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Bush Hill Park road safety update (and some good news)

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.

 

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;
www.communityspeedwatch.org

News Update: Enfield / Edmonton A10 Road safety

The Traffic Police have updated me on a number of key items, that I thought would be useful to share including regarding the average speed cameras on the northern section of the Enfield Borough A10 stretch.
(1) Although there is less racing and general speeding, we are still seeing high levels of speeding on the Enfield Borough A10. Incredibly, it accounts for 12% of all speeding offences across the whole of London.
(2) In the last 12 months we have not thankfully seen anyone killed or seriously injured on the A10. This is a stark contrast to previous years; the fact we had enhanced traffic Police and now average speed cameras covering half the Enfield Borough stretch cannot be a coincidence.
(3) 75% of offences are handled by a Speed Awareness Course.
(4) Enforcement of the average speed cameras is not an average over the course of the cameras. But between two cameras.
(5) All fines go to a central fund that is then shared with the public services – the No.1 recipient is the NHS at 22%.
(6) Any anti-social driving, racing, illegal activity etc can be reported to the Police.
(7) The community campaigning was key to seeing the average speed cameras being installed on the northern section of the A10.

Extra Policing resource for Halstead Road and Firs Lane speeding

At the local Bush Hill Park crime panel (CAPE) the issue of speeding was discussed in the Halstead Road / Firs Lane area. The local Police have access to speed guns and will put resource for an ongoing operation in the area.

This is welcome news, however in the longer term only a permanent solution of road safety measures will suffice.

Local residents have done a sterling job petitioning and emailing the Council for action. This is in addition to our own efforts as local Councillors pressing for action on speeding issues along Firs Lane, Halstead Road, Firs Park Avenue area.

Recently we have seen another spike; with many accidents taking place in the past week alone. This familiar site of cars driven to excess and then, inevitably lose control and smash into residents parked cars.

Whilst the Police efforts are welcome, the Council needs to come up with permanent solutions; they must be aimed at improving road safety, formally consulted with local residents and securing broad support before being put in place.

I have continued to ask the Council for a virtual meeting with local residents to move the issue forward.

We will continue to press Enfield Borough Council for action. 

School road safety update – Bush Hill Park

I am continuing to work with local Primary Schools, Council, Police and residents to improve road safety around our three local Primary Schools.

To bring you up to date, here is the latest news;

Raglan School.

We continue to work to secure a 20mph speed limit around the School perimeter. Only Wellington Road features a reduced speed limit, and of course there are entrances at Amberley Road and Raglan Road. One step forward is that I secured a speed survey which took place in September. I am awaiting the report on this from the Council.

There have been some parking issues including on the zig-zag lines. I am working with Council Parking Enforcement and the Police to tackle this behaviour.

Firs Farm School.

The entrance of the School has changed to the Fairway – where there are no zig-zag lines. I have requested that the Council look at this. Like Raglan School I am working with the Council Parking Enforcement and Police on various parking issues in the area. We have also seen an ongoing issue of speeding on the road and have asked for a speed survey to be conducted by the Council.

Edmonton County School. 

During peak drop-off and collection times the road of Little Bury Street can become very congested with parking blocking residents driveways. Again I am working with the Council Parking Enforcement and Police on this.

I will continue to press for action at all three local Primary Schools.

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.

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; http://chng.it/9SGM8S5Bnw

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.

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. 

Campaign for A10 action secures key supporter

Conservative Mayoral Candidate joins call for Mayor to deliver on A10

Shaun Bailey, the Conservative Mayoral Candidate for London has joined the calls of local Enfield Borough Conservatives for the Mayor of London to deliver on the A10. Over the years Shaun Bailey has submitted questions to the Mayor on the issue as a GLA member. At the most recent Mayors Question Time, he submitted a question on why only half the A10 Enfield Borough stretch having cameras – the response was that was as TfL and the Mayor of London had only ever intended covering the northern section of the Borough.

Shaun Bailey said, “The Mayor of London is failing to keep residents safe in Enfield and Edmonton. The A10 is a hotspot for dangerous driving, and it’s putting residents’ lives at risk. It’s the Mayor’s job to protect Londoners and he should be cracking down on such reckless driving and supporting residents.

As Mayor, I’ll prioritise this project and deliver speed cameras along the A10. Residents have waited long enough for action.

Well done to Cllr Laban and Cllr Hockney for keeping up the pressure.”

I am very grateful to Shaun for adding his name to the campaign for action.

As I have written previously the A10 through Enfield and Edmonton has seen some of the worst speeding offences in England and was even mentioned in a No.10 press briefing. (Pictured right, being interviewed by BBC News on the issue).

Over the years the community has campaigned for action. As a result of these efforts has seen the Met Police Traffic Command implement ‘Operation Vision Zero’. This is a targeted Traffic Police operation to tackle dangerous and speeding driving – focusing on a few roads across London.

Twice TfL promised average speed cameras. The first time they failed to deliver, the second time they bowed to pressure from the Enfield Borough community, announcing they would install average speed cameras. However they only delivered on half the A10 – between the M25 and Southbury Road leaving the rest of the road up to the Great Cambridge Roundabout without average speed cameras.

Residents have had enough of the reckless and dangerous driving along the A10. The efforts of the Traffic Police have made a real difference. We have succeeded on campaigning for average speed cameras – but the Mayor and TfL have only half delivered – we will hold them to account to finish the job

Over the northbound bridge on the A10 saw one of the speed cameras removed. Local residents live in fear after a series of cars smashing into the front of their properties – and directly blame the removal of the enforcement camera. It is residents like this that the Mayor of London and TfL need to deliver for.

The issue has also been raised with the three local Members of Parliament, Enfield Council and the local GLA member.

As a local Councillor and resident I will continue to press for action until this issue is resolved – it is really great to have the support of Shaun Bailey for the campaign.

A10 – Mayor of London and TfL fail to deliver 

 The A10 through Enfield and Edmonton has seen some of the worst speeding offences in England and was even mentioned in a No.10 press briefing.

Over the years the community has campaigned for action. As a result of these efforts has seen the Met Police Traffic Command implement ‘Operation Vision Zero’. This is a targeted Traffic Police operation to tackle dangerous and speeding driving – focusing on a few roads across London.

Twice TfL promised average speed cameras. The first time they failed pulled out, the second time they bowed to pressure from the Enfield Borough community, announcing they would install average speed cameras. However, it has now emerged, that they have only installed cameras on half the A10 stretch – between Southbury Road junction and the M25, with nothing between the Great Cambridge Road roundabout and the Southbury Road roundabout.

When Councillor Hockney ran the Change.org petition the Mayor, in his response, promised a network of average speed cameras on the corridor. Whilst cameras have been installed, they only cover half the stretch of the A10, almost exclusively for Enfield and virtually leaving out Edmonton entirely.

Councillor James Hockney said, “Residents have had enough of the reckless and dangerous driving along the A10. The efforts of the Traffic Police have made a real difference. We have succeeded on campaigning for average speed cameras – but the Mayor and TfL have only half delivered in our view – we will hold them to account to finish the job. When the news originally broke, that they would install a network of average speed cameras along the corridor, I said I was over the moon, but as they have only half delivered, so I am only now over the crescent of the moon”.

Councillor Hockney went onto say, “Over the northbound bridge on the A10 saw one of the speed cameras removed. Local residents live in fear after a series of cars smashing into the front of their properties (pictured above) – and directly blame the removal of the enforcement camera. It is residents like this that the Mayor of London and TfL must listen to and act”.

The issue has been raised with the three local Members of Parliament, Enfield Council and the local GLA member.

This is an issue that we will continue to campaign on for the community.