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    • Green Lanes traders biting the hands that feed the...
    • Searching (in vain) for some information about tomorrow's Christmas lights event, I came across this on the Green Lanes Business Association website, which goes under the name Love Palmers Green. Since moving to PG in 2007, I long ago lost count of the amount that I have spent in shops on Green Lanes, both north and south of the A406. I also long ago lost count of the many hours I've spent sitting on buses coming up from Wood Green, frustrated by the fact that the bus lane heading north toward the North Circular isn't in operation before 4pm or at weekends. So when I learnt that the council was planning to extend the bus lanes operating hours, I was immensely cheered. PG residents returning home from Wood Green station by bus must have wasted millions of person-hours in those queues. But more than a year later, I'm still waiting. And now I know why the council is taking so long to put this obvious idea into effect and improve the lives of thousands of bus passengers. Green Lanes traders, these are your customers! And I was too. But I shall be finding out which shops belong to GLBA and they will no longer get my custom, I'll go to Wood Green or Enfield Town instead. Do you not realise that the vast majority of people shopping in Green Lanes do not get to the shops by car?
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Road Traffic
    • Author Basil Clarke
    • 23 Nov 2022 23:55
    • High Court judge dismisses legal challenges to Fox...
    • Congestion is absolutely an issue, but it would be wrong to view it as other than a very longstanding problem affecting numerous areas. Locally we are not some unique outlier. The opposite, traffic-light roads, will frequently lead to the alternate complaint, best summed up in Grange Park’s Cllr Day’s motion seeking help from speeding traffic, which I recently highlighted. (LTN – Is There an Alternative? 11 Nov 22) Locally, what the Fox Lane LTN has resulted in is displaced traffic so that some streets, such as those mentioned petitioning, are experiencing traffic loads previously the preserve of several inner LTN streets. There is no “new” traffic, simply other residents now experiencing the downsides long the preserve of others. That, and increased inconvenience, particularly for some inner residents who previously had multiple entry / exit routes when choosing to drive. And there is the balance: for decades the car has been all-mighty, its needs foremost, but no more for London is not to be a car-dominated city. That’s the agreed plan. That means for instance, locally, several streets who have quietly campaigned for over three decades (I’m told) finally have...
    • In Planning and Development / Quieter Neighbourhoods
    • Author Karl Brown
    • 21 Nov 2022 16:21
    • High Court judge dismisses legal challenges to Fox...
    • It was always the case that the judge could not rule on the benefits of the scheme versus the negative impacts as he could never overrule elected officials on their decision. It was always a case that the LTN could only be quashed because correct procedure was not followed. Although the judge agreed there were many deficiencies exposed in the judicial review in his opinion they did not significantly prejudice Sophia. For me the legal challenge was always an aside from the real arguments as to whether LTNs work, the Statutory Review being a sort of ”get out of jail card”, although far from free. The fact that so many people were prepared to contribute to what was a large amount money in these difficult financial times I think shows that it’s not just a small bunch of people who want to drive their cars wherever they want, but many who have significant hardship from the negative impacts of the LTNs. It’s not just those dependent on their vehicles (or indeed in the case of many elderly or disabled people theirs friends/ family/neighbours vehicles) having the “effect on a driver of their journey taking five minutes longer than before” as Basil says, but many other effects....
    • In Planning and Development / Quieter Neighbourhoods
    • Author Peter Payne
    • 20 Nov 2022 03:08
    • Putting a plaza in place
    • I guess the Council can only answer if asked and suggest emailing emailProtector.addCloakedMailto("ep_1d50148e", 0); and if you're not happy with response then talk to one of your councillors (who were elected to represent you). And same with the crossing refuges - chat with your councillors. I always try and remember the people working in councils are human - and are more likely to help people who work with them rather than appearing to be 'against'.
    • In Planning and Development / Palmers Green Town Centre
    • Author Adrian Day
    • 17 Nov 2022 09:19
    • High Court judge dismisses legal challenges to Fox...
    • What to make of the judgement? First, that the law is applied using common sense rather than strictly "legalistically". While Enfield Council clearly failed to follow all the procedures properly, the judge's sole interest was in assessing whether or not these failures had materially affected the claimant's ability to learn about about the proposals, experience how they affected her during the trial period, and register her views with the council. He concluded that they hadn't. That doesn't of course excuse the council for these failures, which by the look of it arise from carelessness or sloppiness. In my view there are a couple of key questions when dealing with controversial proposals: 1. How to balance the benefits of a scheme against its disbenefits (often, but not always, the advantages for one group of people against the disadvantages for another group of people) 2. How relevant is the proportion of supporters of a scheme versus the proportion who oppose it? Some people take the view that the first question can be answered by collecting and analysing a large amount of data (eg traffic volumes and speeds before and during a trial) and the second by treating a...
    • In Planning and Development / Quieter Neighbourhoods
    • Author Basil Clarke
    • 16 Nov 2022 00:40
    • LTN - is there an alternative?
    • Interesting motion to next Wednesday’s Council meeting (16/11/22), copied below. It highlights traffic (velocity) linked problems in Grange Park where impacted residents seek other than an LTN solution. It thus appears that here is an ideal “clean sheet” opportunity for those not in favour of LTN’s, Grange Park based and beyond, to work up and test the impact and viability of an alternate solution. (Noting LTN's are perhaps more volume rather than velocity focused, but both problems typically go hand in hand.) 10.5 Motion in the name of Councillor Christopher Dey The following roads in Grange Park ward urgently need some traffic calming measures to slow the speed of the traffic. Residents do not want a ghastly ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhood’ they do want to be consulted on what can be done to slow the speed of the traffic. The affected roads concerned are Old Park Ridings, The Grangeway, Vera Avenue, Green Dragon Lane, Green Moore Link, Bush Hill. The Council agrees to allocate more funding to road safety projects.
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Road Traffic
    • Author Karl Brown
    • 11 Nov 2022 18:08
    • Putting a plaza in place
    • Can I try and sweep up a few strands up here. If there’s a wish to ask the Council something, approach your councilor. That’s their role. Who and where to sit? Well, the UK doesn’t do, “you can do” notices, that’s all too Napoleonic – as well as inevitably enormously complex. But you do find, “don’t” notices. I’m not aware of any “don’t” notices in the new plaza. I have seen individuals going as far as to take the tap water and nearby glasses from the chiller in Le Grand Jour to consume at a table, with no associated purchase. From a reasonableness perspective I would suggest avoiding the “historic” tables next to both cafes, instead using the new central area. If the seat-police do intervene then all will be clear, but I doubt such a scenario. Let it evolve: the sunny weekend a few weeks back shows this is going to be popular and far better for the high street than the hundreds of cars that once used it for the briefest of short cuts. It could well expand to be eg the home of the GLBA Shopping Festival, location for an acoustic set for an hour on a Saturday, Hazelwood Christmas choir and and and. Time will tell. And rather than trailing up with a...
    • In Planning and Development / Palmers Green Town Centre
    • Author Karl Brown
    • 11 Nov 2022 11:07
    • Putting a plaza in place
    • Maybe because nobody else is making such a big issue of this, Ann? Go ask yourself if it is important to you. You obviously have a direct line in to someone given your earlier post re the parklet relocation. And how is Bourne Hill now unsafe to cross?! There's two zebra crossings in the stretch from The Woodman to Southgate Circus. There's probably a good reason why an agitator's loaded request was ignored/turned down.......
    • In Planning and Development / Palmers Green Town Centre
    • Author Darren Edgar
    • 11 Nov 2022 10:09
    • Putting a plaza in place
    • Who is responsible for it at the Council? It’s strange that our community groups haven’t been given an answer to this fairly basic question. The Council should be more transparent for £100k+ of public money. They were sadly very quick to tell me that funding is unlikely in the short term when I asked about putting a pedestrian refuge on Bourne Hill as now often unsafe to cross. Isnt that a shame.
    • In Planning and Development / Palmers Green Town Centre
    • Author Ann Jones
    • 11 Nov 2022 09:04
    • Our new constituency - long, thin and misshapen?
    • This weird jigsaw is a creature bred by the bean-counters of the Boundary Commission, notionally in the interests of fairness. More correctly, it’s the product of years of bad government of the right and of the left, unable/unwilling to get real about Parliamentary reform. The perpetual spurious defence of First Past the Post is that it protects the sacred bond between the MP and his/her “community.” This distorted elongated little monster surely blows the gaffe on that one.
    • In Other Subjects / Miscellaneous
    • Author Roger Blows
    • 10 Nov 2022 14:25
    • Putting a plaza in place
    • Why are you so negative about everything all the time? You were no doubt quite happy about the cancelled parklet when rallying your anti LTN troops to protest it's placement. And you don't seem to care that it isn't always LBE money being poured into these things. You could just relax. Let the "plaza" trial happen. Go an enjoy a coffee there and not get in a flap about whether the seating is particularly designated. I've seen nothing to suggest it is anyway. Just like the parklet would have worked.
    • In Planning and Development / Palmers Green Town Centre
    • Author Darren Edgar
    • 10 Nov 2022 12:47
    • Putting a plaza in place
    • Thank you to PGAG who do a great job in bringing improvements to Palmers Green. I want to be clear though what the Council will or will not allow us residents to do in the democratic space: 1. Can non-customers sit on the Council-funded chairs and tables outside the cafes? Can we for example buy some treats from the other local cafes (they need support too) or kids might want a MacDonalds and use these chairs? It appears from the answers so far that we cannot. If we can then please put up notices inviting us to sit there. If our only option is to sit on the play equipment then the space is sadly lacking and I would hope that the Council would address it urgently to avoid it being seen as a Council funded scheme to support two local cafes only, and not a democratic space as such. Better Streets for Enfield and the Council herald this Devonshire Place/Plaza/Square as a ‘win’ for the Fox Lane LTN and the Council is pouring in money, first the rejected £35,000 parklet and now another £100,000 at least for this. If this is to be a success it needs to be a welcoming public space for all to sit and enjoy.
    • In Planning and Development / Palmers Green Town Centre
    • Author Ann Jones
    • 10 Nov 2022 09:24
    • Campaigners will 'have recourse to legal action if...
    • I hope this won't just be another misinformation campaign by FoWW, again, following on from the rubbish that came out during the initial sale. As a council tax payer the "unlawful" claim fills me with dread too. As is speaks to another misguided attempt to take a process to Court to try over-turn it for largely selfish reasons. This will cost tax payers either way - FoWW win and we go back to having to waste £100k pa subsidising a golf course (1 of several in the Borough) that nobody uses, lose and the Council will have spent 10s of 1000s of tax payer pounds defending a vexatious and meritless claim.
    • In Planning and Development / Planning & Development: Miscellaneous subjects
    • Author Darren Edgar
    • 10 Nov 2022 09:09
    • Campaigners will 'have recourse to legal action if...
    • Sean Wilkinson from the Friends of Whitewebbs Park has provided some comments and additional information: Hi Basil This page might help with some of your questions: whitewebbspark.org.uk/spurs-enic-want-150-acres-of-whitewebbs-park-for-2-million-over-25years/ It is worth enlarging the indicative map to look at the exact boundaries - even to side of the path they are drawn on. 1. Spurs will control all the entrances to the park and parking areas. 2. Areas 3 and 1 remain under Council control. 3. While public access will be retained (for the time being) for area 2 it is far from clear what will be the situation around the Lake. The boundary includes the path from the North Lodge Gate to the back entrance of Whitewebbs House. The boundary then switches to the other side of the path through the wood for areas 3 and 1 making that the responsibility of the Council to maintain. 4. The woodland in the East is Archers Wood which is leased to Capel Manor, now used for the Beaver. 5. The small patch of land between the existing Spurs ground and the Golf Course is supposed to be developed as a nature reserve - a Spurs promise of long standing but with no delivery. 6. You...
    • In Planning and Development / Planning & Development: Miscellaneous subjects
    • Author PGC Webmaster
    • 10 Nov 2022 00:03

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