Archive for March 2023

Enfield Labour run Council CUT Council Tax Support to 6,500 households

Did you know?

Enfield Labour run Council has carried through with reducing Council Tax Support to 6,500 low income households. The majority of which are households and families in the east of the Borough. Households will lose support of anything between £142 – £1,455.

At anytime this would be wrong – let alone during the cost of living crisis.

We campaigned against the change and Conservatives voted against. Labour Councillors backed the change.

The number one Ward that is impacted is Edmonton Green with 520 households seeing a cut in support.

Labour is no longer the party of the working class.

Further improvements at Bush Hill Gardens.

Pleased to report extra benches have now been installed and with new lidded bins going in. We now have a total of seven benches – rather than just one!

The park opposite Ridge Avenue Library has gone through a raft of improvements since Cllr Fallart, Gregory and myself started pressing the Council for improvements.

This has taken a lot of work; but we are getting there.

Replacement noticeboards are on order and hoping that the water feature can be brought back into use.

Success! Bury Lodge Park – pavements repairs started

For many years with the Friends of Bury Lodge Park I have pressed the Council to repair the pavements around the playing field (beyond the pergolas). These have been in a worsening state for a very long time.

Last year the Council agreed to a £30k fund to address this with works in November – this did not happen – and I have been chasing ever since.

Delighted to say the contractors were booked and the works have now commenced.

Enfield Labour Council spends £665,000 on furniture in under two years!

Labour Council has surged spending on lavish furniture.

• Driven by the Labour Councils multi-million £ makeover ‘Build to Change’ project. Conservatives have called for a halt on spending and reinvest into frontline services.

• £250,000 was spent on furniture at the Housing Hub in a £3.78 million pound refurbishment – the building will be demolished in the Edmonton Green redevelopment.

• Council cannot provide breakdown of individual furniture item spend on the Housing Hub works.

• £415,000 Civic Centre spend includes £1,100 chairs, £2,200 sofas and £15,000 boardroom table.

Shadow Finance Councillor James Hockney said: “When the Labour Council keeps saying it has no money – but spends money like this, it is quite incredible. This money could and should have been invested into frontline services.

Such spending on lavish furniture on the taxpayer’s money would be an insult and wrong at any time; let alone during cost of living when many residents would want to be able to buy new furniture – but are not in a position to.”

Conservatives say; halt this spending and invest in the residents priorities

Street tree campaign success – huge tree planting Bush Hill Park Ward!

Across Bush Hill Park Ward we received overall 128 trees (up from 14 last year) on following road;

Abbey Road, Amberley Gardens, Amberley Road Ash Grove, Borden Road, Brendon Road, Bury Street West, Church Street, Colne Road, Countisbury Avenue, Crawley Road, Delhi Road, Edenbridge Road, Elsiedene Road, Firs Lane, Firs Park Avenue, Halstead Gardens, Halstead Road, Hydefield Close, Hyde Park Avenue, Kent Road, Longleat Road, Lynmouth Avenue, Lynton Gardens, Park Avenue, Percy Road, Porlock Road, Queen Anne’s Grove, Queen Anne’s Place, Ridge Road, Sennan Road, Solna Road, Sittingbourne Avenue, Teynham Avenue, Village Road, Wellington Road, York Road

We launched the campaign after only 14 trees were planted last year – that resulted in a net loss of street trees.

This year the planting season includes some roads that had few / no trees.