Certainly another very busy month of casework of issues spread across 13 distinct policy areas.
These are the issues you raised with me – your concerns.
In joint first place was fly tipping and road safety. These two issues are consistently, month on month the main subjects of concern.
For fly tipping it is a constant battle with several areas in particular being hotspots. The Council cutting bin services and reducing service at Barrowell Green has not helped.
We are working with the Police to tackle speeding and in the process of setting up a ‘Community Speed Watch’.
The third issue is parks and includes a range of issues from maintenance, repairs, litter and provision of facilities. With the Skatepark being the fourth issue with similar challenges.
Thank you to everyone who has contacted me.
As one of your Bush Hill Park Councillors, I continue to proactively press the issue of road safety with Enfield Council. Sadly, the Council has stated on repeated occasions that the accident rates across Bush Hill Park are not high enough for intervention. Clearly this is disappointing to say the least; consistently road safety is one of the biggest concerns of residents and have raised the issue at the very most senior levels of authority.
Speed cameras are the responsibility of the Greater London Assembly (GLA). Funding is currently paused – but it is likely that these will be prioritised for high accident areas. To date all the Council have offered are LTNs (road closures to through traffic) which are clearly deeply divisive and controversial. The feedback I have received overall from local residents is a clear majority against.
The good news.
I have been working with the local Bush Hill Park Police and local crime panel (CAPE). Through this securing a commitment that speeding cars are one of the three key priorities for the Police. As a result of stopping these cars, due to other offences (eg no license, tax etc) over 30 vehicles have been seized in the last month. Where you can help. I am working with the Police and CAPE to set-up a ‘Community Speed Watch’ project for Bush Hill Park Ward. We are looking for volunteers to assist with this – if you are interested please let me know.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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;
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.