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    • Air pollution: What's the problem and what can we ...
    • Our post-CV world is inevitably going to be different but just how we can only currently speculate. One revelation has been the two decade plus expectation of the inevitable move to teleworking having finally happened in as many weeks – things can move (very) fast with the right encouragement. We’re in very early days for CV linked research, and so much is inevitably best stabs based on early and inevitably incomplete evidence, but an article draws some potentially huge implications from what has been revealed so far: air pollution, as a damaging agent to lungs, is a facilitator of CV harm; and also acts as a vector (carrier) of the virus itself. Conclusion: areas with the worst air quality are more vulnerable to CV. As I say, early days and I wouldn’t want to hang my hat on it, but logically I can see something in it. If so, I would expect to to be a game-changer for the future. The (quite long) article is linked below, as well as the source-research article and a second referenced article to which explains in the best way I’ve seen so far the sombrero, flattening the curve and all such CV containment strategy related aspects. If anyone has any spare time …...
    • In Other Subjects / Environmental Issues
    • Author Karl Brown
    • 02 Apr 2020 09:51
    • Launch of Enfield Coronavirus Help
    • The weekly Love Your Doorstep newsletter includes an update on Coronavirus volunteering We want to thank the hundreds of local people who have registered to volunteer for the Borough wide Coronavirus approach. Love Your Doorstep are working with over 30 charity and community organisations who are communicating multiple times a day. The last 11 days have been huge: Over 250 local residents have received phone calls from our team of volunteers Over 120 Food Bank parcels have been packed and delivered Shopping is now being done and delivered to those who need it. Medications are being picked up and delivered. Mass amounts of food are being moved around the borough to make sure our Food Bank and The Felix project are constantly replenished. NHS/Ambulance/Police have received food as they are working huge shifts and are our front line people. Vulnerable families are receiving food whose children would normally receive school meals. Our elderly are being teamed up with buddies so they don’t feel so isolated with a friendly voice on the end of the phone. This is the highest community response we have ever seen and the heartwarming stories and people reaching out to help is...
    • In Other Subjects / Miscellaneous
    • Author PGC Webmaster
    • 26 Mar 2020 18:57
    • Petition: Trial a low-traffic neighbourhood as soo...
    • As we default unintentionally to something approaching a Low Traffic Neighbourhood / Quieter Neighbourhood lite, a few observations which may inform planning for the real thing: while volumes are very much lower, this street continues to act as a Green Lanes bypass at a time when there is no congestion on Green Lanes to influence such a detour, ie it is habit, Waze, or some other reason; and it is very noticeable that speed at the extreme end has increased. The proportion of vehicles going fast / very fast is clearly higher than before. The “mix” also seems to reflect exactly that many of us found when doing Speedwatch / Roadwatch across this extended area many years ago - the vast majority of speeders are high end vehicles, ie 4*4’s, sports or the well-known German made models. That leads to the same question we posed at that time: does the car make the speeding man (or woman) or does the speeding man (woman) buy the fast car?
    • In Planning and Development / Quieter Neighbourhoods
    • Author Karl Brown
    • 26 Mar 2020 18:05
    • Petition launched opposing Dugdale Centre changes
    • Enfield's cabinet endorsed the creation of a Children's and Families Services hub on the first floor of the Dugdale at its meeting last Wednesday. Mark Bradbury, Director of Property and Economy, provided the following update to Palmers Green Community: "We are already in discussion with some groups affected and will be in touch with the remainder. In reality it is a small number of organisations, many of the users are commercial using it for training or meeting space. the Council is already the main user of the space, and we expect to be able to assist all community and cultural groups to find alternative space." Local Democracy Reporter Simon Allin has published a couple of reports about the controversial changes at the Dugdale: The second of these quotes Cabinet member for children’s services Cllr Rick Jewell's explanation of why the current youth offending service base, at Claverings Industrial Estate, was “not a nice place” for staff, young people, crime victims, families or volunteers.
    • In Other Subjects / Miscellaneous
    • Author PGC Webmaster
    • 15 Mar 2020 23:50
    • A safe space for young people - Out of the Box
    • We were seriously looking forward to bringing the #OTB – Out of the Box Youth Centre to Palmers Green today, but due to the ongoing health concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, we are regrettably having to reschedule the opening until further notice as we know that this virus is spreading fast and we don’t want to open just to close again in a week or two or put anyone at risk. We will re-assess the situation after Easter and will be in touch with all our helpers and volunteers soon. We truly apologise for any inconvenience caused to the young people and volunteers. Best wishes, Rev Julie Coleman and Jenny Godfrey
    • In Other Subjects / Miscellaneous
    • Author PGC Webmaster
    • 13 Mar 2020 23:53
    • A safe space for young people - Out of the Box
    • An update on O.T.B. and the Palmers Green Youth Provision sent to its supporters this week. Dear All, After 10 months of planning, meetings, attending training sessions, putting policies together, doing DBS checks, meeting amazing people who have become our volunteers and after receiving invaluable support from everyone in the local community, we are so pleased to announce that we are finally opening the Palmers Green Youth Centre this Friday for the first get together of O.T.B. from 3.30-5.30pm! O.T.B. is the first part of the Palmers Green youth provision. O.T.B. stands for 'out of the box' and describes what we all know - we can't squeeze anyone, especially not young people, into a box or label them. Everyone is their own person; an individual with a story to tell; with hopes, dreams and aspirations and at O.T.B. we aim to be able to provide a space for all 14-18 year olds to come together, grow, take ownership and have fun in a safe environment! It's a preventative measure to get young people off the streets where they can feel vulnerable. We are working closely with Enfield Council and have had a training session with them for our volunteers. Enfield will also provide 2...
    • In Other Subjects / Miscellaneous
    • Author PGC Webmaster
    • 10 Mar 2020 22:19

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