Planning & Development

Only three days after its launch, a petition designed to convince landlords of popular demand for a cinema and arts hub in Palmers Green is well on its way to accumulating 2500 signatures. Started by the Palmers Green Action Team, it expresses the frustration felt by the team's members and by a potential cinema operator at the unwillingness of landlords who own suitable properties in PG to lease them out.

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Four years ago Haringey Council dropped a plan to totally reshape the centre of Wood Green, demolishing the Mall, library and Morrisons, and many other buildings, and creating new squares and a boulevard, with views over to Alexandra Palace. So shoppers and diners continue to contend with some of the worst aspects of 1960s and 1970s town planning. What could be done, on smaller scale, to improve Wood Green? Anabel Gregory has some ideas.

The debate about a petition demanding adequate debate about the new Enfield Local Plan has been rescheduled and will now be held at 7pm on Wednesday 12th October at a newly convened meeting of Enfield Council. Campaigners are asking supporters to fill the public gallery and, if available, any overspill capacity in the Civic Centre.

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The saga of Broomfield House rolls slowly on, but what kind of ending it is heading towards remains as obscure as ever. Enfield Council has begun the process of submitting a new bid for Lottery Heritage Fund money to be used in connection with the ruined mansion. But the council has given no hint of its proposals to the public and, despite decades of hard work, community groups have again been sidelined.

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Friends of the Lakes Estate do important work promoting the conservation area and protecting it from damaging changes. They are currently looking for new people to join and bring fresh energy and ideas.

Following 'mixed' feedback from residents, Enfield Council have removed the 'point no entry' scheme in Stonard Road. A review of options for the locality is to be carried out and a new consultation is anticipated before the end of the year.

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Oakwood Station's refurbished shelter gives 360 degree protection. Enfield Dispatch provides us with 360 degree coverage of our borough, but it too is in need of some help.

As Enfield Council puts in place the infrastructure for a new batch of school streets, including schemes in Hazelwood Lane and outside Bowes School, the Clean Cities Campaign asks, 'Could you do an 'active' school run?'

Hot on the heels of the launch this week of their first new-generation low-traffic neighbourhood, in Bounds Green, trial operation of a second Haringey LTN is due to begin on Monday 22nd August. The St Ann's LTN will stretch between Green Lanes (Harringay) in the west as far east as Seven Sisters underground station and will be bounded to the north by West Green Road and to the south by St Ann's Road and the easternmost stretch of Seven Sisters Road.

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More details are available about the Individual Circumstance Exemptions that can be applied for and will allow vehicles to drive past camera-controlled filter points in the Bounds Green low-traffic neighbourhood and the two other LTNs that Haringey Council is introducing in the near future.