Politics and democracy

The final outcome of consultations about redrawing parliamentary boundaries will see most of the Palmers Green area becoming part of a new Southgate & Wood Green constituency, but some PG streets will move to a new Edmonton & Winchmore Hill constituency.

Draft minutes are now available on the council website for the meeting of Winchmore Hill ward forum on 25th April.

At the first Ward Forum for the reconfigured Palmers Green ward, held on 31st January at the Ruth Winston Centre, local residents were introduced to their two new councillors and raised a large number of issues of concern. But the meeting also agreed to look for positive ideas to improve PG.

The umbrella body London Councils, which brings together London's borough councils, has issued a statement outlining its concerns about the newly announced local government finance settlement

Why did seven Labour councillors ignore strongly expressed professional advice about risks to life and other serious deficiencies and vote against a motion to refuse planning permission for a new tower block in Brimsdown? Some information that might provide a clue has been unearthed by the borough's independent community newspaper, Enfield Dispatch, and is revealed in the lead front-page story in its December issue, published yesterday.

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A campaign has been launched in opposition to the proposal by the boundary commissioners for a radical reshaping of the parliamentary constituency in which Palmers Green is located. A public meeting will be held at St Peter's Church, Grange Park, at 8pm on Monday 28th November.

Updated proposals for new parliamentary boundaries would place Palmers Green in a long, thin and strangely misshapen constituency that stretches from the M25 in the north as far as Turnpike Lane in the south - but doesn't include Winchmore Hill!

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As a result of their success in collecting signatures supporting a petition calling for a debate on the draft local plan in full council, the coalition of local groups behind the campaign have been invited to make their case at the next meeting of Enfield Council, on Wednesday 21st September.

With one day remaining before the 1st September deadline for residents to sign the Debate Enfield's Local Plan petition, signatures have already considerably exceeded the number required to force a debate about the local plan in full council.