Local Democracy

The September issue of Enfield Dispatch has been published. You can read it online or pick it up at one of the many distribution points in the borough.

The top story in August's Enfield Dispatch is the indefinite postponement of long-awaiting upgrades to the Tube and rail services.

Southgate Green councillor Daniel Anderson today became the third Labour member on Enfield Council to leave the party. He joins fellow former Labour councillors Derek Levy (Southgate) and Dinah Barry (Winchmore Hill) in the new Community First group on the council. All three have stated that they remain committed to the Labour values that they were elected on, but can no longer work with council leader Nesil Caliskan.

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The chair of London Councils and mayor of London have written to the prime minister expressing their 'great surprise' at press reports that the government held a critical planning exercise in which a major resurgence of Covid-19 in London was a central scenario. 'Our surprise is that such far reaching contingency plans have been discussed and tested without the involvement or awareness of London's government. This is clearly totally unacceptable and an affront to London and Londoners'.

Two Enfield councillors who quit the Labour Party to become independent members have given an interview to the Enfield Dispatch. Derek Levy, a councillor in Southgate ward, and Dinah Barry, from Winchmore Hill ward, left Labour earlier this year, and now form the Community First group.

Amid continuing criticism from some civil society groups, Enfield Council has issued a defence of the abolition of separate consultative panels covering green belt issues, conservation and public transport and their merging into a new Environment Forum

Tributes have been appearing on social media to Chris Bond, a Labour councillor in Enfield for 34 years and former cabinet member for the environment

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The list of 2020/21 Enfield Council committees and panels and their membership - taken from list amended on 13 July 2020.

Enfield Council's Annual Meeting - the first ever to be held online - saw a council-wide welcome for the appointment of Cllr Sabri Ozaydin as Mayor of Enfield. However, when debate turned to changes to committee structures and scrutiny arrangements there was dissent - not just from Conservatives and the new Community First group, but also from within the controlling Labour Party ranks. There was also disagreement over an increase in the number of councillors who will receive special responsibility allowances.

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The leading story in June's Enfield Dispatch is a warning about a crisis in the borough's care homes.

Enfield Dispatch will be among the news providers to benefit from grants from the European Journalism Covid-19 Support Fund, which is being provided jointly by the European Journalism Centre (EJC) and Facebook Journalism Project. In contrast, the UK government has neglected the plight of the country's independent news outlets.

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The May issue of Enfield Dispatch is now available in print or online. The prospects for the paper surviving the coronavirus pandemic are looking brighter.