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Fox Lane and District Residents' Association

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Open Letter to Ian Barnes regarding Fox LTN;

Cllr Ian Barnes
Cc:
All FLDRA members
Ward Councillors with FLDRA connections
Bambos Charalambous MP
Cllr Nesil Caliskan
 
Dear Cllr Barnes,
 
Future of the Fox Lane LTN
 
As a committee we are writing to you on behalf of our members with regard to the consultation and decision-making process relating to the Fox Lane LTN – an issue of concern to all residents – whether within or without the LTN itself, and whether in support or in opposition.
 
The six month “trial” began in September 2020 and is now into its second year with no end point seemingly in sight. The uncertainty continues to exercise everyone concerned as well as local businesses. It continues to pit neighbour against neighbour whenever it is discussed, seriously fragmenting social cohesion and generating enormous animosity.
 
No result will be able to satisfy everyone and it will likely continue to be a cause of social friction. Consequently, the decision process is of critical importance. We have considerable feedback from local residents indicating that they are perplexed by the length of time and lack of clarity around monitoring and time scales. Only this week a letter was sent to residents indicating further comments could be made until January. (Regrettably it states that this will close on Tuesday 11th January 2021. Hence the letter needs correction and resending to every recipient.)
On 10th November residents writing in were being met with a message saying the consultation is closed. None of this adds up to a process that is transparent and objective and  it significantly prejudice’s the public’s right to comment.
 
So where are we and what happens next?
 
On May 26th 2021, in an open webinar, Officer Richard Eason presented a slide that set out a number of milestones, with a decision in late autumn 2021. It is now late autumn . On May 5th 2022, Council elections will be held. Before this date the Council enters a significant purdah period for all key decisions and announcements prior to that date. The Local Government Association states that “pre-election rules restrict activity wider than just publicity. Use of council facilities and resources; the member’s code of conduct, developing new policies and holding of events (including some meetings) featuring elected officials should all be carefully considered during a period of heightened sensitivity.” This period will begin at the end of March. Scarcely long enough to engage in open consultation on a decision as contentious as the Fox Lane LTN.
 
Moreover the Experimental Traffic Orders themselves, through which the LTN trial has been implemented, have defined expiry dates and must be rescinded. 
 
We therefore request – in the interest of all – that a clear timetable is published for publication, consultation, recommendations, public debate and ultimately the taking of any proposed decision to Full Council meeting, Cabinet or individual member decision. We would like a clear outline and timeline for determining the Fox Lane ETO in accordance with the Council’s due process and it’s approved constitution on road traffic regulatory functions.
 
As stated above, any report will be subjected across the borough to intense scrutiny and debate. Can you therefore please set out how the findings will be published and what forums will be scheduled in order that all voices are heard in an open and honest discussion?
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Philip Sheffield
Chair FLDRA
Letter approved unanimously by all current committee members of the Fox Lane and District Residents’ Association – FLDRA
Liz Partridge, Sabrina O’Reilly, Eleanor Grant, Peter Warford, Christian Ignatiou, John Macrory, Ron Tabor.

Christmas Social

We are delighted to provide details of our Annual Association Xmas Social. This year something a little different, with wonderful live musical entertainment. There will also be food and drink included in the entrance fee. And, as you would expect, some fun money raising pieces from which all profits will go to The Arc Project at St Johns, Bourne Hill.

Open to Association members and non-members too. Come along for some Xmas cheer and dispel any remaining gloom.

Tickets – £12 

Book online here or email info@foxlane.net to reserve your place.

All profits will go to The Ark Charity run out of St Johns Church in Bourne Hill. 

Rev Julie will make an appeal for generous giving in the run up to Christmas.

Christmas Social PDF

On 21st November there will be wonderful concert at Christchurch in Southgate at 6.30pm. Music includes Handel’s  Zadok the Priest and Vaughan Williams stunning Serenade to Music”  featuring Christ church choir and the Bach Sinfonia Quartet

Fox Lane LTN. The council has provided residents with another chance to comment on the LTNS. Objections and representations can be made by residents until 11th January 2022.  The letter can be read here;  Enfield Council Update

Newsletter August 2021

Report from FLDRA secretary of the Southgate Green Ward Forum on 5th July 2021

Southgate Green Ward Meeting 5th July 2021

Newsletter June 7th 2021

FLDRA Newsletter – June 2021. 

Southgate Green Ward Panel Survey

Your Safer Neighbourhoods Team is dedicated to serving your community & making a difference.

They work diligently in response to reports of anti-social behaviour and crime in our area, working closely with the council, partner agencies and the community to solve these issues.

By taking part in this quarterly survey, you will help shape  policing response and ensure that they deal with issues that matter most to you and the local community.

Click link here to go straight to the survey;

Click links for latest crime statistics and useful contact numbers

Upcoming initiatives from your new committee

  • Tree Group being setup to look at all issues in FLDRA area. Meeting with Cllr Dinah Barry and Andy Robinson, head of tree care at Enfield Council.
  • First social event since 2019 – July  28th United Reform Church- 2021 – date and speaker to be confirmed
  • New study group into safe bike storage locally
  • Regular newsletter –
  • Weekly planning updates
  • Weekly Crime stats and meetings with local police support officers

Brexit Information for EU parents

Brexit will affect the lives of EU citizens and their children. Parents, legal guardians and those with any responsibility for a child/children may need to take action to ensure they secure the rights of those children in the UK. According to The Migration Observatory, there are over 900,000 children of non-Irish EU citizens living in the UK.

In many cases, parents, carers or legal guardians may not know that these children can and need to apply. This includes 239,000 children born in the UK, many of whom may not be British citizens.

(info: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/european-londoners-hub/brexit-impact-children-eu-citizens-living-uk)

All applications must be made to the EU settlement scheme by 30 June 2021.

Citizens Advice Enfield is providing advice to those EU/EASS and Swiss citizens living in Enfield that need support with applications. It would be extremely helpful if you were able to share the attached flyer via your weekly newsletter or via the school website. The information may be relevant to the families of your pupils, and parents may not know where to seek assistance with their applications.

Healthwatch Enfield

Please have a look at the latest news from Healthwatch Enfield

Toiletries Appeal

In our October Newsletter we launched an appeal for Toiletries for those facing real hardship during the pandemic. We have had a wonderful response as you can see as Reverend Julie from St John’s Church shows the result.

But we need to maintain the momentum and continue to receive donations on a regular basis

To find out more, and see how you might help – Click Here – Toiletries Appeal

LTN Update

Two of the committee members met with Ian Barnes to discuss the LTN. Here are notes from the meeting.

The FLDRA committee thus encourages everyone to make their individual views known through the formal process set out by the council and described in the leaflets that we have now all received. To submit your comment on the Lets Talk Enfield web site go to:

https://letstalk.enfield.gov.uk/foxlaneQN

On specific traffic issues you may also write to:

Head of Traffic and Transportation London Borough of Enfield Silver Street London EN1 3XA

Live Local, Shop Local, Eat Local

It is still  a difficult time for local businesses , so please support them and ensure we have a vibrant local scene.

  • During lockdown many restaurants turned to providing food deliveries or collections and as a result nearly all managed to survive whilst providing residents with delicious offerings
  • Traditional food takeaways  remained open
  • Our wide range of smaller independent grocery stores provide a  wide range of goods.

So we have had the Government Eat Out scheme which provided a life line to our local restaurants.  But they all need our continuing custom throughout the week as they have all been forced to reduce the number of tables available:

We will continue to keep our lists up to date to help support local business

Here is what our councillors have said:

Maria Alexandrou: “I believe it’s vitally important for residents to support local businesses. Thank you for providing a list of shops that are open- this is a lifeline for both residents and shop owners. These businesses after all are the backbone of our local economy and we want to see them thrive going forward.”

Dinah Barry: “Keep healthy and keep our local business healthy too. Our local businesses have look after us by delivering groceries and tasty meals. Let’s look after them. ‘Support local businesses – they are supporting us.”

About FLDRA

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The ‘Fox Lane and District Residents’ Association (FLDRA)’ was formed in 1978 and is the sole voluntary body representing the interests of residents living within the area bounded by Bourne Hill, The Bourne, High Street, Cannon Hill, Aldermans Hill and Green Lanes.

This area comprises of a total of around 3500 households, of which more than 460 households are currently members.

Our constitution is described here

If you would like to become a member please see our Membership page for details of how to join and you can apply via our Online Membership Form.

We welcome members coming forward to take a lead on topics of relevance across our area, representing the association and our members, in particular our key priorities. You do not need to become a member of the committee.

For details of our current committee members please see the Committee Members page and for details of meetings please see our Agendas & Minutes for Meetings page.

You can also read about Issues and Consultations, Neighbourhood Watch and see the weekly Planning Applications.

Please enquire through our Contact Page if you have any questions or comments.