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Fox Lane and District Residents' Association
London N13 & N14

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A new committee and a new start

Fox Lane & District Residents’ Association

Message to members from the new Chair, Philip Sheffield.

 

27th April , 2021

On the morning of the 22nd April after being elected as your chair for the next 12 months I decided to walk around all roads that make up the Fox Lane and District Residents’ Association. This took a considerable amount of time and took me well over my daily average step count as measured by Apple!!

I was once again struck by what a wonderful part of London we live in. From the vibrancy of Alderman’s Hill with its cafes and restaurants to the winding Fox Lane cutting through the glorious Edwardian streets to left and right. To the delightful Conway Rec with its resident moorhens and vibrant tennis club, to Cannon Road with St Monica’s school. Walking up to Southgate Green and then on to Southgate tube station I ventured into Leigh Hunt Drive for the first time in my life. Turning right down the Bourne I zig zagged through Bourne Avenue , Parkway,  Meadway and others before returning to Bourne Hill, Green Lanes, Devonshire Road and to my starting point at Palmers Green Station.

The Fox Lane and District Residents’ Association can be a very important voice in linking with Enfield Council on a range of subjects such as planning issues, LTN feedback, dangerous pavements, tree maintenance, help for the vulnerable and keeping our streets clean .

My committee will strive to serve the local community to the best of our ability without rancour or favour. My door will always be open to constructive suggestions.

The committee will be meeting for the first time next week (week of 3rd May). We are pulling together our lists of priorities . At the AGM and subsequently I have had quite a few messages regarding trees and pavements and we will be looking to have one of the committee to lead on this important issue locally .

I would welcome emails from members of the association with ideas or areas they would like us to consider.

A very important motion was passed at the AGM;

“There is no room for offensive emails or bad behaviour to be allowed within the association. Such behaviour and bullying are inexcusable.I move that the lead officer, once elected, should exclude anyone responsible for such behaviour within the association . “

Motion passed 90% for 1% against 9% abstain.

I am absolutely determined to lead a committee that is free from rancour and open with its members and genuinely seeking members views . The FLDRA is not a pressure group and is not driven by a single issue. It is a collection of diverse, interesting people with views and passions on many subjects.

I look forward to the FLDRA supporting local residents, businesses, care homes and the vulnerable and being a voice of reason as we come out of lockdown.

Yours sincerely,

Philip Sheffield

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

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

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.