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Subject tag: Environmental Protection

13 November 2015

In this film of a presentation at a conference held in Australlia, Simon Birkett, Founder and Director of Clean Air in London, talks about the most important lessons learned by him from 10 years of campaigning on air pollution. The film urges immediate action to reduce local air pollution and greenhouse gases to protect public health and mitigate climate change. "One Atmosphere"  can be viewed as ten separate "chapters" or as a single 35 minute film at https://vimeo.com/145615256........

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11 November 2015

The Chair of the Pinkham Way Alliance (PWA) has written to Haringey Council's cabinet member for planning policy to complain about suppression and misrepresentation of evidence which contradicts the Council's policy of classifying woodland at Pinkham Way as suitable for employment use. In his letter dated 5th November 2015 Stephen Brice writes that the PWA has come to the view that its evidence "is so inconvenient for the Council that there has been a systematic attempt to bury it". The.......

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06 November 2015

Enfield RoadWatch Action Group - formed to campaign against a proposal to build on Green Belt land between Enfield Town and Oakwood - have launched a photograph and slogan competition designed to publicise their campaign. So far the nearly 4000 people have signed the online petition against building on the land. For the background to the campaign, see this earlier report.   Enfield RoadWatch Action Group is delighted to announce the first 'Our Green Belt Enfield' Photograph.......

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01 November 2015

The charity London Wildlife Trust is appealing to householders to reverse the trend towards paving over gardens, especially front gardens from which rainwater spills onto roads and into drains.  The following article is reproduced from the Trust's website. We are losing our gardens at an alarming rate. The allure of free off-street parking, a bigger bike shed or simply the idea of a low maintenance space in our busy modern lives has left our city’s gardens in crisis. In London,.......

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16 October 2015

One of the points made repeatedly by opponents of plans to create cycle lanes along main roads is that they would benefit only cyclists and no-one else and that cyclists were therefore being unduly prioritised.  Enfield Council, and at an all-London level, the Mayor of London, have put the case for benefits to the people of Enfield and of London across the board. A newly published academic study sets out why the Council and the Mayor are right and the protesters are wrong.  Benefits.......

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11 October 2015

The Pinkham Way Alliance has now published the response it submitted to the consultation about the North London Waste Plan.  Following a fundraising campaign, the Alliance was able to employ a planning consultancy, Turley, to present arguments against the allocation of Pinkham Wood as a potential site for waste processing, and, more generally, to question the draft Waste Plan's assumptions about future waste volumes and required processing throughput. The Response and associated.......

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24 September 2015

The campaigning group Enfield RoadWatch has issued a newsletter with updated information about their campaign to prevent construction on Green Belt land adjacent to Enfield Road, between Oakwood and Enfield Town (see this earlier report). Urgent Call to Action! Do you want developers to build homes on Green Belt land?  Do we need yet another school in this area? Do you think the local roads can take the additional capacity? Should we forget about places for wildlife and.......

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24 September 2015

The Pinkham Way Alliance is asking supporters to sign an online form supporting the Alliance's response to the current consultation about the North London Waste Plan. By signing, you confirm that you are happy for the PWA to represent your views. The deadline to add your name is 5pm on Tuesday 29th September 2015. The Alliance has been campaigning to preserve an ecologically valuable green space adjacent to the North Circular Road and prevent construction of a waste processing facility on the.......

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11 September 2015

The developer Fairview Homes is inviting the public to an exhibition of its plans to build around 300 dwellings and a new school on Green Belt land between Oakwood and Enfield Town. The site is a large field on the south side of Enfield Road, extending downhill as far as Boxers Lake.  The proposal has already run into considerable opposition both from people living in the vicinity and from others who are opposed to inpinging on Green Belt land.  At this stage Fairview have not.......

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04 August 2015

As we confidently forecast in the weekly newsletter, last Sunday was hot and sunny and people turned out in droves to listen to the Broomfield Blues in Broomfield Park.  They also stopped by at the Community Orchard to admire the wildflowers, see how the apples were coming on, drink home-made apple wine and observe the insects in their bug hotel, the Bugsingham Palace.  A few visitors even tried their hand at croquet on the former bowling green.  And there were chilli plants on.......

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29 July 2015

The Pinkham Way Alliance, which is campaigning against industrial use of a nature conservation site adjacent to the North Circular Road, is participating in a London-wide study into air quality.  If the monitoring confirms that the air near this stretch of the A406 is already very seriously polluted, this will help strengthen the campaigners' arguments against use of the site for processing household and industrial waste, which would inevitably result in even more lorry traffic along the.......

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29 July 2015

The Friends of Firs Farm have provided a copy of a document setting out the proposals for the creation of a wetlands area in the park.  The detailed information in the document is the subject of a consultation exercise in which Enfield Council are seeking the views of people living near the playing fields and park. The wetlands project is being funded by Enfield Council, Thames Water, the Environment Agency and the GLA.  It will achieve a whole range of objectives, including.......

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08 July 2015

A brand new reed bed is being constructed in Grovelands Park lake to help improve water quality. The reed bed is being created as part of Thames21’s Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge together with Enfield Council. The aim of the project is to improve water quality across the area through the delivery of practical environmental schemes. Currently Salmons Brook and the waterways which feed it suffer from pollution due to plumbing misconnections and run-off from roads which contain heavy.......

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13 April 2015

How well do you know your birds and birdsong?  Les Edwins of the Friends of Firs Farm is also a local RSBP representative and is organising a bird survey in Firs Farm this month. It will require early morning visits to Firs Farm between 5 and 6 am to identify birds by sight or sound and recording when they were seen and whereabouts in the park they were. If you have don't mind the early start and are interested in helping with this, please get in touch to find out more and the proposed.......

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10 April 2015

Campaigners working to improve the health of the river Lea and its tributaries have reported on the progress of their work on creating Sustainable Drainage Systems in Enfield borough. The projects are being organised by Love the Lea, the local arm of the charity Thames 21. Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS for short) involve measure to slow down the flow of water, particularly during rainy weather, so that high levels of pollutants are not washed into streams and eventually into the Lea and.......

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04 April 2015

In a recent message to its supporters the Pinkham Way Alliance (PWA) provided an update on its continuing fight on two fronts:  on the one hand, it is still campaigning to prevent, or at any rate minimise, the development of Pinkham Wood;  on the other hand, it continues to oppose what it considers overly grandiose plans by the North London Waste Authority for future waste incinerator capacity. Pinkham Wood The land referred to as Pinkham Wood is adjacent to the Pinkham Way section.......

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30 March 2015

Within a few days of the news that the Friends of Broomfield Park had succeeded in a bid for Enfield Residents Priority Fund money for the Conservatory railings, the energetic park protectors were again celebrating - this time for being awarded a further £5000 from the fund to help create a wildlife pond. Artists' imprssion of the Conservatory Railings projectAnd last week the Friends also got the go-ahead from Enfield Council for an extension of the wildflower meadow on the Aldermans Hill.......

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27 March 2015

The Friends of Firs Farm Park are celebrating the success of their campaign to revitalise this large green space on the Winchmore Hill/Edmonton borders.  The Firs Farm Wetlands scheme gathered the highest number of votes from members of the public among the projects shortlisted for money from the Mayor of London's Big Green Fund II. As the result of a vigorous campaign by the Friends , the project received more than 2000 votes and has been awarded the highest amount available - £175,000........

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26 January 2015

Friends of Broomfield Park are looking for volunteers to help them launch their latest project - creating a Community Growing Space on an area next to Broomfield Community Orchard. A typical growing spaceThe Friends recently reached agreement with Enfield Council to take over an area of the Park measuring approximately 20 by 40 metres, fenced on three sides and with an open, sunny, south-facing aspect.  It is sheltered from north winds by a laurel hedge.  An added advantage is the.......

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09 January 2015

A project to create an attractive wetlands habitat from a previously underused green space has been shortlisted for support from the Mayor of London's Big Green Fund. Firs Farm, the open space to the south of Firs Lane on the Winchmore Hill/Edmonton border, has up to now  been associated mainly with football pitches and dog walking (though earlier in its history it was used as a shelter for prisoners of war).  However, its transformation is already under way, thanks to collaboration.......

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