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Edmonton Cemetery maintenance update

Many residents have raised concerns about the poor maintenance condition of Edmonton Cemetery. Following this Cllr Fallart and I made a site visit. Some of the main issues were;  

Bury Lodge Gardens maintenance

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.

A10 Skatepark – site visit update

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

Site visit to Edmonton Cemetery

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

Success – rest of Trinity Avenue to be resurfaced

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

Action on dog fouling

As a Bush Hill Park Councillor, I have been actively working with the Council Environmental Team and residents on the scourge of dog mess on pavements.

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.

Bury Lodge Park playground – Dogs being taken in

The Friends Group has raised concern that individuals are taking dogs into the playground. This is not allowed and has a specific by-law covering this.

I have been in touch with the Council who have installed additional signage as a reminder. Covid Marshalls are also conducting regular visits as well.

Any breaches can be reported to the Council Parks Team: parkactivities@enfield.gov.uk 020 83791449

No pollution monitors in Bush Hill Park Ward

There are Zero 0️⃣ pollution monitors in Bush Hill Park Ward. Please see red outline boundary map image.

I will keep pressing Enfield Council on this – it is unacceptable.

Especially given Council declared a Climate Emergency in July 2019.

If you contact the Council please feel welcome to copy me on the email!

Some good news; Trinity Avenue part resurfacing

There have been calls for sometime to get this section of road resurfaced – as it has been littered with pot holes for many years.

I am pleased to report that the stretch of the road from First Avenue end of Trinity Avenue to outside number 12 will be resurfaced starting next week.

Whilst this is not the full resurfacing of the stretch that I was hoping for; it is a start. I spoke with the lead Highways Officer, who will put in a bid for the next financial year to hopefully finish the job (April 2021 – April 2022).

In addition all existing potholes were surveyed in the last week and are down for patch repairs.

Certainly whilst progress is made – I will keep pressing until the whole stretch is resolved!

Bush Hill Park Ward – Call for more trees – update

I have been making ongoing enquiries about the level of trees planted on our pavements as a local Bush Hill Park Councillor.

Since the start of 2019 to the end of this financial year (April 2021); a total of 42 trees have been removed and 92 trees planted – a net addition, but only of 50 trees across the Ward – not enough by far!

Trees that are with the contractors to plant by April (some may have been done recently) are as follows and within the numbers above;

Abbey Road, 1 Tree / Bury Street West, 2 Trees / Church Street, 2 Trees / Colne Road, 1 Tree / Halstead Gardens, 1 Tree / Harlow Road, 1 Tree / Melbourne Way, 2 Trees / Queen Annes Gardens, 1 Tree / Second Avenue, 1 Tree / Trinity Avenue, 2 Trees.

If your road/street has seen a net reduction in trees over the years, please let me know. Please see red line map (to the right) to see if you are within Bush Hill Park Ward.

I have called on the Council for greater action. Especially since Enfield Labour run Borough Council declared a ‘Climate Emergency ‘ in July 2019 a total of 40 trees have been planted and 26 removed – a net addition of just 14 trees in 17 months! Clearly not good enough!

If you are also concerned about tree levels in Bush Hill Park Ward please feel welcome to email the Cabinet Member for Environment Cllr.Guney.Dogan@Enfield.gov.uk and copy me in Cllr.James.Hockney@Enfield.gov.uk.

🌲Street trees in Bush Hill Park – update🌲

I have been making ongoing enquiries about the level of trees planted on our pavements as a local Councillor.

Since the start of 2019 to the end of this financial year (April 2021); a total of 42 trees have been removed and 92 trees planted – a net addition, but only of 50 trees across the Ward – not enough by far!

Trees that are with the contractors to plant by April (some may have been done recently) are as follows and within the numbers above;

Abbey Road, 1 Tree Bury Street West, 2 Trees Church Street, 2 Trees Colne Road, 1 Tree Halstead Gardens, 1 Tree Harlow Road, 1 Tree Melbourne Way, 2 Trees Queen Annes Gardens, 1 Tree Second Avenue, 1 Tree Trinity Avenue, 2 Trees.

If your road/street has seen a net reduction in trees over the years, please let me know. Please see red line map to see if you are within Bush Hill Park Ward.

I have called on the Council for greater action, especially given they declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ in 2019! If you are also concerned about tree levels in Bush Hill Park Ward please feel welcome to email the Cabinet Member for Environment Cllr.Guney.Dogan@Enfield.gov.uk and copy me in Cllr.James.Hockney@Enfield.gov.uk.

Mobile Phone Mast – REJECTED ❌

The 17.5 metre tall Telecommunications Mobile Phone Mast that was proposed in the Bush Hill Park Conservation area (junction of Queen Anne’s Place / First Avenue) has been rejected by Enfield Council Planning Officers.

✅Thank you to everyone who expressed a view – I understand over 90 representations from local residents were sent in.

Firs Farm Wetlands – update

I am actively working with the Firs Farm Wetlands Friends Group and Council to maintain and enhance this wonderful community asset.

*Pavements edging and clearing weeds is ongoing.
*Regular checks and clearing of litter. I spotted some the other day which the Council resolved.
*New padlocks for security gating around the old changing rooms compound.
*Additional litter bins on the way.

The above is not a comprehensive list, but gives you an idea of some good news.

 

Conservatives warn of Croydon Scenario due to debt levels mounting

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 which was discussed at the November Full Council meeting.

Borrowing figures are worrying as it is potentially putting Enfield Council on the same path as Croydon which effectively has gone bankrupt with a debt level not much different to our own council.

The Council has moved past £1bn of debt. This would have been £200m higher had COVID-19 not delayed investment plans. Despite, Conservatives making constant representations at Full Council meetings of the risks, the Labour Administration is still wedded to doubling the debt to reach over £2bn in the next five years.

The irony is that there is very little to show for the borrowing undertaken. Hundreds of millions have been borrowed in order to develop at Meridian but not a single home has been built. The council’s energy company has yet to make a profit.

Interest on the borrowing is paid from the revenue account meaning that money used to fund everyday services that residents crucially rely on.

Councillor Joanne Laban, Leader of the Opposition and Conservative Group, said “Croydon effectively going bankrupt should be a wake-up call for the Labour Administration here in Enfield. The Conservative Group will be informing the Secretary of State of its concerns as we do not wish to see Enfield Council going the same way as Croydon.”

Councillor James Hockney, Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance, said “This Council continues to borrow like there is no tomorrow; ignoring the stark warning signs. They still cannot explain why, pre-covid, they changed course from paying off their debt to instead more than doubling an eye watering level of existing debt. They are playing monopoly with the people’s money”.

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.