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  • Details of Bowes low-traffic neighbourhood scheme published

    12 Aug 2020 Enfield Dispatch editor James Cracknell has been doing some old-fashioned journalism - contacting people in the area and asking them for their views - in fact, I get the impression he may actually have met the people face-to-face! Predictably, views are mixed and the article sets out arguments both for and against. Read his report here. Read more...

  • St Harmonica's Blues Club - online

    St Harmonica's Blues Club - online

    12 Aug 2020 The songs for the 20th virtual St Harmonica's have been compiled by a couple of Low Down Dogs. The theme is (loosely) 'Here’s one I didn’t write myself”; the sub-title could be : 'Did you realise this wasn’t the original? Read more...

  • Please support this imperfect plan – it may be our only chance for healthy streets in Bowes - Comment by Adrian Day

    12 Aug 2020 Your area needs an LTN too - I understand there's a resident's group being set-up to campaign for one. Read more...

  • Your views on crime and the effectiveness of police and neighbourhood watch schemes

    Your views on crime and the effectiveness of police and neighbourhood watch schemes

    12 Aug 2020 The Neighbourhood Watch Network is surveying the public to discover what people think about crime and how effective the police and Neighbourhood Watch are. Open to everyone, whether or not your area is covered by a Neighbourhood Watch. Read more...

  • Please support this imperfect plan – it may be our only chance for healthy streets in Bowes - Comment by Paul MUIR

    12 Aug 2020 This scheme does nothing but push the problem further east into Myddleton Rd, Spencer Avenue, Green Lanes , Wolves Lane, etc. I find it amusing that Brownlow Rd is seen as too narrow for all this traffic but our small residential streets in Bowes Park can obviously cope. Our streets are already used as rat runs and they will become[…] Read more...

  • Londinium: A walk through poetry in translation

    Londinium: A walk through poetry in translation

    12 Aug 2020 Launching on Friday 14th August, this new smartphone app takes in 12 different locations, 12 translations of the poem Londinium into languages spoken in the borough and 12 stunning digital artworks made using sound recordings of the poetry translated into images.. Read more...

  • Street art

    Street art

    11 Aug 2020 Part of a new mural painted today on the side wall of Kiva in Hazelwood Lane by Zoe Louise Harrison and Emily Joret from the interior decorators Ginger&Green in Wades Hill, Winchmore Hill.More photos on Facebook at www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1197657657288144&id=788344814886099 Read more...

  • 100,000 new trees and a new walking and cycling route

    100,000 new trees and a new walking and cycling route

    11 Aug 2020 An award of £748,000 from the Mayor of London plus £425,000 from the Forestry Commission will enable Enfield Council and Thames21 to start work this autumn on creating a large new woodland area in the north west of the borough. The new trees - up to 100,000 in total over a three-year period - will play an important part in[…] Read more...

  • Are you a woman looking to sustain and grow your business?

    Are you a woman looking to sustain and grow your business?

    11 Aug 2020 Enterprise Enfield is now recruiting for its next Female Founders Accelerator Programme, starting in late September. This innovative and exciting business support programme is designed to help women sustain and grow their businesses. Following Covid-19, the programme is delivered online and includes help with business resilience and recovery. The scheme is delivered and managed by Enterprise Enfield and supported by[…] Read more...

  • HM Government legally challenged on incineration

    HM Government legally challenged on incineration

    11 Aug 2020 Georgia Elliot-Smith, an Enfield resident and leading campaigner against the planned Edmonton incinerator, has instigated related legal proceedings against the UK Government and Devolved Administrations. The case will be led by the same QC who won last year's Heathrow 3rd runway case for Friends of the Earth. Read more...

  • HM Government legally challenged on incineration - Comment by Karl Brown

    11 Aug 2020 Georgia Elliot-Smith, an Enfield resident and leading campaigner against the planned Edmonton incinerator, has instigated related legal proceedings against the UK Government and Devolved Administrations. The case will be led by the same QC who won last year’s Heathrow 3rd runway case for Friends of the Earth.It’s inevitably complex but post Brexit the UK will be setting its own key[…] Read more...

  • Fourth councillor joins breakaway group

    Fourth councillor joins breakaway group

    11 Aug 2020 The fourth Labour councillor to leave the party and join Enfield Council's Community First group is Dino Lemonides, who represents Chase ward and is a former cabinet member.Cllr Lemonides told Enfield Dispatch editor James Cracknell that he has "been unhappy with the bullying and harassment of the Caliskan regime". Like the other three Community First members, he says he still[…] Read more...

  • WOW - the year-round walk to school challenge is back

    WOW - the year-round walk to school challenge is back

    9 Aug 2020 WOW is a pupil-led initiative run by Living Streets, the charity for everyday walking. Children self-report how they get to school every day using the interactive WOW Travel Tracker. If they travel sustainably (walk, cycle or scoot) once a week for a month, they get rewarded with a badge. On average, WOW schools see a 30 per cent reduction in[…] Read more...

  • The Corona Collection: A con-verse-ation with kids

    The Corona Collection: A con-verse-ation with kids

    9 Aug 2020 The Corona Collection is a book of poems, distributed free to all Year 6 pupils in Enfield; a collection of digital resources to help children through the pandemic and afterwards; and a live poetry reading in front of Enfield Town library on 20th August; but, first and foremost, it's a 'con-verse-ation' between poet Cheryl Moskowitz and local children, parents and[…] Read more...

  • Noah's Ark: £500,000 needed to restore support to families at home

    Noah's Ark: £500,000 needed to restore support to families at home

    7 Aug 2020 A TV news report on the plight of Noah's Ark Children's Hospice and why it needs to raise £500,000 in order to recruit more nurses and carers to help children and their families at home. Read more...

  • North Mid Update - July 2020

    North Mid Update - July 2020

    6 Aug 2020 The North Mid Hospital's stakeholder update for July. Subjects covered: elective (planned) surgery; outpatients; blood tests; imaging; cancer pathways; paediatrics; women's health services; key messages for patients; and car parking. Read more...

  • 'It's coming home, it's coming home, maternity's coming home...'

    'It's coming home, it's coming home, maternity's coming home...'

    6 Aug 2020 As Premier League clubs prepare for the start of the new season, the world-first arrangement which has seen women's outpatient care delivered from Tottenham Hotspur's superb stadium approaches the full-time whistle. The groundbreaking arrangement which kicked off in mid-April, at the height of the covid-19 pandemic, has seen the state-of-the-art stadium host antenatal, gynaecology and obstetric services in its spacious[…] Read more...

  • August's Enfield Dispatch

    August's Enfield Dispatch

    5 Aug 2020 The top story in August's Enfield Dispatch is the indefinite postponement of long-awaiting upgrades to the Tube and rail services. Read more...

  • Cuts to London youth services continuing

    Cuts to London youth services continuing

    5 Aug 2020 Plenty of reasons to be concerned about provision for our young people (see the report and comments above), but here we have an example of someone putting his own money into a project designed to give a leg-up to young people in Edmonton.Read more about this project at 21kdigitalmedia.com/ and in particular 21kdigitalmedia.com/we-are-building-edmonton-together/. Read more...

  • Cuts to London youth services continuing

    Cuts to London youth services continuing

    5 Aug 2020 Hot on the heels of Sian Berry's report on drastic cuts to funding of youth services comes this report on the impact of Covid-19 on youth services in London: londonyouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Full-Results-Running-on-Reserves-Final-web.pdfThis is the text of a press release issued by City Hall:Mayor issues stark warning about the future of London’s youth clubs03 August 2020The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has warned[…] Read more...

  • Cuts to London youth services continuing - Comment by Karl Brown

    5 Aug 2020 Neil Littman raises a deeply troubling problem, perhaps another example of the market being used as a substitute for policy. I recall always being struck by the councils budget consultation results and how the more youth related options were inevitably propping up the rest; a reflection I believed of who bothered to take part in the consultation exercise. It’s an[…] Read more...

  • Third councillor leaves Labour Party

    Third councillor leaves Labour Party

    5 Aug 2020 [Original article]Earlier today Southgate Green councillor Daniel Anderson became the third Labour member on Enfield Council to leave the party this year. He joins fellow former Labour councillors Dinah Barry (Winchmore Hill) and Derek Levy (Southgate) in the new Community First group on the council.All three have stated that they remain committed to the Labour values that they were elected on,[…] Read more...

  • Third councillor leaves Labour Party

    Third councillor leaves Labour Party

    5 Aug 2020 Southgate Green councillor Daniel Anderson today became the third Labour member on Enfield Council to leave the party. He joins fellow former Labour councillors Derek Levy (Southgate) and Dinah Barry (Winchmore Hill) in the new Community First group on the council. All three have stated that they remain committed to the Labour values that they were elected on, but can[…] Read more...

  • Keep London Safe campaign launched

    Keep London Safe campaign launched

    5 Aug 2020 London borough leaders, the mayor of London and community leaders across the capital joined in the launch of the 'Keep London Safe' campaign last week, to address low awareness of Covid-19 testing and contract tracing in the capital. The campaign follows polling that found 46 per cent of Londoners don't know how to get a test and 35 per cent[…] Read more...

  • Prime minister 'riding roughshod' over London's democratically elected representatives

    Prime minister 'riding roughshod' over London's democratically elected representatives

    5 Aug 2020 The chair of London Councils and mayor of London have written to the prime minister expressing their 'great surprise' at press reports that the government held a critical planning exercise in which a major resurgence of Covid-19 in London was a central scenario. 'Our surprise is that such far reaching contingency plans have been discussed and tested without the involvement[…] Read more...

  • St Harmonica's Friday Night In - 7th August

    St Harmonica's Friday Night In - 7th August

    5 Aug 2020 This week's playlist was selected by Dave Thomas and is described by John Crowther as 'foot-tappingly fine'. Can't argue with that.. Read more...

  • National Road Victims Month: Time to start doing something about the terror on our roads

    National Road Victims Month: Time to start doing something about the terror on our roads

    4 Aug 2020 London's top traffic cop has reminded us that August is National Road Victims Month and asked us to watch a short film made by the charity RoadPeace. In the UK five people a day are killed on the roads and more than 60 seriously injured. Scandinavian cities, pursuing a Vision Zero policy, have almost eliminated road deaths. Read more...

  • Cuts to London youth services continuing - Comment by Neil Littman

    3 Aug 2020 As far back as 2014 these cuts have been linked to gang crime and deaths due to the removal of facilities for the young people in the most deprived areas. Each young person who is killed costs the community about £1m in financial terms let alone the emotional fallout (this is about the same as the cost of a road[…] Read more...

  • Cuts to London youth services continuing

    Cuts to London youth services continuing

    2 Aug 2020 [Original article]Siân Berry, one of two Green members of the London Assembly, has issued her fifth report on cuts to youth services in the capital. Her data shows that, after nearly a decade of austerity, councils in London are still feeling forced to take money out of vital youth services with a further £2.2m removed.£34 million has been removed from[…] Read more...

  • Councillors explain why they quit Labour

    Councillors explain why they quit Labour

    2 Aug 2020 Two Enfield councillors who quit the Labour Party to become independent members have given an interview to the Enfield Dispatch. Derek Levy, a councillor in Southgate ward, and Dinah Barry, from Winchmore Hill ward, left Labour earlier this year, and now form the Community First group. Read more...

  • Advice on coping well during Covid

    Advice on coping well during Covid

    2 Aug 2020 Many people who live and work in London are feeling anxious about coronavirus and how it might impact them, their loved ones, their work and their future. It’s important to know that it is normal and okay to feel upset, anxious or confused at times. The Coping Well During Covid webinar series has been developed to support you if you[…] Read more...

  • Cuts to London youth services continuing

    Cuts to London youth services continuing

    2 Aug 2020 Sian Berry, one of two Green members of the London Assembly, has issued her fifth report on cuts to youth services in the capital. Her data shows that, after nearly a decade of austerity, councils in London are still feeling forced to take money out of vital youth services with a further £2.2m removed. Enfield's youth services budget for 2019-20[…] Read more...

  • Police request to look out for roofers' scam vehicle

    Police request to look out for roofers' scam vehicle

    2 Aug 2020 Local police are asking people to look out for a silver VW Transporter van with Irish number plates - 142CW707. This is used by men operating a roof repairs scam - accepting their offer to 'repair' your roof may eventually cost you thousands of pounds. Read more...

  • Meals on Wheels for the 21st Century

    Meals on Wheels for the 21st Century

    1 Aug 2020 A new report from Sustain and London Food Link, funded by Trust for London, looks at how services that ensure older adults can access meals in their homes are run, both before the Covid-19 pandemic and during it, across London. In the capital, adequate provision of meals on wheels services were not in place prior to lockdown. Where these exist,[…] Read more...

  • What are the effects of suspending free travel for young Londoners?

    What are the effects of suspending free travel for young Londoners?

    1 Aug 2020 A recent publication by the Partnership for Young London reports the findings of research into how the suspension of free travel for under-18s is likely to affect young Londoners. The report forms part of the evidence base behind the Child Poverty Action Group's Don't Zap the Zip campaign. Read more...

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