbourhood Policing Team to find out when and where the next neighbourhood policing team panel are meeting. They set local priorities for police, and have a say in the kinds of work being done by convicted criminals serving community sentences.

Local Police Teams:

The following are the contact emails for the ward Sergeants for our area:

Ward: Palmers Green – A/Sergeant jenny Martin – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ward: Southgate – Sergeant Tony Molloy – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ward: Southgate Green – Sergeant Lorna Taylor – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ward: Winchmore Hill – Sergeant Steve Rowlett – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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What became of the Triangle toilet railings?

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Former toilet railings in Palmers Green Triangle If you've ever wondered what became of the railings around the public conveniences at the Triangle, we have now discovered that they are being stored by the Council's highways contractor at a site in Broxbourne.  The Council is open to suggestions from residents' groups about suitable sites in Palmers Green to re-erect them.  One suggested location is in front of the Conservatory in Broomfield Park.  If you like this idea or have another suggestion, you can use our Forums to air your views.

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Council to consult over Palmers Green Public Realm improvements

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 Later this month local residents will be invited to play a part in planning future enhancements to the "Palmers Green Public Realm", which we understand refers to redevelopment and public works along the stretch of Green Lanes between Bourne Hill and Broomfield Lane and to the eastern end of Aldermans Hill. The focal point of this area is Palmers Green Triangle, the future shape of which is uncertain - the last study carried out by the Council actually recommended completely removing the triangular traffic island.

planningForRealModelsModels used in previous consultationsThe active part of the consultation exercise, to be held between 21st and 23rd March, will literally involve "playing", as members of the public will give their views by placing cards on a 3D model of Palmers Green town centre constructed by pupils at St Anne's High School.

The model will be located in a fully accessible mobile "consultation space", which will be parked in Green Lanes, near the Oxfam shop - the original plan to site the vehicle at the Triangle was changed because of fears that the concrete slabs placed over the underground toilets would not take the weight. The public will be invited inside, given a briefing and then invited to point out positive features and problems in the area, and make suggestions for improvements. This will be done through cards which are placed within the model.

Facilitators from the Council will be available throughout the process to explain the objectives and answer questions. The placing of the cards will be documented continuously by the consultation facilitators through marking up maps of the area and taking photographs of the model.

The day before the consultation space opens, there will be a presentation on the process (and a chance to question local councillors) at the regular meeting of the Bowes, Palmers Green and Southgate Green Area Forum, which will be held at 7.30pm on 20th March at Trinity-at-Bowes Methodist Church (corner of Bowes Road and Palmerston Road).

By the time the consultation starts it should be known whether or not Enfield has been successful with its "Mini-Holland" bid for money from the Mayor of London to improve conditions for cyclists in the borough. Should the bid (supported by both Labour and Conservative groups) be successful, this too will have implications for Palmers Green town centre, as Green Lanes would form part of an enhanced through cycle route from Enfield Town to Wood Green that would involve remodelling Green Lanes and, in particular, its junctions with Hedge Lane/Bourne Hill, Fox Lane, Alderman's Hill (The Triangle) and Broomfield Lane/Oakthorpe Road.

consultation spaceMobile Consultation SpaceDuring the consultation exercise, the Council will make it clear that finding the money to make the enhancements is likely to be difficult.  It may well be the case that they are counting on using some of the Mini-Holland funding from the Mayor (up to £25 million across the borough).  However, any Mini-Holland changes would involve a separate consultation process and it is unclear how this would tie in with the consultation that is about to begin.

Related documents:

[This article was edited on 9 March 2014 to update information about the location of the consultation space.]

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Remains of Broomfield House murals "in good condition"

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After the fire at Broomfield House in 1984, parts of the interior fittings that could be salvaged were removed and put in store.  They included the striking murals on the staircase created by George Lanscroon.  Now, thirty years later, the crates have been opened and their contents inspected.  Colin Younger reports.

lanscroon muralsThe Lanscroon Murals: After the fire….long after the fire!

One of uncertainties about the scope and cost of the rebuilding of Broomfield House has been the condition of the mural panels and fragments.

Immediately after the 1984 fire salvage and emergency preservation work was undertaken, and the wall panels and ceiling fragments were removed and enclosed in purpose built, tailor-made crates. In our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund a notional sum of £850,000 was allocated to murals, on the assumption that if we were successful in the Stage 1 bid, the HLF would allocate development funds part of which could be used to pay for the expert conservation work needed to refine this estimate.

lanscroon1Given the potential risk that examination of the murals without the appropriate conservation back up might result in inadvertent damage there has been reluctance to open the boxes.

On 25 February, as a result of an initiative by Ivor Evans, the material was examined in store by a team made up of Enfield’s Principal Heritage Officer Christine White; Stephen Paine, an expert restorer and Lanscroon enthusiast; Clair Brady, Building Inspector from English Heritage; Dr Robyn Pender, a Senior Architectural Conservator from the Building Conservation and Research Team, English Heritage; and Tracy Manning, a Consultant from the same team.

For the Trust this could have been a make or break occasion, since the murals are a key part of the listing status of Broomfield House. I’m pleased and relieved to report that the examination went well. All the experts were very confident that the material was in good condition and that the original salvage and preservation work had stood the test of time. The enthusiasm for both the relatively unappreciated Lanscroon and the rebuilding project was encouraging and bodes well for the expert and professional support the next bid to the HLF would attract.

lanscroon2We are now pressing LBE to commission a full condition survey be carried out to establish exactly what needs to be done and at what cost to reinstate the remaining elements of the murals in a rebuilt Broomfield House. This cost of this would be a matter of negotiation, but informally we understand that this would not be prohibitive. Whatever strategy is pursued over Broomfield House this will be an essential exercise.

We were able to see other material salvaged after the fire, including sections of the important staircase (the rails and barleycorn twist uprights) and various other decorative features from which replicas could be fashioned to replace missing elements.

All in all a good day!

Colin Younger
Deputy Chair, The Broomfield House Trust

For more photographs see the Restoring Broomfield House website.

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Important notice to residents in Fox Lane neighbourhood watch area

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Fox Lane & District Residents' Association (FLDRA) has announced the discontinuation of the Neighbourhood Watch area which had the same boundaries as the area covered by the FLDRA.  On Police advice, it is recommending the setting up of smaller neighbourhood watches comprising one or two streets.  It is also alerting residents to possible implications for their household insurance.

The full announcement is reproduced below.

Neighbourhood Watch - URGENT INFORMATION

Please read as this may affect you & your Household Insurance.

Dear Resident,

For some time now the Neighbourhood Watch, covering the same area as that of The Fox Lane & District Residents' Association, (FLDRA) has recognised that it has not been the most effective means of providing information to residents and coordinating local activity.

When the Watch was established, this was the best approach available with support from the police. And many residents made a very active contribution. However policing and technology have moved on.

It has long been recognised that the area in question, bounded by Green Lanes, Bourne Hill, The Bourne, High St. N14, Cannon Hill and Aldermans Hill is too large to function effectively as a Neighbourhood Watch area. Not only is too large to run as one, but it also covers 4 different police wards and local policing teams. So getting an overview of the whole area is not easily possible. Allied to which is that with the aid of new technology, the Police, and other bodies, are able to provide information, updates etc. at a much earlier stage than N.Watch are able to do.

Regretfully, therefore, it has been decided to terminate the operation of this particular Neighbourhood Watch. Both the Watch and Residents committees would like to thank everyone who has helped make the Watch the success that it was, for such a long time.

The Police agree that more ‘local’ Neighbourhood Watches, ie. just one or two streets, are much more effective

The Fox Lane & District Residents’ Association (FLDRA) has agreed to liaise with the Police to provide training packages for those who wish to set up local Neighbourhood Watches in their immediate area in the future.

If you, and/or your neighbours are interested in setting up a N.Watch in your immediate area, please contact:

Andy Barker  - Chairman FLDRA - 020 8882 3434 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

for further information.

If you  wish to join the FLDRA, which amongst other things, provides up to date information at all times on local issues, crime, planning etc.,  you can do so via the FLDRA website - www.foxlane.net - or please send your details, including e-mail address, and a cheque for £5 (made out to ‘FLDRA’), to Membership Secretary, 26 Lakeside Road, Palmers Green, London, N13 4PR.

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Council moving ahead with plans to expand primary school places and build Grovelands school

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According to information released by the campaigning group Sweat (the South West Enfield Action Team) and the Grovelands Residents Association, Enfield Council has stated that it will definitely be providing an additional 60 primary school places from September 2014 to help plug the gap in primary places for children in Southgate, Winchmore Hill and parts of Palmers Green - in particular on the Lakes Estate.

map showing planned location of grovelands schoolGrovelands school concept: area A belongs to Thames Water; area B is the Park; area C is the site of the planned schoolFor the first two years the extra two-form entry capacity will be provided by leasing existing buildings at an undisclosed location. From September 2016 the new classes will relocate to a permanent site. The Council's preferred location for the new school is adjacent to Grovelands Park, on Council-owned land close to the Priory hospital. Current plans envisage a car drop-off area off the Bourne.

The new school will probably be of conventional single-storey, non-modular design - the Council had previously been considering a "buried building" concept.

Factors which might prevent use of the Grovelands Park site are the results of a Historic Parks Survey, due to be completed in late March, the content of various convenants relating to Grovelands, and traffic and transport considerations. Should the Grovelands option prove unfeasible, the Council has an undisclosed alternative plan.

As current rules prevent local authorities from opening new council-run schools, the new capacity will have to operate as part of an existing council primary school - it is not known which school this will be.

grovelandsSchool2The Grovelands Residents Association, which has concerns about the impact of a school near the park, has suggested that an alternative might be the former Minchenden School in Southgate town centre, currently owned by Southgate College, but now redundant. In view of the fact that Enfield Council has commissioned a valuation of this site, it appears that its purchase for school provision is being considered.

In addition to the new two-form entry school, it appears that plans for a new primary school in Southgate belonging to Ashmole Academy are going ahead. However, Enfield Council considers that the school will be too far away from the Lakes Estate.

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Proposed changes to London Plan emphasize "lifetime neighbourhoods"

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London residents have until 10 April to respond to a consultation by the Mayor of London on a number of proposed changes to the London Plan. The document being consulted on is referred to formally as the Draft Further Alterations to the London Plan.

The London Plan sets the context for local planning in relation to London's places, people, transport, response to climate change and economy and all its chapters are of great interest. However, from a community perspective, perhaps the most interesting is the chapter entitled London's Living Spaces and Places.

Lifetime Neighbourhoods - key elementsLifetime Neighbourhoods - key elements (click to enlarge)A significant change to the Living Spaces and Places chapter is the incorporation of the concept of "lifetime neighbourhoods". The document defines these as

places where people at all stages of their lives:

1. can get around – neighbourhoods which are well-connected and walkable;
2. as far as possible, can have a choice of homes, accessible infrastructure and services, places to spend time and to work, with a mix of accessible and adaptable uses; and
3. belong to a cohesive community which fosters social interaction and social capital.

The draft changes place specific emphasis on easy access to to services and facilities by public transport, cycling and walking.

For more information about the Lifetime Neighbourhoods concept see this document.

Another significant change is the emphasis placed on cooperation between boroughs and "community-led groups", who are encouraged to agree on local priorities. However, perhaps more controversial is the suggestion that "Community-led projects in general or Community Rights that give powers to the communities to take more control over the area where they live are an alternative route to the usual planning process". This could be seen as further reducing the powers of democratically elected borough councils.

To see the London Plan (with the draft changes in blue bold font) visit this page.  . The same page has details of how to comment.

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