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Enfield Council have introduced a scheme whereby residents with severely restricted mobility can pay to have a disabled bay close to where they live reserved for their use alone.

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The change from weekly to fortnightly collection of "green" (food and garden waste) recycling will occur in March.  Ahead of the change households will be sent a calendar showing which weeks the green bins will be collected. The following information is taken from the Council website: Changes to your green bin service In March 2017 your green bin service will become fortnightly. This will not affect the collection of your other bins or, in the vast majority of cases, the day of your.......

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Enfield Council is still seeking volunteers to work in its libraries, most of which are now categorised as "community libraries". The following is taken from the council website. Library lovers sought to be Enfield Heroes Library lovers are being sought to volunteer in Enfield Council's community libraries so that we can continue to offer a first rate service across the borough. Enfield's 13 community libraries are run mainly by volunteers and Enfield Council has launched a recruitment.......

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In this Love Your Doorstep video, Monty Meth explains why now more than ever, as the government looks into the systems of funding local authorities, it's important to sign the Fairer Funding for Enfield petition. Links Online petition Background article.......

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Topics on the agenda for the meeting of Southgate Ward Forum on 14th December include complaints about the recently relocated Southgate Library, the status of the proposal to build a new primary school adjacent to Grovelands Park and planting of flower beds around Southgate Station. More information about the specific concerns about these three topics (and others) can be found in the draft minutes of the September ward forum meeting. Southgate Ward Forum Wednesday, 14th December, 2016 7.30.......

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Winchmore Hill library will be reopening after refurbishment on Tuesday 1st November as a "community partnership library".  There has been no announcement about the identity of the "partner" organisation, but presumably this will be occupying part of the accommodation previously used by the library. Opening hours will be: Monday: ClosedTuesday: 9am to 7pmWednesday: 9am to 6pmThursday: 9am to 6pmFriday: ClosedSaturday: 9am to.......

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Following the public consultation on the future of "green bin" collections, Enfield Council's Cabinet will be presented with a paper recommending that collection of food and garden waste be reduced from once a week to once a fortnight. A brief item about the proposed changes was posted on the council website yesterday.  It states that 87 per cent of respondents to the survey preferred a free fortnightly collection rather than an optional paid for weekly green bin collection (£60 a.......

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According to information on the Enfield Council website, opening hours at Palmers Green Library will be extended beginning in September this year. Extended opening hours will be a feature of the "flagship libraries" that are being introduced as part of the council's libraries development concept.  Unless previous plans have been revised - in view of continuing pressure for expenditure cuts, not out of the question - the flagship libraries will be opening seven days a week initially, .......

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New opening hours at Bowes Road library from 4th July: Monday:  closedTuesday: 9am - 5.30pm (currently 2pm - 7pm)Wednesday: ClosedThursday: 9am - 5.30pm (currently 2pm - 7pm)Friday: 1pm - 5pm (currently closed all day)Saturday: 9am - 1pm (currently 9am - 5pm) The changes introduce morning openings on Tuesdays and Thursdays and afternoon opening on Fridays,  but do away with late afternoon/early evening openings and Saturday afternoon opening. Southgate Circus library is moving.......

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Enfield Council has found partners for two "community libraries" in the east of the borough.  The builders are currently in at Ponders End Library, making room for the charity Age UK Enfield, which will be moving its headquarters to the library.  Work is also under way at Enfield Highway Library, which will be sharing with a "public health services department". Ponders End Library - and the new HQ of Age UK EnfieldTransforming the majority of the its libraries into community libraries.......

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We reported a while back about the call from the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS - formerly the WRVS) for new volunteers to deliver library books to homes - a replacement for the mobile library service. The RVS volunteers will deliver books and audio materials to older and disabled people who find it difficult to visit a library.  Volunteers will need their own transport and will be required for approximately four hours a week.  However,  if you don't have your own car there will.......

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One of Enfield's future "community libraries" has reportedly found a partner organisation.  Ridge Avenue Library at Bush Hill Parade will be partnering with West Lea School, a specialist sports school situated in the Haselbury area of Edmonton. © Copyright N Chadwick and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons LicenceWe've written several times about Enfield Council's plans to turn most of the borough's libraries into "community libraries", each of which would share its.......

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The Friends of Broomfield Park have written to Enfield councillors to express serious concerns about the impact of budget cuts on the management and upkeep of parks in the borough and on Broomfield Park in particular - "one of the jewels in the borough's crown". The letter from the Friends, sent ahead of last week's full meeting of the Council, listed some of the impacts which the proposed cuts would have:  reductions in grass cutting in parks, use of volunteers to pick up litter after.......

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The budget approved by the full meeting of Enfield Council on 24th February includes an increase in Council Tax of 1.99 per cent.  However, because of a reduction in the contribution to the Greater London Authority the effective increase will be smaller - 1.78 per cent. The paperwork for the budget debate is available at this link.  This describes the background to the budget and medium-term financial plan and the cuts which will be made to various council services.  To access.......

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