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The Fox Lane low-traffic neighbourhood meeting called by Paul Mandel was very well attended and was an opportunity to hear views ranging from strong support to angry opposition. Notes of what was said at the meeting have been published on the Fox Lane & District Residents' Association website and are republished here.

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Detailed traffic speed and volume data collected during the 'planters trial' in the Fox Lane quieter neighbourhood area is now available via an online 'dashboard'. Over a one week period in March just under 260,000 vehicles passed the data collection points - 235825 cars, 18,594 lorries, 1682 bicycles and 351 cars pulling trailers. They included 25 vehicles doing more than 70mph, of which 14 were exceeding 80mph and two were recorded at speeds between 96 and 100mph.

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People living in Fox Lane and surrounding streets are welcoming Enfield Council's idea of closing roads to create low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) throughout the area and are calling on other residents to voice their support.

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The plans for the Fox Lane low-traffic neighbourhood that were unveiled last week have certainly stirred up debate! Arguments for and against have been running on this website's forum and on social media. The Conservative and Labour contenders for the Enfield Southgate parliamentary seat have joined the fray, and pressure from within the majority Labour Party Group has prompted Enfield Council to extend the deadline for commenting on the plans to 22nd December. The Better Streets for Enfield group, which has been campaigning for a true low-traffic neighbourhood scheme, has suggested a revised scheme with more entrance/exit points for cars.

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Ahead of the public exhibition on Tuesday 12th November (3pm to 8pm in the former Starbucks shop), Enfield Council has published a map of its new proposals for removing through traffic from the Fox Lane Area Quieter Neighbourhood.

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If you live in one of the areas shown on the maps and are worried about excessive traffic or speeding in local streets, you have until Sunday 10th November to let the council know your concerns and your suggestions for improvements.

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Enfield Council will be unveiling its new plans for the Fox Lane Low Traffic Neighbourhood on 12th November, at a public exhibition in the former Starbucks building at Palmers Green Triangle. Visitors will be able to view the plans, question the design team and give feedback. The council developed the new plans for the Fox Lane quieter neighbourhood after it became clear that the measures introduced earlier this year had proved ineffective and a more radical treatment was needed.

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The revised proposals for a low-traffic neighbourhood based around Fox Lane are expected imminently. In the meantime Enfield Council has launched the next phase of the Quieter Neighbourhoods programme by setting up perception surveys for the three residential areas that are included in Phase 2

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The latest information on the Cycle Enfield website about Enfield Council's Quieter Neighbourhoods programme outlines an updated strategy, which envisages schemes eventually covering the entire borough. It includes, for the first time, a scheme in Bowes ward west of Green Lanes. Revised proposals for the Fox Lane and Connaught Gardens schemes, which are included in phase 1, will be revealed at public events in, respectively, 'late summer 2019' and 'early Autumn 2019'

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A low-traffic neighbourhood scheme would remove through traffic from the neighbourhood's streets, which raises the question: Will the traffic that now drives through the neighbourhood just be displaced onto main roads, causing more congestion? In this article, originally published on the London Living Streets website, the campaign group's vice-chair, Emma Griffin, sets out the evidence, collected over several years, which suggests that these fears are overblown..

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It was standing room only at last week's open meeting of Fox Lane & District Resident's Association (FLDRA) as people from the Association's catchment area (and some from further afield) flocked in, hoping to discover what Enfield Council has in mind for the Fox Lane Quieter Neighbourhood scheme, now that the planters experiment has been officially declared a failure. Actually, we didn't learn much at all about what new traffic calming measures will be proposed, but it was nevertheless a very useful meeting because of what we, the Council and the FLDRA found out about residents' views on traffic volumes and speeds in the so far not very quiet 'quieter neighbourhood' area.

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Enfield Council is to end the trial placement of large planters at road junctions in the Fox Lane area because traffic count data collected in May this year shows that the planters are not achieving their intended objective of reducing through traffic. Before trialling an alternative method of reducing through traffic, the council will ask residents to comment on its ideas.

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The campaign group Better Streets for Enfield is this week publishing its five 'asks'. Ask No 1 is A low traffic neighbourhood in every ward

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A new traffic filter in Warwick Road, which local activists see as the first step in a wider effort to implement a Low Traffic Neighbourhood in the west of Bowes Ward, has had a bumpier ride than envisaged

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Fox Lane quieter neighbourhood baseline data showing speeds and total vehicle counts over a one week period. The data was collected in November and December 2018.

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