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Cycle Enfield: Revised A105 plans to go on show

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cycle enfield logo deepOn 19th May Enfield Council will be exhibiting the final design plans for the A105 cycle lanes scheme, revised to take account of public feedback from the last consultation round.  The exhibition will be held at Palmers Green Library from 3pm to 8pm.

On the evening of Wednesday 25 May there will be a co-design workshop for residents on the design of the public realm mprovements in Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill. People have to apply for a limited number of places on this workshop, so get in there quick if you're interested (we will publish details as soon as we know them).

In June there will be a final, statutory consultation period lasting three weeks.

Leaflets with details of the exhibition will be distributed to 17,000 addresses at the weekend.

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Posted: Yesterday 19:25 by Colin Younger #2126
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This is the reply which I got from Paul Rogers, the Programme Manager for Cycle Enfield to a question about the Fox Lane junction.

"The existing situation at the Fox Lane roundabout is the provision of refuge islands on all three arms of the junction, to allow pedestrians to cross informally. These take the form of islands in the centre of the road that protect pedestrians, so that they can cross in two movements, without having to cross the entire road in one go.

"The proposed junction that was consulted on provided signalised crossings on the southern arm of Green Lanes and Fox Lane. However, this resulted in queueing along the high street, which was raised as a concern as it would potentially detract from the public realm/pedestrian environment, which would have a negative impact on the high street.

"The proposed revised arrangement, which is a priority controlled T-junction retains a refuge island on the Fox Lane arm of the junction, as existing. On the southern arm, to mitigate the removal of the proposed signalised crossing in the design that was consulted, a further amendment has been made to the layout which relocates the existing signalised crossing, south of Devonshire Road to north of Hazelwood Lane, approximately 20m south of the Fox Lane junction.

"The changes to the proposed design are not to further improve cycle provision but to improve the public realm environment for pedestrians in the town centre, by reducing the queueing traffic on the high street. The mini-roundabout was indeed removed because it was felt that it could not safely provide for cyclists. Zebra crossings were considered, however, these would need to be offset a safe distance from the Fox Lane junction to provide sufficient sight lines to the crossing, for vehicles turning at the junction. It is felt that the relocation of the Devonshire Road signalised crossing, described above, provides a suitable provision, in close proximity to the Fox Lane junction."

This raises a number of questions, particularly about how the junction will work and the effect on pedestrians, I have therefore gone back to ask about them, but perhaps more will be explained as the consultation progresses
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To apply to participate in the co-design workshops, first go to, then scroll down to "APPLY FOR CO-DESIGN WORKSHOPS", then click on the downward pointing arrow. An application form will then appear.

The workshops will be held at 7pm on 25th May.

The accompanying text reads as follows:

"This is an opportunity for a small group of local representatives to work with scheme designers, Council Officers and the organisation Living Streets, to help co-design the look and feel of some of the public spaces for this scheme. Two workshops will run concurrently to consider the 'Triangle' in Palmers Green and the new public spaces by Crompton Road in Winchmore Hill. If you would like to be considered as one of the workshop attendees, please fill out the form below.
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Posted: Yesterday 23:40 by Basil Clarke #2128
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Colin Younger wrote:

This raises a number of questions, particularly about how the junction will work and the effect on pedestrians,

As regards pedestrians coming from for example Park Avenue and heading for the western side of Green Lanes, this will be an improvement.

Currently, to access northbound buses or to walk to Palmers Green station we have to use the "courtesy crossing", which generally involves making an assessment of which drivers will slow down enough for us to cross. We will now be able to use a light-controlled crossing without first having to negotiate the hazardous crossing of Hazelwood Lane (which hopefully will be less hazardous anyway, though that's not really clear).

Crossing Green Lanes on the north arm of the Fox Lane junction or Park Avenue junction will become more difficult, but it's not really safe at the moment, so is better discouraged. But if I remember rightly the plan is to put a proper pedestrian crossing somewhere along the Fox Lane - Bourne Hill stretch of Green Lanes anyway - which will be a huge improvement on the current situation.

A chance for disabled people to question local councillors

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Following our successful MPs event in December, EDA will host a local Councillors Question Time.

Doug Taylor the Leader of the Council has confirmed his attendance. We’re still waiting for others to confirm.

This is your opportunity to put your questions about the issues which affect your life including, cuts to local services, your experience of living and working in Enfield as deaf and disabled people, people who experience mental distress and those with long term health conditions as well as carers.

The event is free but please book your place or email .

f you have any specific questions to put to Doug Taylor or other Councillors please send them to us or contact us by phone on 020 8373 6330.

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Volunteers needed to survey local war memorials

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Southgate District Civic Trust (SDCT) is encouraging people to play a part in conserving and protecting our local war memorials as part of a project to commemorate the First World War.

A free workshop in May aims to inspire people to survey and conserve our local war memorials.  SDCT want to ensure that by the end of the centenary of the First World War in 2018, as many of our war memorials as possible are in a good condition.

Southgate District Civic Trust, along with Civic Voice, Historic England, the Imperial War Museum and War Memorials Trust are working together with volunteers to record the condition of all known war memorials in this area.  Funding is available for the repair and conservation of memorials, but help is needed to find them and record their condition first, using a simple survey.

Anna Wilson, Senior Development Officer at Civic Voice has said, “Southgate is a key area in ensuring the fallen soldiers of the First World War are appropriately commemorated.  Training volunteers on how to record the condition of war memorials is the first step.”

Elaine Tyler, of Southgate District Civic Trust agreed, “If people from every area of the borough were to undertake a simple survey of their local war memorial the result could be all of the area’s memorials being in really good condition by 2018 when the real commemoration of the end of the war takes place.  We at Southgate District Civic Trust are proud to be doing our bit.”

Southgate District Civic Trust is hosting this free workshop (details below).  Come along and find out about the new programme, consider how you can identify and record the condition of your local memorials, learn about the steps that can be taken to conserve them for the future and the funding that’s available for their repair and conservation.

The FREE workshop will be taking place in Cockfosters on Friday 13th May from 9.45am to 2.45pm.  

For further information, see or contact Civic Voice at or Southgate District Civic Trust on .

To book your free place at the workshop visit: and follow the links.

Please pass this invitation on to any friends, colleagues or local groups who may be interested in this project.  SDCT are keen to involve people across the community.


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Elections for Mayor of London and Assembly Member

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The following information is taken from the London Elects website

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How the Mayoral results are calculated

The Mayor of London is elected by the supplementary vote system.

Each voter has a first and second choice vote. If a candidate receives more than half of all the first choice votes they are elected immediately. If this does not happen, the two candidates with the most first choice votes go through to a second round. All other candidates are eliminated.

The second choice votes of everyone whose first choice has been eliminated are then counted. Any votes for the remaining two candidates are added to their first round totals.

The candidate with the highest combined total of first and second choice votes is elected as Mayor of London.

How the Constituency London Assembly Member results are calculated

The 14 Constituency London Assembly Members are elected using the first past the post system. This means that the candidate in each constituency with the most votes is elected as a Constituency London Assembly Member.

How the London-wide Assembly Member results are calculated

The 11 London-wide Assembly Members are elected using a form of ‘proportional representation’. Votes from across London for the London-wide Assembly Members are added together. The 11 seats are then allocated based upon a mathematical formula – the Modified d’Hondt Formula. This takes into account the total votes cast in the London-wide ballot together with the number of Constituency London Assembly Member seats that each political party has already won.

11 rounds of calculations take place to fill the 11 vacant Assembly Member seats, with the party or independent candidate with the highest result at each round allocated the seat. Seats won by parties are allocated to party candidates in the order they appear on the relevant party’s list of candidates.

This voting system is used to ensure the overall Assembly reflects how all of London voted.

There is more information on the London Elects website and a more detailed factsheet, with an example the calculations used to determine how the London-wide assembly members are determined.

Judging from previous mayoral elections, it is unlikely that any candidate for Mayor of London will receive enough first choice votes to be elected immediately. Second choice votes will therefore be key to the outcome. Opinion polls suggest that there are two frontrunners. If your first choice vote did not go to one of the frontrunners, you might want to use your second choice vote to choose between these two (unless you aren't bothered which of them wins).

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Protecting yourself against air pollution

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The following advice has been issued by the British Lung Foundation.

british lung foundation logoWhat can I do about air pollution?

On most days and away from busy city streets, air pollution in the UK does not rise to levels at which we need to make major changes to our habits to avoid exposure.

Nobody needs to worry about going outdoors. Children should not be kept from going to school or stopped from taking part in games.

If you have a lung condition, you might want to avoid spending long periods of time in places where there are high levels of air pollution, such as near busy traffic or where pollution generated by industry adds to pollution produced by traffic.

In general, everyone who is able should try to reduce their contribution to air pollution by walking or cycling rather than taking the car, particularly for short trips. This will reduce emissions and keep you active too. You could also consider public transport or sharing a car.

If you have a car, ensure it is serviced regularly to minimise its contribution to air pollution. If you have a diesel car, do not remove the diesel particulate filter on your exhaust, and make sure it is maintained and emptied regularly.

What to do when air pollution levels are high

When levels of air pollution are high for short periods, if you or your child has a lung condition:

  • reduce or avoid strenuous, outdoor exercise. The benefits of exercise are great if you have a lung condition, so make sure you exercise indoors in a well-ventilated room or gym instead.
  • stay away from pollution hotspots such as main roads and road junctions
  • try to get to work a little earlier before rush hour has begun and levels of pollution have built up
  • take back streets away from the bulk of vehicle congestion if you cycle, run or walk as part of your commute
  • make sure that, if you use one, you carry your reliever inhaler with you
  • if you have asthma, use your preventer inhaler regularly
  • if in a vehicle, keep the windows closed and recycle air

If you find your condition is getting worse, or if you are getting wheezy or coughing from walking outside, get in touch with your doctor.

Anyone who experiences discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should consider reducing their levels of physical exertion outdoors.

There is little evidence to recommend the use of face masks. Wearing one can be uncomfortable and can make breathing more difficult.

The British Lung Foundation's campaign to improve air quality is summarised below:

Our plan

We want government to…

  1. Prioritise air pollution across Government departments so that every part of the UK meets the legal limits for pollution by 2020

  2. Introduce a new independent real-world emissions test to ensure that vehicles being driven on British roads meet legal limits 

  3. Protect children by measuring, reporting and acting on air pollution near schools, supporting teachers and governors to reduce child exposure to pollutants 

  4. Invest in public health campaigns so that people better understand the health risks of air pollution and how to protect themselves 

  5. Improve pollution monitoring so that people living in every part of the UK have timely, comprehensive information on key dangerous pollutants in their local area 

  6. Clean up public transport by speeding up the introduction of cleaner buses and taxis

  7. Introduce carefully-designed low emission zones (or equivalents) that will clear the air in our cities without penalising the most vulnerable.


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Are you a former member of Enfield NCT?

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nctThe National Childbirth Trust celebrates its sixtieth anniversary this year.  Enfield NCT doesn't go back anything like as far, but they don't actually know when the branch was founded.

Branch Coordinator Shonagh West is keen to find out exactly when Enfield NCT was set up.  1993 is the earliest she's traced it back to so far, but perhaps you were a member or volunteer before that date?

Even if you don't know the answer to the question, Shonagh would like you to get in touch for a chat, as she's writing an article about the history of the group.

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The EU referendum: Debating the issues, finding out the facts

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The question of whether or not we should vote to remain in the EU or to leave it is a complex issue.  Coming to a reasoned conclusion is made all the more difficult by the fact that both sides are coming out with any number of dramatic claims and counterclaims.  Which arguments make sense?  Whose claims are true?  Can we believe any of them?

On 26 May Palmers Green residents will have an opportunity to listen to a debate between a number of experts and put their own questions to them (see the box below for details).  The speakers are not politicians and will be basing their arguments on their professional knowledge and experience.  The organisation that is organising the debate - the Enfield and the Barnets United Nations Association - is not taking a position on the referendum - its aim is to promote informed debate.

Enfield and the Barnets United Nations Association

The European Union Referendum -
Debating the Issues

The United Nations Association is hosting a discussion on the forthcoming referendum on British membership of the European Union


Professor Laurent Pech (Middlesex University) on legal and constitutional issues

Jade Rickman (Senior Policy Advisor, Confederation of British Industry) on economic and business aspects

A speaker on the implications for local Enfield citizens with links to other EU countries

Dr Meri Juntti (Middlesex University) on the view from Northern Europe

Followed by questions and discussion

The UNA is not itself taking a position on the referendum but wishes to promote informed debate on this far-reaching decision

Thursday 26th May

The Sanctuary, United Reformed Church
Fox Lane, Palmers Green N13 4AL


So how to sort out which side in the shouty political debate is telling the truth?  The solution is provided by FullFact, an independent, non-partisan, factchecking charity, whose staff are constantly checking up on the claims made by politicians.  For instance, every week they analyse and check every statement made by the guests on Question Time.

Ahead of the referendum FullFact have been checking claims and also compiling guides and explanatory articles.  And if you have a question that they haven't yet answered, just contact them and they'll do the research - and provide links to their sources so that you can check yourself.

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Go to FullFact's EU Referendum pages

Find out about FullFact


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Commons committee urges clean air zones and diesel scrappage scheme

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Urgent Government action is needed to stop up to 50,000 people a year dying early from air pollution-related illnesses, says the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, in its report on Air quality.

The Committee's Air quality report presses for new Clean Air Zones in dozens of English towns and cities to cut the risk of cardiac, respiratory and other diseases caused by polluted air.

Clean Air Zones

Defra plans new Clean Air Zones for five of the most polluted cities but MPs say more is needed to cut the health and environmental impacts of pollutants, including particulates and nitrogen dioxide.

Chair's comment

Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Committee said:

"Only five cities (Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton) will have new powers to charge polluting vehicles to enter new clean air zones. Councils in the dozens of other English cities currently exceeding EU pollution limits must also be given the option of using such powers if their communities support action.

"The zones need to deliver local solutions to local problems.  Defra’s proposed 'one-size-fits-all' clean air zones will set rigid rules on cities as diverse as Southampton and Leeds.

"Communities must be given legal powers to set controls that meet their own circumstances—for example, some might want to charge polluting vehicles to access zones at certain times of day or to target specific bus routes."

The Committee calls on the Government to devolve greater flexibility to all councils on use of development and traffic movement powers to tackle vehicle pollution in and out of Clean Air Zones.

Diesel scrappage scheme

Diesel vehicles produce more nitrogen oxides than petrol and alternatively-fuelled vehicles. The Committee urges the Government to consider introducing a diesel scrappage scheme for older vehicles.

Neil Parish MP said:

"Government funding for new refuelling infrastructure and grants to help buy cleaner vehicles such as electric or hybrid cars is welcome. But more action is needed if we are to get older, more polluting diesel vehicles off the road quickly. People need more of an incentive to purchase the more expensive low-emission vehicles: we want the Government to start planning now to introduce at the next Budget a scrappage scheme targeted at cars and vans ten years or more old."

Agricultural emissions

The Committee also calls for more spread of modern farming practices aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.

Neil Parish MP said:

"Farmers are under huge financial pressures at the moment. They can save money and help to clean up the environment and improve health if they use the latest methods for managing manure and fertiliser and for feeding their livestock. Defra needs to target best practice support, rather than add regulation, to make sure the agricultural sector does all it can to cut pollution and reduce greenhouse gas emissions"

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Posted: 29 Apr 2016 19:41 by Karl Brown #2123
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Yesterday (28th April) a high court judge granted ClientEarth permission to take the government back to court over its approach to illegal air pollution. This follows the Supreme Court judgement last April ordering ministers to draw up effective plans to address the issue, plans which have been described as, “woefully inadequate”.
It was also reported this week that deaths in London from (air pollution) particulates topped 1000 so far this year. (This excludes NOX gas emissions which are generally seen as causing a broadly equivalent number of deaths). Barnet was our cities worst affected Borough, suffering the most deaths. Shocking.

Trent Park owners respond to petition

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The owners of the former university campus in Trent Park have published a response to the online petition which calls for the creation of a museum in the mansion and continued public access to the grounds of the former campus.

The statement issued by the Berkeley Group can be read below.  It includes assurances that there will be a museum and that public access will be available not just to the grounds, but also - for the first time - to part of the mansion.  However, the statement does not appear to go any further than announcements made before the new petition was launched and will probably disappoint those campaigners who seek a museum both on the ground floor and in the basement.

The last of three public consultation events will be held on Friday 13th-Sunday 15th May 2016, at the West Lodge Park Hotel, 4 Ferny Hill, Hadley Wood,  EN4 0PZ.

  • Friday 13th May: 2pm- 7pm (John Evelyn Suite)
  • Saturday 14th May: 10am-3pm (Lancaster Suite)
  • Sunday 15th May: 10am - 3pm (John Evelyn Suite)

The presentation boards for this consultation can be viewed online.

Berkeley Group



Thank you for signing the petition “Save Trent Park – The Campaign to Protect and Enhance Our Nation’s Heritage”.

Berkeley would like to make the following statements to clarify our position in response to the petition and in line with the public consultation which has been undertaken to date.

Firstly, and most importantly, we would like to reiterate that the protection and enhancement of the listed buildings and landscape features which make Trent Park such a unique and valuable asset to Enfield (and indeed to the nation more widely) has been a priority since we acquired the site in September 2015.

Secondly, we are pleased to confirm that Berkeley fully supports the proposal to provide some form of museum within the Mansion House and provide public access to at least part of the House for the first time in its history as part of its application. This has already been the subject of substantial discussions with Enfield Council, as well as community representatives and over 700 people who have attended the six days of public consultation events held to date. The exact form which the museum takes will be subject to further discussions as to how it will be funded, who will manage it and many other logistical considerations. 

Berkeley is also fully committed to retaining public access to the grounds.

Berkeley fully shares the view of those who have signed the petition that the sensitive restoration of all listed buildings and key heritage assets, as well as the high-quality, indeed exemplary, design of the new buildings is fundamental to the future success of the development. With this in mind, we have appointed prestigious architects to carry out historical reviews of the buildings and develop designs which meet the exacting standards required by the site. 

In addition, we have also appointed specialist landscape consultants Murdoch Wickham to undertake the restoration of the historic grounds. Murdoch Wickham oversaw the restoration of Humphrey Repton’s Repton Park, making them uniquely qualified to undertake the detailed work required at Trent Park.

For more information about the project team please visit  or email Nick Stanton  


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Green Belt defenders warn that Enfield Road fields are still threatened

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The leaders of a campaign to prevent development of Green Belt land between Oakwood and Enfield Town are warning that, despite the withdrawal of proposals to build houses, the fields are still threatened.  They have been seeking support from candidates for the Mayor of London and GLA members, as well as other local politicians.

Enfield RoadWatch Action Group's latest update points out that Enfield Academy is continuing to press for the construction of a new school on the site, which is located on the south side of the A110 (the road runs from left to right at the top of the aerial view shown below) and extends as far south as Boxers Lake.  They are also concerned about the attitude of the London Diocesan Fund, the current local plan review by Enfield Council and the fact that Fairview Homes are refusing access to the land to carry out an ecological survey.

aerial view of the green belt land

The campaign has contacted candidates standing in next month's elections, as well as other local politicians.  Their responses can be read on the EnfieldRoadwatch website.  Additionally, the campaigners are appealing for expert assistance (planners, ecologists, traffic surveyors) and for help in distributing leaflets.


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