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Local democracy

PG ward forum scheduled for 20th February

24 January 2024

Palmers Green ward forum will be meeting on 20th February, which will provide an opportunity to discuss the draft Enfield Local Plan with ward councillors.

Democracy in danger: can local community hubs rescue it?

13 January 2024

Francis Sealey, chair of Enfield Climate Action Forum, suggests that local 'community hubs' like those that he helped organise in 2022 and 2023 can help overcome some of the shortcomings in the way democracy works in the UK.

Council publishes draft local plan 2024 - 2041

06 December 2023

Enfield Council has today published the draft version of its proposed Local Plan for the period 2024 to 2041. There now follows a 13-week period during which councillors will be able to discuss the draft with residents before it is formally put to the vote at a full council meeting on 6th March. The revised draft retains controversial proposals for extensive housebuilding on Green Belt land.

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November 2023 meeting of the Palmers Green Ward Panel (CAPE)

27 November 2023

'Report, report and report.' That was the key message for us all emerging from the latest PG CAPE, writes its chair, Karl Brown. Without information, crime statistics will be misleading, and with many more eyes and ears across our community than the police can muster, we are ideally placed to provide intel on potential and actual bad things.

The PG local community hub: tackling challenges together

01 November 2023

The agenda has been published for the Palmers Green local community hub on 18th November. It will provide an opportunity for local people to discuss a range of topics - a place where those who attend have a voice and feel free to tell us how we can improve our locality and the lives of people there.

Happy birthday, Enfield Dispatch!

25 October 2023

Last Thursday evening supporters of Enfield Dispatch gathered to celebrate the free community newspaper's fifth birthday. Since its launch, the Dispatch, in combination with the BBC-funded Local Democracy Reporting scheme, has utterly transformed news reporting in Enfield in terms of both quantity and quality, and has also provided an outlet for members of the community to see their words in print.

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Helping shape Enfield Council's new serious violence duty strategy

04 October 2023

Enfield Council is seeking input from residents and businesses to help develop its Serious Violence Duty Strategy for the period 2024-25.

September's ward panel shows high level of community interest and commitment

04 October 2023

Karl Brown, chair of the Palmers Green ward panel, reports on discussions at its most recent meeting on 12th September.

Assembly member calls for additional Superloop stops

26 July 2023

The Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey, Joanne McCartney, has called for additional stops along the proposed Superloop express bus service route which would pass through Palmers Green en route from Walthamstow to Finchley. She has also passed on constituents' requests to reinstate the weekend night service on the 34.

Redrawing parliamentary boundaries: where PG will fit in

04 July 2023

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.

Council to proceed with plan to lease land at Whitewebbs to Spurs

04 July 2023

A document prepared by council officers for the leader of Enfield Council recommends that she approve proceeding with the controversial plan to lease the former golf course at Whitewebbs to Tottenham Hotspur Ltd for a period of 25 years. The decision comes despite the large number of objections to the plan received from borough residents and the threat of legal action.

Palmers Green ward panel meeting, 30 May 2023

07 June 2023

Karl Brown, chair of the Palmers Green ward panel, reports on its second meeting, held on 30th May.

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Winchmore Hill ward forum minutes published

31 May 2023

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

First meeting of the new PG Ward Panel: Town centre problems require a holistic response

29 March 2023

Residential burglaries and motor vehicle crime down, but it was by no means all roses at the first meeting of the new Palmers Green Ward Panel.

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New PG Ward Forum meets for the first time

08 February 2023

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.

London boroughs' umbrella body comments on local government funding settlement

08 February 2023

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

Enfield Dispatch's exclusive shows the value of an independent local press

02 January 2023

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.

A Christmas present that helps the whole community

19 December 2022

Still looking for Christmas presents? Why not buy something that will benefit not just the recipient, but the whole community? Like a monthly subscription to our local community newspaper, Enfield Dispatch.

Campaign to 'save' Enfield Southgate constituency calls meeting for Monday

28 November 2022

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.

Our new constituency - long, thin and misshapen?

09 November 2022

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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