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 – parents, grandparents, community volunteers and so on. 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!
Good news for everyone fed up of cars screaming up and down the A10 all night or ‘cruising’ in illegal retail car park meetings. The following report is by Basil Clarke and first appeared on the Palmers Green Community website:
- A multiagency “clampdown” on A10 speeding is planned, including the use of a PSPO to break up “car cruising meets”
- Public responses to the proposed package of PSPO measures have been highly supportive and they are likely to be introduced
The ‘lucky people’ are the residents of the affected area
‘Save Our Green Lanes’ (SOGL) member Helen Osman has been busy attacking two of the Quieter Neighbourhood plans in her newsletter N21 Online. SOGL are now distributing leaflets to households in both the Fernleigh Road and Fox Lane areas, encouraging a negative response to the consultations. What are they upset about? Continue reading
The Fox Lane Quieter Neighbourhood consultation is open, showing some innovative and promising ideas. You can see the plans and respond here, while the technical drawings are here – the closing date is 26 November.
The map in the Fox Lane QN consultation leaflet
One of our ‘asks’ as Better Streets for Enfield is a borough-wide 20mph zone where people live, work or shop. BSfE member Maggie Westhead explains why…
Death on our roads
20mph – a matter of life or death
The council has released its plans for this residential neighbourhood in Winchmore Hill, centring on Fernleigh Road N21. We’ve got some thoughts on our response – see below – but they’re not set in stone, so please get in touch via email@example.com to suggest any changes, especially if you live in the area.
The Fernleigh Road area from the council’s leaflet, due to become a 20mph zone
To complete the consultation, you can respond here and see the technical drawings are here. The deadline is 12 November. Continue reading
Some of us Better Streets for Enfield members are also members of London Cycling Campaign, and this month we went along to LCC’s AGM and awards evening. The keynote speaker at this star-studded event (well, it was star-studded by cycle campaign standards) was Dr Will Norman, the Mayor’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner.
Will Norman (2nd from left) on an earlier visit to Enfield, with Cllr Anderson (far left), council officers and a campaigner
As part of his talk, Will Norman led the audience in a round of applause for Enfield Council for its Mini Holland (Cycle Enfield) scheme, and for us as the campaigners who have worked hard to support it. (If you are a member of Better Streets for Enfield, consider yourself applauded.) He recognised both the transformation that the scheme is bringing, and the scale of the opposition that council and campaigners have faced – he’s got a separate, rather large file of correspondence from the scheme’s opponents… Continue reading
The Better Streets committee has been poring over the council’s plans for the Connaught Gardens neighbourhood in Palmers Green. What do you think – will these measures be effective in creating a quieter residential area with less traffic, where more people are likely to walk, cycle and get to know their neighbours? We think it’s got some good points but, like the Wolves Lane area, a lot more needs to be done. Our response is below.
This consultation ends on 22 October – please see more and respond here.
The ‘Connaught Gardens’ area is a residential neighbourhood bounded by the A406, the A105 (Green Lanes) and Hedge Lane. It gets a lot of through traffic as drivers seek short cuts to these major roads, especially along the Hazelwood Lane – Connaught Gardens – Callard Avenue route. Continue reading
Two important consultations are live in Enfield right now – please respond if you want better streets! We need your help to save Quietway 10, and support Enfield’s first ‘school street‘. It will only take about ten minutes. Both close on 15 October.
Follow the links to see what Better Streets for Enfield thinks about each consultation, and for a link to the consultation itself. For a really quick response, you can simply copy and paste, if you agree with our thoughts. Continue reading
Enfield Council is consulting on plans to make the school run safer to Oakthorpe Primary School on Tile Kiln Lane. It closes on 15 October and you can respond here.
Our response as Better Streets for Enfield can be summarised as:
- We welcome Enfield’s first school street on Tile Kiln Lane
- We welcome the crossing on Chequers Way, although its position may need more thought
- The main problem is traffic cutting through the whole Wolves Lane residential area. Measures are needed to prevent this and keep traffic on the main roads.
If you agree, you could use the same or similar or similar wording in your own response to the consultation.
On Sunday 3 September we ran a bigger, better version of last year’s Try-a-Bike area at Palmers Green Festival. It was a LOT of fun!
Despite the increasingly miserable weather, loads of people pitched up to try the various bikes on offer. At one point it was raining properly, but half a dozen people were still riding around gleefully.
Rain is not putting this family off trying the cargo bike