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Subject tag: Environmental Protection

25 January 2017

Air pollution levels in London and elsewhere in the UK have been alarmingly high since before the weekend.  Yesterday central London registered the highest possible alert level:  10: Black.  And the extremely high and dangerous levels reached outer London.  8: Red at sites in Enfield - a value associated with central London on particularly bad days. Pollution peaks in London 23 Jan 2017 recorded by www.londonair.org.uk (Source: Evening Standard) Calls for action are growing.......

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07 January 2017

The Pinkham Way Allliance (PWA) is asking its supporters to sign up to be represented by the Alliance in the ongoing London Borough of Haringey's Local Plan Main Modifications public consultation. The PWA has written a response to the main modifications document which is aimed at overturning Haringey Council's insistence that the Pinkham Way site continue to be allocated as a potential employment site.  Quite apart from the fact that it poses a threat to an ecologically valuable site and.......

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07 December 2016

Surveyors working with London Wildlife Trust’s Water for Wildlife project spotted a pair of willow emerald damselflies whilst looking for dragonflies and damselflies in Clissold Park, Hackney, in late September. By tracking such insects the project is mapping out the health of London’s freshwater ecosystems. Research volunteer Sonja Todd spotted the male and female willow emerald damselfly in reeds growing in the New River in the park. Read the full story on the London Wildlife.......

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21 November 2016

Enfield Council have recently clarified what exactly is allowed in the blue recycling wheelie bins.  The main change is that plastic bags (including carrier bags) and plastic wrapping are no longer allowed, because other materials were being caught up in them. For obvious reasons, the Council are adamant that nappies, even if unused, must not go in the blue bins, and the same is true of sanitary products.  The Council is taking a "Zero Tolerance" approach because of the problems such.......

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28 October 2016

The Mayor of London has launched the second phase of his consultation on proposed measures to improve air quality in the Capital. The consultation phase, which runs until 18 December, invites the public to comment on detailed proposals for an Emission Surcharge payable by drivers whose vehicles do not meet stipulated conditions when driving in the Congestion Zone.  It also asks for feedback on the possible earlier introduction of an Ultra Low Emissions Zone and its possible enlargement to.......

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20 October 2016

Vehicle Idling Action are recruiting volunteers to become Clean Air Champions in twelve London boroughs - including Enfield. Join our Vehicle Idling Action campaign and be part of a movement to bring much needed positive environmental changes to our communities. Together we can spread awareness about the negative impacts of engine idling, creating long-term behavioural changes in drivers to immediately reduce localised air pollution. We are establishing a team of enthusiastic, willing,.......

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18 October 2016

Palmers Green is to be the trailblazer for a project which will return to children some of the independence that has been taken away from them in recent years. London's first Play Quarter will build on the existing Play Street schemes in and around Palmers Green - in Devonshire Road, Old Park Road, New River Crescent, Riverside, The Mall and Orpington Road.  Those streets are now not only home to more active, happy children with new friends next door, but they have also become friendlier,.......

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27 August 2016

Enfield Council's plans for cycle lanes along main roads and quieter neighbourhoods in residential areas moved a little closer to completion this week, when a High Court judge refused an application for a judicial review of the Cycle Enfield consultation arrangements and ordered that the Save Our Green Lanes campaigning group should pay the  Council's costs. The judge dismissed claims by the anti-cycle lane campaigners that there were  serious flaws in the way the consultation was.......

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23 August 2016

During September the Healthy Lungs for Life campaign will be running free events at various locations in London.  Visitors to the Healthy Lungs for Life "bubble" will be offered free tests of lung function (spirometry), advice on lung health and how to protect against air pollution, and a chance to take part in an interactive game. The main organisations behind the campaign, which is Europe-wide, are the European Respiratory Society and the European Lung Foundation. On Monday 5.......

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23 August 2016

It is a little known fact that running a car engine while not in traffic is illegal.  Another little known fact is that turning off engines while stationary, even for a very short time, significantly reduces emissions of toxic exhaust fumes and climate-changing greenhouse gases. Recently the City of London Police began enforcing the law against running engines while parked, and there are plans to extend this to more London boroughs - unfortunately, Enfield is not on the list. An online.......

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08 August 2016

Enfield Veg. Co. have added two new pick-up points - at Millfield House (Silver Street, not far from the Cambridge Roundabout) and at Building Bloqs in Edmonton. Enfield Veg Co.- Enfield's very own veg bag scheme Enfield Veg Co. is a social enterprise based at Capel Manor's Forty Hall Farm. We run a vegetable bag scheme which delivers weekly bags of organic vegetables - much of them grown on Forty Hall Farm in Enfield. We offer three different sized bags: small (£28 per month).......

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26 July 2016

The Mayor of London's public consultation on measures to resolve the capital's air quality crisis finishes on Friday 29th July.  Recently published reports question the adequacy of Sadiq Khan's proposals and suggest much tougher controls, especially in relation to diesel cars. See this earlier article for information about the consultation. Call to completely remove diesel cars A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research, drawing on analysis by Kings College London, calls.......

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09 July 2016

The Mayor of London has set out his intention to address poor air quality in the capital.  He has announced plans to introduce new measures, such as an extra charge on the most polluting vehicles, and expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone beyond inner London, in order to improve the local environment and health of residents and visitors. Residents of all London boroughs are invited to participate in an online consultation about their views on the severity of the problem and proposed.......

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17 May 2016

A new campaigning group is calling for a fairer balance between cars, cycles, buses and pedestrians on Enfield's roads. Better Streets for Enfield supports the Cycle Enfield (Mini Holland) plans to boost cycling and walking rates by installing bike lanes, 'quieter neighbourhoods', and redesigned high streets. Devonshire Road should by rights be a quiet residential street, but most of the time is a "rat run".  For two hours a month it turns into a Play Street (Photo:  Phil Rogers)While.......

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12 May 2016

A Day of Action is being coordinated by Thames21 and CleanupUK to clean up the footpath beside the New River. Residents are coming together at 5 locations to spruce up these well used and well loved paths beside this seventeenth century aqueduct. Volunteers are invited to join Thames21 and CleanupUK at one of the sites in Hackney, Haringey or Enfield. Meet at 10am at any of these locations: Turkey Street: between Bulls Cross and St Ignatius College, Enfield, EN1 contact:.......

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02 May 2016

The following advice has been issued by the British Lung Foundation. What can I do about air pollution? On most days and away from busy city streets, air pollution in the UK does not rise to levels at which we need to make major changes to our habits to avoid exposure. Nobody needs to worry about going outdoors. Children should not be kept from going to school or stopped from taking part in games. If you have a lung condition, you might want to avoid spending long periods of time in places.......

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29 April 2016

The following is reproduced from www.parliament.uk Urgent Government action is needed to stop up to 50,000 people a year dying early from air pollution-related illnesses, says the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, in its report on Air quality. Report: Air quality Report: Air quality (PDF 675KB) Inquiry: Air quality Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee The Committee's Air quality report presses for new Clean Air Zones in dozens of English towns and cities.......

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27 April 2016

The upcoming bank holiday sees the opening of a large wildlife reserve that includes two reservoirs hoding water that has travelled along the New River, through Palmers Green.  The Woodberry Wetlands project is run by the London Wildlife Trust and is making the area accessible to the public for the first time since the reservoirs were built in 1833. You can watch a clip about the Wetlands from BBC1. The wetlands will be open every day and there will be regular guided tours and various.......

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12 April 2016

Many of you will have heard about the plans of the Friends of Broomfield Park to create a wildlife pond and a community growing space in the park. Well, it is about to happen. Do you fancy helping to create the new wildlife pond and community growing space in Broomfield Park? The pond and growing space will be located between the tennis courts and the orchard. The location of the growing space and wildlife pond - and what they might look like 1. Marking out, stripping the turf and.......

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27 March 2016

The Pinkham Way Alliance (PWA) has published the text of its detailed submission to Haringey Council in response to the public consultation on Haringey Local Plan documents.  Its representations are aimed at preventing development of open land which was once the site of the Friern Barnet Sewage Works site at Pinkham Way, adjacent to the North Circular Road and Muswell Hill Golf Course. In its draft planning documents Haringey is designating the land both as a Site of Importance for Nature.......

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