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    • Wheelie bins petition relaunched
    • I wasn't referring to the petition as much as the responses to the initial consultation itself. And not such much "fear" of change, just a refusal to accept it. Yes, the consultation was farcical and maybe some of the rationale (beyond cost) was lip service. But the reality is the Council needs to balance its budget and refuse collection needed to be amended to reflect this, as has happened all over the country, as the existing service simply isn't cost effective. Two things were 100% obvious and predictable from the get-go: 1) "no change" would always be the most common response; and 2) the Council would just pick the best option for their P&L. Shouting about clarity about an issue which, frankly, is 100% clear has nothing to do with "democracy". You are as certain in your views, without substantiating evidence, as the Council are in theirs. Hence: impasse. The petition won't change anything and, if anything, will just end up squandering Council resources further dealing with it...
    • In Other Subjects / Council Services
    • Author David Eden
    • 22 Aug 2019 14:07
    • Wheelie bins petition relaunched
    • My concerns have never been about fear of change and anyone who interprets the first petition in this way is completely misguided. When you introduce change you have to be clear about what the benefits of that change are going to be. The council have confused their need to balance their books with a half hearted explanation of how these changes are genuinely going to lower consumer refuse and increase rates of recycling. If you want to improve something you don’t just stop it and remove parts of it that were working without offering something different ( even better)That is not how the new plans have been introduced. Seeking genuine clarification is quite reasonable in a democracy. This council has refused that clarification I believe on the grounds that they haven’t got a clue. This is not going to improve recycling rates.
    • In Other Subjects / Council Services
    • Author Helen Blairman
    • 22 Aug 2019 13:03
    • Council savings and cycle lanes
    • David, Hi, Green Lanes SOS Facebook is not the same as SOGL. Different people run it. It was primarily set up to debate the cycle lanes but it covers more general topics now about the area mainly to do with transport. No fundraising or campaigns involved. About 1,100 residents in Winchmore Hill and Palmers Green are the main followers. I am one of the admin on the site.
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Cycle Enfield/Mini-Holland
    • Author Neil Littman
    • 22 Aug 2019 12:26
    • Council savings and cycle lanes
    • From my memory, my understanding of the frustrating start/end of EMH a few hundred yards short of the A406 was because of TfL's intention (try not to laugh) to turn Palmerston Road into another of its disastrous quietways (QW10, I think). Proposals were consulted on for amendment of the junction at the top of PR to ease ped & cycle traffic flow across the A406 and onto Palmerston Crescent for the continuation of QW10 thus joining up with EMH where it currently looks to just abruptly start. Not sure the Landscape Architecture article does the favours you intend - it is actually just highlighting how poor the London Cycle Network is, especially under the current Mayor and Commissioner. No QW can EVER be described as "Flagship". The QW schemes are derided as a disgrace by safety campaigners for good reason - they are not infrastructure, nor safe, just paint. A rebrand of an existing road with no segregation nor amendments to traffic flow does nothing to promote cycling or protect users. Planters were a hazard for bad drivers. Presuming SOS Green Lanes is the same as SOGL, that org is a joke and I'm surprised it's still going/has raised sufficient funds from people to pay all the...
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Cycle Enfield/Mini-Holland
    • Author David Eden
    • 22 Aug 2019 11:07
    • Bringing back 'wild swimming' in Broomfield Park
    • Wonderful idea! A clean paddling pool for kids in the upper pond (currently full of disgusting algae) and water clean enough to swim in for adults in the lower pond (now a stagnant swamp). What's not to like? Only 5 day left to make a pledge. If the target is not reached it will not cost you anything. If it is, Palmers Green will have a great asset. Click the link and make a pledge now.
    • In Other Subjects / Parks and Open Spaces
    • Author John Phillips
    • 22 Aug 2019 10:02
    • Broomfield pond swimming project hits the headline...
    • This is such a great idea! A repaired artesian well would mean clean water for kids to paddle in the upper pond (currently full of disgusting algae) and water of swimming quality for adults in the lower pond (now a stagnant swamp). What's not to like? Only 5 day left to make a pledge. If the target is not reached it will not cost you anything. If it is, Palmers Green will have a great asset.
    • In Other Subjects / Parks and Open Spaces
    • Author John Phillips
    • 22 Aug 2019 09:57
    • Council savings and cycle lanes
    • Cannot believe this topic is still being discussed (and I am replying which probably doesn't help) but possibly a final word to both David Hughes and S.Leonidas. Not sure how many times this has been stated but the council did NOT fund the cycle lanes. This came from the Mayor of London's budget. What Enfield Council did have to pay for and have been careful to not be too specific about was the amount of money overspent on late working, re-doing parts of the scheme etc. The project went over schedule. I have seen estimates of up to £2.6m and it has been mentioned in some statements by the council but without stating the costs. It is noticeable that a whole section of the latest route in Fore St Edmonton has not even been started and the cycle lanes begin about a third of a mile from the North Circular Junction. This could be a cost saving exercise. No mention on the Cycle Enfield website of any works on the A1010 South scheme south of Park Avenue. The cycle lanes are here to stay even though they are very underused. No usage figures have been published since June. Also re cycling safety, this may be useful reading:...
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Cycle Enfield/Mini-Holland
    • Author Neil Littman
    • 22 Aug 2019 09:15
    • Wheelie bins petition relaunched
    • Just because you saw the consultation doesn’t mean that it was well publicised. Less residents were consulted than responded to the first petition. 73% of those consulted rejected the plans. The consultation was merely a hoop jumping exercise. The council had already decided which option it was taking. Their refusal to even discuss the issue merely citing a rather tedious party line about finances has compounded an issue that could have been properly discussed and resolved.
    • In Other Subjects / Council Services
    • Author Helen Blairman
    • 22 Aug 2019 09:02
    • Apply for funding from Walking and Cycling Grants ...
    • Michael Diamond from has sent a list of ways in which community groups might be able to take advantage of the walking and cycling grants. The TfL Cycling Grants programme has now been extended to walking projects too and TfL is inviting (up to 16th September) applications for grants of up to £10,000 for 3 year projects that encourage London’s diverse communities to walk and cycle more often and more safely. The full details and website is: https://wcgl.london/ so if you have any projects that fit the bill please do apply, TfL are really keen to support walking projects. Grants for walking projects may get some leeway this year but looking at the grants to cyclists over the last few years may give you some ideas… * Something to help young people to cross the road safely – training through visits to schools like the ones the traffic police used to do. Look at Brake’s training page http://www.brake.org.uk/facts-resources/21-resources/315-childtraining * Young adults could be better informed through very short videos for social media that shows their increased vulnerability when distracted. * You could seek funding around an activity during Road Safety Week (18 – 24...
    • In Other Subjects / Miscellaneous
    • Author PGC Webmaster
    • 19 Aug 2019 00:22
    • Council savings and cycle lanes
    • [Moderator's comment: A forum discussion about wheelie bins has turned partially into a discussion about cycle lanes. I try to keep discussions to one subject at a time, so I've moved David Hughes' response to S. Leonidas's comments about council expenditure and bike lanes to a new thread, starting with a quote to put David's comments in context. However, I don't really think there's anything to say for or against cycle lanes that hasn't already been said several thousand times, so unless people have something fresh to say I'll be looking to lock this discussion soon. Basil] S. Leonidas seems very, very certain than his opinions are the right ones: “Wheelie bins petition relaunched” on 15 August, but I think he hasn’t thought through the issues which lie behind the changes which have been made to the A105 Green Lanes in the last year or two. Furthermore he seems to see the world exclusively through the windscreen of a road vehicle, apparently walkers and cyclists don’t have any place in his world. So, let us take a look at the issues which lie behind his views in the light of the needs of the overall variety of road users: children, teenagers, adults and those like me who are past their best. I cycle and drive by the way though I use public transport rather than drive when it’s possible. True cars are wonderfully versatile, but, especially when driver-only, they need a great deal of room per person. Cyclist by contrast need very little room whether parked or travelling, have no detrimental influence on air quality, and the exercise of pedalling helps towards a healthy lifestyle. All of which is among the reason why the Government – not the Council – provided most of the finance for creating Enfield Council’s cycle lanes....
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Cycle Enfield/Mini-Holland
    • Author David Hughes
    • 16 Aug 2019 19:07
    • Wheelie bins petition relaunched
    • S Leonidas You may share Helen's views, but you also share the misconceptions. I have already set out how it is fallacious to suggest a garden is an exclusive explanatory factor in determining council tax levels. It simply is not. It, as an approach, also fails to acknowledge that large houses tend to contain large families with large strains on public services - little 1 and 2 bed flats do not. Sad to see the same old trope about the cycle lanes. It was almost entirely funded by TfL. How are orcas and wands excessive when they are there to stop drivers abusing the lanes and parking and driving in them dangerously? The planters were a bit of a waste, I agree. Tricky for them to just bowl straight in with much more expensive modal filtering schemes though. Hopefully we'll see that in the future. I also agree the consultation was a farce. But that doesn't mean the petition(s) have any value or credence. I believe the council is providing larger recycling bins to family households. So, if you recycle diligently, that covers off that issue. Bonfires over £1.25 per week....wow. You have to apply to have your green waste collected. Notices have already started to be placed...
    • In Other Subjects / Council Services
    • Author David Eden
    • 15 Aug 2019 13:39
    • Wheelie bins petition relaunched
    • I share Helen's views Our 'larger' houses usually have gardens which add to the value of the property and ultimately are charged higher taxes . So as higher tax payers we have more than covered the cost of a regular waste collection. The Council does not really care about savings - if it did it would not have overspent on the farcical cycle lane highway along two routes and possible a third complete with totally unnecessary furniture like the excessive use of orcas, metal posts near junctions, and the raised tarmac tables at every opportunity. Should I also mention the horrid and extremely dangerous planter boxes that were installed and now removed? If the Council managed its affairs properly and controlled its spending more wisely it would not be pleading under funding - despite what Central Governments (any party) do (which is another matter). It can also consider cutting the salaries paid to its executives - these do not have to be as high as they are - if they don't want the job as a proper salary level then I will be happy to step in! When this Council run its consultation it suggested 9 one sided options ignoring the obvious one NONE OF THE ABOVE. Despite the 5500...
    • In Other Subjects / Council Services
    • Author S LEONIDAS
    • 15 Aug 2019 11:55
    • Wheelie bins petition relaunched
    • I have always wondered whether the garden recycling (green bins) are a good thing or not. How green is the whole enterprise? The bins are made of plastic and the plant contents are collected by diesel-powered trucks. The imposition of a charge for this service has led me to go back to composting. That's probably an environmentally good result. As for fortnightly collections of the black bins, this one is hard to judge and there may be unintended consequences such as more litter, that cost us more. The optimal result would be if we could consume less, but that's not going to be instant. We do need to think differently about all this. Petitioning in block capitals is not necessarily the only answer.
    • In Other Subjects / Council Services
    • Author Michael Hobbs
    • 15 Aug 2019 10:36
    • Rebelling to prevent climate catastrophe: A weeken...
    • David E. this is not the time to be making sarcastic remarks about attempts to raise awareness about global warming; our government has been sleep-walking towards climate change as long as I can remember. If the government is doing next to nothing 'Extinction Rebellion' is at least drawing attention to the urgent need to get on with making the necessary changes. If our parliamentary government has shamefully more-or- less ignored the writing on the wall that doesn't mean that as individuals we should do likewise. All of us, and especially the younger generations, will be at risk from higher temperatures and consequential effects on farming. This issue matters, and when we open the door of our cars intending to drive a journey which could be walked, cycled or made on public transport perhaps we should think again. Mind you it's easy for me to talk, I don't like driving and my wife has never driven post her successful driving exam. Meanwhile travelling is not the only big issue, there are lots of old, leaky homes in London kept warm by burning fossil fuels. Mine included. The Government must get more involve in this.
    • In Other Subjects / Environmental Issues
    • Author David Hughes
    • 14 Aug 2019 21:00
    • Parents launch petition to save threatened primary...
    • The following update on the situation with primary school places, with especial reference to Bowes SG school, is taken, with kind permission, from the latest Fox Lane & District Residents Association newsletter In late June parents of children (including those with children about to start school in September 2019) attending Bowes-Southgate Green Primary were informed by letter from the Enfield Learning Trust that they would not be taking any new pupils from September 2020. A campaign was started by parents, including creating an online petition ‘Save Bowes Southgate Green’, which has gathered over 1000 signatures to date (see below). After meetings and various letters, including from government minister Lord Agnew following a letter from Bambos Charalambous MP, we have arrived at this position: Pupil numbers: Clara Seery, Assistant Director Education at Enfield Council, has promised a full investigation into current and projected numbers in the South West Enfield area, by early September at latest and to be shared with parents. Best-available numbers are crucial to any argument to secure permanent local primary places because of the large investment involved. Sites:...
    • In Other Subjects / Schools
    • Author PGC Webmaster
    • 14 Aug 2019 20:32
    • Rebelling to prevent climate catastrophe: A weeken...
    • Are such drastic actions as those carried out by Extinction Rebellion necessary? Is climate change really such a threat? The answer to both questions is Yes. Just watch these four extracts from Sky News. https://youtu.be/9GjrS8QbHmY What happens if the world warms up by 2°C? "At a 2°C rise, people will begin to die of what is now considered normal summers. Countries already hit by hurricanes face ever greater storms. Plant growth slows down, then stops. Plants don’t absorb CO2 as efficiently, instead emitting it. The extra carbon sees global warming spiral out of control. In the year 2100 sea levels would rise by a meter displacing 10% of the world's population. In this 2°C future, ecosystems across the globe collapse. A third of all life on earth faces extinction." https://youtu.be/xplesDv5hl0 What happens if the world warms up by 3°C? "If global temperature rises by 2°C the chances of avoiding a 3°C increase are slim. At a 3°C increase plants stop absorbing CO2, enough carbon builds in the atmosphere to raise temperatures by another 1.5°C by 2100. The planet is tipped into runaway global warming. Cities and farms around the world will loose their rivers and...
    • In Other Subjects / Environmental Issues
    • Author Basil Clarke
    • 14 Aug 2019 15:48

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