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Broomfield House - latest news

Written by Colin Younger Published on . Posted in Broomfield House Restoration

broomfield house thumbnailEnfield Council has just posted on its website a comprehensive set of documents prepared for the Broomfield House Partnership Boards’ [1] consideration of the future of the House [2] and Stableyard. These can be read as they stand, but in order to better understand these papers, it might be helpful to summarise how we got here.

broomfield house conservation management plan coverAs well as the House, the Conservation Management Plan considers the Stables and the Park as a wholeRecent Plans

A number of earlier plans proposed by Enfield and/or community groups have for one reason or another not succeeded. The most recent plan was the 2012 joint Council-Broomfield House Trust/Friends of Broomfield Park working group bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the rebuilding of the House. Regrettably, the HLF told us in 2013 that were unable to agree to provide the almost £5m bid on a basis that this was a traditional Heritage project, which was risky given the extent of the damage and, in practice, was not in their view of national significance warranting a £5m grant.

Heritage Enterprise Programme

Given this, Enfield Council in conjunction with Historic England and the HLF determined that an approach to the HLF under its relatively new Heritage Enterprise Programme should be explored for both the House and stableyard (an almost equal priority for the Trust). Any scheme to rebuild and reopen Broomfield House would have to raise the capital costs and cover future running costs. The Enterprise Programme is designed for properties such as Broomfield House where traditional heritage fund raising has not succeeded, and under which enabling commercial involvement has to be secured before the HLF bid is made. Commercial involvement in such a heritage property would normally be unacceptable in planning terms, but for the fact that it brings sufficient public benefits which could not otherwise be achieved. The key element is usually securing the long-term future of the asset. The HLF contribution is intended to cover what is described as the “conservation deficit”, which is defined as the amount by which the cost of repair exceeds its market value on completion.

This latest approach starts with the creation of a Conservation Management Plan (CMP). This is the key step recommended by Historic England.

The purpose of the CMP is to provide a comprehensive and holistic assessment of the significance of the House, Stables and Park in order to provide information on the relative value or significance of the component parts of the heritage assets. It is intended to provide the basis of a long term maintenance and management strategy for the Park. It is possible that in the future a bid for funds to improve the Park and restore the baroque water gardens might be made under the Parks for People programme.

The second element is composed of the various Options Appraisal reports, intended to develop alternative viable future uses of the House and Stable Block.

The Long List Options

The Long List Options Appraisal draws on the CMP, on the outcome of the public consultation which ran to November 2015, on the Market analysis and on the Options Appraisal (see below). It considers and evaluates a wide variety of options, concluding that the best fit is that of an arts-based community use. This could involve artist studio and workshop space in the stableyard, and possibly in the house, with parts of the House and stables open periodically for public viewing, with some rooms in the House open more regularly or available for public hire, displays etc.

Attached to the Long List are sketches showing how much of the House could be new-build.

The January 2016 Update report

The January 2016 Update Report might better be identified as an interim report, and is perhaps less informative than:

The Report on Options

This Report on Options (actually dated April 2016) considers the objectives and finance of the project and the risks to it. The objectives are set as Restoration, Public Access and Viability. It then focuses on the reduced list of options and shows how they fit with the objectives. The paper goes on to compare the financial profiles of each option. It includes a baseline business model (including a café, rentable space and a degree of heritage interpretation), capital costs, comparative discounted cash flows for the various models, and the runs a risk assessment on them.

It concludes (albeit with a number of caveats) that restoration and part re-build of the House and artist’s studios in the stablyard as enabling development are the preferred solutions.

This paper takes into account the comprehensive Market Context Analysis, which puts Broomfield House in a wider context and develops the concept of the growing potential for creative studio workshop places which it assesses presents an opportunity to capitalise and gain a share of this market.

Finally, the Cost Model covers in detail the refurbishment/rebuild costs for Broomfield House, the stableyard buildings and, four options for their use [3], the demolition of the row of 1960’s houses in the stableyard and should it come to it, for the demolition of Broomfield House itself.

"Soft Marketing"

Using this information, the next steps are for Enfield to beginning informal "soft marketing", seeking expressions of interest from potential commercial partners. Looking further ahead, Enfield and the existing Broomfield House Trust and Friends of Broomfield Park are planning a seminar with Historic England and the Architectural Heritage Fund on a potential management trust for a restored House and Stableyard. It is likely that this seminar, which will be by invitation from LBE will look to a wider participation.

In spite of all this work, unless funding from a commercial partner or partners and further grants from the HLF and others can be agreed, demolition of the House remains a possibility.

Colin Younger
Chair, The Broomfield House Trust

Footnotes

  1. The remit of the Partnership Board is to identify and deliver restoration of Broomfield House, Stable Block and Park to provide maximum access whilst ensuring the building has a viable use for the future. 
  2. For those not familiar with the status of Broomfield House it is a II* listed building on the Historic England list of Heritage at Risk. Historic England (represented on the Board) have advised on the strategy which the Board has been following.
  3. Art Studios, Performance art space, Commercial use/offices, and Residential use.
The remit of the Partnership Board is to identify and deliver restoration of Broomfield House, Stable Block and Park to provide maximum access whilst ensuring the building has a viable use for the future. 
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43 dwellings planned for Osidge House site

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Southgate District Civic Trust have drawn attention to an application for planning permission to develop the site of the former Thomas Lipton Memorial Hostel.

osidge houseThe Lipton Memorial Hostel occupied a mansion, Osidge, built in 1808 by the tea and groceries magnate Thomas Lipton.  Lipton died in 1931, bequeathing his house to the Queen's Nursing Association.  At its opening in 1935 it provided accommodation for 14 retired nurses.  Additional buildings were later added, bringing the capacity up to 24 retired nurses, who were able to take advantage of the site's five acres of garden.

The hostel closed in 2014 and the buildings have been vacant ever since.

Although the site is situated in the London Borough of Barnet, the entrance from Chase Side is in Enfield.  The building is visible on the left hand side when travelling from Southgate Station towards Cockfosters.

The grade 2 listed building is one of the most important local heritage sites.  Whereas the developers of Trent Park engaged in an extensive public consultation exercise before developing a detailed concept, the new owners of Osidge have only engaged with Barnet Council and not with Southgate District Civic Trust or the general public.

The message from Southgate District Civic Trust reads as follows:

The plans for the Osidge estate are finally available following the submission of a planning application to Barnet Council.

The application 16/4514/FUL is for the 'Demolition of 3 no existing buildings and conversion of Osidge House to C3 class residential use providing 13 no. self-contained flats. Erection of 3 storey apartment building with basement level to provide 19 no self-contained flats and basement parking. Erection of 4 no. two storey Townhouses and 7 no. three storey townhouses. Provision of private and communal amenity space, refuse and cycle storage, off-street parking and associated hard and soft landscaping.'
 
The link to the application can be found at:

https://publicaccess.barnet.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=OA06QBJIM7G00

This application covers the conversion of the house into 13 flats, the erection of one apartment building containing 19 flats plus 11 town houses. The development will also include work in the surrounding park land.
This site is of significant importance to the history of Southgate, with proposals that impact a Grade II listed building as well as the parkland surrounding the house.  SDCT has tried to engage with the developers to discuss their plans, but has not had any success.  We also regret that at the moment there do not appear to be any plans for a public consultation on the development.The Southgate District Civic Trust Planning Group will be discussing this application at their next meeting on Wednesday 31st August and passing our comments to Barnet planning department.

SDCT urge you to look at this application and make any comments to the Barnet planning department before the cut off date of 14th September 2016.
 
If you would like any further information, please contact us on .
 
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Southgate District Civic Trust
 
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Web: www.southgatedistrictcivictrust.org.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/southgatedistrictcivictrust
Twitter: @southgatetrust  

The link in the message is to a page listing 123 documents.  The recommended starting point is the Planning Statement.

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Cycle Enfield - part of a national strategy to improve our wellbeing

Written by Basil Clarke Published on . Posted in Cycle Enfield (Mini-Holland)

Enfield Council's plans for cycle lanes along main roads and quieter neighbourhoods in residential areas moved a little closer to completion this week, when a High Court judge refused an application for a judicial review of the Cycle Enfield consultation arrangements and ordered that the Save Our Green Lanes campaigning group should pay the  Council's costs.

The judge dismissed claims by the anti-cycle lane campaigners that there were  serious flaws in the way the consultation was carried out, in particular regarding the availability of information and its accuracy.  Save Our Green Lanes has stated that it intends to appeal against this decision.

Well, that's an issue above my pay grade that will be resolved in due course, hopefully very soon and in the Council's favour.  But I want to look at Cycle Enfield in a much broader context.  Is it just 99 per cent of residents being inconvenienced for the sake of the one per cent who cycle?  Is the scheme really being "bulldozed through by a Council that is determined to ignore the damage the scheme will cause to residents and businesses"?  Why does the Council claim that it would create "a better Enfield for everyone"?

The answer to these questions can be found in a briefing for local authorities published earlier this year by Public Health England under the title Working Together to Promote Active Travel>.

This is a clearly written and jargon-free document, with all its points carefully reasoned and supported by evidence, explaining the importance of reducing the current over-reliance on private cars and increasing the amount that people walk or cycle.  Its primary focus is improving health - not just physical health, but also the mental health of individuals and the healthy functioning of society.  But it also concludes that there shifting away from motorised transport would have significant economic benefits (and svings for the NHS, whose financial situation is not exactly rosy these days).

The document is detailed but flab-free and I've had to struggle to resist quoting whole passages from it.  I've just extracted the graphic and summary box below, and strongly recommend reading it in full.

Key adverse links between motorised road transport and health

Key adverse links between motorised road transport and health

Box 2: An agenda for action on active travel

Key tasks – policies:

  • active travel should be enshrined in transport policies
  • ensure that safe, convenient, inclusive access for pedestrians, cyclists, and public transport users is maximised and is prioritised over private car use in the movement hierarchy
  • focus on converting short car trips to active travel and public transport
  • ensure that policies and budgets demonstrate how maximising active travel can benefit health, the economy and the environment
  • encourage new developments (and retrofits) to maximise opportunities for active travel with appropriate infrastructure (eg cycle lanes, cycle parking)
  • ensure that travel plans for new developments (including schools) prioritise and support active travel over car transport as part of designing safe and attractive neighbourhoods

Key tasks – implementation:

  • consider how to minimise car parking as a way both to support local economies (eg local high streets) and to promote sustainable modes of transport
  • ensure that new developments don’t adversely affect capacity and safety of surrounding cycling networks
  • support 20mph speed limits in residential areas, and promote road safety in urban and rural settlements to complement school policies on safe and active travel
  • promote local ‘street play’ initiatives
  • ensure monitoring and evaluating the use of travel plans

Key tasks – social infrastructure:

  • develop and strengthen cross-sectoral working both within local authorities as well with other key local agencies
  • involve and take account of the needs of different members of the community (eg people with disabilities, children and young people, older people) to create local solutions that address possible conflicts of interest and meet local community needs
  • work with schools and workplaces on travel planning to promote safe modes of active travel to and from settings on a daily basis
  • work with local enterprise partnerships to ensure that the economic value of active travel is considered in local developments, and demonstrate how it contributes to the functioning and prosperity of local areas – for example, developing local cycling and walking investment strategies.

Source:  https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/523460/Working_Together_to_Promote_Active_Travel_A_briefing_for_local_authorities.pdf

Conclusion?   Cycle Enfield isn't just the brainchild of a bunch of Labour councillors showing the borough's residents who's in charge.  It's not about banning driving or forcing people to cycle, as some people seem to think.  It's a perfectly rational and essential first step to a healthier relationship with the private car, part of a national strategy to improve everyone's wellbeing.  There may be teething troubles if enough drivers don't get the message, but the choice is between, on the one hand, doing nothing and suffering from ever increasing congestion and pollution and, on the other hand, making a start on modal shift.

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Posted: Yesterday 14:40 by Karl Brown #2252
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Basil concludes the “controversial” cycling investment opportunity won by Enfield Council as being part of a national strategy and not some crazed in-house Civic Centre scheme to disadvantage some.


It didn’t take the common sense report from the Public Health England to reach such a conclusion. Instead you needed to look no further than the government’s own strategy for cycling:


• "We want to make cycling and walking the natural choice for shorter journeys, or as part of a longer journey regardless of age, gender, fitness level or income."


Or National Planning Policy Guidance 13: Transport, which seeks to integrate transport and planning at the national, regional, strategic and local level with objectives including to:


• promote accessibility to jobs, shopping, leisure facilities and services by public transport, walking and cycling; and
• reduce the need to travel, especially by car


This Planning Guidance is specific in its instructions to Councils, such as Enfield, to:


• give priority to people over ease of traffic movement and plan to provide more road space to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport in town centres, local neighbourhoods and other areas with a mixture of land uses


And so this theme of people / active travel at the expense of a future purely car-centric outlook goes on through London’s own Transport Strategy, the London Plan itself, findings from eg the Roads Task Force and ever more comprehensively researched publications.


What is sad given this level of inevitability is the lost two years or so while parts of western Enfield have been riven by micro level debates over the odd parking space, whether people can walk short distances (or even at all it seems at times), whether cycles are more or less polluting than combustion engines and more. Yes, change inevitably brings winners and losers, but collaboration and understanding through sensible communication with understanding and respect is the means to facilitate achieving the best future path for all. Sadly that approach has too often been missing, too often seemingly deliberately so.

Community Volunteers - North London Hospice needs you!

Published on . Posted in Charities and Volunteering

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

Duties will include:

Befriending:  Providing a friendly conversation and companionship

Sitting:  Providing a visit to do a specific task that could make all the difference

Good Neighbour:  Providing a visit to do a specific task that could make all the difference

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

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

 

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Enfield Talking Newspaper

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ENFIELD TALKING NEWSPAPER
A FREE SERVICE FOR BLIND & VISUALLY IMPAIRED RESIDENTS

If you know a blind or visually impaired person in Enfield who would enjoy a free weekly recording of articles from our local newspapers as well as other useful information, please get in touch! Call us on 020 8805 6578 or email:

Enfield Talking Newspaper is the oldest service of its kind in the UK, formed in 1961. We provide blind and partially sighted people in our borough with a weekly recording of stories from our local newspapers as well as events information, on tape or via internet radio.

The news items that we read come from our local newspapers, the Enfield Gazette and Advertiser and the Enfield Independent and are their copyright.

Listen to our latest edition on You Tube, and browse our You Tube Channel for extracts from Enfield's past!

CAN YOU HELP ETN?

If you know anyone who might be interested in helping Enfield Talking Newspaper as a Production Assistant, please get in touch with our Chairman, Phillip Dawson by emailingEnfield Talking Newspapers  - or contact him directly on 07843 445 963. The Production Team works every Friday evening from 5.30pm and is based at Community House, Edmonton.

Happy Listening!

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Pinkham Way: Waste plant threat returns

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Campaigners seeking to protect a nature conservation site next to the North Circular Road are appealing to supporters to fill the public galleries at a planning meeting next Wednesday afternoon.

The Pinkham Way Alliance has learnt to its dismay that the North London Waste Authority has revived its previously abandoned plan to use the woodland adjacent to Pinkham Way as a potential site for a residual waste processing plant.

The meeting next week will be examining the draft Haringey Local Plan.  The Pinkham Way Alliance has submitted a very strong case for removal of the site's Employment designation.  They hope that a strong turnout of supporters will help persuade the planning inspectors that this case is unanswerable.

For more details, see the following message from the Alliance.

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WEDNESDAY 31st AUGUST at 1.30pm
Haringey Civic Centre
265 High Rd
London N22 8ZW

I hope you’ve had a great summer. Earlier on I told you that Inspector Christine Thorby had been appointed to examine the Haringey Local Plan. This examination began today.
 
Unfortunately, in a bid to persuade the Inspector to allow the Employment designation to continue on the Pinkham Way site, the NLWA has resurrected its threat to develop a residual waste plant on Pinkham Way.

No, your eyes don’t deceive you.

In July, the Inspector asked participants to respond to certain issues she raised. You can read both the PWA responses Part 1 and Part 2 (we had to split the document due to its size) and the NLWA responses. The NLWA argue that, if its plans for Edmonton fail, they will/could need to use Pinkham Way as a residual waste treatment plant.
 
The session which really matters to us in PWA is next Wednesday, 31st August, starting at 1.30pm at Haringey Civic Centre.

David Diggle of Turley’s will speak on behalf of PWA, supported by Evelyn Ryan and myself.
 
Many of you will remember the one day session in February 2012, where you filled the Civic Centre and the public gallery. We need to repeat that marvellous level of attendance on 31 August.
 
We need as many of us as possible there next Wednesday to show Haringey Council, the North London Waste Authority, and, most importantly, the Inspector, that we consider the Pinkham Way site is totally unsuitable for development - other than small scale local community related uses such as small educational centres and measures to improve connectivity through the site - let alone for a residual or other waste use, which remains as wholly unacceptable to residents now as it was five years ago.
 
The site is a high value nature conservation site that must be protected. This is the only SINC in Greater London which has a dual designation of Employment and SINC. The Employment designation needs to be removed.
 
Please try and come if at all possible, if only for a part of the session. We must remember though that, although these are public hearings, no public participation – applause, barracking etc – is allowed, tempting though it might be!

Stephen Brice
Chair
Pinkham Way Alliance

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"Your bruises go away and your bones mend. But it’s the despair..."

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A North London-based charity which provides support for women who are victims of domestic or sexual violence is teaming up with Enfield Council to raise awareness of abusive relationships among women who may not recognise the warning signs until it is too late.

Solace logo hi resSolace Women's Aid was set up in Islington 41 years ago and now operates throughout London.

The scale of violence against women is truly shocking - far higher than is generally appreciated.  One in four women in the UK is affected and every week two women are killed by a partner or former partner.

One of the many ways that Solace helps support abused women is to provide refuges, including one at a secret address in Enfield.  These allow victims to escape from violent partners.  But London has a particularly high rate of domestic violence and the refuges are full to capacity.

Solace needs to raise more money not just for refuges, but also to provide counselling, allowing women and their families to recover from trauma, reduce levels of depression and anxiety, cut down their needs for medication and rebuild their lives.

It's a process that takes time.  In the words of one survivor, "Your bruises go away and your bones mend. But it’s the effect on your head, it’s the despair, being hopeless. It’s a very dark place to be. But Solace has given me hope."

Please watch the short video below then visit the Solace website to find out how you can help financially and what volunteer opportunities are available.

If you or someone you know is a victim of abuse, visit the Solace website or phone 0808 802 5565.

How do I know I'm being abused?

Does he often criticise you, shout at you or humiliate you?

Is he often jealous or possessive?

Does he hurt you or threaten to hurt you or other people, even himself, if you say you want to leave the relationship?

Do you change your behaviour out of fear and to avoid making him angry?

Does he control your money, what you wear or where you go?

Does he stop you from seeing your family or your friends?

Does he force you to have sex when you don’t want to?

Does he blame you for his abuse and say it’s your fault?

Services provided by Solace Women's Aid

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Advice
The Advice team takes calls from women across London affected by domestic and sexual violence and provides immediate advice and short-term support on safety issues, housing options, financial concerns and child related issues.

Refuge Accommodation
Our refuges provide safe emergency accommodation for women and their children fleeing violence. Staff work with women to find permanent accommodation and provide support with their practical and emotional needs during this difficult time of transition.

Community based advocacy & support
Local Advocacy teams work with women, offering specialist advice and support specifically in relation to safety, housing, financial and welfare benefits, and available services for children.

Counselling and therapy
We offer one to one counselling sessions which provide a safe space for women to explore the impact of violence on their lives. Therapeutic groups and workshops enable women to meet peers, share experiences and begin to rebuild their self-esteem and confidence.

North London Rape Crisis
Our North London Rape Crisis service works with women and girls over the age of 13 who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any point in their lives. A dedicated emotional support helpline, specialist advocates, counsellors and group therapists provide practical and therapeutic support to help women heal from the trauma they have experienced.

Children and Young People
Our team deliver a range of services for families and young people living in the community including therapeutic support for mothers and children to explore their feelings and rebuild vital relationships.

Specialist services groups and programs
We provide specialist support including our Silver Project for women over 55, IRIS Project working with GPs and patients, the Sanctuary project to provide in-home security, WRAP (Women Resilience & Awareness Program) and our Irish Traveller Project.

Solace website

Report in Enfield Gazette & Advertiser

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How can you ensure you have Healthy Lungs for Life?

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During September the Healthy Lungs for Life campaign will be running free events at various locations in London.  Visitors to the Healthy Lungs for Life "bubble" will be offered free tests of lung function (spirometry), advice on lung health and how to protect against air pollution, and a chance to take part in an interactive game.

The main organisations behind the campaign, which is Europe-wide, are the European Respiratory Society and the European Lung Foundation.

On Monday 5 September the campaign is running a Meet the Experts evening for the general public and for people with lung conditions.

HEALTHY LUNGS FOR LIFE SCHEDULE

FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER, 2016 AND SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER, 2016
Trafalgar Square, Central London
10.00am-6.00pm

SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER, 2016
Outside Leytonstone station
1.00pm-5.00pm

TUESDAY 6 SEPTEMBER, 2016
Canada Square, Canary Wharf
7.30am-8.00pm

WEDNESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER, 2016
Battlebridge Place (close to Kings Cross and St Pancras stations)
8.00am-8.00pm

SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER, 2016 AND SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER, 2016
On Blackheath Festival, Lewisham
12.00pm-6.00pm

THURSDAY 22 SEPTEMBER, 2016
Islington Green Gardens
9.00am-6.00pm

FRIDAY 23 SEPTEMBER, 2016
Acton Market
10.00am-4.00pm

MEET THE EXPERTS EVENING

MONDAY 5 SEPTEMBER, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS, 11 ST ANDREWS PLACE, LONDON NW1 4LE
(Nearest tube stations: Great Portland Street or Regent’s Park)

Learn about how air quality impacts our lung health
Hear about the latest research in the field
Ask lung health experts your questions

PROGRAMME

WHAT IS THE RISK OF POOR OUTDOOR AIR QUALITY TO ME?
Professor Jonathan Grigg, Centre for Genomics and Child Health

YOUR LUNGS AT WORK – KEEPING THEM HEALTHY
Professor David Fishwick, The Centre for Workplace Health

HOW TO LIVE SMOKE-FREE AND WHY
Dr Nick Hopkinson, Imperial College and Royal Brompton Hospital

Register online (deadline for registration is 2 September

Click here for more information about the campaign

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Time to crack down on illegal idling

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It is a little known fact that running a car engine while not in traffic is illegal.  Another little known fact is that turning off engines while stationary, even for a very short time, significantly reduces emissions of toxic exhaust fumes and climate-changing greenhouse gases.

Recently the City of London Police began enforcing the law against running engines while parked, and there are plans to extend this to more London boroughs - unfortunately, Enfield is not on the list.

An online petition on change.org is addressed to the Secretary of State for Transport and the Mayor of London, as follows:

Police Existing Engine Idling Law in London and UK

There is an air pollution crisis in cities around the world, a problem which the World Health Organisation now claims is killing millions. London breached annual pollution limits in the first week of 2016.  Scientists are now estimating that more than 9,000 people a year in London are dying of nitrogen dioxide and small particulate pollution.
Stationary vehicles cause more pollution than moving ones. Turning your engine off for just one minute contributes to cleaner air

The  Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002 makes it illegal to run any vehicle when stationary.  Sadly this is a law which is little known about and rarely enforced.  The penalty for doing so is £20.00.  

On Friday 15 2015 Westminster City Council announced a new 'Air Force' of just two traffic wardens to issue on the spot fines, concentrating in the highly polluted Marylebone area.

This petition asks for a nationwide initiative, using traffic wardens and their powers to issue fixed penalty notices to police the existing idling law aggressively everywhere.  Why, after all, are we paying £65 for other traffic or parking offences but poisoning ourselves and our children with no penalty?

Source:  www.change.org/p/police-existing-engine-idling-law-throughout-london-and-uk

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Posted: 26 Aug 2016 15:43 by Karl Brown #2250
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Here’s a radical alternative, making the invisible killer visible via pens filled with 45 minutes worth of diesel car exhaust. Or we could all simply use motor vehicles less I suppose.


Dans le parc de Broomfield, l'on y dansait...

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that bigger blue patch at broomfield blues 2016That (Bigger) Blue Patch (Photo: Colin Younger)After two successive blazing hot Sundays in the park, things weren't looking too good for the third week of Broomfield Blues.  Heavy rain on Saturday and a very dull start to Sunday.  But the weather gods must have been sufficiently mollified by the sacrifices people made last week (the money collected in Ralph Hutching's bright red top hat) and eventually laid on a warm afternoon with long enough sunny spells to bring out the audience and create queues for the delicious hand-made ice cream.

audience at third broomfield blues 2016Palmers Greenies lapping up the music (Photo: Colin Younger)This week's two bands treated us to a somewhat gentler interpretation of the Blues in its widest sense - but don't take that to mean an absence of spark, intensity or virtuosity.

We began with a typically eclectic set from That Blue Patch - normally a duo made up of husband and wife Dave Buckwell and Ruth Mignano, but on this occasion augmented by Tig Trafford to form That (Bigger) Blue Patch.

While That Blue Patch roamed far and wide for their musical styles and sources, the afternoon's main act anchored themselves firmly in a period (the thirties and forties) and a location (Paris).  The Hot Club de Broomfield (correct pronunciation "'Ot Clerb") pay homage to the classic Quintet of the Hot Club de Paris, whose most famous members were gypsy guitarist extraordinaire Django Reinhardt and voilinist Stéphane Grapelli.  This afternoon the classic three-guitar + string bass lineup was augmented by that most French of instruments, an accordion.  A relaxing lilt throughout, but at the same time distinctly danceable music.

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Le Hot Club de Broomfield avec un line-up classique:  guitarres, contrebasse et accordéon

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