Archive for James Hockney

Keeping Firs Farm Wetlands clean and green

Some good news. We have seen Firs Farm Wetlands blighted by litter and fly tipping.

In response I took action and contacted the Council. As a result the following has happened;

(1) The Council has agreed to conduct a litter pick of the site and keep more regular supervision of the Wetlands. (2) Additional litter bins will be installed around the Wetlands. Firs Park Wetlands are a jewel in the crown of Bush Hill Park and as a local Councillor will always do my best.

Firs Farm Wetlands – litter and fly tipping

Many of you have raised the ongoing issues on fly tipping across Bush Hill Park. One area that has been blighted has been the wonderful Firs Farms Wetlands.

I have been in active contact with the Council to help keep this area clean and green.

Local residents have continued to raise concerns so I made a site visit today.

First, it is welcome that the Council has stepped up efforts to stop the litter bins filling with litter/fly tipping. Especially as some have used litter bins as an over flow for waste disposal. Second, their is a need for more more litter bins on the site. I am pleased that the Council has agreed on the need to install more bins. Third, I have noted the areas where there is still fly tipping and have asked the Council to conduct a litter pick.

as ever, I will always do my best for community assets like Firs Farm Wetlands.

Your issues – Bush Hill Park Ward Casework

It has been another busy month serving the Bush Hill Park Ward community as a Councillor.

The largest issue has been street lighting, with a large amount of new PFI contract street lights not working properly initially. In terms of the next three issues, planning is mainly around the proposed Abbey Road development, Covid-19 Masks is regarding mask wearing enforcement in shops and the bins/flytipping is the ongoing issues with the reduced bin collections / Barrowell Green recycling.

Tackling fly-tipping around Bush Hill Park station

Eurobins by Bush Hill Park Station:

There have been ongoing issues on both sides of Bush Hill Park with fly tipping. I have been actively working with the Council, residents and the local Residents Association on this issue.

We have managed to ensure that fly tipping is cleared on a regular basis.

But in addition the Waste Enforcement Officers from the Council visits these bins regularly and investigates for unlawfully dumped waste. To this end, the Council recently issued FPNs (Fixed Penalty Notices) on two vehicles who parked and used these bins.

In addition tried to dump rubbish on the Sainsbury side in a locked bin whilst enforcement officers were present!  A warning letter to the driver.

On top of this the Council have recently issued Fixed Penalty Notices on dumped waste; one in Queen Anne’s parade and two littering FPNs outside Sainsbury’s.

We will continue to work hard to keep Bush Hill Park tidy.


A10 average speed camera update (Southbury Road junction – M25) brief.

There have been quite a few questions about the cameras, I have done to extra research and received a briefing. So here is a bit more detail.

(1) Securing the cameras. The community social media campaign was credited with being instrumental in getting the cameras.

(2) Fines. All the money is sent to split between the public services. The NHS is number 1 receiving 22%. So a £100 fine £22 goes to the NHS.

(3) Enforcement. Up to 53mph notice of £100 fine + offer of speed awareness course (if eligible). 53mph – 66mph notice of £100 + 3pts. Over 66mph straight court.

(4) Enforcement. Any false plates flag on the system.

(5) Camera deployment. There are five sets of linked cameras. So it is possible for people to pick up multiple fines during driving in one session.

(6) Guidelines. The cameras are set-up in line with the ACPO guidelines.

I hope that this brief is helpful and provides a bit more clarity on the operation and background to the cameras.

Bush Hill Park Ward – Your issues July

It has been another busy month of casework and taking up your issues across ten different areas.

Joint number one issues this month are bins/fly-tipping and road safety.

As reported previously the issues of bins and fly-tipping has been an ongoing concern that has noticeably become worse in the last few months. Sadly Enfield Council still refuse to listen to residents calls to return to weekly bin collections.

Their has been a significant increase in road safety casework, especially in Halstead Road, Firs Lane, Firs Park Avenue and Bury Street West. We will continue to call on the Council for action.

The third issue this month is crime, which is mainly regarding theft of and theft from motor vehicles. I have been working closely with the local Police and CAPE on this issue.

I have now added the proposed Edmonton Incinerator as a casework area, given the steady contact on the issue from residents.

If you ever have a local concern, please feel welcome to make contact.

New A10 average speed camera campaign launched

The community of Edmonton and Enfield has had to endure the noise and pollution due to drivers speeding on the A10 – many using the road as a race track.

So I am launching a new petition for action;

We have seen some of the highest speeding offences across the Country on this road.

As part of our previous campaign TfL installed average speed cameras from Southbury Road junction to the M25. In just four months 21,000 speeding offences have been enforced.

Pictured right; The aftermath of a car losing control on the A10 and smashing into the front of three homes.

However, we now need delivery on the other half of the Enfield Borough A10 corridor as we have been calling for. Only coverage on the whole of the corridor will curb the speeding issues.

The current average speed cameras almost entirely miss out the Edmonton stretch of the road.

As part of Operation Vision Zero, the Traffic Police have done an incredible job to make this road safer. In addition the Police cannot be expected to patrol the road 24 hours a day.

The purpose of this petition is to underline how important this issue is to Enfield Borough residents and that we must see action from TfL and the Mayor of London.

Edenbridge Hazelnut Tree pruning

Many of you have contacted me regarding the overgrown trees situated along Edenbridge Road. I contacted Enfield Council to raise these issues on behalf of local residents.

So some good news. The area tree officer is scheduled to survey all the Hazelnut trees along Edenbridge Road next week.

Once this takes place, it is expected that the works will commence in August and as a wider piece of works, be conducted in a six to eight week time span.

If anyone has any further questions then please let me know.

Extra Government funding for Enfield Borough Council

1.) Takes total additional funding for Enfield Borough Council to £21,276,285.
2.) Direct Government funding to help councils respond to the pandemic reaches £4.3 billion.
3.) New Government scheme will help to cover Enfield Borough Council’s lost income during the pandemic and boost cash flow.

Cllr James Hockney, Finance Shadow Cabinet Member, has welcomed the announcement that Enfield Borough Council will receive a further £3.3m from the Government to help pay for its response to coronavirus, as part of a £500 million package of additional support.

The extra £500 million – which brings support for pressures they are facing to £4.3 billion – will ensure councils in England can continue to deliver crucial frontline services, support those most in need and continue delivering for residents.

In total, since the pandemic began, Enfield Borough Council will have now received an additional £21,276,285. This additional support forms part of a comprehensive package of Government support to help councils respond to the pandemic, including an unprecedented new scheme to help councils recover lost income, including from car parks and museums, which have been shut during the lockdown.

In addition, the Government has announced a co-payment scheme that will compensate councils for irrecoverable income losses from sales, fees and charges. And to enable them to get on the front foot and build much-needed breathing space into their budgets, the Government is also allowing them to spread their tax deficits over three years rather than the usual one. This will allow authorities to pay deficits off in a reasonable timescale and will limit their cashflow pressures.

The staff at Enfield Borough Council have played an incredible and heroic role in coordinating the local response to Coronavirus. I am certain that everyone in the Enfield Borough community will join me in thanking them. In what has been done in the most extraordinary of circumstances.

The Conservative government was clear at the beginning of this crisis that they would stand behind our councils. They have stepped forward with significant funding; protecting local services and ensuring councils come through this difficult period with stable finances. The latest additional £3.3m shows that they’ve continued to listen to local concerns and will protect local services in Enfield North, Enfield Southgate and Edmonton on which we all rely.

Call for action on speeding on Firs Lane area

In the last two years your local Bush Hill Park Ward Conservative Councillors, Cllr Clare De Silva and myself have been pressing for action on speeding issues on Firs Lane, Halstead Road, Firs Park Avenue area and across the Ward.

Too many times cars are driven to excess and then, inevitably lose control and smash into residents parked cars.

We have, sadly seek delay after delay to tackle speeding on Firs Lane, whilst controversial schemes like in Fox Lane area are pushed forward.

Firs Lane residents have been very clearly calling for action for some time and we are now seeing speeding concerns being raised in Halstead Road, Firs Park Avenue and surrounding roads also.

The Labour run Enfield Council delivered a ‘Perception Survey for the Firs Lane Area Quieter Neighbourhood’ in October 2019, which was published in March 2020. The majority of the area is located in Bush Hill Park Ward. One of the key findings in the survey was that 73% said they are a serious problem or a problem in their street.

In April 2020, all funding from Transport for London including for Quieter Neighbourhoods schemes was withdrawn owing to COVID-19. The Council were asked to apply for new funding through the ‘Streetspace’ project. The Council have submitted a number of bids.

This has resulted in a number of projects not being taken forward at this time, which includes the Firs Lane Area Quieter Neighbourhood. The Council are continuing to liaise with TfL and hope to secure further investment later in the year to enable more projects to be progressed.

We have also been liaising with the local Police about the speeding issues. They have put in place extra resource to monitor these roads. However, these roads will need permanent measures to reduce the incidents of dangerous speeding.

Going forward we will continue to press Enfield Borough Council for action.