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This is the website for the Enfield Town Residents Association (ETRA). ETRA exists to safeguard and promote the interest of residents in the area on matters concerning housing and the environment
- help to improve living conditions, community facilities and services for residents living in the group’s area and
- represent the views of residents in our area of operation.
BOUNDARY COMMISSION’S PROPOSED CHANGES TO ENFIELD CONSTITUENCIES
The Boundary Commission has proposed changes to the Enfield parliamentary constituencies which would mean significant changes for all the constituencies in Enfield. All of our three MPs are opposed to the plans, it is not a political issue.
You can see what the proposals will mean for Enfield in the map below:
If the proposals are accepted Enfield will be split into five constituencies, only two of which will fall entirely within the Enfield boundary. Information on how the constituencies will be compiled is given in the document below:
David Burrowes has set up a petition to oppose the changes. Its wording is as follows:
We the undersigned call upon the Boundary Commission to reject its initial proposals to disperse Enfield Southgate wards across 5 parliamentary constituencies. We call upon the Boundary Commission to revise its proposals so that there is greater respect for Enfield Southgate’s wards’ geographical, community and Enfield borough links.
It is only available as hard copy, it is not available online. If you would like to collect signatures for the petition you can download copy here:
PLEASE NOTE the petition should be returned to David Burrowes’ office at 1c Chaseville Parade, Chaseville Park Road, London, N21 1PG Alternatively, contact ETRA and we will arrange to collect your signed forms from you and deliver them to David’s office.
The consultation timeline and the dates and locations of public hearings are given below:
- The first consultation period has started and ends at the end of 2016.
- Public hearings for this first consultation period take place in October/November 2016.
- The second consultation period starts in March 2017 and ends in May 2017.
- The BCE publishes revised proposals in October 2017.
- The third consultation period starts in October 2017 and ends in December 2017.
- The BCE will submit proposals to Parliament for approval in September 2018.
- By the end of 2018, new constituencies will have been agreed in time for the next General Election.
Updates on Cycle Enfield
The council has started work on the A105 scheme despite receiving over 1600 objections during the ‘Statutory Consultation’ – an unprecedented volume of objections – on 85 different issues. One of the objections was from Arriva buses – this in and of itself should have been enough to prompt a public inquiry. But in the People’s Republic of Enfield we can apparently to be denied this legal requirement. NB In Loughborough one objection from a shop plus two from bus companies led to a public inquiry. Here, something in the region of 60 objections from shops, a bus company and around 1500 residents led to…nothing.
SOGL applied to the Court of Appeal to overturn the High Court’s refusal of a judicial review and asked the court to direct Enfield to hold an independent public inquiry and also to consider imposing an injunction on Enfield to halt implementation of the cycle lanes scheme. This was denied.
The Opposition call-in debate on the issue on Thursday, Sept 8th at 7.30pm in the Civic Centre ended predictably with the Labour majority voting en bloc to deny the request. You can read the paper that the opposition group submitted here: Call in Cycle Enfield A105.
Enfield Town and Southbury Road
The Council is discussing the ‘feedback’ from the consultations on Enfield Town and Southbury Road with TfL. We have been unable to get any information out of LBE about the discussions, but there are rumours that TfL do not want to allow any significant changes to either scheme. During the ‘Statutory Consultation’ for the A105 scheme we thought the council had changed its mind about removing the northbound bus lane along London Road. How could we have been so stupid?! It now transpires that it hasn’t been changed, it’s been removed from the A105 scheme and transferred to the Enfield Town scheme! Here’s the wording of Paul Rogers’ email:
Originally, we planned to remove the northbound bus lane on the approach to Cecil Road/Genotin Road as part of the A105 scheme. We now plan to remove it as part of the Enfield Town scheme.
I trust this clarifies the situation.
Oh that certainly clarifies the situation, Paul!
You may recall that the A1010 (South) scheme was extended past its initial closure date to get more responses. The fact that at that point the vote showed the overall majority (54%) being opposed to the scheme must surely be a coincidence? Following the extension the Enfield Cycling Campaign tweeted that ‘we need help to save this scheme’ which resulted in the following voting pattern after the consultation ended:
|Residential status||Support||Partially support||Do not support||Total|
|Within Enfield %||39.4%||.5%||53.7%||307|
|Outside of Enfield %||70%||1%||18.6%||70|
The council reported this as: 45% support, 6% partially support and 47% do not support.
Doubtless they will try to tell us this means that 51% support the scheme. The first part of this scheme, Ponders End High Street, has now completed its Statutory Consultation. The scheme will lead to 41 parking spaces being reduced to 17. Even Regeneris – the company hired to undertake the Economic Impact Analysis – has said the scheme will cause significant problems for the shops and businesses. We await the report of the Statutory Consultation with interest.
The A1010 (North) has now closed. If implemented the scheme will mean the loss of 162 parking spaces for residents and businesses along with the removal of bus lanes, the removal of right turn ‘pockets’ so that all cars and buses have to wait behind right-turning vehicles, and a reduction in the Hertford Road/Southbury Road junction capacity of 10-15%. Just as with the A105 the council proposes to remove all the yellow lines and hence all the off-peak parking that is essential to the many take-aways and restaurants along that road in order to introduce the cycle lanes. There is one way in which this scheme is even worse than that for the A105 – at some points, including some bus stops, the cycle lanes will be at pavement level. So there will not even be one of the infamous ‘bus boarders’ to (allegedly) slow down cyclists. The shops have pointed to the very real difficulties that the scheme will cause for them in terms of getting deliveries – just as on the A105 there are florists, white goods and other stores that have regular deliveries by large lorries, for which our council has seen fit to provide no parking.
If you didn’t take part in the consultation a guide to the changes can be found here:
and the problems with the various sections of the route are set out in these links below that show the guides for what people might have liked to say during the consultation:
Membership of ETRA is £5 a year per household. If you would like to join the Association please send cash or a cheque for £5 made payable to Enfield Town Residents Association to: June Weenen (Treasurer), 37 Raleigh Road, EN2 6UD. Please include details of your name, email address and/or full postal address so that we can email or post you a receipt for your subscription.
Associate members – residents who live just outside our area but who want to be kept informed and attend our meetings – can join for the reduced fee of £2 per household.
If you have any comments or queries you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
From the vaults….
You can read our newsletters here: ETRA Newsletter June 2015 ETRA Newsletter 06 July 2015 ETRA Newsletter 100715 Enfield Town NL 170715 ETRA Newsletter 180815 ETRA newsletter 230815 ETRA newsletter030915 ETRA Newsletter 10 October 2015 ETRA Newsletter 161015 ETRA Newsletter 06.11.15 ETRA Newsletter 13.11.15 ETRA newsletter 271115 ETRA newsletter 041215 ETRA newsletter 111215 ETRA newsletter 171215 ETRA Newsletter 080116 ETRA newsletter 150116 ETRA Newsletter 210116 ETRA newsletter 290116 ETRA newsletter 050216 ETRA newsletter 110216 ETRA newsletter 1910216
COUNCIL DEBATE ON CYCLE ENFIELD
In January the Conservative group submitted an Opposition Priority Business paper for debate at the Council meeting . You can read the paper here: Cycle Enfield OPB paper
Despite the very many flaws in the A105 consultation and the overwhelming response to the David Burrowes’ referendum the Council voted to continue with the disastrous scheme for the A105. Below are links to the economic, environmental and equalities impact assessments conducted for that scheme that were circulated some time after the meeting – in the case of the equality impact assessment after the initial deadline for submission of comments to the cabinet.
Members of the Partnership Board were invited to submit final comments for consideration by the Cabinet. On behalf of ETRA we submitted the following responses, based on the presentation at the Partnership Board (this was a joint submission with the RNIB representative to the Partnership Board) and then, once the equality impact analysis report arrived on the 8th February, in response to that document.
The minutes of the Cabinet Meeting were published on Monday 21st February. You can read them here: cabinet minutes and here’s what FERAA said on residents’ behalf at the meeting: FERAA Deputation To Cabinet Feb 11 ref Cycle Enfield
OUTCOMES OF THE CONSULTATIONS ON THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO ENFIELD TOWN AND SOUTHBURY ROAD
The consultation on the Cycle Enfield proposals for Enfield Town and Southbury Road closed on the 18th December and it took until the middle of January for the council to release the results. These showed 58.9% of participants were against Options 1 and 2 (that’s options 1 and 6a as were) and 40. 4% in favour. Sadly the vote in Southbury Road has gone against residents there, where 58% of participants voted in favour of the scheme.
Following publication of the results of the Enfield Town Mayor Boris Johnson was quoted in the Enfield Advertiser as saying he hoped that residents could be persuaded of the merits of the scheme. We suggested that residents write to Mr Johnson to express their views of the scheme. Thank you to all of you who wrote to the Mayor and forwarded copies of your letters to ETRA. You can read the email that ETRA sent to the Mayor here: ETRA email to Mayor
Enfield finally published the breakdown of the results of the Enfield Town and Southbury Road consultations on the 24th February. You can see them here: ESSP940 Enfield Town Summary of Consultation ESSP940 Southbury Rd Summary of Consultation
In case you need a reminder of what is wrong with the Enfield Town proposals you can see the guide to the plans for Enfield Town that we produced here: GUIDE_TO_ENFIELD_TOWN_OCTOBER_2015 .
You can read the draft report from the road safety analysis we commissioned here: ROAD SAFETY REPORT DRAFT
LBE report on Town Centre Management Strategy
You might be interested in this report the Council published on the Town Centres Management Strategy. In particular you may like to ‘compare and contrast’ the recommendations made in this report (informed by research) on how to help regenerate our town centres, and those that are planned under the ‘Cycle Enfield’ initiative. You can download the report here: http://www.enfield.gov.uk/downloads/file/11404/framework_for_the_management_of_enfields_town_centres
Are you interested in joining the Friends of Town Park?
The Friends actively support Enfield to improve the facilities available in Town Park. You can contact the Friends on email@example.com