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    • Our Green Lanes - saved ?
    • To answer David Lesniak's question it seems to me that for the time being what people think about the completed Mini-Holland changes depends largely on the prejudices they held before the work began. So most of the noise came, and still comes, from car-bound people who hated the loss of carriageway space and the consequent changes in the position of parking spaces. Frankly I don't remember every detail of the plans for pavements, but in practice there were changes which seem to me to reduce them. Sometimes this happened in places where there was very wide pavement space so probably no one is bothered, but I do think that one of weaknesses for pedestrians has been in the shopping areas where the pavements were never wide, and now they are bounded by a cycle lane. Whether you think that means the project should not have gone ahead depends on what you think about the importance of cycling, but I think that some compromises had to be made to enable the growth of cycling - cars take up too much room in crowded towns and cities, currently they are very polluting (and that will never be completely erased because tyres affect air quality) , and the habit of driving when walking,...
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Cycle Enfield/Mini-Holland
    • Author David Hughes
    • Today 00:04
    • Fortnightly bin collections on the agenda
    • A reading of key waste reports, either at London or North London levels, will highlight that in waste collection all things are actually not equal, and sensibly so: flats in particular pose recycling and collection issues fundamentally different to suburban streets full of houses, and that’s irrespective of garden waste. Different collection regimes are needed but no one is realistically seeing them as being divisive as is suggested in the recent PGC posting. Going deeper in to the Mayors (statutorily required) Municipal Waste Strategy, published last year after consultation, probably lie many of the clues to LBE’s current plans, eg: "Boroughs are encouraged to consider a range of measures to restrict residual waste, for example through smaller bin containers or changes to collection frequency". (Families of five or more can apply to LBE have one of the larger bins.); and, "to help them achieve the recycling targets, waste authorities (which includes LBE as a Waste Collection Authority) should deliver the following minimum level of service for household recycling: • all properties with kerbside recycling collections to receive a separate weekly food waste collection" Why...
    • In Other Subjects / Council Services
    • Author Karl Brown
    • Yesterday 10:31
    • Fortnightly bin collections on the agenda
    • Found out since then that 2,500 households in the borough, like mine, that have bag collections once a week will continue to do so while the rest have a collection every two weeks. I think this is very divisive whichever way you look at it. The council have yet to announce how they will manage this.
    • In Other Subjects / Council Services
    • Author Neil Littman
    • Yesterday 09:52
    • A105 Experimental Traffic Order A5 leaflet with li...
    • Yes, we definitely got this through our door. As soon as it arrived, I went to the link on the leaflet, found out it was about parking spaces and loading bays and hence of no great interest (not about cycle lanes, as some people contend), so didn't respond. But we probably still have the leaflet somewhere in one of many piles of papers. I see that this has sparked off another of the regular conspiracy theories about the council's consultations, claims that people didn't receive the 17,000 leaflets. I've heard this story so many times whenever there's a consultation. I just don't believe it. How come we get these leaflets when other people in the same street swear blind they didn't? My theory is that people just throw them away without giving them a glance, because we get so much useless stuff through our doors, and one flyer looks very much like another. In fact, I suspect that some people throw things away even faster when they see an Enfield Council logo. And then, when they find out that something has happened that they could have commented on, they kick up a fuss about not receiving the leaflets. It's the same story every time and I just don't believe it.
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Cycle Enfield/Mini-Holland
    • Author Basil Clarke
    • Yesterday 00:55
    • Fortnightly bin collections on the agenda
    • No one would compare the rubbish bin consultation with the EU referendum - well, maybe that would be too tempting - but it is funny, is it not, that having found out that 66% of those responding prefer current arrangements, the LBE Cabinet opts for Option 7 which attracted 8.5%, the least popular of the choices presented. No cry here of “we must deliver the people’s choice!” Of course, the Administration can justifiably point to the tiny proportion of Council Tax payers who took part in the consultation, in stark contrast to the numbers who cast a vote in the referendum. But it’s interesting to reflect on the Council’s obvious failure to persuade the public of the merits of Option 7, even though it allegedly offers the most revenue savings further down the track and supposedly prompts a higher level of recycling. Let’s hope there will be some serious thinking in the Civic Centre about how to handle consultations. Let’s also hope that before too long there will be a return to decent levels of central funding for local authorities and their services.
    • In Other Subjects / Council Services
    • Author Roger Blows
    • 15 Feb 2019 17:46
    • Our Green Lanes - saved ?
    • it triggered me to give up about 9000 car miles pa and switch to public transport and feet. I'm not sure my knees see that as a good thing. Fight to ensure the 50% pavement reduction is in width rather than length, for that would be tough. if you start from the premise you will always hear that there is never enough parking whatever scenario and wherever is being contemplated than it probably answers pre, actual and post Mini Holland views in one scoop
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Cycle Enfield/Mini-Holland
    • Author Karl Brown
    • 15 Feb 2019 14:45
    • Our Green Lanes - saved ?
    • Sorry to interrupt folks, but just wondering how you're all getting on post Mini Holland. TfL is doing a second round of consultation here in Chiswick and they constantly refer us to your experience. Seems from other posts pavements didn't suffer nor did parking. True? False? Campaigning? Here in W4 pavements are to be reduced by half and evening economy parking is to be eliminated entirely. Many thanks for your feedback.
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Cycle Enfield/Mini-Holland
    • Author David Lesniak
    • 15 Feb 2019 13:41
    • A105 Experimental Traffic Order A5 leaflet with li...
    • Did anybody in the Palmers Green area received the attached leaflet which was sent out by Cycle Enfield on behalf of Enfield Council on December 18th 2018. It may have been together with other items as this would have been economical for the mail delivery company in the run up to Christmas. The leaflet was actually a call to action to ask residents and businesses to engage with the council online to answer 9 questions about parking, loading and waiting along the A105 Green Lanes and nearby where the cycle lanes were built. Does anyone remember going on to the website to make a response. Approximately 17,000 leaflets were printed for distribution. The map shows the area covered.
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Cycle Enfield/Mini-Holland
    • Author Neil Littman
    • 15 Feb 2019 09:35
    • Fortnightly bin collections on the agenda
    • Also to add one further comment, it was reported in the news yesterday that all councils are raising council tax by the maximum of 2.5% to presumably even this is not enough to cover the existing cost of bin collections? This means Enfield Council will have put council tax up by nearly 7% in the past three years.
    • In Other Subjects / Council Services
    • Author Neil Littman
    • 14 Feb 2019 11:13
    • Fortnightly bin collections on the agenda
    • As undemocratic a decision as ever. Even with two council tax rises in the past three years they cannot afford to collect our rubbish. Also no mention in the consultation of the several hundred households in the borough that have dispensation (that is the word they use) to leave out rubbish in grey and blue bags due to lack of room for wheelie bins. My home opens directly onto the street as do many others nearby. There is nowhere to store the food waste etc. I don't mind keeping the recycling for another week but the food waste in the grey bags needs to be collected. Also nothing said about the capacity of the bin lorries. The same amount of rubbish but only half the number of collections. What if they cannot take it all at once? Do the bin men lose half their wages or do they cut the work force. We have heard nothing about this.
    • In Other Subjects / Council Services
    • Author Neil Littman
    • 14 Feb 2019 07:39
    • The future of the Intimate Theatre: Claims and cou...
    • The Save the Intimate Theatre Group have provided the following comment on the letter from Father Lowry that was send on 7th February. We are concerned that the tone of this letter appears to be confrontational and we do not wish to enter into conflict with the Church. We do not dispute the Intimate Theatre also being the Parish Hall and have clearly stated that we have a shared past and our hope is for a shared future. We are a group of volunteers who care deeply about preserving the rich history of the Intimate Theatre for the whole community. We would like to work with the Church for the benefit of everyone. The plans put forward were indicative and in response to plans involving Cannon House and the Intimate Theatre shared at the Parish meeting in September for a new Parish Hall and flats. However, we feel that we have been clear that we would need to enter into a dialogue and receive further information from the Church in order to present complete plans. Our aim has never been to upset the Church in any way, only to try and be included in decisions on the future of the theatre that affect our community. In order to avoid further negative dialogue, we have reached out...
    • In Other Subjects / Miscellaneous
    • Author PGC Webmaster
    • 11 Feb 2019 18:38
    • Police advice to drivers on how to overtake bicycl...
    • From time-to-time I've raised the issue of vehicles passing cyclists too closely under the subject heading of "The view from the saddle" because that is the behaviour which causes me to feel most at risk. I've also mentioned it a couple of times in letters to the local press; coincidentally again this week because for the third time in the past couple of years a car came almost close enough to touch my clothing. The reason: because there was oncoming traffic and there was a line of parked cars on both sides of the road leaving only a very narrow space for cyclist and car. The driver should have held back. But the big question is why the driver attempted a move which was so dangerous for me? Of course it could have been outright selfishness, but I think that the most likely answer is because he/she had never cycled in the way that most men and lots of women did when I was young - most drivers these days don't have the experience enabling them to put themselves in the place of cyclists. He/she wouldn't have have thought: "He might wobble". What the solution is is the question? More attention during the driving test? Possibly over time that might help, but what about...
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Road Traffic
    • Author David Hughes
    • 07 Feb 2019 18:54
    • Call to action to protect a local nature conservat...
    • The following is an update written by Pinkham Way Alliance chair Stephen Brice for a meeting of the Muswell Hill & Fortis Green Association: Last October, Haringey's Regulatory Committee, under its remit to examine complex planning issues, considered the draft North London Waste Plan (NLWP). After reading and hearing evidence from PWA, and questioning officers, a cross-party majority of members, unwhipped, recommended to Cabinet that the Pinkham Way site be removed from the plan. To put it very mildly, this decision sent Council dovecotes a-flutter. The Cabinet meeting scheduled for a few days later was postponed for two months to 'give time to line up support'. Cabinet members made alarmist and wholly inaccurate comments that Haringey would be forced to prepare its own waste plan if it didn't approve the NLWP (ie if it exercised its right to remove the site). When the matter finally came to Full Council on January 31st, the Council could only ensure approval by whipping Labour members. So what did that meeting actually approve? One thing only, that the draft plan should be sent forward for a six-week public consultation that'll begin shortly. Later this year or early in...
    • In Planning and Development / Pinkham Way
    • Author PGC Webmaster
    • 06 Feb 2019 22:44
    • Police advice to drivers on how to overtake bicycl...
    • Mike, your post perfectly exemplifies the problem - driver ignorance creates dangerous roads. Firstly, the HC creates a deliberate distinction between should/should not and must/never. The latter are law, the former advisory. Hence there is nothing illegal about riding two or three abreast. In fact, the reason police forces amongst others recommend it (e.g. Surrey), it because if you are genuinely interested in overtaking SAFELY then it makes it easier. Bunched up cyclists become the same road massing as a car. Therefore over take them as a car (i.e. move into the other lane). A long string of single file cyclists takes much longer to pass and inevitably will be done too close creating greater danger. Secondly, "taking the lane", is also police advice. For essentially the above reasons. Your choice to drive does not give you the right to demand that everyone else travels in the gutter. Drivers cannot be trusted to overtake safely therefore cyclists are advised to take the lane (NB: lane, not road) especially approaching pinch points.
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Road Traffic
    • Author David Eden
    • 06 Feb 2019 17:17
    • Police advice to drivers on how to overtake bicycl...
    • Firstly it isn't "illegal" to ride three abreast but in any case for everyday cycling commuting it never happens. I doubt it happens when big groups go out but sometimes appears that way as staggered pairs look like three abreast. The only time a cyclist goes in the middle of the lane (not road) is to protect them from someone trying to overtake in the wrong place - eg where there is no room. If you rode a bike you would be amazed at how often people try to squeeze through a non existent gap. My safety is improved by "taking the lane" and I won't go back to cycling in the gutter. I am not sure I get your point about not being able to overtake in London due to parked cars. If there isn't enough room to overtake then don't overtake - you are sort of confirming that we need the police to carry out these sorts of operations. What would you consider a proper gap. I would say 1.5 m away from my handle bars at 30 mph would be safe. You "might" be able to reduce that at lower speeds but it would depend on circumstances. The average lane is 2.5 - 3.2 m. My bike is 0.8m and I ride 0.75-1m out from the kerb. You car is 2m wide so you do the maths - moving into the other lane as per the...
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Road Traffic
    • Author Hal Haines
    • 06 Feb 2019 13:33
    • Police advice to drivers on how to overtake bicycl...
    • there are some real problems with that graphic, firstly it promotes riding three abreast which contravenes the Highway code (rule 66). Secondly, especially in London if cyclists ride in the centre of the lane it will often be impossible to overtake them safely due to parked cars. How about some sensible give and take? Yes, cars should leave a proper gap, but you cannot do that if cyclists hog the middle of the road or illegally ride in three abreast groups.
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Road Traffic
    • Author
    • 06 Feb 2019 12:19
    • Is the Intimate Theatre really in Winchmore Hill?
    • The urgent question raised at this week's council meeting referred to the Intimate Theatre as being in Winchmore Hill. If there's one thing that both church and Save the Intimate campaigners can probably agree on, it's that the church and adjoining building are both in Palmers Green, not Winchmore Hill. They may be in WH ward, but that's another matter, and they're both in N13. Where exactly PG becomes WH is somewhat unclear, but it's definitely further north that Stonard Road. The church's headed notepaper gives the address as 1 Stonard Road, Palmers Green.
    • In Other Subjects / Miscellaneous
    • Author Basil Clarke
    • 05 Feb 2019 18:06

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