Archive for October 2023

A10 dangerous speeding, illegally modified cars and unlicensed car meets update.

Car Parks:
The concrete installation has now been completed at the Colosseum Car Park (former B&Q). After the initial 63 blocks were installed – there was a smaller car meet that took place. Following this I can confirm that an additional 14 concrete blocks have been installed. The car park managers will monitor how successful this is.
A lot of hard work went into this behind the scenes. Including contact with the Council, Police and car park managers. In addition to the Enfield Dispatch running a news story. The end result was the one leaseholder that was objecting to the works removing their objection and then signing off on the works.
However this is one of a number of cars parks in Enfield Borough that the Police have dispersed car meets. But a step in the right direction. I am in direct contact with several of the car park owners / managers on the issues.
A10 petition:
We are still awaiting a response from the Mayor of London to the 2,000+ signature petition for average speed cameras between Great Cambridge roundabout to Southbury Road – that was presented to the full GLA Assembly last month. The community campaign was successful several years ago in securing average speed cameras on the northern section (Southbury Road – Bullsmoor Lane). The latest petition is asking for this to be simply repeated on the southern section. To be clear the A10 has a 24/7 issue of chronic speeding levels and high level of injury incidents.
Contact with the key agencies:
I am in constant contact with the Council, Police, GLA and TfL on the issues. In addition to now being in contact with a number of car park managers / owners.
This week I had a constructive conversation with our GLA Member and have a meeting scheduled with the Enfield Council Leader & CEO in a few weeks. I am still awaiting a response from my local Edmonton MP to two emails I sent.
Public Meeting October 9th:
Once again thank you to all the residents that took the time to attend the meeting. Our panel included Councillors, Police, TfL, GLA and the Bush Hill Park Residents Association. In the lead up to the meeting we had confirmation that there will be more Road Transport Police speed operations on the A10. The local Police at the meeting also confirmed securing additional funding for Policing the car meet hot spots.
Charter for Action:
Last month I launched the Charter for Action – calling on the Council and Mayor of London to take five and three steps – that would effectively tackle the issues of A10 dangerous speeding, unlawfully modified cars and unlicensed car meets. Already two of these steps are moving forward – with the Council committing to consulting on expanding the PSPO (public space protection order) Borough wide and looking into securing an injunction again unlawful car cruising / car meets.
There is still a lot to do – but we are starting to make progress.

A10 and car meets Public meeting

Firstly thank you to everyone that attended the meeting  – it was a great turnout.

So the good news. At the meeting the local Police reported they had secured additional funding for Police Officers to target the car meet hotspots. In the lead up to the meeting TfL also confirmed the Road Traffic Police will conduct more speed checks on the A10.

We had a great panel – including GLA Member Emma Best (who presented the 2000+ petition to the GLA Assembly), Councillor Chris Dey chairing, Insp Richard Lee and Sergeant Crosby from the Police, Derek Wheeler (Bush Hill Park Residents Association Chair) and Rob Varney from TfL. One of the business park land owners was also in the audience.

In the run up to the meeting I have had a series of discussions with a number of car park managers / owners on the issue. They are an important part of moving this issue forward. A lot of behind the scenes work has taken place on securing the concrete blocks at the Colosseum car park (former B&Q) – and pressed over recent months to address the delays on installation. Pleased to confirm additional concrete blocks are to be installed in addition to the ones that went in the other week.

Sadly Enfield Council did not have any Council Officers available to attend – however the Council CEO sent an email which was read out at the meeting – stating the authority is committed to tackling the issue. In addition to continuing to support the good work I am doing on the issue.

Next steps: I have reached out to the CEO/Leader of Enfield Council, my local MP and our GLA Assembly member requesting for discussion. To this end I will be meeting the Enfield Council Leader and CEO next month. The GLA Assembly Member office is scheduling a time to chat. Still awaiting to hear back from my MP.

To be clear I am in constant contact with the Council, Police, GLA and TfL on this issue. I have always been clear that the different agencies need to come together to tackle this issues at hand. In addition I am now speaking directly to car park managers and owners.

Mentioned at the meeting was the Charter for Action that I launched last month – has five steps the Council needs to take and three steps Mayor of London/GLA needs to take. Please do write to your MP, GLA Member and Councillors backing the aims of the Charter.