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Fox Lane and District Residents' Association
London N13 & N14

Welcome to FLDRA

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

The following sets out the current position of the FLDRA committee on the LTN trial Scheme, as published in our Newsletter of October 3rd.

The trial scheme is now fully in place. Many residents say it has transformed their road, that they sleep better, can hear the birds and talk to their neighbours without the continuous noise of cars. Vehicle fumes are gone and there is a noticeable return of the cyclists, who appeared during lockdown, but vanished as traffic returned.

However, FLDRA regrets that in some social media the debate has turned hostile and intransigent. Responses that try to shame or discredit specific groups or individuals are particularly unacceptable. As a result, some people do not feel safe expressing their views. Upsetting threats to withdraw custom have apparently been made to shop keepers. Individuals have received equally disturbing and abusive communications. We call this out. Neither can we condone the vandalism that is now taking place such as destroying the camera on Fox Lane. FLDRA calls on everyone to listen to and respect different experiences of the impact of the LTN. It is clear that some people benefit from the scheme and others are disadvantaged, but everyone must be heard.

We note that initial shortcomings about poor signage are being addressed, though many may feel that the Meadway and Fox Lane cameras remain inadequately signed, and some road closure signs are missing. However, we also note that some signs have been deliberately removed or defaced, which is unacceptable and actually exacerbates some of the issues reported. Perhaps replacing temporary with fixed signage would readily resolve this problem.

To date the entry cameras have resulted in £70,000 of fines at the Meadway filter, and £29,000 on Fox Lane. Some of those affected complain that these fines are unfair due to the poor signage, and that the penalties are too high. Perhaps the use of warning letters in the early stages rather than fines would have been an alternative approach and less alienating. For some the fines are a legitimate and beneficial tool, but for others it adds to the “pushbacks” against the scheme.

Long queues are forming at certain times of the day on all the main roads surrounding the LTN area, as expected. This situation may improve with time. The impact needs to be fully assessed during the trial. However, the extra ‘covid’ traffic, seen across all London suburbs at present, complicates the issue. Off-peak, the surrounding roads generally appear to at “normal” levels. It is FLDRA’s policy to argue for extra traffic calming, crossings and a 20mph limit on all the surrounding roads.

Behaviours have visibly changed. There appears, for example, to be far more walking and cycling to school. The speed of the remaining traffic within the LTN area is noticeably slower. But crossing Bourne Hill is more hazardous. Some shops report loss of trade, others a higher footfall, and parking has shifted tactically to avoid the Fox Lane barriers. Let us see how this evolves.

We are concerned that the current format of the trial may not answer a number of very important questions, and we will be raising this with the Scheme planners though no proposed meetings have yet been scheduled. Such issues include, for example :

  • Pollution and noise levels in the immediate and wider area
  • Broader impact on surrounding areas and communities – including traffic speeds, traffic volumes, congestion and journey times
  • Lifestyle impacts – changes in driving, walking, wheelchair use and cycling. Also shopping, visits or daily activity
  • Impact on public and emergency services, although they do monitor their own response times
  • Impact on all relevant bus routes
  • Impact on businesses

This week FLDRA wrote to Enfield Council to seek clarification about arrangements for access by emergency vehicles to the LTN area. It appears that the police and ambulance services will not be using keys to remove bollards, but will use prescribed routes instead. As yet, fortunately, this has not been put to the test. Link FLDRA requests that all the feedback and responses are made publicly available in a fully transparent process and that Council officers make themselves readily available to answer residents’ questions and concerns. At this stage, the FLDRA committee feels it would not be appropriate to express an opinion one way or another on the scheme itself. We are committed, however, to raising key questions about the benefits and costs of the scheme for our community. And to ensure whatever scheme is finally agreed upon, it brings about real benefit to all our community

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:

http://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.