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Five asks for better streets in Enfield

Here are our five main ‘asks’ for Enfield Council and the Mayor of London. We think these are key to making a safer, healthier, happier borough.

If you agree, tell your ward councillors. You can find them here.

Low traffic neighbourhoods in every ward

Traffic taking a shortcut through neighbourhood streets, or “rat running”, has many negative effects on residents

A joined-up network of safe, direct walking and cycling routes

We do a lot of driving in Enfield! Our car mileage is growing every year

Pedestrian-friendly high streets to boost local business

Enfield’s high streets are struggling, like many all over the country

20mph as the default speed limit

Being hit by a car at 20mph, rather than 30mph, makes a dramatic difference to whether or not you survive

Traffic-free school streets at school run hours

There are too many cars on the Enfield school run

Coming soon! Our asks for a better Enfield

Over the last few months, a group of us at Better Streets for Enfield and Enfield Cycling Campaign have been meeting to thrash out our vision for Enfield’s streets.

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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

There were two events to promote cleaner air at Enfield schools last week – one at George Spicer Primary on Southbury Road and the other at Walker Primary School on Waterfall Road, N14. I was at the Walker School event -and it was a real eye opener.

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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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