Enfield Council’s debt level is spiraling out of control. The Labour run Council has amassed a £1 billion of outstanding debt. The figures were reported in the Treasury Management Report
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
Businessmen and women across Enfield Borough have been commended for the part they have played in responding to the coronavirus pandemic to mark Small Business Saturday. This year, Small Business
Enfield Council Company records losses of over half a million £; Yet pays two Directors more than the PM
Energetik, the Council funded energy company has reported a loss of over half a million pounds in recently published accounts. Whilst at the same time two Directors are paid more
The Government has announced £1,149,542.86 to further support vulnerable children and families in Enfield Borough this Winter. Enfield Borough Council to receive £1,149,542.86 from government for food and supplies for
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;
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.
Enfield Borough to receive £9,081,990 to provide a permanent place to live for rough sleepers. The largest share of funding of any authority in England.
• Rough sleepers across the country will have access to new, safe, long-term homes, along with support, backed by more than £150 million.
• First 3,300 of 6,000 planned new homes for rough sleepers to be delivered by March 2021.
• Conservative Government is investing more than £700 million to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping this year as part of manifesto commitment to end rough sleeping.
Enfield Conservative Shadow Finance, Cllr James Hockney has welcomed the news that the Government is providing funding for Enfield Borough Council for new, long-term homes for rough sleepers and other vulnerable people.
In total, projects across England will receive more than £150 million to deliver more than 3,300 such secure homes by the end of March 2021, providing long term accommodation to vulnerable people to keep them safe from coronavirus and rebuild their lives.
Enfield Borough Council will receive £9,081,990 for local schemes that provide secure ‘move on’ style accommodation for people at risk of sleeping on the streets and is an important step towards achieving the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitment to end rough sleeping by 2024, alongside investment in new homes for social rent.
This is part of the Government’s investment of £433 million to deliver 6,000 new homes for rough sleepers by the end of this Parliament and builds on the widely praised ‘Everyone In’ campaign launched at the start of the pandemic which has helped support over 29,000 vulnerable people – enabling councils to keep rough sleepers safe this winter.
In total, 276 schemes have been approved across England, which will deliver 904 new homes for rough sleepers in London and 2,430 elsewhere across the country. This sits alongside the £91.5 million in grant funding given to councils to support vulnerable people and provide short term accommodation over the coming months, and a £10 million Cold Weather Fund to support winter shelters and ensure they are Covid-secure.
Commenting, Councillor James Hockney said:
“This Conservative Government, working closely with local authorities, has shown throughout the pandemic that it is willing to take the swift, decisive action necessary to keep some of the most vulnerable people in our community safe. On behalf of everyone I’d like to thank all those involved for everything they’ve done to get people off our streets and into secure, safe accommodation.”
“The ‘Everyone In’ campaign has protected thousands of lives. If we are to deliver on the promise we made in our manifesto to end rough sleeping by the end of the Parliament, then the people who have been helped need to be able to access long-term housing that gives them the safety and security they need to rebuild their lives, which is exactly what the funding announced today will do.”
Government announces extra £9.62 million pounds for Enfield Borough Council to continue providing vital services during coronavirus
• Enfield Borough Council to benefit from extra £9.62 million pounds in funding announced by the Government.
• Councils have received £6.4 billion in additional direct support since April.
• Local authority has been provided with £40.61 million pounds in extra funding since the pandemic began.
The money will be used locally to help the council cover coronavirus-related costs and ensure it has the resources needed to keep providing key services as we battle the Covid pandemic.
It means Enfield Borough Council has now received £40.61 million pounds in direct extra support from the Government since the start of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Enfield Borough Council will benefit from a share of a further £100m established to support council-run leisure centres across the country, which are proving key to helping the health and well-being of people in the area.
The new funding means local councils will have £1bn extra in funding this winter to help maintain vital services.
And Cllr James Hockney said the Government support is proving crucial to people living in Enfield Borough as it means Enfield Borough Council can continue to provide the essential services needed.
“The £9.62 million pounds announced today is hugely welcome and will ease financial pressures on Enfield Borough Council and ensure it is able to continue providing vital local services this winter.
“Just like we said we would stand behind people whose jobs are at risk – with over £200 billion so far to project jobs, incomes and businesses throughout and beyond this pandemic – this Conservative Government is keeping its promise to local authorities and ensuring they have the resources they need to continue supporting people”
The funding has not been ring-fenced, meaning local leaders will be able to determine how to spend the additional funding in order to best protect public health, local vulnerable people and the running of vital services. In total, over £4.6 billion of the £6.4 billion in additional government funding made available to councils has not been ring-fenced, reflecting the Government’s view that local authorities are best placed to determine local priorities.
This is the fourth announcement of extra direct support for local authorities since the start of the pandemic. It forms part of an unprecedented package of support for councils.
The top four have been fly tipping/bins, road safety, covid (masks) and pavements.
We have continued to see widespread fly tipping across Bush Hill Park and some hot spot areas. I am pleased to say that a number of fines have been issued and we are continuing in the battle to keep the area clean and green. The Council has agreed to do a litter pick of the Firs Farm Wetlands and to also install additional bins – it is a jewel in the crown of Bush Hill Park and I will always work with you to protect it.
The third issue has been concern about mask wearing levels at a small number of shops locally. This has been an issue working in partnership with the Council, Police and shops. We have seen improvements in mask wearing levels – vital in the fight against Covid-19.
Fourth is trip hazards on pavements. I have spotted many during my walks in the community. Typically these are near trees that are pulling up the pavements and creating trip hazards. Already the Council has agreed to repair many of these.
It has been a very busy time in the community and I will always do my best as a local resident and your Councillor to press for results.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.