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  • Protect our parks and green spaces? - Comment by Karl Brown

    26 Nov 2021 Parks it seems are good for us all, including as carbon sinks and hence aiding climate change plans but as the linked article points out, local authority budgets have been squashed to such an extent that parks, a non discretionary area, are under threat. “the appetite for protecting green spaces is there, we need civic leaders and local councillors to[…] Read more...

  • A poetic tribute to Broomfield Conservatory

    A poetic tribute to Broomfield Conservatory

    26 Nov 2021 Kahtan Kibasi has sent in a poem about Broomfield Conservatory, written while it was closed during lockdown. He introduces it with a thankyou message to the volunteers who look after the conservatory and its plants. Read more...

  • Withdrawal of extended access to free non-emergency patient transport services

    Withdrawal of extended access to free non-emergency patient transport services

    26 Nov 2021 North Central London CCG, the body that pays for NHS services in our area, has announced the withdrawal of the extended access to free patient transport services that was set up in response to the Covid-19 pandemic for people who were shielding. Read more...

  • Anti-LTN campaigners march through PG - Comment by Ann Jones

    Anti-LTN campaigners march through PG - Comment by Ann Jones

    25 Nov 2021 Here also is the article from the Enfield Independent 24 Nov about the march “Protesters lined the streets to stop LTNs. Read more...

  • New chance to comment on Fox Lane LTN - Comment by Paul Dick

    25 Nov 2021 Hi Peter, Maybe have a look at this link and remember it's up to you to start making the change: www.pgweb.uk/forum/road-traffic/1331-if-we-all-choose-the-fastest-mode-of-travel-in-a-city-the-whole-city-gets-slower#6260 Paul. Read more...

  • A plaza for PG? - Comment by Sue Beard

    25 Nov 2021 In reply to an earlier post, I’m getting a bit broken record now, but there was reference to the use of the space in this way in the Starbucks presentation. I specifically remember even people who didn’t like the idea of an ltn saying they were positive about that bit. Then came the bit Adrian has referred to. It won’t[…] Read more...

  • A plaza for PG? - Comment by Sue Beard

    25 Nov 2021 I must be incredibly in the know because I knew about the plaza idea several years ago. There must have been a bit in the Starbucks presentation which was only shown to me. Devious enfield council, will thine tricks never end? Deciding to tell everyone else as a cynical ploy when I thought this was something special between us. Read more...

  • New chance to comment on Fox Lane LTN - Comment by Sue Beard

    25 Nov 2021 Some really interesting posts here but I still don’t understand why the answer to too much and increasing traffic is letting all roads be treated as main roads. Read more...

  • New chance to comment on Fox Lane LTN - Comment by Tony Maddox

    25 Nov 2021 My understanding of what Karl Brown was saying was that predicting, on first principles, the outcome of changes in traffic arrangements, particularly on local levels of vehicle emissions, is complex and subject to many variables. There are academic examples on the Web and they are not simple. However, the Council has not tried to do that. It has effected a[…] Read more...

  • Car park wars

    Car park wars

    24 Nov 2021 Architect's Journal has a detailed article about the hitches that Transport for London (TfL) has come up against as it tries to build new housing on tube car parks. Two of the controversial projects are not far from PG - at Arnos Grove and Cockfosters. If this is an issue that interests you, well worth reading because it is unusually[…] Read more...

  • Councillors unite over lack of power to control gambling outlets

    Councillors unite over lack of power to control gambling outlets

    24 Nov 2021 A moment of rare inter-party agreement at last week's full council meeting in Enfield! The subject - local authorities' lack of power to control local gambling industry outlets. A council report discussed during the meeting showed that all eight betting shops that had closed in the borough since January 2019 had been replaced with either adult gaming centres or bingo[…] Read more...

  • A Tale of Two Minutes

    A Tale of Two Minutes

    24 Nov 2021 Residents of some Enfield wards - I'm looking at you, Palmers Green councillors! - would be grateful if they had more than a few hours notice of upcoming ward forums, while minutes of previous meetings would be looked upon as a wholly unrealistic luxury, but the Winchmore Hill ward forum has always been exemplary in both respects. This week it[…] Read more...

  • Anti-LTN campaigners march through PG - Comment by Basil Clarke

    Anti-LTN campaigners march through PG - Comment by Basil Clarke

    24 Nov 2021 [Original article] Go to original article The Enfield Dispatch website has a report by editor James Cracknell on Saturday's well attended anti-Fox Lane LTN march, which was organised by the group One Community Against Fox Lane LTN, one of a number of similarly named campaigns against low-traffic neighbourhoods in various parts of London and the wider UK. Enfield Dispatch's report[…] Read more...

  • Anti-LTN campaigners march through PG

    Anti-LTN campaigners march through PG

    24 Nov 2021 The size of Saturday's well organised and well behaved march shows what was already clear - that there is substantial opposition to the Fox Lane scheme, though it proves nothing about the overall balance of opinion among residents or about whether on balance the effects of the LTN are beneficial or harmful. It's also clear that there is a widespread[…] Read more...

  • If we all choose the fastest mode of travel in a city, the whole city gets slower - Comment by Karl Brown

    If we all choose the fastest mode of travel in a city, the whole city gets slower - Comment by Karl Brown

    24 Nov 2021 “If we all choose the fastest mode of travel in a city, the whole city gets slower – and more congested” There have been a number of recent postings about modelling transport. This article, based on a research paper printed yesterday, covers modelling and congestion impacts prepared by members of Oxford and UCL universities. theconversation.com/if-we-all-choose-the-fastest-mode-of-travel-in-a-city-the-whole-city-gets-slower-and-more-congested-170740 The full (heavy reading) research[…] Read more...

  • New chance to comment on Fox Lane LTN - Comment by Karl Brown

    24 Nov 2021 Reasonable points and the precautionary principle is inevitably a good yardstick to employ but the traffic picture in London / Enfield / locally is more than air pollution in any or all of its several forms. Personally I would never lead the case for LTNs on air quality. Where I see the government and Mayor is in seeking ways to[…] Read more...

  • New chance to comment on Fox Lane LTN - Comment by John Machin

    23 Nov 2021 Fair enough, sorry if I butted into a longer discussion but it is all on a public thread. You believe the issue is all too complex to calculate, but if true that cuts both ways, of course. Councils shouldn't then be spending scarce time & resources on schemes whose outcomes are impossible to measure. In the absence of a reliable[…] Read more...

  • New chance to comment on Fox Lane LTN - Comment by Karl Brown

    23 Nov 2021 John Machin, very much Peter Payne focused and very much linked directly a long exchange we have been having. If you choose to take a debate between two out of its framework and into some general all-person sphere than I can only suggest not to. PP was specific in why he was marching. If, and then why specifically you –[…] Read more...

  • New chance to comment on Fox Lane LTN - Comment by John Machin

    23 Nov 2021 Well, here's what you said in post #6237 : 19 Nov 2021 09:23 #6237 Karl Brown I’m delighted that our deadly air quality levels and several associated pollutants now have such awareness and concern. That, when only seven or so years back, after several sessions with leading researchers in town understanding the then silent problem, posts here and letters to[…] Read more...

  • New chance to comment on Fox Lane LTN - Comment by John Machin

    New chance to comment on Fox Lane LTN - Comment by John Machin

    23 Nov 2021 It's good that the debate seems now to be moving onto more of an evidence-based basis. BS4E's analysis aims to correct for the effects of the lockdown (as far as possible) and for seasonal effects - both of which make sense. Unfortunately, they come up with a spurious conclusion, i.e. that the LTN has achieved a 28 percent reduction in[…] Read more...

  • A plaza for PG? - Comment by Adrian Day

    22 Nov 2021 The plaza is a terrific idea that can only enhance Green Lanes - it's directly linked to the low traffic neighbourhood in that the Devonshire Road/Green Lanes junction would need to be filtered - as it is now as part of the LTN trial, Read more...

  • A plaza for PG? - Comment by Tony Anton

    22 Nov 2021 Plaza is an interesting idea but cannot see why it needs to be linked to the complete disaster that is the LTN? A scheme designed for the few at the detriment of the many How can diverting all traffic through Southgate roundabout, increasing congestion and pollution be a good thing? Only people living in the area who clearly don't drive[…] Read more...

  • New chance to comment on Fox Lane LTN - Comment by Karl Brown

    22 Nov 2021 John Machin - unless you’re also Peter Payne, where there has been a series of quite meaty knockabout, I didn’t. Always best not take things out of context as it can cause unnecessary problem. Please, give examples of my inputting bad faith in opponents and do note that I’d rather not be classed along with LTN supporters like myself, whatever[…] Read more...

  • New chance to comment on Fox Lane LTN - Comment by Adrian Day

    22 Nov 2021 What is that 'bad science'? Read more...

  • New chance to comment on Fox Lane LTN - Comment by John Machin

    22 Nov 2021 Karl Brown, I wasn't marching for 'the right to drive anywhere', and neither was anyone I spoke to there. I was marching to raise awareness of the bad science that is LTN theory. Why do LTN supporters like yourself constantly have to resort to imputing bad faith in opponents when making their points? I don't try to misrepresent supporters' arguments;[…] Read more...

  • Your NHS needs you!

    Your NHS needs you!

    19 Nov 2021 Public health experts are sounding the alarm that the current Health and Care Bill is likely to be the nail in the coffin for our public health service. They are warning that the Bill will pave the way for the English NHS to be replaced by the profit-driven American system, in which private health providers are incentivised to cut and[…] Read more...

  • 'We've got to a point where it really is terrifying and catastrophic'

    'We've got to a point where it really is terrifying and catastrophic'

    17 Nov 2021 Last week the newsletter featured a pupil at Bowes school pleading for decisive climate action. This week a scientist explains why it's time for her and her colleagues to drop their gentle and unemotional approach and start to put across the urgency of action forcefully. Read more...

  • Appeal after attempted robbery of elderly woman in Palmers Green

    Appeal after attempted robbery of elderly woman in Palmers Green

    17 Nov 2021 Detectives investigating an attempted robbery of an elderly woman in Palmers Green are appealing for witnesses. Read more...

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