PGC Weekly Newsletter
16 January 2020
Recognition for PG action woman
News this week, courtesy of Palmers Green & Southgate Life, that Claude Whyte, one of the founding members of the Palmers Green Action Team, has been officially listed as "one of the women who make London great". Claude's photograph appears in the Flickr album celebrating the women selected by the #BehindEveryGreatCity/Hidden Credits campaign, launched by the Mayor of London on the centenary of women's suffrage. Read more.
Six months on from the Climate Emergency declaration, how is the council doing?...
On 8th July last year, two days before full council declared a Climate Emergency, Enfield's cabinet members signed a printed copy of a document pledging action to tackle climate change. Shortly after the declaration the council set up a Climate Change Task Force, which met in September and November, chaired by deputy council leader Ian Barnes. PGC asked Cllr Barnes what the Task Force has so far achieved and we have published his response on the website. Read more.
..."Not very well", according to local climate activists
The Enfield branch of Extinction Rebellion says that the council is not doing enough. Members and supporters will be demonstrating in Enfield Town on 25th January, aiming to highlight "the severe climate implications of the new incinerator in Edmonton, the lack of determined action from the Council, and more broadly the ecological crisis that threatens our species and our planet". Read more.
Date announced for planning panel discussion of Southgate Office Village proposals
The public planning panel to discuss the proposals to build a mixed office and housing development on the site of Southgate Office Village has now been arranged for 7.30pm on 23rd January at Highlands School, 148 Worlds End Lane, N21 1QQ. Read more.
Fox Lane low-traffic neighbourhood: The debate continues
Hopefully, it won't be long before the council reveals its revised plans for the Fox Lane low-traffic neighbourhood. In the meantime, last Thursday's meeting in the Burford Hall was a useful opportunity for all opinions to be aired and heard (though not necessarily listened to) by people on the other side of the argument. I've republished the official notes made at the meeting along with some comments of my own.
Since last week there have been further contributions to the discussions about the letter sent by the Green Lanes Business Association which made disparaging remarks about "snobbery" associated with an "influx" of new residents.
There has also been discussion about what to make of the traffic count data shown on the "dashboard" created by a Fox Lane area resident.
Winchmore Hill church ready to pioneer equal marriages, but there's a hitch...
Winchmore Hill United Reformed Church is keen to start conducting marriage services equally for all couples, whether gay or straight - but in order to carry out weddings at all, it needs to replace a damaged safe, and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the necessary funds. Read more.
Ghosts - a play about secrets and questioning of traditional values
The next play to be staged at a hidden gem of a theatre in Friern Barnet opens on Sunday and runs until Saturday 25th January. Incognito Theatre's production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts will be a new adaptation specially written for the company and designed to be more accessible to a modern audience. It's an intense play about secrets - each character has their own secrets and the drama unfolds as these secrets are gradually revealed. Read more.
New bus stopping arrangements at Chase Farm hospital
Apologies for getting the date wrong in last week's item about bus stopping arrangements at Chase Farm. The new stop comes into use this Saturday, not last Saturday. A pity, bearing in mind how much rain there's been this week... Read more.
Also this week...
Osborne Road controlled parking zone - statutory consultation (Enfield Council 29/1/2020)
Proposed changes to the Housing Allocation Scheme (Enfield Council 11/3/2020)
Modifications to the A105 Experimental Traffic Orders (Enfield Council 3/6/2020)
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