Archive for James Hockney

Microsoft goes to Enfield

Microsoft have announced they have signed an agreement to acquire Metaswitch Networks, who are a leading virtual network software, data and comms company.

This follows the recent acquisition of Affirmed Networks by Microsoft last month. Microsoft has stated it is looking to leverage the two organizations, extending the Azure platform.

Metaswitch has been an exciting and growing business over the years and works with over 1,000 communications service providers and network equipment providers across the globe. The acquisition has come at a crucial time as the industry transitions to 5G networks.

The acquisition of Metaswitch by Microsoft is a huge boost to the Enfield economy – and very much hope to see increased jobs and investment as a result. This news is so important as we move through the Covid19 challenge.

Microsoft coming to Enfield will put our community on the global tech / r&d map as a place to invest and grow. We offer great transport links both into London on the underground and the M25 on our doorstep. Enfield has demonstrated through companies like Metaswitch that we can innovate and have the talent to back this up.

Let this be the signal that now is a great time to invest in Enfield!


Reducing motor vehicle crime in Bush Hill Park Ward

Today I organised a virtual meeting with the local Police and CAPE Chairman (Community Action Partnerships Enfield).

This is due to a surge in motor vehicle crime including theft from vehicles and theft of vehicles in Bush Hill Park Ward.

It is clear that based on the figures, that there is a significant under reporting of vehicle crime currently. This makes the job of the Police harder, in terms of tracking trends, activity and descriptions of the criminals.

The Police are utilising the security camera footage supplied by residents to help indentify the culprits when they are on patrol. Thank you to everyone who has submitted the footage.

In addition the Police are deploying additional resources to the peak times that these crimes are occurring.

Some motor vehicle crime is preventable – please always ensure your car is locked and valuables are not on view/left in the car.

Together we can reduce crime in Bush Hill Park Ward, but only by working together.


Non emergency crimes can be reported online:

Does it feel like the situation could get heated or violent very soon? Is someone in immediate danger? Do you need support right away? If so, please call 999 instead


Bush Hill Park Councillors Telephone ☎️ Surgery

During Covid19 Councillor Clare De Silva and I have decided to increase our telephone surgery from monthly to fortnightly.

If you are a Bush Hill Park Ward resident, business or charity? Please feel welcome to call and raise local issues. We are here to help!


Climate Change in Enfield Borough? Council fells 133 trees ahead of development

Following Enfield Borough Council securing planning permission to develop the former Bury Lodge Depot, the Council cleared a total of 133 mature trees from the site.

The view of the depot now is deeply contrasted with how it once looked – with a significant number trees around the perimeter of the site being removed as part of the clearance.

With the Council having declared a ‘Climate Change Emergency’, adding to the level in trees across the Borough is an absolute priority alongside a range of other measures. Protecting and preserving trees, especially mature trees is imperative in the current times.

It is concerning and saddening to know, that the replanting of the trees wont commence for at least 18 months…….


Bury Lodge Gardens – play area

Bury Lodge Gardens – play area

During lock down playgrounds are shut.

However, unfortunately some adults have ignored this. To this end I contacted Enfield Council about what was happening at the playground.

In response the Council has secured the Bury Lodge playground site by installing tall metal fencing.

A10 average speed camera 📸 results

A10 average speed cameras – 1st month results

During the 1st month of the A10 Enfield Borough average speed cameras 📸 on average are catching 186 speeding drivers each and every day.

The community campaigning was worthwhile!

Over the years the A10 has seen some of the worst speeding across most of London and indeed the country.

Pesticide Tree spraying – Firs Farm Wetlands Park

I received complaints about a contractor (on behalf of the Forestry Commission) pesticide spraying oak trees to deal with Oak Processionary Moth (OMP).

There was clear concern about the health and safety of Park users.

From the complaints which detailed a lack of warning signs and spraying on a windy day; I have contacted Environmental Health at the Council.

In response the Council has; (1) Raised these concerns with both the contractor and Forestry Commission.

(2) Reminded the contractors of their health and safety obligations for spraying in public places

(3) Instructed permission is sought to enter any Council controlled land (so parks, open spaces etc) or providing all mandatory health and safety paperwork in advance.

1st Anniversary of A10 Operation Vision Zero

1st Anniversary of A10 Operation Vision Zero

Today marks one year since the A10 Traffic Police Operation ‘Vision Zero’ commenced. In that time we have seen a significant number of traffic enforcements, cars seized and arrests. Their action is saving lives and keeping the road safer and quieter. Huge thank you to Detective Supt Andy Cox and the Traffic Police team.

Enfield/Edmonton A10 speeding mentioned at No.10 briefing

Enfield/Edmonton A10 speeding mentioned at No.10 briefing

At the No.10 briefing today the Home Secretary referenced the 134mph speeding on the Enfield/Edmonton A10. Underlines why the Traffic Police Operation ‘Vision Zero’ and average speed cameras 📸 we campaigned for were so important – in catching these irresponsible, dangerous, selfish drivers.


UPDATE – ‘Clear all’ Enfield Council waste collections

UPDATE – ‘Clear all’ Enfield Council waste collections

Thank you to everyone that posted feedback on my previous thread about Enfield Councils side collection of refuse waste policy known as ‘clear all’.

I have been working with a Director and Manager at Enfield Council to help improve matters and clarify the policy, which goes as follows;

(1) On black bin collection day, two black bin bags can be left by the bin. On blue bin collection day flat packed cardboard can be collected. You can also leave visibly recyclable items beside your bin. Squashing and flattening bottles, boxes and cartons can really make a difference.

(2) These can be collected by the refuse team; depending on how full their lorries are. If they cannot then they are sending street cleansing teams (the red caged vans) to clear the outstanding later.

(3) If you have not had the side waste collected by 4pm, place in your black/blue bin as appropriate.

(4) Report this as a missed bin collection on the Enfield Council website – who will arrange a collection. 

(5) If this is not resolved contact your Councillor. If you live in Bush Hill Park – then I am one of your Councillors and are happy to help. I hope the above is helpful and constructive.