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Connaught Gardens and Bowes quieter neighbourhoods update
12 May 2021 19:11 #6167

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connaught gardens qn proposals map Nov 2020The complete proposals for the Connaught Gardens quieter neighbourhood. Click on the map to see a larger version

In response to questions from Palmers Green Community, deputy council leader Ian Barnes has provided some updates on the status of the Connaught Gardents quieter neighbourhood scheme plus a couple of points about the Bowes scheme.

The status of the Connaught Gardens QN scheme

I was disappointed that we did not receive funding for the Connaught Gardens Low Traffic Neighbourhood in the Government’s tranche 2 award even though our share was ten times more than our first award, which was a real vote of confidence from the Department for Transport.

It is very likely that there will be further tranches, particularly as the Government has recently announced radical new climate change commitments which it claims will cut carbon emissions by 78% in the UK by 2035. Enfield’s roads account for 39% of the borough’s emissions, so expanding LTNs across the entire borough, providing safe corridors, is very important for residents who choose to walk or cycle rather than drive.

The re-election of the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, provides a huge mandate to continue his Healthy Streets work, offering hope that further TfL funding for these schemes of this kind will be back up and running as we progress into the latter part of this year and early into next.

It is also important to point out that these schemes can be very difficult to administer and that Covid has made them particularly challenging to monitor. Whilst we want to rapidly expand the scope of these schemes, we need to fully understand the impacts before we move to the next, and traffic patterns have certainly been far from normal.

Q1. The January letter to residents about statutory consultation on phase 1 of the Connaught Gardens scheme tells people how to object. Is there any point at this time in writing in support?

Absolutely. The formal consultation period ends on Monday 14th June 2021, so you are welcome to send any kind of feedback until that date. In addition, as mentioned in the letter, we will offer an opportunity to share your feedback on the trial through an engagement survey in the coming weeks. You are welcome to use that survey to offer up feedback.

Q2. The engagement survey expected in May: Will this just be about phase 1 or the entire scheme?

The engagement survey will just concern the phase 1 trial.

Q3. Do you have any plans to publish in full or summarise the points that were made by people who responded to last year’s survey of views about the entire scheme?

We are currently in the process of analysing the feedback collected from last year’s survey. That survey focused on phase 2 rather than the entire scheme. We will be publishing our summary of this feedback once analysis is complete.

Q4. Have the responses prompted you to make any modifications to the phase 2 proposals?

We have met and continue to engage with several stakeholders and while we await the analysis of the engagement survey we have identified interventions that could be amended or better placed. Any potential alterations following the engagement will be identified in the report that provides a summary of the engagement feedback.

Q5.Before trial implementation of phase 2, will there be any further engagement or will you just go ahead as per the original design? (if the answer to question 4 is No)

As per the answer to question 4, the original design may likely be improved based on the stakeholder discussions and the feedback from the engagement survey. Any revised designs will be communicated to the public.

Questions about the Bowes quieter neighbourhood

Q1. Have Haringey begun designing their scheme for the Bowes Park area and is it being shared with Enfield?

We have regular meetings with Haringey and their Cabinet member Cllr Matt White is understandably keen to get their borough’s LTN programme up and running. Haringey recently published a commonplace engagement report and this will help inform their forthcoming design.

They are holding two workshops for the community on 17th and 18th of May (https://www.haringey.gov.uk/parking-roads-and-travel/travel/transport-strategy/low-traffic-neighbourhoods-haringey).

Q2. Is there any chance that you might look at the possibility of moving the filters to the Bowes Road end so that entry to Bowes is from Bounds Green Road rather than the North Circ?

Everything remains on the table - we have not ruled anything out, but any changes we make will be a response not only to the data and consultation but also to Haringey’s plans so that we dovetail our LTN into their two LTNs for the benefit of residents on both sides of the border.

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Connaught Gardens and Bowes quieter neighbourhoods update
02 Sep 2021 11:58 #6168

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Who do we speak regarding the Oakthorpe Road traffic improvements.? I am writing in behalf of Darji Community Centre, 26 Oakthorpe Road N13 5 JL

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Connaught Gardens and Bowes quieter neighbourhoods update
06 Sep 2021 09:46 #6169

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I suggest your local Ward Councillors. More info here:
letstalk.enfield.gov.uk/connaughtgardensQN

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