We are continuing to chase Enfield Council on the pergolas still being shut since last year and deteriorating state of the pavements. In addition to outstanding playground repairs.
Councillor Fallart and myself visited the A10 Edmonton Skatepark. After FIVE months of chasing Enfield Council on safety and maintenance issues, disappointed to still be chasing – but will not
Following the previous post about the state of the pavement linking the Cemetery to the A10, many residents raised other issues of concern. As a result, Councillor Peter Fallart and
Great news! Residents have rightly complained about the condition of the road. It has taken a few years; but we will now see the rest of Trinity Avenue resurfaced. Thank
Edenbridge Road has been experiencing a number of issues with street cleaning over the recent months. These include; Fly tipping of plastic bags then normally torn apart and debris spreading
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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;
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.
So far I have identified a number of roads that are especially blighted; including Delhi Road, Queen Anne’s Place, Queen Anne’s Grove, Wellington Road and Bury Street West.
Action from the Council included clearance of the offending waste. The Council have also placed stickers on litter bins – that they can be used to place bagged dog waste.
In addition; as restrictions ease increased targeted enforcement / awareness raising will be taking place.
If you know of any other roads that are a problem within Bush Hill Park Ward please let me know.