Planning & Development

A resident of The Mall, which runs between Southgate High Street and Fox Lane, has launched an online petition asking Enfield Council to implement a low-traffic neighbourhood in the wider Fox Lane area as soon as possible.

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Enfield Council is consulting on a draft revised Statement of Community Involvement in Planning.

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As people living in and around Fox Lane await a revised low-traffic neighbourhood proposal from Enfield Council, support for a scheme which would completely rid their streets of the plague of rat-running is growing. At last week's meeting of Fox Lane & District Residents' Association (FLDRA) it was confirmed that the 'Red Poster' group, originally sceptical about excluding through traffic, are now in favour. And on Sunday residents used the opportunity provided by the monthly play street in Amberley Road to gather in the road and say 'Yes to Low Traffic'.

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Lucy Burton from the Palmers Green Action Team (PGAT) tells the story of PGAT's latest project - cheering up Palmers Green Station by commissioning artworks

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Ahead of a debate at its meeting on Thursday, Fox Lane Residents' Association has published information and views from Enfield Council's Healthy Streets team and the working group of residents that was set up after the January Burford Hall meeting. A new proposal by the working group is largely based on a scheme previously proposed by pro-low traffic neighbourhood campaigners, though the group favours using automatic number plate recognition rather than physical barriers.

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While Enfield Council continues to analyse more than 700 consultation responses and work on developing a revised scheme, the plans for a low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) in the Fox Lane area are likely to be the dominant topic of discussion at next week's Annual General Meeting of the Fox Lane and District Residents' Association (FLDRA). At the meeting, on Thursday 20th February, the FLDRA Committee will be proposing that the Association adopt a formal position calling for a revised plan which, while incorporating traffic calming, would keep as many roads 'open' as possible.

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The Theatres Trust has restated its opposition to the demolition of the Intimate Theatre. The recently deceased Nicholas Parsons appeared there in 1947, calling it a 'well regarded' theatre.

Each edition of the quarterly newsletter published by the Enfield Society has one or more articles about historic buildings in the borough, many of them written by Stephen Gilburt. Over the years these have built up to form a rich resource for anyone interested in finding out about Enfield's history and heritage, but even though the newsletters are available online there has been no way of easily finding articles of interest. That is, until now.

A crowdfunding appeal has been set up to raise money to convert an empty warehouse in Palmers Green into a roller skating rink. The project promises to provide a 'compelling destination' which will attract people to the area, give a 'vital spark' to the regeneration of Palmers Green, bring the community together and boost social inclusion.

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This video says it all, in graphic terms about what has gone wrong and what we need to do to make our roads safe for everyone, not just drivers. It should be shown in every council meeting, every school, every highway authority, every political party meeting and the politicians must be made to sign up for proper, real action, not the toying around the edges they normally do.