Archive for James Hockney

Edmonton Bush Hill Park Skate Park – update

Many residents have contacted me about the condition and up keep of the area. This seems to have become worse since the cemetery works took place with general stones and debris scattered around the area.

It is clear that the skate park is very important to many young people and is long overdue some improvements in addition to the safety concerns raised.

Rest assured I will keep pressing this with the Council. So far it is disappointing that they took over a month to even reply to the issues raised.

Parking issues on Little Bury Street.

I have contacted the Council regarding the parking problems being experienced around Edmonton County School.
The Parking Team are aware that this is a problem location during school drop off and pick up times and the location is already on our additional enforcement list.
They will take up with the Parking Contractor advising them to pay particular attention to the area stated and ask for a more robust approach to be taken.

Addressing Park safety issue

The Bury Lodge Park Friends raised concern about holes appearing under the fence line between the playground and building site. I got onto the Council who ensured additional fencing and that the holes were filled in.

Edmonton skate park safety concerns

Very concerned about the health and safety concerns raised regarding the Edmonton Bush Hill Park skate park.
Even more so that after nearly a MONTH of chasing no clear answers.
Yet another failure by this awful Labour administration.
I will keep chasing this.

Bush Hill Park February casework

It was certainly a very busy month of casework in Bush Hill Park with 18 different distinct areas of concern.

Flytipping and bins is the number one issue. Sadly since the bin collections were cut we have seen a huge increase in fly tipping. I continue to call for a return to weekly bin collections.

Second is road safety. Speeding concerns across a range of roads. Working with the Police we have seen a significant number of dangerous drivers stopped and 15 vehicles seized the other month.

Third is trees. In the main this is relating to the low level of tree planting on our streets and many roads seeing a net reduction in trees.

As ever as a Councillor and local resident will continue to press for action on a wide range of issues.



Bury Lodge Park – supporting this wonderful area

Bury Lodge Park is a jewel in the crown of Bush Hill Park and has been so vital for many during the lockdown – as a place to exercise or enjoy some tranquility.

The park has faced a number of challenges and I have been doing my bit to help. The includes ensuring play ground equipment is repaired and supporting new play provision.

Last month there were reports of dogs being taken into the playground; I managed to secure additional signage and Covid marshalls monitoring this.

In the last week the Council undertook maintenance works on the toilets and shelter area. Unfortunately this was graffitied over the weekend – I promptly repaired and it has been cleaned already.

An ongoing issue is the state of the paths and I continue to press the Council for action on this.

On better news the Council has committed to repairing the pergola beams and paving slabs. This could start as soon as next month.

If you ever see any issues please let me know.

Police speeding / motor vehicle enforcement – some good news!

I am continuing to work with the Bush Hill Park Police and CAPE on the issue of speeding and dangerous driving.

This includes, through the CAPE, that speeding/anti-social driving is one of the key priorities for the Bush Hill Park Police. At the moment we are working on securing funds for the local officers to be trained on using the speed gun.

Some good news, is that whilst we wait on this; the local team still specifically allocated resources for car patrols in the meantime!

For instance a car driving erratically on Fords Grove N21 was stopped, the driver wasn’t insured to drive the vehicle and the vehicle has been seized.
The number of seized vehicles on Bush Hill Park in the last month has now EXCEEDED 15! Most of the time stops are due to the manner of driving.

On average the Bush Hill Park Police are seizing about one car per shift. However there are occasions where they process drivers for other offences such as using a mobile phone whilst driving – which doesn’t include seizing vehicles.

In addition, as the Police move towards undertaking speed gun work, they are asking for volunteers to join the Community Speed Watch scheme – where residents assist the Police. If you would be interested in helping please go to the the following link;

Motor vehicle crime – Bush Hill Park Ward

The local Police asked me to share with you the Bush Hill Park Ward vehicle crime figures so far this month of February.

Bury Street West is particularly being targeted for Theft of Motor Vehicles for Catalytic Converters. There
was an attempt to steal one in the street, but they managed to remove and steal some parts. Informant saw three males walk off towards the A10 and one of them was holding what appeared to be a catalytic converter. There was also an incident just around the corner in Little Bury Street, again a Catalytic Converter was stolen. Solna Road, N21 has been targeted twice this month they were Theft from Motor Vehicles.

The Bush Hill Park Police advise to park vehicles in a garage (if you have one). If not recommend driveway parking vehicles at an angle, against a wall or fence so that suspects cannot access the catalytic converter.

Suspects have been known to jack up the on street parked vehicles so that they can get underneath. I appreciate not everyone has the option of off street parking.

The local Police also advised of the option to make contact with the vehicle manufacturer to see if they could make the catalytic converter secure and prevent it being stolen.

I have attached an information sheet about catalytic converter theft. Not the best news – but thought it was important to be aware. The information sheets are also quite informative.

Action on dog fouling

As a Bush Hill Park Councillor, I have been actively working with the Council Environmental Team and residents on the scourge of dog mess on pavements.

So far I have identified a number of roads that are especially blighted; including Delhi Road, Queen Anne’s Place, Queen Anne’s Grove, Wellington Road and Bury Street West.

Action from the Council included clearance of the offending waste. The Council have also placed stickers on litter bins – that they can be used to place bagged dog waste.

In addition; as restrictions ease increased targeted enforcement / awareness raising will be taking place.

If you know of any other roads that are a problem within Bush Hill Park Ward please let me know.

Bury Lodge Park playground – Dogs being taken in

The Friends Group has raised concern that individuals are taking dogs into the playground. This is not allowed and has a specific by-law covering this.

I have been in touch with the Council who have installed additional signage as a reminder. Covid Marshalls are also conducting regular visits as well.

Any breaches can be reported to the Council Parks Team: 020 83791449