Politics and democracy

The Green Party gained its second Enfield councillor last week, when during the full council meeting on 22nd September Cllr Anne Brown announced that she had become a member. She represents Southgate Green and joins Cllr Charith Gunawardena, from neighbouring Southgate ward, who announced his move to the Greens in May.

This month's Enfield Dispatch carries a report and photograph of a rocket attack on Palmers Green station. And a photo of this month's Enfield Community Hero thigh-deep in water, also in Palmers Green.

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Among recently recorded GlobalNet21/Enfield Voices webinars is an interview with Charith Gunawardena, a councillor representing Southgate ward who recently left the Labour Party and joined the Green Party.

The Boundary Commission for England's proposals for new parliamentary constituencies would replace the Enfield Southgate constituency by a new constituency - Southgate & Barnet East - incorporating two Barnet wards - East Barnet and Brunswick Park. Some areas in the east of the current constituency would be moved into Edmonton or Enfield North constituency.

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A councillor representing Southgate ward has this week resigned from Labour and joined the Green Party, calling for more transparency and committing to defend and preserve strong local democracy

If you haven't already decided who you're voting for and have a couple of hours to spare, you can watch the online environmental hustings that were held last month.

The top story in May's Enfield Dispatch is the project to reintroduce beavers to Enfield, which if successful would be the first time the semiaquatic mammals have returned to London since going extinct in the UK 400 years ago.

Enfield Dispatch has published statements from four of the candidates standing in the London Assembly election for the Enfield & Haringey constituency.

This month's news and features-filled Enfield Dispatch has several items directly concerning our bit of the borough. Stitch! gets a big feature ahead of its reopening next week. Däna Burstow provides an update on Palmers Green Action Team's projects for trees in large planters along Green Lanes. There's an interview with Melanie Smith, the minister at Palmers Green United Reformed Church, about a new foodbank in Ponders End. The petition against Merkur Slots opening in PG gets some column inches, PG resident Joseph Wagland has a letter calling for a skatepark, and there's notice of music events run by Livestock which will be held in Broomfield Park during July.

Ahead of the mayoral election on 6th May, a coalition of leading environmental groups have published a joint manifesto outlining ambitious programmes of action needed to reduce pollution and waste, improve health and wellbeing, secure nature's recovery and increase resilience to climate change. There will be an opportunity to discuss these proposals with the candidates at the Mayoral Environment Debate, which will take place online on 12th April.

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A second councillor representing Southgate Green ward has left the Labour Party and joined the Community First group of Enfield councillors during what a local journalist has called 'a tumultuous few days at the civic centre'.

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The March 2021 issue of Enfield Dispatch features photographs taken in the Dugdale Centre in Enfield Town, which has been converted into a Covid vaccination centre. The photographer, Katrina Campbell, was allowed to photograph and talk to some of the people involved in the huge vaccination effort at the Dugdale Centre. In a single photo on the paper's front page she captures the whole story of the reassignment of this key building