Welcome to Better Streets for Enfield!

If you want streets that are friendly to people, not just traffic, you’re in the right place.

Better Streets is a group of Enfield residents from many different walks of life.  Some of us cycle to get around; many of us walk, use public transport and drive – but we’re all agreed that we want healthier, safer, better streets that work for everyone in the borough.

To find out more about our vision, see our manifesto. You can also find us (far too often) on Facebook and Twitter. Our latest news is below. Enjoy!

Dangerous racing on the A10 is driving us round the bend

An open letter to Transport for London and Enfield police

Once again, over the Easter bank holiday weekend, residents had to listen to the roar of engines and the squeal of tyres into the early hours of the morning as drivers raced on and around the A10.

Once again, there was an outcry on social media from people who couldn’t sleep and wanted someone to do something – anything – to stop it. On Sunday evening, a police commander tweeted in reply that he had gone to a trouble spot and given “advice” to “car enthusiasts”.

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Fox Lane: The story so far

Here’s our presentation at this week’s Fox Lane and District Residents Association, on the progress of the Fox Lane Quieter Neighbourhood.

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Walker School: the challenge of walking to it

Walker School staff, Idling Action staff and Better Streets volunteers at Walker Primary School
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Enfield wins Liveable Neighbourhood bid

Great news for Enfield – Transport for London announced yesterday that it’s won Liveable Neighbourhood funding!

An image from the TfL Liveable Neighbourhoods announcement
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Speeding and rat running in the Fox Lane area

The council has just released traffic count data for the Fox Lane area (via this letter to residents) – and it paints an unpleasant picture of drivers cutting through residential streets and speeding.

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Enfield Local Plan Part 2: Vibrant town centres?

You can read how Enfield Council is planning for vibrant town centres in the Local Plan here (Chapter 7).

We support better high streets and town centres as Better Streets. Part of making a high street healthy is reducing the impact of traffic on pedestrians visiting the town centre. Here is our response to this aspect of the Enfield Local Plan – don’t forget to respond to the Plan yourself via the online questionnaire by 28 February!

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The Enfield Local Plan Part 1: Sustainable transport

The Enfield Local Plan is a significant council strategy that will take us up to 2036, setting the direction for all types of housing development, transport, high streets and so on. We have until 28 February to comment on it.

Have you had your say? The Plan is available here and you can respond via its online questionnaire or email localplan@enfield.gov.uk.

The consultation closes on 28 February. To have your say, click here.
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Enfield’s street trees

Cllr Dinah Barry, ward councillor for Winchmore Hill, tells us about the trees on Enfield’s streets…

New trees and plants on the A105, Winchmore Hill, as part of the Cycle Enfield scheme
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Low traffic inspiration

Christopher Martin of the Urban Design Group talks low traffic neighbourhoods
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Climate change and fossil fuels in Enfield

Polish students part of an international climate strike hold up signs at COP24, the United Nations conference for climate change negotiations in Katowice, Poland. Image: Monika Skolimowska/Getty Images (via Vox)
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